The prime purpose of The Arboretum in the University setting is to provide a living outdoor laboratory for education, research and outreach. As such it has developed into a well used multi-faceted department as part of the institution. As you have discovered one aspect is the memorial program. However from its inception, success of The Arboretum dedication program has been due to it being a space dedicated to quiet reflection and meditation. It is because of the peaceful nature of The Arboretum that, over the years, many individuals have chosen to dedicate benches and to plant trees in memory of loved ones. I believe that, no matter how worthy, a memorial to [Canadian Muslim honor killing] Aqsa Parvez would draw much public attention and would thus be inconsistent with current use of The Arboretum.
Ric Jordan, Manager
Pamela Geller is undeterred. She writes:
My thinking is this: Robert and I are going to enlist help in contacting the city council of Mississauga (where Aqsa lived). Perhaps we can identify a spot, a location that will be more meaningful and more direct for Canadians, where we can plant a tree as a memorial.
I’ve emailed Pamela to consider going directly to Mayor Hazel McCallion. After all, IF she can get Hurricane Hazel on side, the old lady will go to HER grave making sure Aqsa gets a memorial…