On April 23,2018, a white van (driven by an incel enthusiast Alec Minassian) ploughed through Toronto’s longest street Yonge Street, killing mainly female pedestrians and bystanders (10 in total) on a sunny spring day here in Canada. The entire crime scene encompassed 2 kilometers in length. A makeshift memorial site for the victims was set up at the junction of Finch Street and Yonge Street(Olive Square specifically).
The culprit was successfully caught without being shot by a nearby police officer(Constable Ken Lam) who confronted him.
Because of this, safety precautions have already been set up around the city of Toronto(Canada’s largest city–located in the province of Ontario) as if a potential terrorist attack would strike anytime.
Even other parts of the country, such similar security measures are up in case any copycats would try to do so.
Canada’s innocence has gone. Other similar van attacks which happened in Europe sprang from terroristic aspirations. Here in this Canadian van attack, it sprung from Mr. Minassian’s extreme misogynistic views and his hate for women who rebuffed him which led to his deprivation of his sexual needs– ( incel—–involuntary celibate). He also idolizes another incel enthusiast —Elliot Rodgers who served as his inspiration for the Toronto van attack.
An editorial cartoon drawn by our local Maritime cartoonist–Michael De Adder depicts 2 boys sitting on park bench ,their backs to the readers, each holding a hockey stick and their jerseys emblazoned—the taller boy had HUMBOLDT and the shorter boy had TORONTO on their respective jerseys .
It depicts the prevailing mood that Canada still hasn’t recovered from the Humboldt Broncos bus attack in April 6,2017 and now, Toronto has its own tragedy.
It’s the new reality indeed.
My thoughts and prayers to all affected !!!