Parksville council approves resolution in support of Ukrainian people

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Parksville council approved a resolution in support of the people of Ukraine during a special council meeting yesterday (March 2).

“We have seen the images of hardship coming from Ukraine and we are all saddened and disturbed about the aggressive Russian invasion into Ukraine. Many of us are feeling helpless as to what we can do. I am proposing Council approve a resolution today which I believe will represent our residents who are feeling the same way,” said Mayor Ed Mayne.

“We stand in support and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. This invasion by Russia is illegal and unwarranted and we wish to support the Ukrainian families living in Parksville and our region who have ties to Ukraine.”

The resolution states the City of Parksville wishes to express its support for the strictest sanctions possible to be placed on Russia by the Canadian government. 

The city will also send a letter of support, along with the resolution, to St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Church and the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre will be lit in the colours of Ukraine.

St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Church will hold an outdoor candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. on March 4.

The lights on the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre will remain in blue and yellow in a display of support through March and as long as it is necessary, according to the city. 

A copy of this letter and resolution will be sent to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, Premier John Horgan, MP Gord Johns, MLA Adam Walker, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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