Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre when 14 women were shot and killed by a lone gunman at the Ecole Polytechnique.
Many people may not realize that there is a monument to the tragic event here in Vancouver. Located in Thornton Park opposite the Via Rail station, it was dedicated on Dec. 6, 1997. Designed by Beth Alber, it features a circle of 14 raised granite benches surrounded by a ring of bricks set in the ground and bearing the names of contributors.
The story of the monument is told in a fascinating recent book by SFU geographer Adrienne Burk, Speaking for a Long Time: Public Space and Social Memory in Vancouver (UBC Press). The book also considers the public monuments in Crab Park and Oppenheimer Park, telling their history and wondering about their meaning.