Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London

Events in Ottawa to mark anniversary of Montreal Massacre

"Today marks the 28th anniversary of the day that 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, exclusively due to their gender".

The two dozen or so people who attended the brief outdoor ceremony stood in silence, some wiping away tears as they remembered the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot the 14 women to death and injured 14 other people on December 6, 1989.

"They were promising engineering students, murdered for one reason: they were women", Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said in a statement. They stood in for a scheduled appearance by Premier John Horgan and Finance Minister Carole James, who were delayed in a cabinet meeting.

"And every year, white roses were brought here at the door of polytechnique". "We need to believe all survivors", she said.

"From something awful, something handsome came out", she said.

Shoes have been donated by the community and will be given to the Y Women's Shelter after the memorial, which is open 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. on December 6th with speakers starting at 12:15 p.m.

Between 5pm and 10pm, fourteen beams of light will illuminate the skies above Mount Royal, commemorating the women who were killed.

The two events that happened decades apart - the magazine cover unveiled on Wednesday, the massacre of female engineering students at a Canadian university 28 years ago this same day - are, in the eyes of those on the front lines of the issue of gender-based violence, nevertheless connected.

"It's pertinent to talk about it with regard to gun control", said Rathjen, who helped start a group that lobbies for tighter firearm regulations. She grew to understand the significance of what happened as she grew older.

The anniversary falls on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Carla Bertsch, whose new position with the U of C is one of the results of that commitment, provides a passionate speech on what is needed to create a society where gender-based violence is eradicated, one that includes men and women working together.

"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day".

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