Although Nova Scotia may be on the opposite coast, British Columbians have been mourning the lives lost in Canada’s largest mass shooting.
On April 18 and 19, Gabriel Wortman went on a rampage, setting fires and killing 22 people in Nova Scotia.
A number of prominent British Columbians have ties to Nova Scotia.
In her daily B.C. COVID-19 update on April 22, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has been leading the province through the pandemic, said that Nova Scotia is “a place that’s very dear” to her.
“To my Nova Scotia family, wherever you are, and to my RCMP family, know that I am heaving a sigh and wish for thee, and we’ll mourn with you from afar,” she said.
While singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan may live in Vancouver, she hails from Nova Scotia’s provincial capital of Halifax.
McLachlan took to Facebook to express her feelings about the tragedy.
“I am heartbroken by the tragic news in my home province of Nova Scotia,” McLachlan wrote on April 24. “This devastating loss of life is unfathomable and my heart goes out to the victims and their families, first responders, and the entire community that has been affected by these senseless acts of violence. While I know that no words can take away the pain, I am sending love and peace to all.”
With the post, she uploaded a video of her and her daughter, India Ann, singing her 1998 ballad “Angel”.
McLachlan also participated in the star-studded Stronger Together, Nous Ensemble fundraising show for Food Banks Canada yesterday (April 26) and sang in the group performance of “Lean on Me”, to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross.