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Woman shot in Montreal Massacre watches classmates’ funeral

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Thousands of mourners gather today at Notre Dame Basilica for the funeral of nine of the 14 women killed at Montreal's École Polytechnique last week. One engineering student, shot three times by an enraged gunman, watches from her hospital bed as she recovers from surgery for bullet wounds. Nathalie Provost was shot in the leg, foot and temple. She sounds remarkably optimistic in this radio interview with the CBC's Michael Enright and says the ceremony will help her remember "the beautiful girls with high potential."

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Dec. 11, 1989
Guest(s): Nathalie Provost
Host: Michael Enright, Alan Maitland
Duration: 7:58

Did You know?


• A Statistics Canada study conducted in 2000 found that violence inflicted by men (to women or other men) requires medical attention five times as often as violence inflicted by women (to other women or men). Also, women are nearly four times as likely to be murdered by their spouses than men are.

• The weapon Lepine used, a Sturm-Ruger Mini-14, is a lightweight small game rifle mainly used by farmers to hunt vermin. Several North American SWAT teams also favour the weapon and it was used during the Vietnam War. Although it comes with a five-bullet magazine, a larger one can be attached. Lepine's held 30 bullets.

• A magazine is the chamber on a machine gun that holds bullets for automatic firing.


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