Zymeworks IPO bears good tidings for Canadian biotechnology

The Canadian biotechnology business is a picture of good health.

On Friday, management of Vancouver-based cancer therapy developer Zymeworks Inc. rang the bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange, five weeks after its stock debuted in a $59-million (U.S.) initial public offering in Canada and on the New York Stock Exchange. It was by far the largest biotech IPO on a Canadian exchange in a decade and came on the heels of one of the largest stock offerings ever by a Canadian biotech firm, after dual-listed lupus-drug developer Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. raised $150.5-million in March.



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CanadaLiving in the shadow cast by First World War hero Billy Bishop

TORONTO — What makes someone a hero?

Diana Bishop is related to two Canadian heroes — one public, one private.

She is the granddaughter of First World War flying ace Billy Bishop, a Canadian legend whose captured a place in history.

And she is the daughter of Arthur Bishop, a respected author and pilot whose exploits during the Second World War were always compared to those of his more famous father.

In a new memoir, Living Up To A Legend — My Adventures With Billy Bishop’s Ghost, Diana Bishop writes about the mixed blessing of growing up with an iconic relative.

Billy Bishop had the good sense to die relatively young, at 62 — nobody wants to see their heroes fade away into old age — so Diana Bishop never knew him. Still, his was a larger-than-life presence that made itself felt on a daily basis for her family.

As a little girl, Bishop basked in the reflected glory, even sneaking her grandfather’s famed war medals out of the house for a show-and-tell at school.

As she got older, however, Bishop began to understand what it was like for her dad, Arthur, to live his whole life in the large shadow cast by Billy Bishop — who was himself imperfect, as the author discovered. Living Up To A Legend is Bishop’s story of public glory and private struggle, a rich, warts-’n’-all memoir about family that is also an homage to her parents’ generation.

And the book is a social history, capturing the pre-feminist status of women and the benign neglect characteristic of many a baby boomer childhood — TV’s Ward and June Cleaver notwithstanding.

It’s a tough, funny, touching memoir and a great read.

Diana Bishop is a well-known Canadian journalist who spent 20 years as a TV news correspondent (and independent film producer) for CBC, CTV, Global Television, and NBC News. She now heads up The Success Story Program, a personal branding business.

In honour of Friday’s Billy Bishop Day — this year being the 100th anniversary of the combat expedition that earned him a Victoria Cross — we spoke to Bishop in Toronto:

•What got you started on this memoir?

“I was writing short stories about my father, because he was such a character and I thought, ‘I need to write some of these things down.’ But when I started, I saw that I was kind of angry. I didn’t get that when I was younger, and I realized there was more to it than I thought. So I talked to a well-known editor about this, and she said, ‘You grew up in a family that revered heroes. A lot of what you’re talking about is that you’ve always had a built-in hero in your family.’ And Billy Bishop was our Superman! I didn’t need Batman or anything, I had him. And because he died when I was only three, he was a mythical figure for me … I’ve always been interested in the hero culture, and why we need heroes, especially now, when we’re so desperate for hero leadership.”

•But admiring a hero from afar was very different from living with one?

“I grew up when my grandfather’s name, when Billy Bishop was still such an enduring brand — there were cafes and streets and stamps, we went to the openings of buildings and to events, to Remembrance Day ceremonies, to aviation shows — he was always there. He was somebody who I felt was always around.

“And my father, by comparison, as I figured out when I was writing the book, became my anti-hero. Because he was human! And he was struggling with all sorts of things I didn’t understand as a little girl. And he wasn’t very kind to my mother. He drank and could be abusive. And none of this we understood. It was all very shameful and nobody talked about it. Of course, it was happening in a lot of families, but none of us knew that.”

•Yes, all those families were expected to adjust overnight after the Second World War?

“You wouldn’t believe the responses I’ve had, the e-mails from all over the country and from the U.S. and they’re overwhelmingly supportive. So many people say, ‘My father and mother never talked about it, and we all knew he was struggling.’ What I discovered, as I was going along, is that I really didn’t know what they went through … Secrets and shame — that’s what everyone has an element of … I think those [veterans of the two world wars] are the two most stoic generations of all time. I don’t know how they did it and kept going. With the book I’m honouring my grandfather, but my father, too. I had to find that place to find the hero in him, for me to get the healing I needed … He went on to write 11 books on military history. He really distinguished himself.”

•Can you talk about the process of writing this memoir? Was it cathartic?

“I was impressed by Silken Laumann’s memoir, Unsinkable, and by Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle and Plum Johnson’s They Left Us Everything. With a memoir, you know somebody is going to read it. [Laughs] But you don’t really know — I don’t think I was ready for how exposed I feel. Writing a memoir is, by definition, a healing journey for the writer, and you don’t come out of it unchanged. It’s a fragile, vulnerable place, because you’re no longer able to hide behind the things that got you there. But you know, I’m really honouring my father and my grandfather for what they went through. The point of the book is that I am honouring my heritage. I’m blessed to have that heritage, but there’s always a price to be paid for the truth.”

Attention Owen Sound

From June 9 -11, you have a rare opportunity to see Billy Bishop’s war medals and one of his uniforms, which have been lent to the Billy Bishop Museum (housed in Bishop’s Owen Sound childhood home) by the Canadian War Museum.

“It’s very unusual. They don’t let those medals out,” says Diana Bishop, granddaughter of the legendary First World War flying ace.

Those medals, which Ms. Bishop once carried to school in a brown paper bag, are insured for many millions.

More info at https://www.owensound.ca/en/billy-bishop-museum.aspx

Living up to a Legend: My adventures with Billy Bishop’s ghost

Diana Bishop may be the granddaughter of a legendary war hero, but her memoir will be familiar territory for many baby boomers.

Bishop grew up zig-zagging between her pride in the Billy Bishop legend and her confusion over her own household — with a father who drank and was sometimes a charming raconteur, sometimes angry and remote. The memoir is about Bishop’s struggle to get to know and understand her own father, Arthur, something she achieved in the process of caring for him at the end of his life.

Bishop writes about a childhood spent with her beloved younger brother, her fascinating grandmothers (Billy Bishop’s wife was Timothy Eaton’s granddaughter) and her patient, long-suffering mother.

On her way to a highly accomplished adult life — she and her brother used to joke about having a drive to succeed they dubbed ‘Billy Bishop Syndrome’ — the author dealt with her own anxiety and health issues.

This family of 4 is travelling the world on business class through travel rewards

One family of four is flying around the world in business class for free. Pedro Pla, 35, from Puerto Rico and Grace Cheng, 36, from Singapore are travelling with their two toddlers for six months.


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In the span of a year, the couple managed to rack up a million travel miles with their credit cards. The couple says they used their credit cards to pay for absolutely everything  — big purchases and small.

They say the trick is to use multiple credit cards that have generous signing bonuses. And of course, to pay your balance in full before the end of the month.

When it comes to travelling with their two boys Ramses, 4, and Ranefer, 2, the couple says it’s about planning in advance. The couple family began their adventure in January and have been travelling for four-and-a-half months. So far, they’ve been to South Africa, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, Bahamas and Canada, to name a few. The family still has two more stops in Asia.

Global News interviewed the couple to understand why they decided to start such a journey and how they managed to do it for free with two toddlers in tow.

How did you get inspired to travel around the world?

Grace and I have always lived a somewhat unconventional life, prior to marriage and even after marriage with kids. We are both intrigued by the vast experiences in the world out there and also passionate about getting the best deals in life.


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It is with this innate need to get out and get more of what life has to offer, that spurs us towards our lifestyle of travelling and working full-time on our website GET.com which we founded back in 2011. Being the credit card geeks we are and crazy about collecting air miles for travel, we’ve naturally created the website to help others get more for their money, especially when it comes to travel.

We began our epic adventure on 15 January 2017 from Singapore, and so far, we have travelled to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Switzerland, Spain, U.K., Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, U.S. and Canada over the past four months. We still have two more stops in Asia.

How are you doing it for free?

We made it our family goal at the start of 2016 to collect a million air miles through travel hacking. In order to reach this goal, we had to research and plan meticulously so that we were able to maximize the earning of credit card points or miles per dollar of spending.

We aren’t elite frequent travellers who fly several times a week and thus chalk up lots of miles in return. Instead, the bulk of our one million miles was earned from the ground, which means that we earned them as credit card rewards points or miles when we use our credit cards to pay for purchases. As credit card geeks, we live by this maxim: When you use cash, you lose cash. Using cash means you are missing out on getting credit card rewards points, miles or cash back. We used our credit cards to pay for everything, if possible.

How long did it take to plan this trip?

It took nearly a year with a lot of military precision research and planning for our epic trip. We reached our goal of one million miles within nine months by September 2016. The challenge we faced next was to sort out our redemption of air miles and pin down our itinerary with the airline and its network.


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We had already decided on transferring all our credit card points or miles to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program since SIA (a member of the Star Alliance network) is one of the best airlines in the world. While booking our round-the-world (RTW) flights with SIA, its customer service representative told us we had “hit the jackpot” as they had never encountered anyone redeeming for RTW award tickets on business class before, let alone for four people.

Redeeming our miles with SIA took more than a week as it entailed several phone calls and emails with SIA. It probably would not take that long if you were booking just one award ticket, but in our case, since we were booking four award tickets and on business class, it was a lot trickier.

What about income? Besides the free air miles, are you making any money?

While we are financially independent, we are always on the lookout for the best deals. If we can enjoy the finer things in life for a fraction of the usual cost, we’ll find a way to make it happen. This family adventure is an example of that — we got US$54,000 worth of round-the-world business class air tickets just by crazily collecting air miles over the course of a year.

What about travelling with a family. How is that going? School/logistics/if kid gets sick etc.?

Travelling with toddlers is definitely more challenging for sure as everything takes a lot more planning and we have to pack all kinds of things just for them, such as toys and books. As we are travelling to five continents on this six-month round-the-world trip, we also have the additional consideration of packing for both warm and cold climates as we traverse from the southern to northern hemisphere, and then down south and then up north again, and so on.


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Ramses and Ranefer are still toddlers, so they have toddler-specific needs, such as needing rest time and play time. As we are travelling on our own, we have the freedom to plan how we want to spend each day. They have napped everywhere, be it in a pool cabana, safari jeep, plane, taxi, museum, restaurant, or national park.

We talk to them about the different cultures and landmarks of each place and they ask a lot of questions. One of our favourite places on this trip was the Masai Mara in Kenya. Getting up close to nature (we had lions literally brush against our jeep) and having our children see in person things that are usually only seen in documentaries was amazing. We also visited a local village and school where our children got to see how other children live and study and they were fascinated with it. Travelling has definitely broadened their horizons and helped them become more adaptable to different environments and scenarios.

What does travelling offer you and your family?

It’s been a joy to listen to our children talk about the places we’ve been to and watching their knowledge of the world grow and seeing their developing interest in different cultures, nature and geography. Most of all, the highlight of travelling with our toddlers is spending so much time with them and building our bond, while exploring the world together.

What about someone’s dream to travel the world? With responsibilities, mortgages etc., what advice would you give to someone to make it happen?

People tend to associate travelling the world as an unattainable goal due to life commitments like family, work and finances, etc. However, it’s possible to see the world even with toddlers in tow, with small budgets or work while travelling as with digital nomads. It would be useful to assess how you could sustain your travel lifestyle and be prudent with your expenses.


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There are many ways that you could travel cheaply or even for free. Travel hacking is one option and it is something everyone can do. You just need to set your own goal of how many miles you need to redeem for a free flight to your dream destination and then use the best credit cards to help you earn the most points or miles per dollar spent on your card. It is important not to carry a balance and pay interest which would otherwise defeat the whole purpose of getting more for your money without spending more.

— The interview has been shortened and edited for clarity. 

London terror attack: Canadian national Christine Archibald named as first victim

PUBLISHED: 23:26 04 June 2017 | UPDATED: 23:44 04 June 2017

Emergency personnel on London Bridge. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Emergency personnel on London Bridge. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Canadian woman killed in the London terror attack would have had “no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death”, her family said as they paid tribute to her.

Armed Police officers on London Bridge. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireArmed Police officers on London Bridge. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Christine Archibald has been named as the Canadian national who died during Saturday’s atrocity in London Bridge and Borough Market, one of seven killed and 21 critically injured. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the terror attacks.

Ms Archibald’s family said in a statement: “We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

“She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.

“She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

“Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “heartbroken” to learn of Ms Archibald’s death.

Applauding the UK for its strength and resilience in the face of adversity, he said: “These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve.

“Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.”

On Sunday Prime Minister Theresa May visited some of the 48 people taken to hospitals across the capital after the attack.

A rest centre was also set up at London South Bank University where volunteers from the British Red Cross helped those affected, Southwark Council said.

Among the injured are:

• A British Transport Police (BTP) officer and an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer are in hospital with serious injuries but neither are believed to be in a life-threatening condition, Scotland Yard said. The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first at the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public, the force said.

He suffered serious injuries when he was stabbed in the face, head and leg, wounds which BTP said are not thought to be life-threatening.

• New Zealander Oliver Dowling is reported to have been left in a coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach.

Mr Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, is said to have had four hours of surgery for his injuries and is in an induced coma.

According to the Mirror, his sister Freddy Dowling said on Facebook: “Doctors are very happy with how he’s come out the other side. A massive thank to the University of London Hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my brother out.”

It was reported that his girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured.

• Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer.

Mr Ho was filmed being led away from the scene by a policeman, clutching his neck and with his shirt off.

Friend Isabelle Oderberg tweeted: “We have found Geoff. He is in intensive care.” She told Melbourne newspaper The Age: “He is actually a martial artist and I wouldn’t be surprised if he would have stood up and been counted because he’s just that type of person.”

• Candice Hedge is reported to be one of two Australians injured. The Courier Mail newspaper reported that she was stabbed in the neck while eating dinner with her boyfriend after finishing a shift at Elliot’s restaurant in London Bridge.

The paper reported that the 31-year-old had her throat slashed after a man grabbed her from behind.

She reportedly wrote on Facebook: “Hey everyone, just so you know I’m doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive. Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes. Love to all.”

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England and Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director for NHS England, issued a joint statement, saying that – as with the Westminster Bridge and Manchester attacks – “on each occasion we have seen both the worst and the best of humanity”.

It said: “Last night, once again, the NHS and other emergency services reacted swiftly and heroically, going towards the danger to help the injured.

“Tried and tested emergency plans were activated, with London Ambulance Service on the scene within six minutes. NHS staff across the capital have also volunteered to work extra shifts and through the night to help the emergency response.

“As the medical director and chief nurse of the NHS in England we would like to put on record our gratitude and thanks to everyone for their tireless efforts and commitment in what has been a very difficult period.”

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “The NHS has again shown that we are ready and able to respond to such attacks, thanks to the professionalism and bravery of our staff.

“While so far there has been minimal wider impact on services overall, we continue to keep the situation under close review as events unfold, and ask people in the capital to continue to use NHS services wisely.”

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A Canadian woman killed in the London terror attack would have had “no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death”, her family said as they paid tribute to her.

Christine Archibald has been named as the Canadian national who died during Saturday’s atrocity in London Bridge and Borough Market, one of seven killed and 21 critically injured.

Her family said in a statement: “We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

“She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé.

“She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

‘Volunteer your time’

“Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said he was “heartbroken” to learn of Ms Archibald’s death.

Applauding the UK for its strength and resilience in the face of adversity, he said: “These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve.

“Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.”

“Enough is enough” PM May says after London attackers kill seven

By Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon



LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must be tougher in stamping out Islamist extremism after attackers killed at least seven people by ramming a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing revelers in nearby bars.



After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, May said Thursday’s national election would go ahead. But she proposed regulating cyberspace and said Britain had been far too tolerant of extremism.



“It is time to say enough is enough,” the Conservative leader said outside her Downing Street office, where British flags flew at half-staff.



“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” May said, adding that Britain was under attack from a new breed of crude copycat militants.



Islamic State, which is losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an offensive backed by a U.S.-led coalition, said its militants were responsible for the attack, the group’s media agency Amaq said in a statement monitored in Cairo.



One French national and one Canadian were among those killed. At least 48 people were injured in the attack. Australia said one of its citizens was among the injured.



Police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near London Bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call shortly after 10 p.m. (2100 GMT).



Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism police, said eight officers had fired about 50 bullets to stop the attackers, who appeared to be suicide bombers because they were wearing what turned out to be fake suicide vests.
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Canada’s mowing man and tornado photo goes viral

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media.

Theunis Wessels was “fully aware” of the twister but “wasn’t worried at all”, his wife Cecilia, who took the photo, told the BBC.

She said the tornado was about 2km (1.25 miles) from their house in Three Hills, Alberta – much further away than it appeared in the photo.

The storm was quickly gone, she added.

Mrs Wessels told the BBC she was sleeping in the house on Friday – but then was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was concerned that her father would not abandon his lawn-mowing and hide inside from the tornado.

“My daughter was the most upset, saying ‘Mum, what we gonna do?'”

Mrs Wessels came outside to check on her husband, who continued mowing.

He said “Everything is OK,” and he looked “calm, in control,” she recollected.

She added that he had some knowledge about twisters as he had recently attended a seminar organised by a storm-chasing association.

Many town residents were taking pictures of the tornado, and Mrs Wessels decided to post hers on Facebook and also sent them to her mother in South Africa.

She said her mother was very worried about her son-in-law, asking: “Why are you letting him outside? Please stay safe.”

Very soon the picture began causing a storm on the social media.

One user wrote: “This is the craziest picture! Lol. I’m glad that the tornado didn’t come down on your house!”, while another described Mrs Wessels’ husband as “the Chuck Norris of lawn mowers!”

Mrs Wessels said her photo had already been shared 3,500 times in two days, and she had received 256 friend requests.

She said Friday’s tornado was moving east – away from the house, and was gone in less than five minutes.

It caused no injuries in the town, and only minor structural damage was reported.

Local authorities only issued a tornado warning after she had posted her pictures, Mrs Wessels said.

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London terror attack: Canadian among those killed, Prime Minister’s Office says

  • At least seven people were killed when assailants drove van onto London Bridge, then stabbed people on nearby streets
  • A Canadian is among the dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said. She has been identified as Chrissy Archibald
  • Police shot the three suspected attackers, who have not yet been identified, within eight minutes of the first emergency call
  • British police say the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market are terrorist incidents

The Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed that a Canadian died in Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.

“Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people. I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Sunday morning.

“We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.”

The Canadian killed in the attacks has been confirmed as Chrissy Archibald. Her family is from Castlegar, B.C.

“We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister,” the family said in a statement, adding that she had moved to Europe to be with her fiancé.

Ms. Archibald “had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” the family said, noting she worked at a homeless shelter prior to moving overseas. “She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”

The family asked that people honour her memory by helping to improve their communities.

“Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter,” the statement said. “Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

Mr. Trudeau added: “Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.”

“These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.”

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The government and diplomats on the ground in London advised travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that he was “shocked and appalled” by the attack and that Canada would always stand with the people of London.

“Throughout history, Canada and the United Kingdom have stood shoulder to shoulder against threats to our common way of life. Canadians abhor the ongoing acts of violence committed in Europe and the world by the contemptible failures drawn to groups like ISIS.”

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair also tweeted his support to the U.K.

“Our love to the families of the murdered and victims of the London attack – we stand with the UK during this difficult time,” he wrote.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a tweet that Canadian hearts were heavy with the news of the violence in London.

The carnage began around 10 p.m. local time when police and witnesses said a white van barrelled into pedestrians on London Bridge.

They said three men armed with large knives then fled the van and started attacking people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market.

Police said at least seven people were killed and more than 40 others were wounded, some critically. Within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call officers shot and killed the three suspected assailants.

– With files from The Canadian Press


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Canadian Christine Archibald named as one of victims killed

Christine Archibald – the first person killed in the London terror attacks to be identified – died in her fiance’s arms, according to a report.

Ms Archibald, from Castlegar in British Columbia, was engaged to be married to Tyler Ferguson, his sister Cassie Ferguson told Canada’s CBC News.

Ms Ferguson said her brother was “broken in a million pieces”.

“He held her and watched her die in his arms,” she added.

In a statement, her family said they were grieving the loss of their “beautiful, loving daughter and sister”.

“She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” they said.

“She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

“Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

Ms Archibald is the first person killed in the attack to be identified.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “heartbroken” that a Canadian was among those killed.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Trudeau said: “Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people.

“I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed.”

Seven people were killed and dozens 48 injured on Saturday night after a van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before three men got out and began stabbing passersby.


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First victim of London Bridge terror attack identified as Canadian citizen by Justin Trudeau 

A Canadian woman killed in the London terror attack was the first victim to be identified on Sunday.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing a police officer and revellers around Borough Market with 12-inch knives.

A French citizen is also among the victims, according to France’s foreign ministry. 

Here’s a look at those who died in the attack.

Chrissy Archibald

The first victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been identified as “beautiful and loving” bride-to-be Chrissy Archibald.

Miss Archibald, from British Colombia, Canada, was among seven people killed, a family spokesperson confirmed.

Her grieving relatives today paid tribute to a woman who “believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected”.

Chrissy (Christine) Archibald

She used to work in a shelter for the homeless before deciding to move to Europe to be with her fiancé.

They urged members of the public to volunteer their time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter, saying: “Tell them Chrissy sent you.” 

In a statement, Mr Trudeau said Canada “strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people.”

He added: “I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed. We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.

“Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.

“These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.

“The Government of Canada will not comment further at this time out of respect for the family.”

One French citizen dead, one missing

The Frenchman who died in the London attack was a 27-year-old from Saint-Malo in Brittany who was working in the Boro Bistro near the site of the assault, French media reported.

He died after he was stabbed in the neck by one of the attackers who burst into the restaurant and started slashing customers and staff, according to an account that has emerged in the French media.

“The bar was packed. A terrorist arrived and jumped from above onto a parasol on the terrace, injuring one of my colleagues,” said Vincent Le Berre, the bistro’s manager, according to the account his mother gave a French newspaper in his native Brittany.

“He immediately started attacking people. A woman customer was killed. I found myself face to face with the terrorist who was two metres from me. I saw the hatred in his eyes. I managed to escape but my friend Alexandre wasn’t so lucky. He was stabbed in the neck with a knife,” he said, according to Vincent’s his mother, Marie-Jo Le Berre, who said she had spoken to her son on the phone.

She told Le Télégramme, a Brittany newspaper, that her son thought that Alexandre, 27, who also worked in the bar, had not survived after the stabbing. 

French officials have given no information on the French citizens caught up in the attack, but Ouest France newspaper said the young man was stabbed by one of the attackers and later died of his injuries.

It said he had been living in Britain for the past two and a half years.

A spokesman for France’s foreign ministry confirmed a Frenchman also died but did not identify them. 

They added that another French citizen is still missing, while a further seven French citizens remain in hospital. 

President Macron has spoken on the phone with the families of the French people injured in the London attack and told them of his “affection” for them and said that the whole of France was united behind them, his office said.

He also ensured them that France would do whatever was necessary to help them in their hour of need.


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Earlier,  Prime Minister Edouard Philippe visited a crisis centre set up at the French Foreign Ministry that fields calls from anxious citizens after attacks. By mid-afternoon, the centre had received several thousand calls from citizens worried about their loved ones in London or who needed information on whether it was safe to travel there.

French officials have so far given little information about the French victims and have identified none of them. The foreign minister said late afternoon that one French person had been killed, seven were being treated for their injuries in hospital, with four of them in a serious condition, and one was missing.

Media reports said that one of the French wounded was stabbed in the neck and the back,  and that doctors spent several hours operating on her after she was rushed to hospital.

Another French citizen reportedly suffered serious injuries to her legs when  when she was hit by the van on London Bridge.

Reaction from Downing Street. Flowers have been laid and messages left behind the police tape that seals off much of Southwark near Borough Street Market 

Seven people were killed and almost 50 were injured as terrorists “rampaged” in central London.

21 people are critically injured.

It was the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months.

Three attackers were shot dead by police in the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. Police said they believed there were no more than three attackers.


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A white transit van ploughed into a crowd of people on the bridge at speed shortly after 10pm. The three men then stabbed people with 12-inch knives at nearby Borough Market, with a transport police officer among those injured.

The London Ambulance Service said 48 people had been taken to five hospitals across the capital and a number of other people were treated at the scene. 

Conservatives, the SNP and Labour have suspended their national campaigning for the General Election in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.

As dawn broke over the capital, a large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off and police told people to avoid the area, leaving tourists and revellers struggling to get home. 

An eyewitness on London Bridge, told the BBC he saw three men stabbing people indiscriminately, shouting “this is for Allah”.

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