Que­bec ter­ror vic­tims re­mem­bered

Deaths of seven Que­be­cers will strengthen re­solve in ter­ror­ism fight: Couil­lard

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Noth­ing can ex­plain bar­baric at­tacks on peo­ple who were sim­ply work­ing to build a bet­ter world, Premier Philippe Couil­lard said Mon­day, re­fer­ring to the seven Que­be­cers killed in re­cent ter­ror at­tacks.

A Mon­treal-area man died Thurs­day in Jakarta while six peo­ple from the Que­bec City area were slain dur­ing a siege in Oua­gadougou late Fri­day.

The premier said the fight against ter­ror­ists must con­tinue, all with­out com­pro­mis­ing core val­ues of free­dom, democ­racy and tol­er­ance.

“Th­ese ac­tions also strengthen our re­solve to fight th­ese bar­bar­ians with all our strength, along­side our al­lies,” Couil­lard said, adding the at­tacks were a stark re­minder that vi­o­lence that seemed so dis­tant in the past can touch peo­ple at home.

“We live in a trou­bled world,” he said. “Smaller too. Ev­ery­thing is now so close to us.”

Flags were low­ered to half­mast at the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture in hon­our of the seven.

Ta­har Amer-Ouali, 70, a father of five and a hear­ing-aid spe­cial­ist, was killed in Jakarta in an at­tack by mil­i­tants tied to the Is­lamic State group, while six Que­be­cers on a hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion were killed in Burk­ina Faso’s cap­i­tal dur­ing a ter­ror­ist at­tack car­ried out by al-Qaida.

Four of the dead were from the same fam­ily: Yves Car­rier, his wife Gla­dys Cham­ber­land, their adult son Charlelie Car­rier and Yves’ adult daugh­ter, Maude Car­rier.

The oth­ers who died were their friends, Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier.

They were among at least 28 peo­ple killed when ter­ror­ists stormed a ho­tel and cafe in the African coun­try’s cap­i­tal of Oua­gadougou.

Couil­lard said there’s a feel­ing of help­less­ness in the face of such heinous, gra­tu­itous acts.

“Noth­ing can ex­plain that one at­tacks the peo­ple who con­trib­ute by ded­i­cat­ing them­selves to build­ing a bet­ter world,” Couil­lard said.

“This at­tack against them is also an at­tack on us all.”

Four of the six killed in Burk­ina Faso were pre­vi­ous or cur­rent em­ploy­ees of a Que­bec City school board, where friends and col­leagues of the vic­tims were strug­gling to deal with their deaths.

Classes were can­celled Mon­day for stu­dents at Jean-de-Bre­beuf and Car­di­nal Roy high schools, both part of the Com­mis­sion sco­laire de la Cap­i­tale school board in Que­bec City.

Erick Par­ent, the board’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, told a news con­fer­ence that sup­port was be­ing of­fered to friends and col­leagues of the vic­tims.

While there were no classes, doors re­mained open to stu­dents. A dozen psy­chol­o­gists were also on hand to help staff deal with their grief and pre­pare to re­spond to stu­dents in the com­ing days.

“It’s a tragedy,” he said. “What we must do is sup­port our em­ploy­ees, and also our stu­dents, who are af­fected by the hun­dreds through the teach­ers they’ve fre­quented in re­cent years.”

He said the board’s 5,000 em­ploy­ees and 28,000 stu­dents will hold a minute of si­lence on Tues­day be­fore classes be­gin.

“I think things will have to be han­dled del­i­cately,” Par­ent said of the dis­cus­sions to fol­low.

Yves Car­rier was an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal be­fore his re­tire­ment and Bernier had been an ad­min­is­tra­tor at two el­e­men­tary schools be­fore she re­tired.

Cham­ber­land, a civil ser­vant, worked for Que­bec’s Nat­u­ral Re­sources Depart­ment, while Charlelie was a stu­dent.

CP PHOTO

A man puts a note on a makeshift me­mo­rial in hon­our of Yves Car­rier, his son, Charlelie Car­rier, daugh­ter, Maude Car­rier, and wife, Gla­dys Cham­ber­land, who died in a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Burk­ina Faso Mon­day.

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