Photo: December 6, 2016
Dates have feelings attached to them - some filled with joy and some with sorrow and some may be tinged with both. As my late husband was Dutch, I always tried to celebrate Sinterklaas (December 6) with my children - filling their shoes with marzipan, chocolate letters and other Dutch inspired treats. We liked to celebrate anything we could in December. The dark days, which could easily provoke a seasonal sadness, were enlivened by our sillyness - from Sinterklaas to Christmas, from Hanukkah to Festivus, we made our days more fun.
But December 6, since 1989, has been also associated with sorrow - the anniversary of the shootings at École Polytechnique, the engineering school at the Université de Montréal. Fourteen women lost their lives; another fourteen were injured. We must never forget them and what they represent - women who were studying to enter a fairly male-dominated profession, killed simply because they were women. Misogyny exists in many forms. While this was an extreme example, there is still a long way to go in fighting for equality for women, to stop the objectification and to encourage women to follow their dreams.
And so we remember