Canada

Cost of ice storm continues to rise

The minister of defence, Art Eggleton, says the military's bill to help clean up Quebec and Ontario after the ice storm is $60 million. That's much more than was spent to help with the Red River flood.

Eggleton is hoping the money will come directly from the federal government, rather than out of his department.

On the Friday, the Red Cross relief fund received another boost. The National Hockey League donated $500,000 to help people recover from the disaster. The money came from individual players and the teams in the league.

In Ontario the government has started to hand out relief cheques to farmers hurt by the ice storms. The money varies, but it works out to about $1,000 for every week the power was off. The payouts are expected to cost about $10 million.

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