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Sombre anniversary

By Jeff Green

Members of the Memorial community – as well as the public – will gather next week on the St. John’s campus to mark a solemn anniversary.

The university’s annual Dec. 6 Vigil will commemorate a horrific event that took place nearly two decades ago in Quebec and shocked the world.

Fourteen women were killed in 1989 during the Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique. Since then, post-secondary institutions across the country have paused for reflection each year.

This year’s service also coincides with the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by the federal government.

The vigil is organized annually by Memorial’s Sexual Harassment Office and the Department of Women’s Studies.

This year’s event includes a candlelight procession and special readings. It will be emceed by Kate Bride, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial and a lecturer in the Department of Women’s Studies, and include special performances by flutist Dr. Sonja Boon of the Department of Women’s Studies, and Nikki Janes, a Memorial graduate.

The vigil takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Engineering Building, room EN-2006.

Free parking will be available in all lots marked 16 or 16A.