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Pickering Hosts Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Pakistan School Massacre

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Tomorrow evening, the City of Pickering will host a candlelight vigil for the 148 victims of the school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan.

"The evil and horror of the Pakistan school massacre is beyond comprehension.  We are heartbroken over this senseless tragedy," said Mayor Dave Ryan.  "The candlelight vigil will allow our community to come together so that we may grieve this immeasurable loss."

What:    Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Pakistan School Massacre

Who:      Mayor & Members of Council, Friends Indeed Canada, Community

Where:  Civic Centre Courtyard - One The Esplanade

When:    December 19, 2014 – 7:00 pm

The candlelight vigil is being organized by Friends Indeed Canada, a grassroots community organization whose mandate is to strengthen Canada's multicultural fabric by bridging the gap between various socio-political, cultural, and faith groups.  "With bleeding hearts and wet eyes, let's join to remember those innocents who were ruthlessly massacred," said Vaqar Raees, president, Friends Indeed Canada. "Let us strengthen our resolve that neither we will get scared, nor fail to defeat the culprits."

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As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet.  Pickering is an affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer.  The City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management, service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of sports, leisure and recreation opportunities to its residents.  Pickering has been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for growth companies and received the 2008 FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Planning Award.

Media Contact:
Mark Guinto
Coordinator, Public Affairs | Office of the Mayor
905.420.4660 ext. 2013  |  1.866.683.2760  TTY 905.420.1739
mguinto@pickering.ca