Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pakistan flood relief announcement today

Update (4:30 p.m.) below.

John Baird is making an announcement today in Ottawa regarding Canada's Pakistan flood relief response. It looks like it will be as Postmedia News is reporting: "Ottawa to extend matching contributions for Pakistan flood relief."
The federal government is expected to announce Sunday an extension of a program to match all private donations to registered charities to bolster aid efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan.

Last month, Conservative House leader John Baird announced the government will match all donations made between Aug. 2 and Sept. 12, in addition to $33 million already committed to relief efforts. It’s not known yet exactly how much further Ottawa plans to extend the matching grants, but it’s expected it will be until sometime in October.
If this is what is indeed announced today, that's the right thing for Canada to be doing, donations need a kick start and continued matching may provide that.

Update (4:30 p.m.): The deadline has been extended, confirmed:
"We call upon Canadians' legendary generosity to ensure help reaches those who are truly in need," Baird said as he made the announcement. "The scale of the humanitarian disaster warranted more time."
Good to see, hopefully Canadians will kick in now and give the devastated people of Pakistan a boost.