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A number of events are planned across Nova Scotia this December 6 to mark Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

CUPE President Danny Cavanagh is encouraging union members and all Nova Scotians to take part in the events as a way of working for change in our society.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established to honour the victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal, where 14 women were murdered because they were women. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the tragic event.

Scheduled events include: 

  • Lunenburg - Central United Church will host an evening of song and reflection, dubbed “Standing for Change — Gathering for Hope” at 7:00 p.m. CUPE NS Treasurer Dianne Frittenburg will be in attendance.
  • Halifax - NSACSW Women will host an 11:00 a.m. memorial service at Province House in the Foyer. CUPE Atlantic Regional Director Jacquie Bramwell and Equality Representative Michelle Cohen will be in attendance.
  • Yarmouth - NSCC, along with Juniper House Women’s Shelter, will hold a 10:30 a.m. ceremony in the Burridge Campus gymnasium. CUPE Women’s Committee Chair Lisa deMolitor will be in attendance.