Statement from Mayor Frank Scarpitti on the one-year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting

The City of Markham is the first city in the Greater Toronto Area and one of the first in the country to proclaim Jan. 29, a “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.” The day marks the one-year anniversary of a mosque shooting in Quebec where six men died.

There was an outpouring of support last year when Markham residents of all backgrounds and religious beliefs came together during a special vigil to remember and honour the victims.

“We denounce all forms of hatred, racism, xenophobia and bigotry,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a news release. “Fear mongering has no place in our community. In Markham, we are proud to be diverse and inclusive.”

The city has issued a number of proclamations commemorating a wide variety of important causes, cultural and heritage celebrations.

“I believe, as a country, we still have a long way to go,” says Scarpitti. “Increased awareness and education will stem the tide of hate, anger and discrimination.”

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