Today I learned about the Montreal Massacre of 1989, because at lunch a group of Visual Arts and Theatre residents, unannounced,  climbed on their chairs and read off the names of the 14 young female engineering students murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique. It seems a harrowing fact that so many countries experience this extraordinary kind of grief. The shocking thing, 22 years later, is that the “long gun registry” instituted after the event is being dismantled by the current government, so says the flyer my colleagues passed out.

I’m wearing the day’s symbolic white ribbon.

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