Women march in Corn­wall to Take Back the Night

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - The an­nual Take Back the Night march took place in Corn­wall on Thurs­day, Sept. 20, 2018.

The Take Back the Night march is an an­nual international event that first took place in Philadel­phia, Pennsylvania in 1975 to raise aware­ness and fight against vi­o­lence against women.

“Tonight, we will show that the peo­ple of Corn­wall will not tol­er­ate these types of crimes,” said Kar­lyn Fournier, one of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers. “We want to say we are safe, that we want to be free of vi­o­lence and that we sup­port each other.”

More than 50 peo­ple, mostly women took part in the march this year which left the band­shell in Lamoureux Park at around 7 p.m.

Marchers then trav­eled along Wa­ter St. to York St. From York St. they crossed Fourth St. E. to get to Pitt St. and then fol­lowed Pitt. St. down to the park. Dur­ing the march, par­tic­i­pants shouted slo­gans clearly stat­ing that all women should be safe to travel the streets at night.

Susanna Neville, a sex­ual as­sault survivor ex­plained to the crowd why events like this are im­por­tant for sur­vivors like her­self.

“Once I shared my ex­pe­ri­ence, I was no longer scared to share it,” she said. “Telling my story helped me to find my voice. Telling my story helped me over­come my shame over it.”

Dear Edi­tor, I couldn’t agree more. In ad­di­tion to the valid points you make, as things stand, should a cit­i­zen have a lo­cal con­cern or wish to make his/her views known to coun­cil, it is nec­es­sary to con­tact each and ev­ery coun­cil mem­ber. Hav­ing done this a few times, I can at­test that it is a com­plex and time­con­sum­ing af­fair, which I am sure dis­cour­ages many from do­ing like­wise - not a sign of healthy demo­cratic prin­ci­ple. More­over, coun­cil mem­bers feel un­der ab­so­lutely no obli­ga­tion to even ac­knowl­edge or per­haps even read what was sent them, as it rep­re­sents just one in­signif­i­cant voice in 45 000. They ap­pear to be re­spon­si­ble to no­body but them­selves and thus out of touch with con­stituents.

I also find it quite im­pos­si­ble now elec­tion time is here to keep a track of such a plethora of can­di­dates’ plat­forms and per­sonal de­tails - and I like to con­sider my­self rel­a­tively tuned in to mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs! Were there to be a ward sys­tem, the num­ber of can­di­dates to weigh would be con­sid­er­ably fewer. Just a quick drive in my neigh­bour­hood re­veals sprout­ing bill­boards for so many dif­fer­ent can­di­dates as to be ris­i­ble. Rather than en­cour­ag­ing the cast­ing of bal­lots, it has quite the re­verse ef­fect.

In all the places I have lived un­til now, a ward sys­tem was in place and func­tioned ad­mirably. The can­di­dates could and did can­vas their par­tic­u­lar ward and make them­selves known to con­stituents, plus dis­cover par­tic­u­lar very lo­cal con­cerns and is­sues.

I find it aber­rant and truly dis­ap­point­ing that this is not the case in Corn­wall. This is­sue needs ad­dress­ing be­fore the next mu­nic­i­pal elections roll around. Sin­cerely, Alan Scrivener

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