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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

WE REMEMBER

Today is the anniversary of the massacre of the female students at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.

This is the National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women.

On that dreadful day Mark Lepine entered the school with an automatic weapon and a list of young women to kill and murdered fourteen female engineering students. He died that day also.

We remember this group of women

Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967) mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student


This event is celebrated each year by women and men in Canada to remember and reenergize their resolve to end violence against women.

Canada has been changed by this event. Gun control and the issues around violence against women became issues that have not gone away. It was through these efforts that gun registration and continuing efforts to restrict guns in Canada became a persistent reality for us all.

2 Comments:

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Oh my God, I hadn't thought about that tragedy in such a long time. It is one to not be forgotten and to be learned from for certain.

MIchael Moore pointed out all the efforts in Canada about gun violence/control in his film bowling columbine.. it's a great documentary.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

The women killed were wonderful examples of women finding a place for themselves and others in engineering, a career once dominated by men.

 

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