Hall lights up for France

Flag flies at half mast in honour of Paris victims

Oak Bay municipal hall’s front is all lit up but not for Christmas.

The red, white and blue are “to show solidarity” in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, says Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen.

“They will be a symbol of our solidarity,” he said, adding support for the democratic way.

The flag was also lowered to half mast in honour of the victims of the attacks that included shootings and bombings at a sports venue, music venue and cafe.

Jensen read from the Mayors for Peace statement during the committee of the whole meeting of council Monday night.

“As mayors who have a strong sense of responsibility to protect the safety and welfare of our citizens, we cannot under any circumstances accept such atrocities.

“These inhumane and indiscriminate terrorist attacks have reminded us how vulnerable city dwellers are. If terrorist organizations acquire nuclear weapons that can cause ultimately inhumane consequences, cities around the world would be plunged into unacceptably grave risks.

“We must abolish these weapons as soon as possible to liberate citizens from their threat,” Jensen said.

“We, the Mayors for Peace, in solidarity with around 6,900 member cities in the world, call on the governments as well as the civil society all over the world, to work with us to establish a safe and truly peaceful world.”

Learn more about the organization at mayorsforpeace.org.