Memorials being held to remember victims of 1989 Montreal Massacre


Fourteen women were killed at École Polytechnique nearly 30 years ago, simply because they were women.

"Today marks the 28th anniversary of the day that 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, exclusively due to their gender".

67% of Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. December 6 is a day to remember them and all women who have lost their lives to violence.

Victims of violence are also gathering at Barrie city hall on Wednesday night for a ceremony and to remember the Dec.6, 1989 massacre. "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries".

Mercifully, there were no new local names to add to the list of victims this year, said Andy Lou Somers, with East Prince Women's Information Centre and one of the memorial's organizers.

"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day".

In 1989, Marc Lepine opened fire at École Polytechnique, killing 14 engineering students simply because they were women.

Shelley Yeo is the assistant executive director at ANOVA and tells 980 CFPL community involvement is key to fighting violence against women.

"They're stepping up and recognizing that gender-based violence is not okay", Keefer said.

Specifically, in 2015, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), of which the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is an affiliate, partnered with the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first-ever Canadian survey on domestic violence in the workplace.

"I'd like to suggest that all of our suffering is connected as is our freedom from it", says Bertsch. It not only led to stricter gun control laws in the country, but it sparked national discussion on how to address gender-based violence. "December 6 is an important day to remember", she says, but also one to look forward and to be heartened by strides made, like the women being honoured on this day by Time magazine, who were courageous enough to speak out.