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Vigil held at Timmins city hall in honour of women who suffered violence – Timmins Times

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 201839 Views

December 07, 2018

With the flags at Timmins city hall flying at half-staff Thursday, a candle-light vigil was held to honour the 14 women who were murdered in the Montreal massacre of December 6, 1989 at L’école Polytechnique.  As in towns and cities across the country, the Timmins event was part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  Despite a wind chill of roughly minus 27 roughly two dozen women and a handful of men took part in the 30 minute vigil.

Several city council members also took part. They included Mayor George Pirie; councillors Michelle Boileau, Kristin Murray, Noella Rinaldo, Andrew Marks and Rock Whissell. Police Chief John Gauthier also took part.  As part of the ceremony, the mayor, city councillors and the police chief read out the names of the 48 women in Ontario who have lost their lives in 2018 due to gender-based violence. The names of the victims were also written on luminary lantern bags placed on the steps of city hall. The event was also in tribute to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada. A group of Indigenous women performed prayers and drum songs in their honour.

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