Yesterday evening I attended a candlelight vigil in Civic Square along with many others from our small town.
It was to remember and honour a family living in our town, Dr. Razgar Rahimi, his wife Farideh Gholami, their three-year-old son Jiwan and their unborn baby, who were all travelling on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 when it was blown out of the sky by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran on January 8 2020.
Someone had an itchy trigger finger.
138 of the 167 passengers were returning to Canada. 57 of them were Canadians. Everyone was killed.
Many of the travellers on board were affiliated with Canadian Universities as students, faculty, researchers or professors. Five young students from schools in my local area won't be returning to school. There are vigils and flags at half-mast at towns and cities all across Canada. It is a Canadian tragedy.
We are sad. We are disappointed. We are horrified. And we are very angry.