Flags flying half mast at TRU out of respect for Quebec City mosque victims

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KAMLOOPS - The president of Thompson Rivers University is speaking out about a terror attack in Quebec City, which came on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.

President Alan Shaver released a statement today, Jan. 31, saying Kamloops is shocked by the "senseless" murders on Sunday evening, Jan. 29. Six people were killed while they prayed at a mosque in Quebec.

"This came on the heels of the chaos caused by Friday’s news of the United States’ executive order to ban travelers and refugees to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries," Shaver says in the statement.

He says flags will be flown half-mast at the Kamloops and Williams Lake TRU campuses until further notice out of respect for the victims of the attack.

Shaver says TRU is not aware of any international students affected by the U.S. travel ban at this time, but is watching the situation closely.

"We are in touch with our international students to provide information and assistance as needed," Shaver says.

The university is reminding staff and students that counselling is available if needed.

"Even if you are not directly affected you may find yourself feeling upset and distracted by these events," Shaver says.

He says the university fosters and honours connections across local, global and Indigenous cultures as part of the fabric of the university.

"Let us be resolute in our commitment to upholding those values of diversity, inclusion and openness as expressed by Universities Canada," Shaver says. "These are Canadian values; they are TRU values."

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