OTTAWA, ON, June 7, 2021 /CNW/ – On Sunday evening, five members of the same London family went for a walk in their neighbourhood. They were struck by a pickup truck driven by a man allegedly intent on killing them. Four members of that family died. The fifth, a nine-year-old boy, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
London police have reported the attack was intentional and premeditated. They believe the family was targeted because of their faith, and that the attacker was motivated by his hatred of Muslims, in an event that must be described as an horrific act of Islamophobia.
In every event like this, we are shocked. And we should remain shocked. We are a country that celebrates diversity, but racism, hatred and Islamophobia still exist. Each and every Canadian needs to recognize that, and we all need to redouble our efforts to push back against it.
This mass murder, and other similar attacks, have the effect of terrorizing a specific community and make people fear that their family could be next. No one should ever have to live that way, or feel that fear, but because of horrific incidents like this, many of our fellow citizens, our neighbours, and