Annually across Canada events are held as a day of action to help stop violence against women. Many refer to these events as part of the National Day of Remembrance. Some of us remember the utter shock and sadness when we found out about the terrible violence that took place in Montreal on that fateful day that 14 women were targeted solely because they were women. Today we have more events that speak out against violence. Just two weeks ago the international, annual Trans Day of Remembrance was held. It is important to remember that violence can touch all of our lives. Jackson Katz has explained that violence against women is a men’s issue. I concur with Katz and hope that you watch his TED Talk.
Find out if there are any events taking place in your community. We are all part of the struggle to stop violence. I have attached a screen shot of a campus event (Dec 4th) and local candlelight vigil (Dec 6th). Please share this information.
Today I learned that the faculty of business will not be cancelling classes during this time on Wednesday. When I asked the professor who teaches the class I have, he had no idea what I was talking about. It’s really too bad that the effort put forward for this event and more importantly, the cause that it supports would be undermined by members of UVic’s faculty.
Dear Liam: I am sorry to hear this, but have heard this before within other departments. The initial canceling of courses was actually approved by the Senate and was only for a few years. The practice, though, has been to cancel courses. Departments may or may not follow suit with the practice. I have cancelled my courses for the day so that my students can attend, if they choose to do so.