A Calgary councillor wants the city to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew.
Brian Pincott is asking council to donate $100,000 to relief efforts in the small island nation.
Pincott represents the city on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board, which has launched a Haiti emergency fund to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
The powerful category 4 storm pummeled the Caribbean country in October, and Pincott said it was so catastrophic that a full assessment and death toll hasn’t yet been completed.
The Haiti emergency fund is being used to rebuild bridges, culverts and public markets, as well as strengthen protective dikes and replace roofing on public and community buildings.
“What they need now is infrastructure to be built, re-built. What they need now is clean water; they don’t need blankets and power bars. Those are the kinds of things that are needed,” Pincott said.
Pincott said he has been to Haiti twice in the past few years, after the Canadian government launched relief efforts following a devastating earthquake in 2010.
He said Haiti hadn’t recovered from the 2010 disaster when Hurricane Matthew struck.
“Every time you sort of feel like you’re making progress, something else happens… The people are truly amazing and it’s a country that just can’t catch a break.”
Pincott said as relief workers are currently on the ground in Haiti, donations would go to reconstruction efforts and not overhead.
“This money would go 100 per cent to infrastructure on the ground, because we already have the people there. There is no overhead, it would go directly to that.”
He has also asked for a system to be put in place to allow Calgarians to donate cash to the stricken nation.
With files from Aurelio Perri