Toronto – December 6, 2015 – December 6 marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was not only a college but also a workplace and two of the women murdered that day were members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
This senseless act of violence against women shocked our nation and became the catalyst for collective action to end violence against women.
“The recent shooting of 12 people that killed three and left nine wounded at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs serves as harsh reminder that, 26 years after the Montréal Massacre, men continue to use violence to control women’s bodies and choices,” said Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “We must stand defiantly against this violent hatred and fight for the full equality of women and girls.”