TORONTO – There’s been a national “spike” in donations of blood in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan that left 16 people dead and 13 others injured, the Canadian Blood Services said Thursday.Several cities in Western Canada have seen donation increases of about 25 per cent above their averages, including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton, while at least one clinic in Saskatchewan had a 50 per cent increase, said spokesman Hailu Mulatu.“We have received so many requests from so many people and organizations reaching out to us about what they can do, interest in organizing a blood drive at their site or coming as a group to donate,” said Mulatu, adding donations were also up about 10 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area.“Overall we can say at the national level we have seen a spike.”On Wednesday, Luke Jackiw of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health said the province had received thousands of requests for stickers that residents can apply to their health card to indicate they’d like to donate their organs.He said the phones were “ringing off the hook” and attributed the response to the story of 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., who was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.“There’s been an overwhelming number of calls … (from) individuals to register their intent to donate organs,” Jackiw said, but added that Saskatchewan does not have an organ donation registry — the stickers are used to convey a will to be a donor, but consent from family or a next-of-kin is still needed when end-of-life decisions are made.“The important thing you can do, as Logan did, is talk to your family and let them know what your wishes are.”Canadians have also opened their wallets to help support the families of the victims of last Friday’s crash, which occurred outside Tisdale, Sask.Over $10.2 million has been pledged to a GoFundMe campaign, which the crowdfunding website says is the largest ever in Canada.More than 120,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.
UPDATE – As of 4:00 p.m., traffic on the Taylor Bridge is opened to single-lane alternating traffic.Continue to check drivebc.ca for updates.UPDATE – As of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, RCMP say two vehicles were involved in a collision on the Taylor Bridge this afternoon. According to Police, no injuries were sustained from this collision.They say the bridge will be shut down until it is inspected for structural damage.Continue to check drivebc.ca for updates.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have received word this afternoon that there is a vehicle collision on the northbound lane of the Taylor Bridge.Crews are currently on scene assessing the incident.Expect delays at this time as crews clear the scene. We will provide updates as they become available.
Striker Alfredo Morelos will be part of Rangers’ Europa League squad after the Ibrox side beat UEFA’s transfer deadline to seal his signature.The Ibrox outfit confirmed the signing of the 20-year-old from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a three-year deal just hours after learning their first two qualifying-round opponents.Boss Pedro Caixinha is pinning his hopes on the youngster’s deadly scoring record as he prepares the Light Blues for their first European clash in six years.Gers have been drawn against Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg, with the winner of that tie progressing to a second-round showdown with Cypriots AEL Limassol or St Joseph’s of Gibraltar.Morelos is eligible to feature in those first-round clashes with Niederkorn after work permit and visa documents were granted ahead of Monday’s registration deadline.Caixinha remains confident similar paperwork for the Mexican duo Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera will be processed in time so that they too can join up with his team ahead of taking on the minnows, who finished fourth in Luxembourg’s National Division last term.The Light Blues remain interested in Hearts wideman Jamie Walker and Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans and could yet squeeze one of them into their line-up for the first-leg clash on June 29, with UEFA allowing an extra late ‘wild card’ signing.Columbian Under-20s international Morelos hit 17 goals in 19 appearances for HJK this season, following last term’s 30-goal haul.He becomes Gers’ sixth summer signing after the earlier arrivals of Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Daniel Candeias. Alfredo Morelos has moved to Rangers on a three-year deal 1
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