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Victims of 1989 Ecole Polytechnique shooting remembered today

Calgary, AB, Canada / RTBN
Victims of 1989 Ecole Polytechnique shooting remembered today

Today in Canada it is the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. The day of remembrance falls on the 29th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in Montreal back in 1989. On that day, 15 people were killed including the shooter and 14 non-fatal injuries were recorded. Marc Lepine had purchased a rifle the day before claiming to use it to hunt small game, then entered the school with the intent of killing female students.

The event is not only used as a way of remembrance, but a call to action for women and men to stand up against sexism and violence against women. The Day of Remembrance and Action is an annual event established just after the shooting, and will continue on well into the future.

-Christian Oldale

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