TORONTO, Ont. – The victims of the Montreal, Que., massacre will be remembered at ceremonies in Toronto, Ont., and across the country on Thursday as Canada marks the annual day opposing violence against women.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were gunned down at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. The shooter, Marc Lepine, walked into a classroom at the school, separated the men from the women and then opened fire while making anti-women statements.
Lepine wounded another nine women and four men before fatally shooting himself.
In 1991, the federal government designated Dec. 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
In Toronto, the province’s health minister Deb Matthews and MP Carolyn Bennett will attend a ceremony for victims of gender-based violence at Women’s College Hospital. Toronto Police Insp. Sandra Richardson is also expected to attend the Thursday event.
During the ceremony, 14 people will place roses in a vase to remember the victims of the Montreal shooting. A 15th rose will be placed in remembrance of the women and children who were killed as a result of domestic violence in Ontario during the past year.
The Montreal massacre spurred implementation of the long-gun registry in 1991 in an effort to make firearms like the one used in the shooting traceable.
The Conservative government scrapped the registry this year.
The 14 women killed in the Montreal massacre are Genevieve Bergeron, Nathalie Croteau, Anne-Marie Edward, Maryse Laganiere, Anne-Marie Lemay, Michele Richard, Annie Turcotte, Helene Colgan, Barbara Daigneaul, Maud Haviernick, Maryse LeClair, Sonia Pelletier, Annie St-Arneault and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.