Women march in Cornwall to Take Back the Night
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