A GRIM HISTORY OF MASS KILLINGS IN CANADA
From mass shootings to bombings to deadly blazes, there have been a number of violent attacks on Canadian soil over the decades. Here are some of the deadliest.
April 4, 1999: In Vernon, B.C., Mark Chalal murders his estranged wife, Rajawar Gakhal and eight of her relatives before killing himself.
Sept. 18, 1992: During a violent labour dispute at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife, nine strikebreakers are killed by a bomb. Striker Roger Warren was convicted in 1995.
Dec. 23, 1989: 10 people die when the Rupert Hotel at 182 Parliament is set on fire. Gordon Freeman was convicted in 1991. Dec. 6, 1989: Mark Lepine kills 14 women in Montreal’s École Polytechnique before killing himself.
Jan. 211975: 13 people are killed at the Gargantua bar in Montreal. They were locked in a storage closet and the club was set on fire. Suspect Richard Blass is killed by police three days later.
Sept. 1, 1972: 37 people die after the Bluebird Café in Montreal is deliberately set on fire by three men who had been refused entry. James O’Brien, Gilles Eccles and Marc Boutin are sentenced to life and paroled in the early 1980s.
Aug. 15, 1967: Nine people at Shell Lake, Sask. are murdered by Victor Hoffman who suffers from mental illness.
Ten people died after a fire was set at the Rupert Hotel, a rooming house on Parliament St., on Dec. 23, 1989.