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There's a vigil tomorrow night at city hall

Groups are marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
2018-05-07 Timmins City Hall MH
Timmins City Hall. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Three agencies are partnering to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. 

Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., a vigil is being held on the steps of the Timmins City Hall. 

The annual event commemorates the 14 women murdered at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.

“Each year since then we commemorate the women who were murdered on that day and then also each year we honour the lives of the women who were killed because of gender-based violence," said Chantal Mailloux, Centre Passerelle pour Femmes community development co-ordinator.  "So this year we have 48 women in Ontario only who were murdered because of gender-based violence."

The vigil is organized by three violence against women agencies in the city — Centre Passerelle pour Femmes, Timmins and Area Women in Crisis, and Tranquility House.

"The Timmins City Hall was specifically chosen as the location for the vigil to symbolize the need for radical social, legal and political reforms that need to occur to increase the safety of women and girls in our Canadian society," wrote Mailloux in an email.

The vigil is open to everyone, and there will be coffee and hot chocolate.

- With files from Rogers Media


Maija Hoggett

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