Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Remembering the Legacy of the Montreal Massacre
I had just finished my last post, about Donald Trump's plans to all but eliminate gun controls in the United States.
When I suddenly remembered that tonight fourteen beams of light will rise into the sky from the summit of Mount Royal, so all Montrealers can see them.
And remember what happened on a snowy day in that city twenty-seven years ago today.
When a man who hated women went on a bloody rampage at the École Polytechnique.
And that when it was over all these women were dead.
And so many other lives were shattered.
But as we remember all those victims of gun violence, I hope Canadians also remember their legacy.
As we mourn the 14 deaths in 1989, as well as the too many women and girls murdered or abused since then, we need to continue to work for women’s equality, for policies that lead to equity among women, and to an end to structural and individual violence against women and girls.
Canada is still not a safe country for all women who live here, with more than 50 per cent likely to experience violence sometime in their lives, usually before they are 25. For some women, those most marginalized, these risks are even greater.
How they inspired so many to fight for an end to violence against women.
And that at a time when the air reeks of misogyny, and a sexual predator is president of the United States, and is preparing to roll back women's rights, that battle has never seemed more urgent or more important.
Remember their precious legacy.
Never forget them...