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Marking three years since 2020 Nova Scotia Mass Shooting

By Caitlin Snow Apr 18, 2023 | 2:41 PM

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Thousands pause and reflect on a tragedy like no other, on the third anniversary of the mass shootings in our province.

Many reflecting on the 22 lives lost three years ago when a gunman disguised as a police officer went on a 13-hour rampage.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the following statement:

“Three years ago, on April 18 and 19, 2020, the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history shook Nova Scotia – and all of Canada. On this sombre day, we remember those we lost and hold their memories close to our hearts. Our thoughts go to everyone who was forever impacted by this senseless tragedy.

“In the aftermath of this attack, Canadians across the country united in grief and solidarity. We showed who we are as Canadians by holding vigils to honour the victims and coming together to offer support to those impacted. As we continue to honour those who died, I am inspired by the strength and resilience I’ve seen from the families, survivors, and all Nova Scotians.

“Last month, the Mass Casualty Commission released its final report. As we review and respond to the recommendations under federal jurisdiction, we will work closely with the Government of Nova Scotia and with the people and the communities affected to ensure a tragedy like this never happens again. The Government of Canada has already taken action to keep Canadians safe in their communities, and we have invested in better mental health supports – like the Wellness Together Canada portal and the PocketWell app to provide free, 24/7 access to support, ranging from information to connecting with professionals.

“Today, Canadians remember the 22 people, including a woman who was expecting a child, whose lives were cut short on one of the darkest days in Canadian history. We will never forget them. To the people of Nova Scotia: we know the pain, trauma, and heartbreaking loss will never truly go away, but today and every day, we stand with you.”

Premier Tim Houston says it is important to always remember the lives of the victims and the survivors.

The first shots were reported at 10 p.m. on April 18 of 2020.

A moment of silence will also be held tomorrow at noon and flags are at half-mast government buildings.

It remains the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.


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