I've taught overseas and one of my co-workers even had a run in with useless Canadian embassy officials but this sort of stuns me in the face of one of the worst disasters in history:
A Toronto man living in Japan says the federal government is “providing no help” to Canadians wanting to know if they should leave the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged country, especially given the nuclear threat. Phillip Ilijevski teaches English in Takasaki, about 100 kilometres north of Tokyo. He called Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to find out if it’s safe to stay in Japan, but says the only advice they gave him was to watch the news.
Warnings of repeat tsunami performances, nuclear plants teetering on the edge of meltdown, civil services collapsed and hundreds of thousands potentially dead - and you ask an embassy official if it's safe? So, if they said "yes" and a nuclear plant goes all "end times" would you call them back and complain? If they said "no" would you pack your bags and leave without any other consideration? Watch the news? Good advice. Because it's hours into a crisis of unknown proportions and no one has a handle on it. Good advice.