Statement from University of Ottawa President following the tragedy in Québec City

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017

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The President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Jacques Frémont, issued the following statement in light of the yesterday’s events in Quebec City:

The University of Ottawa community offers its sincerest condolences to the friends and family members of the victims of yesterday’s attack at the Great Mosque of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. We stand in solidarity with them and offer our thoughts and prayers for the survivors of the attack.

The University condemns this horrific act of violence. These tragic events are unacceptable and must never be tolerated in a free society. As a bilingual and multicultural university, we value and promote freedom of expression, freedom of religion and equality for all.

We encourage any of our students who require support during this difficult time to contact the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) by email ( or by phone (613-562-5800, ext. 6885).  Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

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