Several Vancouver vigils and events for Quebec mosque shooting to be held this week

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      Several vigils and events are being held in Vancouver in response to the deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on January 29.

      Vancouver's oldest mosque will hold a vigil tonight (January 30) for the victims of the shooting in Quebec City.

      The Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver (655 West 8th Avenue) will open its doors to the public around 5:30 p.m. after prayers.

      People began to gather at the mosque last night when news spread about the Quebec shooting.

      According to reports, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer are expected to attend.

      Our Revolution Canada (formerly B.C. for Bernie) held a protest against Donald Trump and Islamophobia at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver (1075 West Pender) today and will hold another one again tomorrow (January 31) at noon.

      The event is also a vigil to mourn the loss of lives in the Quebec shooting.

      On Wednesday (February 1), an interfaith forum will be held by the B.C. Muslim Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the province, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the Columbia Bible College (2940 Clearbrook Road) in Abbotsford.

      Another vigil will be held on Saturday (February 4) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver mosque, in solidarity with the Quebec City Grand Mosque. This candlelight vigil is being organized with the Pakistan-Canada Association and the Pacific branch of the Coalition Against Bigotry.

      It is also being held in conjunction with the Days of Action Against Islamophobia and Deportations on February 4 and 5.

      Also on Saturday, a rally against Islamophobia called Love Over Fear will be held at the Jack Poole Plaza (1085 Canada Place) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The goal is to bring together diverse people and to use diversity as strength.

      Later on in the year, the International Day Against Racism March will be held in Vancouver on March 26.

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