The tragic, joyous meanings of December 6

Today, Dec. 6, is my daughter’s birthday.

Seven years ago, I went into labour on Dec. 5.

I desperately did not want my baby to be born on Dec. 6.

Since 1989, this date has been one of sadness and fury for me. On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lepine killed 14 women at L’École Polytechnique, damning the women in the engineering program as feminists and pronouncing his hatred of feminism, which he declared had ruined his life.

I did not want my baby to be born on this wretched day of massacre and mourning.

Read Sarah Blackstock’s full story in the Toronto Star.

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