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Anne-Marie Edward

Loved skiing so much that she was buried in her École polytechnique ski team jacket. After her murder, her teammates wore patches with her initials on their uniforms.

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#WomenInSTEM Anne-Marie Edward
Barbara Kluczik-Widajewicz

Had fled (communist) Poland with her husband 2 years earlier. They were together when she was murdered. Her husband later said they had come to Canada because they believed it was the safest place.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Barbara Klucznik
Maryse Leclair

Her father, director of public relations for the Montreal police, found her body. She was wearing the sweater she had worn at her last family dinner.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Maryse Leclair
Geneviève Bergeron

Played clarinet and sang in a professional choir. An athlete who played basketball and swam.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan

Planned to do her Master’s degree. Had three job offers for post graduation.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau

Was planning on taking a 2-week vacation with Ms Colgan in Cancún at the end of the month.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault

Worked as a teaching assistant for her father, a mechanical engineering professor at UQAM.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Barbara Daigneault
Maud Havierneck

A graduate in environmental design from UQAM studying metallurgical engineering at École polytechnique.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Maud Haviernick
Maryse Laganière

Recently married.

#16days #16jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Maryse Laganière
Anne-Marie Lemay

In her last year before graduation.

#16days #16Jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier

Was to graduate the next day. Head of her class and pride of St-Ulric in Gaspé. Had 7 siblings.

#16Jours #16Days #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard

Was presenting a paper with Ms Haviernick when she was murdered.

#16Days #16Jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault

From La Tuque in the Laurentians. Was listening to a class presentation on the day before she graduated when she was murdered. Had spoken about marrying her boyfriend (they had dated since they were teenagers).

#16Jours #16Days #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte

Shared a small apartment with her brother near the university. Gentle and athletic; enjoyed swimming and diving. Wanted to help the environment.

#16Days #16Jours #MontrealMassacre #WomenInSTEM Annie Turcotte
There were 14 additional victims (10 women) who survived the attack.

The attacker separated the women from the men, saying he was fighting feminists whom he hated. He used a hunting rifle (bought 2 weeks earlier) and a knife.

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It has been 30 years. Thirty years where 14 women were denied the chance to start careers and families, to build friendships and make a difference to the world. All because we permit toxic masculinity in Canada, we let those afflicted with it acquire guns and inflict violence. Notice of Half-Masting National Flag of Canada for 6 December 2019
30 years where we remember, but have done much too little to change.

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30 years where we have, sadly, become numb to violence against women, to the point where the perpetrators now have their own term “incel.” We laugh at them, but we don’t change our culture that allows toxic masculinity to fester.

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30 years ago, the idea that a perpetrator could create a detailed hit list and commit mass murder was hard for many to accept.

Since then, instead of making what had been inconceivable impossible, we have made it mundane.

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It is clear that we have not done nearly enough in the past 30 years to end gender-based violence. We need, as a county, as a society, to step up and do more. We each need to find more and better ways to end this.

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Case in point: the same gun that allowed one man to kill 14 women and injure 14 more victims can still be legally obtained today.

Another thread covering the (lack of) progress in the past 30 years.

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