December 6, 1989. Fourteen bright young women were singled out and killed in Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I, personally, will never forget that day. Today I look out at Montreal’s snow, and think about our loss of those women and the violence that persists against women all over the world. We have to remain strong and support each other, and let the names of these fourteen women live on.

 Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21. Hélène Colgan, 23;  Nathalie Croteau, 23;  Barbara Daigneault, 22;  Anne-Marie Edward, 21;  Maud Haviernick, 29;  Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;  Maryse Leclair, 23;  Annie St-Arneault, 23;  Michèle Richard, 21;  Maryse Laganière, 25;  Anne-Marie Lemay, 22; Sonia Pelletier, 28; and Annie Turcotte, 21.

December 6th... lighting a candle, shedding some tears, remembering. Vigilance. Violence is not acceptable.