Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth NewsWatch-

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(Cda-Iran-Crash)

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Iran has approved visas for eight more Canadian officials, who are travelling to the country today to help investigate the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner.

Of the 176 people killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight 7-5-2 was mistakenly shot down by Iranian forces last Wednesday, 138 were bound for Canada, and 57 were Canadian citizens.

Two experts from the Transportation Safety Board and six members of Canada's standing rapid deployment team will join other Canadian officials in providing consular assistance to the families of the victims, including supporting repatriation of remains and helping to identify victims.

At a vigil in Edmonton yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told families that while no words can ease their pain and outrage, he sincerely hopes they can find some comfort in knowing that all Canadians stand with them. (4)

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(Cda-Iran-Crash-Maple-Leaf-Foods)

The C-E-O of Maple Leaf Foods says he's both livid and in mourning over the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 7-5-2, which was shot down by Iranian forces who mistook it for a hostile target.

In a series of tweets from the packaged meat company's official Twitter account, Michael McCain says a company employee lost his wife and his 11-year-old son in what he describes as a "needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran."

Calling the posts "personal reflections," McCain writes -- quote -- "U-S government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes." (4)

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(Assisted-Dying)

The federal government is launching public consultations today following a court ruling that found it unconstitutional to only allow Canadians already near death to pursue medical assistance in ending their suffering. …

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