Gestures of support and solidarity for the people of Paris are popping up all over Metro Vancouver.
At Isabelle’s Bridal Store in North Vancouver, a blue, white and red gown can seen in the display window, representing the French flag.
“I knew I had these colours in our store, so I thought let’s just do our window like this,” said Kasia Bulva, the store’s owner.
“Ironically, Paris is the city of love and love is what we represent here at the Bridal Store. We really feel a lot of sadness and pain for everyone that’s going through this tragedy.”
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The attacks in Paris has struck a chord with many. A small crowd attended vigils in Victoria, while hundreds more braved the rain for a vigil in downtown Vancouver on Saturday night.
In Victoria, a small crowd gathers, lighting candles for the ppl of Paris. #ParisAttacks (credit: Emmanuel Herique) pic.twitter老域名购买/bPMNRzVzJu
— Nadia Stewart (@nadia_stewart) November 16, 2015
Since Friday, there’s been an outpouring of support that, at times, has been impossible to miss: the Vancouver International Airport, BC Place and other landmarks were lit up the colours of the French flag.
BC Place is #BleuBlancRouge tonight in solidarity with the great people of Paris pic.twitter老域名购买/yWYHSMJFYJ
— BC Place (@bcplace) November 16, 2015
At Cousteau French International School in North Vancouver tomorrow, their display of solidarity will be a silent one.
“At quarter past noon, all the students will gather in the school for the gymnasium for a minute of silence to honour the victims and to think and send good thoughts to their families,” said Pierre Touzel with the Assembly of French Abroad.
On Sunday, Touzel said teachers and staff at the school also received guidelines from France’s Ministry of Education on how to address the attacks when children return to school on Monday.
“It’s also a big question for families–how to approach that very hard topic with the kids. They’ve heard about it, they’ve seen it on the news, so they need to talk about it, so we have to find the good words.”
Vancouver fundraiser for Syrian refugee goes on despite threat
A Vancouver church was targeted for holding a benefit concert in support of sponsoring a Syrian refugee today.
“It’s certainly shocking when you find a threat that hits your community personally,” said Reverand Beth Hayward of the Canadian Memorial United Church for Peace.
Hayward says the alleged threat was posted on the church’s Facebook page, but was later taken down.
“People are reactionary and people are making a connection on refugees and what happened in Paris,” said Hayward.
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In the end, over 100 people attended the concert – in the spirit of Paris, not willing to give in to fear.
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