Today, like perhaps many of you, I am remembering December 6, 1989.
In Canada, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day also marks the anniversary of the death of fourteen young women who were tragically killed on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montréal because of their gender. Otherwise known as École Polytechnique Massacre, or the Montreal Massacre.
The École Polytechnique Massacre prompted tighter gun control laws within Canada. Although, this now is at risk, as just last month Parliament voted to shut down the gun registry. It still has to pass one last round of votes.
Today across the country there are candlelight vigils being held, on campuses and in city centres. There was one in Vancouver at the Art Gallery this weekend, and one of my good friends is helping to organize the one taking place in Toronto.