ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, 32 YEARS ON

Dec 06, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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Today marks the thirty-second anniversary of Canada’s largest mass shooting specifically targeting women.

The shooting at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique took place on December 6th, 1989 when a man opened fire in a classroom, killing 14 women and injuring 14 other people

A recent spate of femmicides in Quebec has renewed discussion of the issue, but also has some advocates lamenting a lack of progress in the fight to end violence against women.

There have been a number of tributes at Ecole Polytechnique over the past week which will culminate during a late afternoon vigil today attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Fourteen beams of light representing the shooting victims will be projected into the sky from Mount Royal tonight, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are asking crowds not to gather.

In Toronto, as part of a day of remembrance for women murdered by men,  there will be a self guided installation held this afternoon at the U of T’s Philosopher’s Walk followed by a virtual vigil this evening.

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