How to Donate to Fiona Relief
Canadians not affected by the devastation caused by Post-Tropical Storm Fiona over the weekend are being asked by the Red Cross to donate to relief efforts.
Atlantic Canada was hit by the storm on Saturday, leaving a trail of destruction.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, where homes in Port aux Basques were washed away by the sea, the body of a 73-year-old woman was found on Sunday afternoon.
In Nova Scotia, uprooted trees are scattered across the province and hundreds of thousands of people are left without power, which authorities say could take days to restore. The Canadian Armed Forces were called in to help restore power.
The military has also been called to Prince Edward Island, as tens of thousands of people are left without power Monday and property damage and uprooted trees cause havoc.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a press conference that the federal government would match all donations from the Red Cross to help Fiona.
The Red Cross is asking people affected by Fiona to register with the charity so they can be informed of services and assistance.
For donors, a $10 donation can be made by texting FIONA at 20222 and further donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-418-1111.
However, Trudeau’s statements have been troubling to other charities who wonder why the federal government only matches donations to one charity.
Rahul Singh of GlobalMedic, a humanitarian relief organization that provides aid in areas affected by natural disasters or complex emergencies, told CTV Toronto on Sunday that matching just one charity » comes at the expense of other agencies, » he said.
As a result, less private funding will come to GlobalMedic and there are many other agencies as well as the Red Cross working to provide relief in Atlantic Canada, he said.
Donating to GlobalMedic for Fiona’s relief can be done online.
With files from CTVToronto Austin Delaney