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12 B.C. residents among 63 Canadians killed in Tehran plane crash



At least 12 B.C. residents were among 63 Canadians killed when a Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran Wednesday.

At least 12 B.C. residents were among 63 Canadians killed when a Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran Wednesday.

The Boeing Co. 737-800 jetliner bound for Ukraine that crashed after takeoff in Iran, was most likely brought down by an engine fire, according to a Reuters story.

Many of the passengers were due to take a connecting flight from Kyiv onwards to Toronto.


On Wednesday afternoon, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that connecting flight landed in Toronto with 138 empty seats, indicating that in addition to the 63 Canadians who had died, a further 70-plus non-citizens were bound for Canada as their final destination.

Ukraine International Airlines said all 167 passengers and nine crew members onboard the plane died in the crash. Names of the passengers who were onboard Flight PS752 have been released by the airline.

Here are some of the B.C. residents among those on Flight PS752.

Delaram Dadashnejad

Langara College student Delaram Dadashnejad, 26, was identified as one of the victims by Iran‘s ISNA news agency after the student’s B.C. identity card was found among the wreckage.

Langara president Dr. Lane Trotter said Dadashnejad was an international student taking university transfer classes, and was flying home to Vancouver after a visit with family in Tehran.

“On behalf of the Langara College community, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Delaram Dadashnejad,” Trotter said in a statement.

“The loss of one of our students is one that impacts our entire community. Our Counselling and International Education team will be providing support for our students, while staff and faculty have access to our Employee and Family Assistance Program.

“We are heartbroken over the fatal tragedy that took place; our thoughts and prayers are with those in mourning from this incident.”

B.C. student Delaram Dadashnejad has been named as one of the victims in Wednesday’s plane crash in Tehran.


Mother Ayeshe Pourghaderi and daughter Fatemeh Pasavand

Arash Azrahimi, who owns Rosewood Photography in North Vancouver, said some of the victims were his clients, including a mother, Ayeshe Pourghaderi, 36, and her daughter Fatemeh Pasavand, 17, who lived in North Vancouver.

They are survived by husband/father Amir Pasavand, who owns Amir Bakery on Lonsdale Avenue.

A vigil was planned at the bakery on Wednesday evening.

From left to right Ayeshe Pourghaderi, Amir Pasavand and their daughter Fatemeh Pasavand.


Dr. Firouzeh Madani and Dr. Naser Pourshabanoshibi

Also from North Vancouver and killed in the crash were Dr. Firouzeh Madani and Dr. Naser Pourshabanoshibi.

Madani immigrated to Canada from Iran in September 2013 with her husband and daughter.

In an archived blog post on the New To BC website, Madani was interviewed about her experience working to transfer her medical skills and qualifications to Canada.

“For my husband and I, the biggest challenge faced was finding a job, but the other issue we faced was the fact that our daughter was starting high school in a foreign country,” she said.

In 2015, Madani had taken one of the required three exams that would allow her to begin practicing medicine in Canada. The blog post also spoke about Madani’s support from MOSAIC and Back in Motion – Skills Connect in order to secure work after immigrating. Madani had also spent time working with the North Vancouver City Library as a library champion.

Majid Mahichi, who runs Persian television studio Parvaz TV, is a childhood friend of Pourshabanoshibi who reconnected with him after the latter immigrated in 2013.

“He was one of the top students in town,” said Mahichi. “They decided to upgrade their education in Canada so they moved to a better life here.”

Mahichi said Pourshabanoshibi was kind and highly focused on education.

“Always thinking about a good future, you know? That’s why he moved to Canada, to have a better life,” he told Postmedia.

They are survived by their daughter Kimia Pourshaban Oshibi.

Dr. Naser Pourshabanoshibi and Dr. Firouzeh Madani were aboard Flight PS752 when it crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran.


Couple Mohammad Hossein (Daniel) Saket and Fatemeh (Faye) Kazerani

North Vancouver couple Mohammad Hossein (Daniel) Saket and Fatemeh Kazerani also died, according to relative Farzad Taheri. Taheri said Saket, born in 1986, was an engineer and Kazerani, born in 1987, was a dental hygienist.

A photo of the couple, along with a notebook where people could write their memories and condolences, sat on the counter of a North Vancouver development on which Saket had worked. Saket’s employer, Denna Homes, planned to hold a memorial on Saturday.

Vancouver couple Mohammad Hossein (Daniel) Saket and Fatemeh Kazerani were killed in a plane crash Wednesday in Tehran.

Coquitlam family Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi, Kamyar Ebnoddin Hamidi, and Niloofar Razzaghi

Three members of a Port Coquitlam family have also been identified as victims – husband and wife Ardalan Ebnoddin-Hamidi and Niloofar Razzaghi, and their teenaged son Kamyar Ebnoddin-Hamidi.

Shahram Hamraz of Coquitlam knew the family through the Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society, an organization where Ardalan, the husband and father, served as a board member.

Hamraz described the family as “very positive in the community.”

“They were so active in our community… and it’s a small community,” Hamraz said. “So it is a loss, really.”

Ardalan Evnoddin-Hamidi, 48, Niloofar Razzaghi, 45, and, Hamyar Ebnoddin Hamidi, 15, of Coquitlam were among the passengers killed when Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday.

Niloofar Razzaghi Facebook photo

Brother and sister Zeynab Asadi Lari and Mohammad Asadi Lari

Brother and sister Zeynab Asadi Lari and Mohammad Asadi Lari, both former UBC students, also died in the crash.

According to social media posts, the brother and sister have recently been living in the Toronto area.

UBC president and vice-chancellor Santa Ono said Zeynab enrolled at UBC in 2016 in the Bachelor of Science program, with a biology major, while Mohammad graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences with honours standing.

Mohammad was also co-founder of the STEM fellowship, a youth-run Canadian non-profit organization that uses mentors to give students skills in data science and scholarly writing.

“On behalf of the UBC community, I wish to express my deepest condolences to their family, friends and loved ones,” Ono said in a statement. “This is a challenging time for UBC’s Iranian students, faculty and staff and we understand developments internationally and domestically in Iran are a cause of deep concern for them.”

Former UBC student Zeynab Asadi Lari was among the victims of the plane crash Wednesday in Tehran. She was studying in Vancouver.

Former UBC student Mohammad Asadi Lari was among the passengers killed when Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday.


What people are saying

B.C. Premier John Horgan said the province joins with nations around the world in “mourning this tragic loss of life.”

President of Langara College Lane Trotter offered condolences to the family of Dadashnejad on behalf of the community at Langara.

Trotter said Delaram was an international student taking university transfer classes, and was flying home to Vancouver after a visit with family in Tehran.

“The loss of one of our students is one that impacts our entire community. Our Counselling and International Education team will be providing support for our students, while staff and faculty have access to our Employee and Family Assistance Program,” Trotter said, in a statement.

“We are heartbroken over the fatal tragedy that took place; our thoughts and prayers are with those in mourning from this incident.”

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he was “deeply saddened by the news” and offered condolences to the families.

“My thoughts and condolences are with the loved ones of everyone who was on board Flight 752. We do know some of those lost were from British Columbia’s Persian community, and we are offering our support to the entire community during this terrible time,” he said, in a statement Wednesday.

“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, I want to extend my deepest and most sincere sympathies to the friends and loved ones of all the passengers and flight crew.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shocked and saddened” and said the Canadian government will work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated.

— With files from Reuters


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Canada consulting on retaliatory tariffs, what's on the list? – CTV News



The federal government is holding consultations on a long list of potential tariffs Canada may impose of American aluminum products in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 10-per-cent tariff on Canadian aluminum imports.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned Trump’s move during a press conference on Friday, calling it “absurd,” while unveiling a draft list of 68 products that could soon be subject to new tariffs worth as much as $3.6 billion.

“In response to these unwarranted tariffs, Canada will respond swiftly and strongly in defence of our workers. We will impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures in a balanced and perfectly reciprocal retaliation. We will not escalate and we will not back down,” she said, speaking in Toronto.

Freeland noted that the government is looking for input, from Canadians in the next 30 days, to finalize the list of products.

“The prime minister has decided to launch consultations on a broad and extensive list of aluminum-containing products. We invite Canadians and Canadian businesses to participate in these consultations,” she said.

The consultations list includes:

  • Household washing machines, not including machines which both wash and dry, of a dry linen capacity not exceeding 10 kg, fully-automatic
  • Bicycles and other cycles
  • Bicycle wheels
  • Golf clubs, complete
  • Articles for sports and general physical exercise (e.g., bats, hockey sticks, playground equipment)
  • Refrigerators, household type, compression type
  • Monopods, bipods, tripods of aluminum
  • Embossed aluminum cans for use in the packaging of beverages
  • Metal furniture of a kind used in offices
  • Aluminum ores and concentrates
  • Slag, ash and residues, containing mainly aluminum
  • Aluminum tube or pipe fittings
  • Aluminum doors, windows and their frames and thresholds for doors
  • Aluminum containers for compressed or liquefied gas
  • Aluminum nails, tacks, staples (other than those of heading 83.05), screws, bolts, nuts, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter-pins, washers and similar articles

The remaining items are variations of those listed above. Freeland said it’s ironic that Americans will be negatively impacted by the tariffs Trump announced.

“Any American who buys a can of beer or soda or a car or a bike will suffer. In fact, the very washing machines manufactured at the Whirlpool plant where the president made his announcement yesterday, will become more expensive for Americans and less competitive with machines produced elsewhere in the world. “

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Canada to impose $3.6B in tariffs in response to Trump's move against Canadian aluminium –



The federal government will spend the next month consulting with Canadians about which U.S. metals products to target with retaliatory tariffs as a new trade dispute flares up, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. 

The government intends to impose $3.6 billion in punitive counter-measures after spending 30 days consulting with business leaders and other Canadians about potential targets from a preliminary list.

“Canada will respond swiftly and strongly,” Freeland told a news conference.

She made the announcement a day after U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed tariffs of 10 per cent on certain aluminum products, ending a recent period of calm on the U.S.-Canada trade front. 

The products being targeted by the U.S. are used as raw materials in other aluminum-based goods, and comprised slightly more than half of Canadian aluminum exports to the U.S. over the past year. 

Freeland said Canada would seek to avoid escalating the dispute. She said the retaliation would be reciprocal and limited in scope.

But she blasted the Trump administration — calling it the most protectionist in U.S. history. She called its rationale for new tariffs “ludicrous” and “absurd.”

She also said Americans would suffer more than anyone else — for example, she predicted a price increase on the very washing machines made at the Ohio plant where Trump announced the tariffs.  

Ford said he’s disappointed by the U.S. president’s move, which comes in the middle of a pandemic. ‘Who does this?’ he asked. 0:51

“The United States has taken the absurd decision to harm its own people at a time when its economy is suffering its deepest crisis since the Great Depression,” she said.

“Any American who buys a can of beer or a soda or a car or a bike will suffer. In fact, the washing machines Trump stood in front of yesterday will get more expensive.”

She called the tariffs “unnecessary, unwarranted and entirely unacceptable,” and said “a trade dispute is the last thing anyone needs” during an economic crisis.

The business community also lambasted Trump. 

“Here we go again,” said Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian American Business Council, saying this is an especially bad time to trigger a trade war.

‘Bad idea’

“Poor timing, bad idea. I don’t know what else to say.”

In the U.S., a Wall Street Journal editorial accused Trump of retreating to his favourite play — tariffs — in the hope of salvaging his struggling re-election bid.

“[This is] Mr. Trump at his policy worst,” said the paper, whose conservative editorial board usually supports Trump, but frequently criticizes him on trade policy.

 Canada’s premiers are pressing Ottawa to punch back.

Ontario’s Doug Ford began a news conference Friday by raising the issue, unprompted. He said he feared steel tariffs might also be imminent, and expressed his annoyance with Trump.

“I just have to say how disappointed I am with President Trump right now,” Ford said.

“Who would do this [now, in difficult economic times]? Well, President Trump did this…. And I encouraged the deputy prime minister to put retaliatory tariffs as close as possible.”

Quebec Premier François Legault, whose province is an aluminum-producing hub, echoed the sentiment. He tweeted that he’d asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose counter-tariffs.

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Canadian woman urges Ottawa to return husband from Bolivia –



A Canadian woman whose husband is stuck in Bolivia due to the COVID-19 travel shutdown is appealing to Ottawa to bring her husband back to her.

However, Ottawa is not planning any additional repatriation flights.

In February, Hugo Rolando Barrientos Cardozo, who is a Canadian permanent resident, left the home he shares with Megan Radford in Orleans, Ont., to tie up loose ends in Bolivia.

The plan was for her to join him in April, so they could fly back together and bring both of his dogs with them. After four years of marriage, they would finally be settled as a couple and ready to start a family.

But on March 16, days after the pandemic was declared, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians to return home while flights were available. The next day, Bolivia announced all flights in and out of the country would be suspended in four days.

Radford says the couple recently moved into a new home near Ottawa where they are hoping to start a family. (Destiny Dawn Photography)

In an instant, Barrientos Cardozo was stranded a continent away.

“I can’t sugar-coat it, it’s the worst. It’s really, really hard,” Radford said from her parents’ home in Brookside, N.S., earlier this week.

The couple is solid, she said, but “it’s just whether or not our mental health is going to be able to stay strong through it.”

Radford spoke for her husband, who declined an interview.

It’s been a long haul for the couple and other Canadians who remain separated from loved ones.

In a statement from Global Affairs Canada, a spokesperson said the final few remaining flights had concluded, and there are no plans for repatriation flights after July.

In the last few months, Ottawa returned nearly 57,000 Canadians on about 700 flights from 109 countries.

In May, Rob Oliphant, the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, said the job was nearly 90 per cent done, but completing the “last part of the marathon is always the toughest.”

‘Their job isn’t finished yet’

Radford has called Global Affairs’ emergency helpline, and asked her member of Parliament, Marie-France Lalonde, for help to bring her husband home.

The air travel lockdown by Bolivia has created significant challenges to return Barrientos Cardozo, Lalonde said in a written statement.

Global Affairs would not comment directly on this case, but said it is aware of Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Bolivia who want to come home, but cannot because there are no flights.

There are nearly 6,700 Canadians registered in Bolivia, though the department said registration is not an indication of a wish to stay or leave.

Radford has temporarily moved back home with her parents. The couple stays connected through daily video calls. (Elizabeth Chiu/CBC)

Radford notes that while Britain and the U.S. have had repatriation flights to Bolivia, Canada has not.

“I think their job isn’t finished yet,” she said. “There’s so many of us still waiting and saying, ‘Well, what about us?'”

The situation is urgent because Bolivia, which is ruled by an interim government and is one of Latin America’s poorest countries, is suffering under the added strain of COVID-19.

It’s so desperate that the country has imposed a strict curfew.

“They’re having to gather bodies off of the street because people don’t know where to put their dead, or they kind of just die in the streets because they can’t get into the hospitals,” Radford said.

The anxiety grows for the couple with each passing month. In October, Barrientos Cardozo’s passport will expire, adding another complication. Bolivian government offices closed in March.

Painful wait

Waiting for him alone at home for months has been a strain. In June, she moved back in with her parents and siblings because of it.

After facing the challenges of Canada’s immigration system to get her husband permanent residency status, this uncertainty is worse, she said.

The couple, who are Christians, are relying on their faith to get through this separation. But while they’re both healthy, that could change in a heartbeat with COVID-19.

“Rolo and I have been apart most of our relationship, but this is different. There’s a life-threatening disease involved,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard to even sleep because I’m wondering if he gets sick, what’s going to happen.”


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