Our deepest condolences on the anniversary of the April 18-19, 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia

Three years ago, the worst mass shooting incident in the history of our country claimed the lives of 22 innocent people in Nova Scotia, and deeply affected thousands more.

On this third anniversary, USJE would like to take this opportunity to express our ongoing condolences to all those who were touched by this tragedy, including the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured or terrorized during the violent rampage, including Lisa Banfield (the gunman’s common law partner), all members of the RCMP, Correctional Service of Canada, other first responders, as well as the broader community of Portapique who were directly or indirectly impacted.

On April 20, 2020, many of USJE’s members in Nova Scotia — who are public service employees with the RCMP and CSC — were deeply affected by this tragedy given their support role with RCMP and CSC operations. Some of the psychological impacts on these employees have yet to be fully acknowledged.

We know this day will never be forgotten by them, or the many Nova Scotians whose lives were changed by this horrible event.

For more information on this tragedy, please visit the recent report of the Mass Casualty Commission (masscasualtycommission.ca)