Update: Canada's Support and Assistance to the U.S. in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Sep 07, 2005, 01:00 ET from Canadian Consulate General

    DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's Ambassador to the U.S., Frank
 McKenna, on one aspect of the special ties between Canada and the U.S. at a
 news conference Sept 7, 2005:
     "The part of Canada that I'm from, the Maritime provinces, saw a great
 event in our history which had its 250th anniversary just in the past period
 of time.  And that was the expulsion of the Acadians.  Now, it's become a
 matter of folklore:  the stories of tens of thousands of Acadians being driven
 from their lands and being driven into the heart of North America, families
 being torn apart and families being reunited.  The famous story of
 Evangeline...
     "Those people left our area 250 years ago, from the very place where I
 live.  And they found a home in Louisiana.  They became the Cajuns of
 Louisiana and we've stayed connected to the communities of francophones in
 Louisiana for 250 years.  We share a common culture.  We have frequent visits
 back and forth.  The Governor of Louisiana was up in Nova Scotia last year.
 We have many exchanges going back and forth.  And the people of the Maritime
 provinces, Acadians particularly, feel like this is an opportunity for them to
 open their homes and their hearts in the same way that the people of Louisiana
 did for them 250 years ago."
 
     U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, on Canada's assistance after
 9/11 and now after Hurricane Katrina, at the sailing Sept. 6, 2005 of Canadian
 warships from Halifax, Nova Scotia to the region affected by the hurricane:
 "You were there for us in the wake of 9-11.  You're here for us now. "
 
     Department of National Defence (DND):  Three Canadian Forces ships and one
 Canadian Coast Guard ship left Halifax Sept. 6 at 13h00 (EDT):  HMCS
 Athabaskan (an Iroquois class destroyer), HMCS Ville de Quebec and HMCS
 Toronto (Halifax class frigates) and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William
 Alexander.  Three embarked sea king helicopter detachments will also deploy.
 The ships are loaded with relief supplies and carry with them about 1000
 military personnel.  Thirty-five Navy and five Army divers have arrived in
 Pensacola, Florida to assist U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND Katrina relief operations.
 The divers will be used for dyke inspection and waterway clearing.
     Canadian Forces member based at the New Orleans airport assisting with
 patient transportation and triage.  Two Griffin helicopters were sent to the
 U.S. Coast Guard District One (in Boston) to support search and rescue
 operations in the Gulf for one week.  The CF has sent two officers from the
 Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group based in Kingston, to support the CF
 Liaison Officer to US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, and to assist in
 the planning of any future potential CF deployments related to Hurricane
 Katrina.  On Sept. 3 the Canadian Air Force transported 27 Canadian Red Cross
 and five FAC officials to Houston, Texas.
     Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) provision of supplies:  A list of
 required supplies from the National Emergency Stockpile System (NESS) was
 identified for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts to address a request from U.S.
 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The shipment arrived in
 Atlanta, Georgia, just after midnight on September 5, and was offloaded at
 03h00.
     NRCAN  In response to the International Energy Agency (IEA)'s call for
 member countries to support its emergency response system, Canada will
 contribute its share of oil to the global market to help ease supply
 disruptions in the US.  Canada's share of the IEA demand is 4.6 percent, or
 91,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which will be met from existing supply.
 
     CANADIAN EMBASSY, WASHINGTON
     Held a fundraising breakfast and lunch Wednesday morning open to the
 general public.
 
     PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL ACTIONS:
     Alberta:  In Alberta, the province's Energy Utility Board lifted
 restrictions on Alberta's maximum oil production on Sept. 4 to help fuel the
 U.S. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Canada is the largest crude oil
 supplier to the U.S., supplying 2.1 million barrels of petroleum and petroleum
 products per day to the U.S. in 2004.
     British Columbia:  British Columbia's Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue
 (USAR) team departed August 31 for the State of Louisiana to aid in the
 recovery efforts.  The team consisted of 45 members, all trained to the
 structural collapse technician level.  Funding for the Vancouver USAR team
 totalled approximately $900,000 to date.  It has just been replaced by a U.S.
 team and has returned to Vancouver.   The team rescued and assisted over 200
 people in and around St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.
     Nova Scotia:  The Province of Nova Scotia is donating $100,000 to the
 Canadian Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The Province has
 also sent letters to the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and
 Florida, offering to help with the recovery efforts.
     Quebec:  Quebec's Ministere de la Securite publique has made available
 20,000 beds and 20,000 blankets to the Canadian Red Cross for its Hurricane
 Katrina relief efforts.  The GOC, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and
 Transport Canada have arranged for the movement of this material.  Transport
 Canada has arranged to waive the toll at the Canada - U.S. border.  A convoy
 of vehicles left Montreal on Sept. 6, passing through Windsor, Ontario, and
 arriving in Texas on September 8 or 9.
 
     Banks
     BMO Financial Group and its U.S. Subsidiary, Harris, Announce $440,000
 Donation to Support Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
 http://www2.bmo.com/news/article/0,1257,contentCode-4940_divId-4_langId-
 1_navCode-112,00.html
     TD Banknorth, TD Waterhouse USA and TD Securities commit $250,000 to
 assist with Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
 http://www.tdbanknorth.com/investorrelations/banknorthnews.aspx
     CIBC announces corporate donation of $150,000 to Hurricane Katrina
 disaster relief effort
 http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=62537&p=IROL-
 SingleRelease&t=Regular&id=752329
     Scotiabank Contributes $250,000 to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Opens
 Branch Network to Collect Aid for Disaster Victims
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5800.html
     RBC Financial group donates $250,000 to assist Hurricane Katrina victims
 http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/20050901hurricane.html
 
     Universities
     McGill University, Montreal
     McGill to admit Tulane University first-year students affected by
 Hurricane Katrina  http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/tulane/
     Concordia University to Assist Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina
 http://publicaffairs.concordia.ca/mediaroom/pressreleases/2005/09/004773.shtml
     Acadia University Offers Students Affected by Katrina Chance to Continue
 Studies in Canada
 http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-04-
 2005/0004099903&EDATE
 
     Others
     New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference
 Resolution 29-6 adopted on 29 August 2005
 http://www.negc.org/documents/Resolutions.pdf
     Air Canada provides rescue flights to evacuate New Orleans; launches in-
 flight donations program for victims
 http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1309025809&view=13213-0&Start=0
     LCBO Outlets Accepting Donations To Help Victims Of Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5729.html
     Celine Dion donates $1 million US to victims of Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/artslife/story.html?id=870458
 8c-0a73-4a64-b187-193bd6b47328
     Mega Bloks Inc. Helps Rebuild the Dreams of Hurricane Katrina Young
 Victims
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5834.html
     Ottawa-based software company helps find housing for families displaced by
 Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.customerexpressions.com/CEx/CExWeb.nsf/(GetPages)/EAE833B4B6787F8B8
 5257074005E2621
     Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach plans to airlift evacuees from the
 devastation of New Orleans to the pampered world of Palm Beach, Florida
 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050906.wxstormstronach06/
 BNStory/National/
 
 

SOURCE Canadian Consulate General
    DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's Ambassador to the U.S., Frank
 McKenna, on one aspect of the special ties between Canada and the U.S. at a
 news conference Sept 7, 2005:
     "The part of Canada that I'm from, the Maritime provinces, saw a great
 event in our history which had its 250th anniversary just in the past period
 of time.  And that was the expulsion of the Acadians.  Now, it's become a
 matter of folklore:  the stories of tens of thousands of Acadians being driven
 from their lands and being driven into the heart of North America, families
 being torn apart and families being reunited.  The famous story of
 Evangeline...
     "Those people left our area 250 years ago, from the very place where I
 live.  And they found a home in Louisiana.  They became the Cajuns of
 Louisiana and we've stayed connected to the communities of francophones in
 Louisiana for 250 years.  We share a common culture.  We have frequent visits
 back and forth.  The Governor of Louisiana was up in Nova Scotia last year.
 We have many exchanges going back and forth.  And the people of the Maritime
 provinces, Acadians particularly, feel like this is an opportunity for them to
 open their homes and their hearts in the same way that the people of Louisiana
 did for them 250 years ago."
 
     U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, on Canada's assistance after
 9/11 and now after Hurricane Katrina, at the sailing Sept. 6, 2005 of Canadian
 warships from Halifax, Nova Scotia to the region affected by the hurricane:
 "You were there for us in the wake of 9-11.  You're here for us now. "
 
     Department of National Defence (DND):  Three Canadian Forces ships and one
 Canadian Coast Guard ship left Halifax Sept. 6 at 13h00 (EDT):  HMCS
 Athabaskan (an Iroquois class destroyer), HMCS Ville de Quebec and HMCS
 Toronto (Halifax class frigates) and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William
 Alexander.  Three embarked sea king helicopter detachments will also deploy.
 The ships are loaded with relief supplies and carry with them about 1000
 military personnel.  Thirty-five Navy and five Army divers have arrived in
 Pensacola, Florida to assist U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND Katrina relief operations.
 The divers will be used for dyke inspection and waterway clearing.
     Canadian Forces member based at the New Orleans airport assisting with
 patient transportation and triage.  Two Griffin helicopters were sent to the
 U.S. Coast Guard District One (in Boston) to support search and rescue
 operations in the Gulf for one week.  The CF has sent two officers from the
 Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group based in Kingston, to support the CF
 Liaison Officer to US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, and to assist in
 the planning of any future potential CF deployments related to Hurricane
 Katrina.  On Sept. 3 the Canadian Air Force transported 27 Canadian Red Cross
 and five FAC officials to Houston, Texas.
     Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) provision of supplies:  A list of
 required supplies from the National Emergency Stockpile System (NESS) was
 identified for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts to address a request from U.S.
 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The shipment arrived in
 Atlanta, Georgia, just after midnight on September 5, and was offloaded at
 03h00.
     NRCAN  In response to the International Energy Agency (IEA)'s call for
 member countries to support its emergency response system, Canada will
 contribute its share of oil to the global market to help ease supply
 disruptions in the US.  Canada's share of the IEA demand is 4.6 percent, or
 91,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which will be met from existing supply.
 
     CANADIAN EMBASSY, WASHINGTON
     Held a fundraising breakfast and lunch Wednesday morning open to the
 general public.
 
     PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL ACTIONS:
     Alberta:  In Alberta, the province's Energy Utility Board lifted
 restrictions on Alberta's maximum oil production on Sept. 4 to help fuel the
 U.S. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Canada is the largest crude oil
 supplier to the U.S., supplying 2.1 million barrels of petroleum and petroleum
 products per day to the U.S. in 2004.
     British Columbia:  British Columbia's Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue
 (USAR) team departed August 31 for the State of Louisiana to aid in the
 recovery efforts.  The team consisted of 45 members, all trained to the
 structural collapse technician level.  Funding for the Vancouver USAR team
 totalled approximately $900,000 to date.  It has just been replaced by a U.S.
 team and has returned to Vancouver.   The team rescued and assisted over 200
 people in and around St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.
     Nova Scotia:  The Province of Nova Scotia is donating $100,000 to the
 Canadian Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The Province has
 also sent letters to the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and
 Florida, offering to help with the recovery efforts.
     Quebec:  Quebec's Ministere de la Securite publique has made available
 20,000 beds and 20,000 blankets to the Canadian Red Cross for its Hurricane
 Katrina relief efforts.  The GOC, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and
 Transport Canada have arranged for the movement of this material.  Transport
 Canada has arranged to waive the toll at the Canada - U.S. border.  A convoy
 of vehicles left Montreal on Sept. 6, passing through Windsor, Ontario, and
 arriving in Texas on September 8 or 9.
 
     Banks
     BMO Financial Group and its U.S. Subsidiary, Harris, Announce $440,000
 Donation to Support Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
 http://www2.bmo.com/news/article/0,1257,contentCode-4940_divId-4_langId-
 1_navCode-112,00.html
     TD Banknorth, TD Waterhouse USA and TD Securities commit $250,000 to
 assist with Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
 http://www.tdbanknorth.com/investorrelations/banknorthnews.aspx
     CIBC announces corporate donation of $150,000 to Hurricane Katrina
 disaster relief effort
 http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=62537&p=IROL-
 SingleRelease&t=Regular&id=752329
     Scotiabank Contributes $250,000 to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Opens
 Branch Network to Collect Aid for Disaster Victims
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5800.html
     RBC Financial group donates $250,000 to assist Hurricane Katrina victims
 http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/20050901hurricane.html
 
     Universities
     McGill University, Montreal
     McGill to admit Tulane University first-year students affected by
 Hurricane Katrina  http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/tulane/
     Concordia University to Assist Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina
 http://publicaffairs.concordia.ca/mediaroom/pressreleases/2005/09/004773.shtml
     Acadia University Offers Students Affected by Katrina Chance to Continue
 Studies in Canada
 http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-04-
 2005/0004099903&EDATE
 
     Others
     New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference
 Resolution 29-6 adopted on 29 August 2005
 http://www.negc.org/documents/Resolutions.pdf
     Air Canada provides rescue flights to evacuate New Orleans; launches in-
 flight donations program for victims
 http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1309025809&view=13213-0&Start=0
     LCBO Outlets Accepting Donations To Help Victims Of Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5729.html
     Celine Dion donates $1 million US to victims of Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/artslife/story.html?id=870458
 8c-0a73-4a64-b187-193bd6b47328
     Mega Bloks Inc. Helps Rebuild the Dreams of Hurricane Katrina Young
 Victims
 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/02/c5834.html
     Ottawa-based software company helps find housing for families displaced by
 Hurricane Katrina
 http://www.customerexpressions.com/CEx/CExWeb.nsf/(GetPages)/EAE833B4B6787F8B8
 5257074005E2621
     Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach plans to airlift evacuees from the
 devastation of New Orleans to the pampered world of Palm Beach, Florida
 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050906.wxstormstronach06/
 BNStory/National/
 
 SOURCE  Canadian Consulate General