Province establishing scholarships to honour victims of Iran plane crash

17 Janvier, 2020, 14:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"This is a brutal, ruthless regime", Ford said. "I want to send a message-and it may not get over there-I support the (anti-government) protesters that are out there".

"It's probably one of the toughest, most emotional meetings I've ever been in", Ford said. "The RCMP is now creating DNA profiles here in Canada to assist Iran with Canadian victim identification".

He says those countries expect Iran to deal with them on providing compensation for victims' families, and ensure a transparent investigation into the downing of the aircraft.

Premier Doug Ford will formally announce the scholarships at a news conference Thursday morning.

"One gentleman told me how he lost his daughter and his granddaughter; another person lost their husband; another person lost their brother, sister and a wife and child", he said.

"It was absolutely heartbreaking", he added.

Ontario is creating 57 new postsecondary scholarships to honour the victims of the Iran plane crash that left no survivors last week.

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The Ontario postsecondary institutions who lost students or faculty in the fatal plane crash included Carleton University, Centennial College, Fleming College, George Brown College, Lambton College, McMaster University, Queen's University, Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT), the University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, and York University.

The new scholarships will be for the 2021-22 school year and the government will be distributing $10,000 for each.

Scholarships will be distributed with financial need and academic merit in mind.

Ford said the province will do what they can for families who lost loved ones to make things easier.

Ontario's Ministry of Colleges and Universities will further develop the scholarships in the coming weeks by consulting with the federal government, cultural community groups and the schools. The Canadian Press has independently confirmed at least 89 victims with ties to Canada, many of them students and professors returning after spending the December break visiting relatives in Iran.

"We will honour their memories through these scholarships to recognize their incredible contributions to our communities", Ford said. "Scholarships will be allocated in honour of each of the 34 victims to the institutions to which they belonged, with the remainder allocated to other eligible institutions based on a competitive process." stated the release.

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