My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan and areas affected in eastern Russia affected by the earthquake and tsunami. I am also thinking about Americans and Canadians who live on the Pacific coast — in case the tsunami affects tides later today. Clearly, what is going on in either the Ontario legislature or the Canadian House of Commons pales beside such a natural disaster. Here, then, is the information people might need, both at home and in Japan. (H/T N.B. Tory Gal):
“Canadians who believe that they have Canadian friends or family who may be affected to call the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at 613-943-1055, or toll free within Canada at 1-800-387-3124, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“Canadian citizens in Japan requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo at (011-81-3) 5412-6200, or call DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to email@example.com.”
“Canadians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre or call 613-996-8885 collect. The Operations Centre of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Update Wednesday, March 16th: While I am currently involved in some personal projects, it is also the situation in Japan that is keeping me away from posting here about provincial or federal politics, or even about political issues affecting education. While they are important over the long term, they somehow seem trivial at the moment compared to the fear and life and death issues facing the Japanese people. However, that said, I will be posting on political and educational topics that I think are important, just not as often.