Mourning the Quebec City shooting victims

A message from Chief Librarian, Larry Alford:

I know that we all are deeply saddened by the tragic and utterly senseless deaths at a mosque in Quebec City, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives. This horrible event is all the more disturbing, because a place of worship should be a safe place, a place of complete security. This sort of violence based on hate is completely unacceptable in any society, and is a threat to our very civilization. We must all speak out against racism and Islamophobia whenever we witness it. 

I believe the university and the library is, at its heart, a place where we value diversity and difference and stand against hatred and bigotry in any form. All members of our communities are welcome here at the U of T Libraries, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to create inclusive and welcoming spaces.

I invite you to read the President’s Statement on the Events in Quebec City:

Sincerely yours,

Larry P. Alford

Chief Librarian

University of Toronto