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Canada Garneau says compensation for Flight PS752 victims' families is a 'priority'

07:50  16 january  2020
07:50  16 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

2 Windsorites confirmed killed in Iran plane crash

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Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today that pushing for compensation for the families of Canadians killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS 752 was shot down a week ago in Iran is a priority for the federal government. "One of the requirements from Canada's point of view

Garneau says compensation for Flight PS 752 victims ' families is a ' priority '. The University of Ottawa has said that three of the victims were students there, while Queen's University has confirmed one of its undergraduate students died in the crash.

Marc Garneau© Blair Gable Marc Garneau Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today that pushing for compensation for the families of Canadians killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down a week ago in Iran is a priority for the federal government.

"One of the requirements from Canada's point of view, along with justice, is compensation. Compensation to be provided by those that stand guilty of playing a role in this tragic accident. But let's do the homework first," Garneau told a news conference in Ottawa this afternoon.

"While we can't bring back their loved ones, we can make sure that they receive compensation to help them navigate this difficult time."

Canada investigates reports that Iran is harassing families trying to repatriate remains of crash victims

  Canada investigates reports that Iran is harassing families trying to repatriate remains of crash victims Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is looking into "disturbing" allegations that Iran is harassing family members of PS752 airline crash victims who are desperately trying to bring home their loved ones' remains.Responding to a video posted on Twitter of a woman pleading for Canada's help in bringing home the body of her son, Champagne tweeted back that the government is looking into the matter. The video was posted by an Iranian journalist/activist who said Iranian authorities are telling families of crash victims not to speak to journalists.

It said flight PS 752 had turned towards a "sensitive military centre" of the Revolutionary Guards, the force set up to defend the country's Islamic He vowed to prosecute those responsible. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif apologised to the families of the victims but laid part of the blame on the US.

TORONTO (Sputnik) - Canada has promised families affected by the Ukraine jet crash in Iran that they will receive compensation for the loss of their loved ones, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said , during a Wednesday press conference.

Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, who has been tasked with working directly with the victims' families, said the government also is providing financial supports to those affected and options for further financial supports are being considered.

For starters, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is waiving and reimbursing all visa and immigration-related fees for those affected by this tragedy. The department also is expediting requests for visa and other required travel documents, said Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister.

Alghabra was asked today if the federal government is considering offering the family members a form of interim compensation while they wait for a proper compensation claim to be settled with Iran.

RCMP tasked with helping to identify Canadian victims of Flight PS752 crash

  RCMP tasked with helping to identify Canadian victims of Flight PS752 crash The RCMP has been assigned to help identify the remains of the Canadians killed in the destruction of a Ukrainian passenger plane outside of Tehran last week. The RCMP runs the Canadian bureau of the the international police agency Interpol. "The RCMP can confirm that Interpol Ottawa received a request for assistance. It is currently working with Canadian police of jurisdiction to collect some DNA samples from Canadian victims' families, within Canada, to assist with the identification of the victims," said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Caroline Duval in an email.

Garneau and Alghabra said the government is still calling for Iran to allow victims ’ families to bring the remains of their loved ones to Canada. And I understand that this has been a very difficult process for families ,” said Alghabra, describing how the process to identify the bodies is ongoing.

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau detailed on Wednesday the steps Canada is taking to support family members of the Canadians killed on board a Ukrainian jetliner shot down by Iran military near Tehran.

"We are actively exploring these options and we hope a decision will be made in short order," he said.

Alghabra said the government is offering legal assistance to families as well.

"We are working hard to provide legal resources to grieving families," he said. "Families should not feel pressured into making legal claims immediately while they are in mourning and attending to the returning of remains of their lost ones and funeral arrangements."

Canada and allies meeting in London tomorrow

After days of denial, officials in Tehran admitted last week that Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down unintentionally by Iranian missiles. Canadian transportation investigators and consular officials are in Iran this week as the investigation into the crash gets underway.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne tweeted this morning that consular officials are reaching out to banks and insurance companies to help the families of the victims, and have reached out to airlines to begin discussing their travel to and from Iran.

Plane crash black boxes ‘are with Iran,’ Canada prepared to help decode: Garneau

  Plane crash black boxes ‘are with Iran,’ Canada prepared to help decode: Garneau Canada is considering providing interim compensation to victims and providing aircraft to bring back remains.Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday that 10 members of Canada's rapid deployment team are now on the ground in Iran and that officials from the Transportation Safety Board have begun their investigation into the downing of the aircraft.

The family members of those killed on Flight PS 752 are likely entitled to monetary compensation under international aviation law, lawyers say , but could also achieve it through pressuring A second possible avenue of compensation for victims ' families is through the International Court of Justice.

'This is something that we owe to those families ,' says transportation minister. CBC Radio · Posted: Jan 13, 2020 6:11 PM ET | Last Updated Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada will hold Iran to its promise that it will allow Canadians access to the Flight PS 752 debris and black box data.

Garneau said Canada is still seeking official status in Iran's investigation, which would allow Canadian officials to take part in the analysis of the flight recorders' data.

After Garneau's press conference, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued a series of tweets saying Canada's desire to participate in the investigation is focused on aircraft safety — not on any future court proceedings.

"A safety investigation is all about finding out what happened and why, and preventing it from reoccurring. A safety investigation under Annex 13 shall be separate from judicial proceedings," the TSB said.

Today's update in Ottawa came as Canadian officials and other international allies prepared to meet in London Thursday to push Iran for justice for the families of the victims.

Iran's judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili said earlier this week that "extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested."

His statement on the judiciary's website did not name the arrested individuals or say how many had been detained.

Meanwhile, a new video uploaded to YouTube from Iran appears to show the moment Flight PS752 was hit by two missiles. CBC has not independently verified the video, but the New York Times reported it has confirmed the video is security camera footage that shows two missiles striking the airliner.

The plane crash happened just hours after Iran launched air strikes against two military bases in Iraq where U.S. forces, and some Canadians, were stationed. The attack was ordered in retaliation for the Trump administration's targeted killing of Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, the week before.

'Alone and lost': Family of Canadian killed in Ethiopian air crash says government 'abandoned' them .
A Toronto couple whose daughter died in a plane crash in March say they're heartened by what Ottawa is doing to support victims of the more recent crash in Iran — but they still feel they were abandoned by their government. Clariss and Chris Moore are haunted by the death of their daughter Danielle, 24, in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019. They accuse the federal government of not doing enough to help them and other victims' families through the aftermath.

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