Philippine relief donation deadline extended

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Video: International Development Minister Christian Paradis tours Philippines with DART

OTTAWA – International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the Canadian government is extending the deadline for matching donations for Philippine typhoon relief to Dec. 23 from Dec .9.

He is urging Canadians to keep contributing to the aid effort for the stricken island nation and says the federal government will continue to match donations dollar-for-dollar.

Paradis is in the Philippines to get a first-hand view of relief efforts.

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He says he is touched by the dedication and compassion of Canadian volunteers working in a Canadian Red Cross hospital in the city of Ormoc and by the work of the Canadian Forces.

An epidemiologist from the Public Health Agency of Canada is being dispatched to assist other international experts in gauging the risks of disease outbreaks in the typhoon aftermath.

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