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Statement by President Ed McCauley on Islamophobia
The University of Calgary community extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario. In particular, we are holding the sole survivor, nine-year-old Fayez, in our hearts. This peaceful, loving family out for a walk together should not have been lost to their neighbours and friends simply because of their faith.
We condemn hatred in all its forms. The tragedy in London will make us redouble our efforts to be more inclusive institution with equality as a bedrock value. Islamophobia, and other forms of hate, has no place on our campuses, in our community, or in our country and together we must confront it and end it.
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