December 6th marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. As a woman attending university at that time, it hit me really hard. How could someone kill 14 people, just because they were women. I thought I lived in a safe place. I was always very careful. The thought of an attack like that while I attended school was very unnerving. I lived in Canada and Canada was a safe place. I’d love to tell my 15 year old daughter that 25 years later, we have eradicated that kind of behavior but it’s simply not the case. I fear for her (and all other females) now more than ever. OSSTF is marking that anniversary through their Shine the Light campaign. November is Women Abuse Prevention Month so OSSTF is encouraging members to wear purple and to think about (and talk about) women abuse. We need to remember Geneviève Bergeron Hélène Colgan Nathalie Croteau Barbara Daigneault Anne-Marie Edward Maud Haviernick Maryse Laganière Maryse Leclair Anne-Marie Lemay Sonia Pelletier Michèle Richard Annie St-Arneault Annie Turcotte Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz. We need to talk to our sons and daughters and we need change. District 17 TBU is encouraging members to set up a memorial in your jobsite. Your Branch President will be receiving a poster to use as a backdrop and each member will receive a button. We hope you will wear that button for the week of December 1st-5th and then again on the actual anniversary, December 6th. Wear the button, talk about it, stop the violence.
The view from my desk, as Teacher Bargaining Unit President for D17 Simcoe