Vigils, light ceremony, mark anniversary of Ecole Polytechnique massacre

Marco Green
December 7, 2017

A candle was lit for each of the 14 victims as their names were read aloud.

The ceremony is held annually to commemorate 14 women who were murdered at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989, as well as all Ontario women whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

On the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, local social agencies across the province are honouring women who are victims of violence and joining supporters across the country in a national day of remembrance.

Thomson acknowledges that as a bright young woman in the male-dominated field of electrical engineering, she shares certain qualities with the victims.

Somers also said she is encouraged by the dialogue ongoing in society because of the Hollywood scandals and other high-profile cases; many of which were set off by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations.

"Now I think it has to be attitudes to women and men being proud of changing their attitudes".

"It's with the presence of those women and all the women who were in engineering before us that we're able to study", she said after the ceremony.

If Canada's missing and murdered First Nations women were remembered with flowers, there would have been 4,520 white roses lying on the table, Indigenous women's advocate Suzanne Smoke, the Indigenous cultural co-ordinator at Biindigen Healing and Arts, said.

Man Up member Cody Clinton was invited to be the guest speaker at Wednesday's memorial service.

He also said the group is open to helping set up a satellite group in Summerside or another community.

According to the YWCA, more than 50 per cent of Canadian women will experience a violent incident at some point in their lives. "It is really critical for us in our perspective that the energy of anger be harnessed but in a way that creates positive change".

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