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In Canada, crimes of gender based violence continue from coast to coast. There are an estimated almost 1,200 murdered and missing Aboriginal women, the rape, bullying and eventual suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons reached international audiences this year, and most recently, several sexual assault allegations against former CBC Q host Jian Ghomeshi resulted in his dismissal and an upheaval at the CBC, where a former employee says Ghomeshi sexually harassed her at work and the broadcaster mishandled her complaint.
Violence against women is front page news, and the cole Polytechnique massacre continues to hold relevance. While researching for her upcoming novel based on the events of the Montreal Massacre,
Decker came across several blogs that called the gunman a “saint,” and she points to another recent headline, where Canadian feminist and media critic Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel her public speaking engagement because men threatened her with a “Montreal Massacre style attack,” because she was a feminist.
Currently there are about 2,000 female engineering students enrolled at the school, approximately a quarter of the total number of engineering students. This year Polytechnique has announced two campaigns in honour of Dec. 6, including a $30,000 Order of the White Rose scholarship awarded to one Canadian engineering student, and the Week of the White Rose campaign,
which is selling virtual roses to raise money for girls from impoverished neighbourhoods in Montreal to attend Folie Technique the school’s science camp.