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August 8, 7 PM Candlelight Vigil for Victims in Beirut, Lebanon

Toronto to honour the lives of those lost.

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Nathan Phillips Square #lightsforLebanon
On Tuesday, August 4th 2020 at 6:07 PM. a destructive and devastating explosion rocked
Lebanon’s capital Beirut, leaving over 100 people dead And more than 5,000 injured. Officials expect the death toll to rise as emergency workers and civilians continue to search for survivors in the rubble. The explosion’s magnitude has ranked third in the world following Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This catastrophic event comes amidst Lebanon’s worst social, economic and political crisis in history. Our hearts ache from near and far as we watch the damage unfold. Our hearts have been shattered and our minds crippled. Lebanon and its people are in our thoughts and prayers.
“Canadians were shocked & deeply saddened by the devastating toll of Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut. We mourn the tragic loss of life, and wish a full & quick recovery to the thousands who were injured. We are with you, and will be there to help you overcome this tragedy.” tweeted the honourable Justin Trudeau​.

Statement by the Prime Minister on the fatal explosion in Lebanon

“Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens in Lebanon can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca. Canadian citizens in Lebanon in need of emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada in Beirut at 961 (4) 726-700 or berut-cs@international.gc.ca or call Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885.”

Facebook event link 

What: A Vigil for Lebanon Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Saturday, Aug 08 at 7:00 PM to 10 PM (Official Ceremony and Speeches start at 8 PM)
Who: Confirmed Dignitaries: Denzil Minnan-Wong; Deputy Mayor Confirmed Business Leaders: Mohamad Fakih CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, Rola Dagher President of Cisco Canada, Charles Khabouth CEO of INK Entertainment, Dany Assaf, Partner at Torys LLP, Abdelhamid Dernaika President-Quebec of CMC, Youssef Harb CEO of Stars on Board Invited Dignitaries: Ahmed Hussen; Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Chrystia Freeland; Deputy Prime Minister. Bill Morneau; Minister of Finance. Adam van Koeverden; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport).Rob Oliphant; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.Omar Alghabra; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Public Service Renewal) and to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of  Intergovernmental Affairs. MP Iqra Khalid, MP Sven Spengemann and others.

As work on the ground continues in #Lebanon, the full extent of the crisis is becoming clear.
We are announcing that we will support Flag of Canadas who wish to help by matching their donations. Together we can make a difference for the people of Lebanon

Link to the Humanitarian Coalition >> Donate Now

Organizers Contact Information:
Julia Chakra juliaachakra@gmail.com​ ​(647) 448-7600
Abdullatif Al-Shaikh president@canmcouncil.org (647)887-7011
Hamsa Diab Farhat hamsa@tasteofthemiddleeast.ca (416)710-8710

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