‘We will deliver on commitment’ to bring refugees to Canada: Scott Brison

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President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison says his government remains committed to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees into the country, but would not specify how much that will cost or how many of them might be privately sponsored.

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Speaking to The West Block’s Tom Clark, Brison said the Liberals are serious about keeping their campaign promise, which was to get 25,000 government sponsored refugees across Canadian borders by the end of 2015. That timeline has been called into question by experts who say it is likely unrealistic.

“We have the potential as a country to bring in 25,000 refugees,” Brison said without addressing the timing. “We committed to that. It’s the right thing to do.”

Asked if the government will still be investing a proposed $250 million to increase processing and sponsorship and settlement services, Brison said his colleague, Minister of Immigration John McCallum, is the one in charge of the file.

“He’s leading the charge. He’s also working with (Health) Minister (Jane) Philpott on that. They will be speaking to this in the coming days, as will the prime minister.”

So will some of the 25,000 refugees be privately sponsored, or will they all be brought in by the government as the Liberals have said? Brison did not say.

“My message today, to our organizations out there, community-based, faith-based, philanthropic sector who want to participate in this, please come forward and there will be opportunities to participate in this and of course as a government we will welcome that.”


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French ambassador says his nation will remain defiant

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France’s ambassador to Canada says his country suffered a tremendous blow on Friday when terrorists launched a deadly series of attacks in Paris, but the French people will not be intimidated or live in fear.

In an interview with The West Block’s Tom Clark Sunday, Nicolas Chapuis was somber but defiant, saying his government appreciates the support it has received from around the world, including from the Canadian government.

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“It’s not the first attack against France over the last 30 years, but it’s certainly the largest one and the most atrocious one,” Chapuis said.

“But France will not be intimidated, and it will not change. Or if it does change, it will be for the better.”

The ambassador acknowledged that while French President Francois Hollande has called the attacks an “act of war,” it’s difficult to fight an ideology like the one espoused by the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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“But it’s also a fight against an army,” Chapuis noted. “A real army, made of thousands of soldiers who are fanatical and barbarians. Soldiers, we know how to fight.”

Asked what he would like to see the Canadian government do in response to the unfolding crisis, Chapuis said unity among the coalition of nations fighting the Islamic State is critical moving forward.

“We need to stand united in this fight and the bombing campaign has not brought all the successes that the coalition expected. So there is a need for consultations.” he said.

“If we stand united we will be victorious.”


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Police say barber shop shooting is gang related, looking for suspect

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CALGARY –  Business owners are shaken after a man was found dead following another shooting in Calgary that happened around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Police say a man entered a barber shop located in the 5100 Block of 20 Avenue S.E. He engaged a customer in a quick conversation before pulling a gun and shooting him.

CPS members conducted CPR but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was pulled from Johny Scissorhands Barber Shop located in a strip mall.

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After the shooting, it’s believed the suspect got into a silver SUV across the street and fled the scene.

Police say they believe it was a targeted attack linked to an ongoing dispute between gangs connected to the drug trade. The victim was known to police.

“We have collected CCTV in the area that is being reviewed and it’s early in the investigation and we haven’t completely finished reviewing all of it,” said Sgt. Sheldon Scott with Calgary Police.

According to one of the neighbouring business owners, the shops were busy.

“Normally, if this is gang-related, usually it happens at night but the parking lot was full,” said Hughie Dang.

“You could hardly get a parking space here and ‘bang!’ It was still daylight.  It’s so scary.”

Another business owner said he had a customer with him when they heard the shooting.

“I opened the door and I saw someone running and then a female…she was screaming,” said Ali Zgheib.

Police have interviewed witnesses and kept the area blocked off overnight. There is no word on any suspects.

After the shooting, police said they engaged in suppression activities in an attempt to reduce further retaliatory offences.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. His identity will not be released until then.

“I just heard the shooting and then I called 911 and I opened the door and I saw someone running towards 20th Avenue and then a female, she was screaming,” said Ali Zgheib, who runs the pharmacy next door to the barber shop.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

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Passport found near Paris bomber’s body passed through Balkan migrant corridor known for lax security

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BELGRADE, Serbia – The owner of a passport found near the body of a suicide bomber in the attacks on Paris passed through a migrant corridor known for its lax controls and ease in obtaining transit documents as a flood of asylum-seekers surges toward Western Europe.

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The Syrian passport was registered in October in Serbia and Croatia, two of the countries on the corridor crossing the Balkans. The owner was allowed to proceed because he passed what is essentially the only test in place – he had no international arrest warrant against him, police in both states said Sunday.

It was not clear whether the passport was real or fake, or whether it belonged to the suicide bomber. But trafficking in fake Syrian passports has increased as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty try to get refugee status, the chief of the European Union border agency Frontex has said.

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Most of those who enter countries on the so-called Balkan corridor for migrants – Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia – are registered with authorities. Their data are checked against Interpol records, and their fingerprints and photos are taken. But, many people tell officials that they’ve lost their identity papers, and they can give false names and other information, including their country of origin.

A large majority of migrants declare themselves as Syrians from the war-torn country, although they have no documents to prove it, Serbian police say. Being Syrian refugees have a better chance of getting asylum in Germany than those classified as economic migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan.

In Serbia, some 490,000 migrants have passed through this year, and many say they don’t have documents – making it impossible to check for terrorist connections or criminal histories, to verify their backgrounds, Serbian officials said Sunday.

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“No one can know for certain where they come from, their true identity or if their documents are genuine,” Serbian labour minister Aleksandar Vulin said. “The Paris suspects have not been registered anywhere as terrorists, so Serbia could not have known that they represent a danger.”

Frontex spokeswoman Ewa Moncure told The Associated Press that “among some 500,000 people, you will find some with false documents.”

“There is always a certain percentage of false Syrian passports and identity documents revealed on the Greek border,” she said.

The holder of the passport found next to the bomber’s body is registered as entering Greece on Oct. 3, Greek officials said, adding that the passport owner entered the country through Leros, one of the eastern Aegean islands that tens of thousands have been using as a gateway into the European Union.

READ MORE: Frenchman and man with Syrian passport among attackers in Paris

The owner of the passport then formally requested asylum in Serbia Oct. 7, according to a Serbian police statement. The document allowed him three days to pass through the country on his way to Croatia. Police did not give a name, identifying the passport’s owner only as A.A.

The passport-holder entered Croatia from Serbia on Oct. 8, Croatian police spokeswoman Helena Biocic said Sunday. The owner was not flagged as suspicious and then proceeded to Hungary and Austria.

The passport was found after Friday’s attack on France’s national stadium, next to the body of one of three suicide bombers who blew themselves nearby. In all, 129 people were killed in Paris in the violence, the worst in France in decades. Authorities said three teams of attackers were involved in the gun and bomb attacks on the stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes. Officials have not said whether there are more attackers at large.


Associated Press writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, and Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Poland, contributed to this report.

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Jarnkrok, Rinne lead Predators to 7-0 win over Jets

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NASHVILLE – A high-scoring effort from the Nashville Predators extended Winnipeg’s recent slide.

Calle Jarnkrok scored twice and Pekka Rinne made 20 saves to lead the Predators to a 7-0 win Saturday night, handing the Jets their fifth straight loss.

Craig Smith, Seth Jones, Mike Ribeiro, James Neal and Mattias Ekholm also scored as the Predators won for the second time in three games. Rinne recorded his second shutout of the season and 38th of his career.

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“It was kind of a chippy, broken game, a little different,” Rinne said. “I thought we stuck with it really well.”

Smith, Jones, Ryan Ellis and Cody Hodgson all had two assists.

“A lot of forwards jumped in there and pushed some offence, which was good,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “I’ve said it a few games in a row now, there’s been lots of opportunity and lots of chances and sometimes you’re just snake-bitten. Tonight it seemed to come out for us.”

Michael Hutchinson stopped four of the seven shots he faced and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 23 saves on his 27 shots for the Jets.

“I don’t think that you are going to find a guy in here who is happy about the way anything went tonight,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said. “We’ll stick together and find a way to get out of this little funk that we are in, and at the end of it, we will be better team because of it.”

Jarnkrok started Nashville’s four-goal first period 4:45 in with a slap shot from the right dot that beat Hutchinson on the far side.

Just 1:13 later, Jones sent a pass from the right faceoff dot to Smith in the low slot, where he had an easy wrist shot over Hutchinson’s outstretched glove. It was Smith’s first goal since Oct. 17.

“Our team has been playing great,” Smith said. “Every line is chipping in in some way and on top of that, we have a great goaltender who is playing well.”

Jones scored his first of the season with just under 8 minutes left with a slap shot from the right point that beat Hutchinson high to the glove side. The goal ended Hutchinson’s night.

“Lot of pucks to the net and we saw them go in tonight,” Jones said. “That’s kind of our game plan in every game. We’re not going to score seven every game, but our game plan is to get pucks and bodies and traffic and try to get some dirty goals.”

Ribeiro quickly greeted Pavelec with 5:27 left when he collected a loose puck to the left of the Winnipeg net and scored his second of the season.

Neal scored the only goal of the second on a one-timer from the low slot off of a pass from Colin Wilson.

“They got on us real quick and as soon as things started to go bad, we had a very difficult time doing some simple things; moving our feet at the right speed and making some simple plays,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Jarnkrok and Ekholm each scored power-play goals in the third to conclude the second seven-goal game of the week for the Predators.

It was the first two-goal game of Jarnkrok’s career.

NOTES: The teams combined for 156 penalty minutes in the game. … The Jets have allowed at least five goals against in their last three games. … Nashville is 9-1-1 when scoring first this season. … The Predators have combined for four power-play goals over their last three games. … Hodgson had his first multi-point game as a Predator.

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Dozens gather in Dieppe to show solidarity for people of France

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DIEPPE, N.B. – Dozens of people gathered outside the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre to show their support for the people of France Saturday evening.

The City of Dieppe donated lanterns that were lit, and launched into the sky.

“It’s so difficult to understand why – why?” asked Romain Blanchard, one of the events organizers.

Blanchard moved to New Brunswick from West France six years ago. He’s now a student at CCNB Dieppe.

“I checked the Facebook app, it was so easy to see everybody’s okay, fine. I’m peaceful now. I was a little bit worried about that, but yes, everyone is fine in my family and friends,” he said.

The event was hosted by the Association française du Nouveau-Brunswick.

About 100 people gathered in Dieppe to launch the lanterns.

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The people of Dieppe – a city who gets its name from the town in France – said that no matter where you’re from or what language you speak, the events of Friday have devastated everyone.

“I’m from Quebec, and even if I was not French, I’m a human and I’m concerned. Those are humans like me. It’s family, the world, it’s a big, big family,” said Anick Lepage.

“I’m sure everybody is praying for them, everybody is thinking about them,” said Dieppe resident Charles Gillespie.

“In a way, everybody’s affected.”

Blanchard said he believes the sadness will continue for some time.

“The next days will be difficult for the country and for all people who cares about freedom and liberty and solidarity, I think it’s a difficult moment right now,” he said.

“It’s a sad day for France but for all people, in Canada, in New Brunswick, in the United States, Europe, it’s a sad, sad, day.”

People can continue to share messages of condolences in a book at the French Consulate in Moncton.


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IOC head Thomas Bach confident in Rio security after Paris attacks

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LONDON – IOC president Thomas Bach expressed confidence Sunday in the ability of Brazilian authorities to protect next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

With the Games nine months away, the bomb and gun attacks in the French capital that left at least 129 people dead and over 350 wounded will raise concerns over the safety of athletes and fans at the Olympics. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks.

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“We have confidence in the Brazilian authorities and in the international co-operation of their security agencies,” Bach said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I’m sure all these international services will make all efforts to protect the Olympic Games from these kinds of terrorist attacks.”

Security will be among the issues discussed when IOC officials travel to Rio in the coming days for their latest “project review” of Olympic preparations, Bach added. The games, the first in South America, start on Aug. 5.

“The IOC is not a security agency,” Bach said. “This is the duty of the police and security forces of the host country in co-operation with the international services.”

Security has been the top priority for the International Olympic Committee ever since the 1972 Munich Games, where 11 Israeli athletes and coaches died after Palestinian gunmen raided the Olympic village.

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The attacks in Paris came at a time when the French capital is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics. Paris, which lasted hosted the Games in 1924, is competing against Rome, Los Angeles, Hamburg and Budapest. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.

Bach said the attacks should not harm the Paris bid.

“We have to take into consideration we are talking about Olympic Games nine years from now,” he said. “Terrorism is international. Terrorism is not restricted to Paris or France. It’s an international challenge. Terrorism is not restricted to sports events. We could sadly see in Paris it affects any kind of gathering.”

Friday night’s bloodshed began when two explosions went off outside Stade de France during a friendly soccer match between France and Germany. Four people, including three suicide bombers, were killed in those attacks.

The Stade de France would serve as the flagship Olympic Stadium if Paris wins the right to host the 2024 Games.

“In nine years I hope the world will look differently, that the responsible politicians will have an answer to terrorism,” Bach said.

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Paris climate conference not about emissions targets: Catherine McKenna

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The upcoming climate change conference in Paris may not result in legally-binding carbon emission reduction targets, said Canada’s new environment minister, but broadcasting their goals on the international stage should put pressure on individual countries to stick to the targets they set for themselves.

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In an interview with The West Block’s Tom Clark this week, Catherine McKenna said she believes the climate talks will be successful, even if the purpose is not to negotiate individual reduction targets for each country.

“What we’re trying to do is get an agreement where everyone is at the table, everyone says we accept climate change is a problem, we’re going to take action, we’re going to do it in a transparent way, we’re going to be accountable for our targets, we’re going to be doing better,” McKenna said.

For Canada, that will likely mean a commitment to meet —; or do better than —; the 30 per cent reduction of 2005 levels by 2030 set by the previous Conservative government. That target, however, may not be legally binding. McKenna, an international lawyer by trade, said “legally binding” can mean different things.

“In the United States, if it’s a legally binding treaty, it has to go through Congress,” she said. “The last thing we want is to have it fail in Congress … the U.S. not be part of this treaty. I think what we need is a way forward. And so, even if it’s not legally binding in a very formal international law sense, the idea that you would have to report on your targets, you have to show progress, you would have to show where you’re at, those are all ways that you increase transparency and they increase pressure.”

McKenna confirmed she will meet with Canada’s premiers and various federal scientists before the conference to hammer out how they will approach the talks as a cohesive unit.

“It’s really exciting because scientists from Environment Canada are going to talk about the science of climate change. We haven’t really had a big discussion about that over the past decade and I think that’s setting the stage.”


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Many travelers likely to skip Paris, but airlines continue to offer flights

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Airlines continued to operate flights to Paris on Saturday, but the terror attacks in the French capital left tourists and business travelers wondering whether to cancel upcoming trips.

The attacks left the travel community on edge. Some would-be travelers quickly cancelled trips to Paris, while the airlines let anxious customers with weekend tickets for Paris change plans without a fee.

Tensions were high at airports across Europe on Saturday.

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A Paris-bound Air France jet was evacuated at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after authorities received a threatening tweet. At London’s Gatwick Airport, a terminal was shut down for hours after a 41-year-old man from France was seen throwing away what looked like a gun. Authorities called in explosives experts.

U.S. authorities said that they had nothing to add to Friday night’s comment by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson that officials didn’t know of any specific or credible terror threats against the United States.

Air France said it would operate all upcoming flights to and from France but that delays were expected because of increased security measures at airports, including Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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United Airlines and Delta Air Lines said that all their flights between the U.S. and Paris were operating, although Delta noted that many Paris departures were held up waiting for passengers to go through extra security screening. American Airlines said all its flights would run too, except a Paris-to-Dallas flight – that plane remained in Dallas when the Paris-bound leg was cancelled Friday night.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said flights to and from Paris were full. United and American declined to give details on the occupancy levels of their flights.

Some Americans, however, cancelled trips after seeing coverage of the terror on Paris streets.

Joe Nardozzi, a 31-year-old New York investment banker, and his wife won’t be taking the wedding-anniversary trip they planned later this month.

“I have no interest in losing my life over a trip to Paris.”

U.S. airlines waived fees for Paris-bound passengers who want to change their ticket, but only if their flight was scheduled in the next couple days. That angered Nardozzi, who paid $1,600 for his tickets and said American Airlines was too inflexible given the horror of the situation.

Blake Fleetwood, president of New York-based Cook Travel, said about 10 customers told him they want to cancel Paris trips. He and his wife might do the same next month.

“It’s a terrible situation,” Fleetwood said. “It’s going to hurt the travel industry, the hotels, the airlines, the restaurants.”

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Kevin Mitchell, who runs an advocacy group called the Business Travel Coalition, expects some worried corporate travellers to cancel trips to Europe.

“These companies have to continue to do business,” he said, “but for some period of time they’ll give employees a lot of leeway about travelling to Europe and Paris in particular.”

It’s not just Western visitors who might avoid Paris. Egyptian college graduate Aya Sayed has always dreamed of strolling the streets of the City of Light.

“I would be too afraid to go because I don’t want to be mistreated because of my headscarf or ethnicity.” she said. “Who knows what they might do to us now?”

Decisions by leisure and business travellers could hinge on whether the Paris attacks are seen as a one-time event or the vanguard of a stepped-up campaign by Islamic radicals. Islamic State, the group fighting in Syria and Iraq, claimed it bombed a Russian passenger jet last month over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, although investigators have not determined the cause of the crash that killed 224 people.

Consumers with travel insurance that includes terrorism coverage can probably recover the cost of a trip to Paris, according to Squaremouth, a policy-comparison website. But even policies that cover terrorism may only apply to trips scheduled in the next week or month and might not apply to travel in other parts of France or Europe more broadly, a company spokeswoman said.

French officials said they would increase border controls on roads, train lines and at airports, which remained open.

Even travellers who go to Paris are likely to be in a less celebratory mood. On Saturday, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other must-see attractions were closed until further notice, and the mood in the city was changed.

WATCH: France’s security alert at the highest possible level following Paris shooting

Toronto residents Mark Hutchison and Ashleigh Marshall planned a big night out during a Paris stopover on their trip back home from Tanzania – “go to a restaurant, go to a bar, have a glass of wine,” Hutchison said. Instead, they decided to hunker down in their hotel with a bottle of wine once the sun went down Saturday evening.

“It’s a lot to take in,” he said of the deadly attacks. “You can’t make sense of it.”

On flights to the U.S. from Paris, the mood was understandably subdued.

Shannon Sharpe, 47, who works for an oil and gas company, caught a connecting flight in Paris on his way to Houston from Africa.

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“It was a bit more quiet,” he said of the Air France flight. “I don’t want to say it was a bit of mourning, but when a tragedy like that happens, people are still in a state of shock,” he said.

Will Bogle, of Atlanta, a music agent and manager of gospel singer Ricky Dillard, spent five days in Paris with his pregnant wife, Rebecca Hill-Bogle. On Friday, they were dining about 10 minutes away from one of the explosions.

The couple flew home on a Delta Air Lines flight. Will Bogle said the experience was different from after the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S., when there was more talk from flights attendants and pilots. But coming from France, there was not much talk at all, he said.

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Thousands take part in Montreal Solidarity Walk for Paris victims

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MONTREAL – Mayor Denis Coderre called on the population to take part in a Solidarity walk in Montreal on Sunday morning to show support for the French people.

“What happened in Paris can happen anywhere in the world,” he said. “We have to be solidaire in those times of grievance.”

The mayor’s call was answered as thousands gathered at the Quartier des Spectacles, two days after the Paris attacks that killed 129 people.

For Marie Mathers, a Montrealer who lived in Paris for years, the attacks hit close to home.

“I couldn’t help thinking that my son could have been one of those kids at the Bataclan,” she said, referring to the music venue that saw a large share of bloodshed.

The crowds, some waving the Tricolore flag, others with their hands in their pockets walked in silence towards the French Consulate on McGill College Avenue.

“You can hear a pin drop. It is so silent, solemn,” said Global Montreal’s Rachel Lau.

Attendees walk in silence towards the French Consulate at Montreal’s Solidarity Walk on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

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To some, the silence was the most striking.

Mayor Denis Coderre, was warmly greeted as he took to the podium.

Several other elected Montreal officials , as well as the Consul General of France in Montreal, Catherine Feuillet are taking part in today’s Solidarity Walk.

Also marching was Imam Gilles Sadek, who “came here to show our solidarity,” he said.

“And to show that we do not agree with the people who did this act.”

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