The University of Guelph's article on Aqsa Parvez is factually incorrect. But it interesting how weak and pathetic the University administration portrays itself (see below).
But the reporter got the story wrong.
I did not assist Norman Traversy -- no one came to me with the idea of honoring Aqsa. Norman sent me the Joe Warminton article that ran in the Toronto Sun back in December, reporting on Aqsa's unmarked grave. I was so outraged that this poor defenseless girl was lying in an unmarked grave that I decided to do some thing about it, and created the Aqsa Parvez Memoral fund with the support of Robert Spencer at JihadWatch.
Here's the first post: CANADA: NO HEADSTONE MARKING HONOR KILLING VICTIM HELP ATLAS BUY AQSA PARVEZ A HEADSTONE
In the course of raising the money, Norman Traversy wrote me and asked what I thought of the University of Guelph. I liked the idea, and he volunteered to look into for me. He was and is wonderful. But he was not alone. So many other readers were and continue to be enormously helpful in scouting for a place for Aqsa. Norman is but one of many readers who have worked to help make this happen.
I would be remiss not to thank the legions of readers who have been looking and continue to look into various locations. Two stand out for their extraordinary efforts. Gerry Vincent has been working diligently for weeks in the city of Surrey to see what is available in the Crescent Beach area. He has been scouting White Rock as well, an idea I like very much. If nothing suitable can be found near there, Gerry has volunteered to research the Vancouver and North Vancouver waterfront areas.
I also must thank Scott McLeod, Fire Chief for the town of Pelham in the Niagara Region of Ontario. Scott is a wonderful man who contacted one of his Municipal Councilors regarding this issue. Councilor Cook presented a motion to offer an area in the Pelham Peace Park for a suitable Memorial. Scott strongly suspects that the Council, and more importantly the entire community, will support this effort. On February 11th, Councilor Sharon Cook made a 'notice of motion' regarding the memorial for Aqsa, to be placed in Pelham Peace Park. Scott will provide pictures of the park for us at a later date, (he says it's snowing out now).
I have been reticent to write of all these efforts. I did not want to hurt any opportunity to pay tribute to Aqsa. And while Norman has been wonderful, there have been a great many other wonderful souls working so very hard to try to make my goal of a memorial possible.
Lastly, let me stop and thank Robert Spencer who was crucial in raising the money and working with me on the headstone and in dealings with the cemetery. He was a rock.
As far as the University of Guelph, they don't deserve Aqsa's memorial. What cowards. What dhimmis. I am glad we found out first what slaves they were. Someone ought to send those fools who wrote me this letter killing the memorial this photo gallery.
This is from the Guelph article:
University spokesperson Chuck Cunningham said Geller's blog is "politically charged" and voices strong views against Islam. The university was leery that a memorial could be seen as an endorsement.
"We don't want the Arboretum to become a vehicle for someone's political agenda," Cunningham said yesterday.
"The Arboretum serves many purposes in the community -- it's a place for quiet reflection and contemplation. We will not let our Arboretum get caught up in controversy."
Cunningham said since Traversy and Geller learned the news, the university has received several nasty emails and phone calls "calling us spineless cowards and worse. It's upsetting our staff here. But it confirms that we made the right decision," he said.
Sly Castaldi was not surprised Traversy would have trouble erecting a monument for Aqsa.
Castaldi is executive director of Women In Crisis and one of five local authors who wrote the book Remembering Women Murdered by Men, which outlines the difficulty and the importance of having visible reminders that women are often victims of violence.
"This is not unlike any of the memorial sites we documented in the book," Castaldi said. "Violence against women and children is really hard to accept. When you stick up a memorial, that's hard.
"Not one of the monuments we profiled came about in an easy way. It takes work and negotiations -- and perseverance."
I wonder if they see how foolish and sad they look.
Rest assured, I am looking into donating a portion of the contributions to the Youth Without Shelter emergency shelter in Etobicoke, which is an area of Toronto near to many poor and new immigrant families. Much thanks to JT for sending me the info. It was a safe place for Aqsa, and had she stayed there, she might be alive today.