A GRIM HIS­TORY OF MASS KILLINGS IN CANADA

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

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.

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