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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Vigils Against Violence Today

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Today is the national day of remembrance and action on Violence against Women.

Vigils are being held across Canada today to mark the anniversary of the murders of 14 women at a school in Montreal in 1989.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established this day of remembrance and action on Violence against Women.

A vigil is planned for Noon today  in Owen Sound at the Scotiabank Parkette on 2nd avenue east.

Joachim Ostertag, Men's Program Supervisor with the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Branch encourages everyone to take part.

He says as well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended because they were women, December 6th is a chance for all of us to reflect on the ongoing violence against women in our communities and society in general.

The figures show half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.

And every 6 days, a woman is killed by her intimate partner while on any given day nearly 45 hundred women and 35 hundred children are housed in shelters and transition houses across Canada.

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