Canada sends blankets to Japan
Canada is initially sending 25,000 blankets to help the Japanese aid effort, the federal government has announced.
The shipment by a commercial airline was to leave Toronto at 6 a.m. ET Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda said in a statement.
The shipment is aimed at helping the thousands of people injured and displaced by Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster at Fukushima. It is expected to be followed up by further material and expertise.
"The array of capabilities that the government of Canada has offered to the government of Japan includes a 17-member disaster victim identification team, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear technical expertise and equipment, Canadian Forces military assets to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts, relief stocks, and emergency medical and engineering capabilities," Cannon said in a statement.