A candlelight vigil is being held at OPP Headquarters in Orillia this morning to mark the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
The vigil pays tribute to the 14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as every woman in Ontario whose life has been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.
The OPP has partnered with the Georgian College ManUp team to launch a pilot program at the post-secondary level that's meant to redefine what it means to "be a man" - from a toxic tough guy definition to one of standing up for what is right regardless of the situation.
The vigil will begin at 9 a.m..
Then, at 4:30 pm, a flag will be raised to half-mast at Barrie City Hall to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Following the flag raising, the In Focus: Shelter Me documentary will be playing in the City Hall Rotunda for the public to view.
Meanwhile, YWCA Muskoka is partnering with Parry Sound Muskoka Sexual Assault Services and Muskoka Women’s Shelters and Services to hold a special memorial event at Bracebrige United Church on Dominion street, starting at 2 p.m..