Monday, January 25, 2010

Haiti Recovery: 20 nations meet in Montreal

Here's a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation about the Jan. 25, 2010 meeting in Montreal:
"Officials from 20 countries are meeting in Montreal, Canada, Monday 'to discuss long-term reconstruction and arrangements for a donor conference to be held in March, the U.N. said, Bloomberg reports (Gaouette/Craze, 1/25). "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and others will examine eventual debt forgiveness and" a strategy for rebuilding Haiti at the one-day gathering, according to Reuters (Palmer, 1/25)."
Click on the Kaiser link above to read the rest of the story.

It's only appropriate that they are meeting in Montreal. According to Statistics Canada: "The large majority of Canadians of Haitian origin live in Montreal. In 2001, 83% of Canada’s Haitian community made Montreal their home. That year, there were almost 70,000 Canadians of Haitian descent living in Montreal, where they made up 2% of the metropolitan area’s overall population."

Montreal skyline
Photo by Sue Frause

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