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North Grenville lowers municipal flags for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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“Council recognizes that gender-based violence continues to be a reality in our community and our country.”

That’s Mayor Nancy Peckford, speaking on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The memorial day, observed across Canada on December 6th of every year on the anniversary of the deaths of 14 women in a mass shooting at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. 

On December 6th, 1989 a man entered a mechanical engineering classroom at the school and separated the women from the men.  He then shot the women with a semitautomatic weapon while shouting “You’re all feminists.”  

Mayor Peckford says there’s been an uptick in domestic violence in recent years. “Unfortunately,” she says, “the pandemic has amplified vulnerability to and incidents of family violence – and many women and children have faced a heightened risk of partner-related violence and abuse.”

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In honor of the fourteen women who were killed on the day of the mass shooting, and other victimized women throughout Canada, North Grenville’s flags are at half mast today Monday. All federal buildings, including Ottawa’s Peace Tower, also have their flags lowered for the day. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or other kinds of abuse, Mayor Peckford is encouraging you to call Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville. The municipality’s website has more details.

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