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École Polytechnique victims honoured with special day in Toronto

12/06/2014 03:59 EST | Updated 02/05/2015 05:59 EST
Toronto Mayor John Tory declared Dec. 6 will always be dedicated to the memory of the 14 female students who were killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique.

In an official proclamation, Tory announced Dec. 6 will now be the "National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence against Women" in Toronto.

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This year is the 25th anniversary of the Montreal attack, in which a lone gunman professing to hate feminists and the place women took in society opened fire inside a classroom, killing 14 young women and injuring 14 others before killing himself.

“Instilling positive attitudes and respect towards women begins at home and continues in the education system and in the workplace,” Tory said in his proclamation.

Dec. 6 is marked with vigils across Canada, the largest taking place in Montreal. In Toronto, the group Women Won't Forget will hold a vigil at 6 p.m. at Philosopher's Walk, near Bloor Street West and Avenue Road. 

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