The big news: Death toll rises in the Philippines

Also: Jim Flaherty’s budget projections and a mafia hit in Acapulco
Survivors walk in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile infrastructure resulting from decades of neglect and corruption. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Aaron Favila/AP

The story
International aid slowly makes its way to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Canada’s initial contribution of $5 million was supplemented yesterday by the deployment of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. The DART is awaiting orders in Hawaii. Meanwhile, the death toll among Filipinos continues to rise.

The stat
The death toll in the Philippines stands at 1,774.

The quote
“I was pleading with the soldiers. I was kneeling and begging because I have diabetes … Do they want me to die in this airport? They are stone-hearted.” —Helen Cordial, who hoped for safe passage away from the destruction on an air force cargo plane


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The Globe and MailLooters are running rampant across the Philippines.
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Ottawa CitizenThe paper profiles Joseph Aldéric Boucher, who died during WWI.
CBC NewsThe death toll in the Philippines climbed to 1,774.
CTV NewsLittle international assistance has arrived in the Philippines.
National NewswatchJim Flaherty could predict a comfortable budget surplus in 2015-16.


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