And washing machines are very much needed in hospital settings. They can't wash those linens by hand, not only because of the volume, but serious sanitary concerns. Idem dishwashers in hospital kitchens.
I'd like to see an upper limit on the size of vessels that can pass through the canal. That thing cost a fortune in lost traffic and in some cases spoiled goods.
Not only Syria but even its neighbour Lebanon is going through very dire straits now. There are a lot of Levantines in Montréal and Ottawa - a migration flow that is over 100 years old. Many now are desperate to bring over relatives, often highly educated, by the way.
I took a walk through some of the streets in Beirut yesterday on the Google map street level. Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisaged the tall glass buildings situated next to old derelict machined gunned and bombed buildings. The city is modern and clean. Wandered all along the seafront as well. The streets are empty and posh cars parked here and there. I went to see what the restaurant Rafic Marrouche looked like. Well, it is more of a fast food joint on a corner in one of those modern buildings - looking straight at an old deserted bullet-hole marked building.