Dec 6th: Montreal Massacre

On this day in 1989, a gunman went into the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada, and for 45 mins he looked for women to kill. At the end of the spree 14 women were dead. Following my friend Dana’s lead, I would like to take a moment here to remember their names:

Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28;
Annie Turcotte, aged 21

For a good coverage of the events of that night, take a look at the CBC archives

The event became a catalyst for movements for the eradication of violence against women and is remembered throughout Canada and many parts of the world today. Along Philosopher’s Walk at the University of Toronto, a very peaceful and beautiful place, a tree was planted for each of the women killed that day and a memorial was built.  I hope we don’t have to build memorials such as these in the future…

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

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