Fourteen women engineering students were killed because they were just that – women studying engineering. On December 6, 1989, an anti-feminist gunman entered l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and murdered them.
Tomorrow Toronto will remember the Montreal Massacre as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, otherwise known as “December 6th.” You can attend the YWCA Toronto daytime candlelight vigil at 1 p.m. at the organization’s headquarters, or visit the New Women’s College Hospital, in the Cummings Auditorium, at 12 p.m. to pay tribute to the women.
Local universities are also getting involved. At noon, a ceremony will be held at Ryerson University’s Tree of Hope sculpture in front of Kerr Hall East, the Quad, and University of Toronto will conduct a service in the Great Hall at Hart House at 12:15 p.m. U of T’s Women Won’t Forget plans to host the Candlelight Vigil to Remember All Women Murdered by Men at 6 p.m. at Philosopher’s Walk (Bloor St. and Avenue Rd.). There they planted fourteen red oak trees, in memory of each woman killed in the Montreal Massacre.
The December 6th Fund Toronto will be selling commemorative rose pins and handing out pamphlets at select TTC stations during rush hour. Check out their website to donate or volunteer, or simply wear a white ribbon to honour the women who were and continue to be victimized. Do your part, because the Conservatives sure won’t.