Day of Remembrance to be marked in Gibsons

The Sunshine Coast Labour Council, Community Services and the Canadian Labour Congress will mark the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre on Dec. 6 in Gibsons.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kinsman Hall at Dougall Park.

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The Parliament of Canada declared Dec. 6 as a National Day of Remembrance in 1991, after the 1989 murders of 14 female engineering students at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique de Montréal who were targeted because of their gender.

Donna Thomas of the Labour Council told Gibsons council Nov. 19 that the event will be a little different this year.

As well as the candlelight vigil, the organizers have invited speakers to talk about the services of the Sunshine Coast’s transition house and changes required to make the system safe “so that women when they need support and protection from violence are not re-abused by a system that doesn’t provide them with the support they need.”

“We’ve got lots to talk about,” she said.

Thomas also said that because the event is taking place over the dinner hour and the weather’s likely to be cold, there will be soup and chili on hand.

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