Town of Oakville holds vigil for plane crash victims

Town of Oakville holds vigil in honour of flight 752 plane crash victims

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and members of town council speak to residents during a vigil ceremony at Oakville Centennial Square on January 12. 2020. (Paola Floro)

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton lead a candlelight vigil honouring the victims of flight 752 at Oakville Centennial Square on Sunday. The service began at 4 p.m when several residents gathered to light candles and wave small Canadian and Iranian flags.

The ceremony included remarks from Oakville Liberal MP Anita Anand, Oakville North-Burlington Liberal MP Pam Damoff, and Bita Fanaei of Oakville Persian Events.

The Ukraine International Airline flight crashed shortly after taking off from the Iranian capital of Tehran on January 8th. On Saturday, the Iranian government admitted it had unintentionally shot the plane down which killed 176 passengers including 57 Canadians. Three of which were MacMaster University students. Graduate student Imam Aghabali, Ph.D., student Mehdi Eshaghian, and Siavash Maghsoudlou were all onboard on flight 752 destined to Ukrainian Capital, Kyiv.

How has the government responded?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the media on Saturday stating that the focus remains on justice for the families of the victims and the full investigation that is to come. In his remarks on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that there has been every indication that the Iranian government is cooperating and that they are open to a full international and independent investigation.

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Paola Patrizia Floro

Paola Floro is a graduate of the Journalism-New Media Program at Sheridan College.She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto.

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