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Miss Vicky Thu Dec 6, 2007

In memoriam, on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre:

Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.

14 things you can do to end violence against women:

1) Think Globally. Participate in an Amnesty International campaign.

2) Act Locally. Support a local shelter.

3) Be a positive role model. This goes for men and women. Show a girl or boy in your life the importance of respect and equality by being the kind of person you want them to grow up to be.

4) Raise non-violent children. Help the kids in your life find healthy ways of resolving conflict. Promote imagination and co-operation in their play. Help them question socialized gender roles. Talk to them about violence.

5) Speak out when you see it - attitudes that condone violence crop up in the most surprising places sometimes - in the media, in advertising, in friends' and colleagues' tasteless humour. If we are afraid to challenge it, how can we expect the victims of violence to break the silence?

6) Do something supportive for a woman you know who is or may be a victim of violence. We all know someone, don't we? Just a small gesture of friendship can make a big difference.

7) Take steps to make sure your own relationship is healthy

8) Get informed. If you don't think violence against women is a problem in our society, you haven't seen the numbers. Believe me, there's plenty of evidence.

9) Heal yourself. Many of us have been touched by violence in some way or other. This contributes to our own biases, attitudes and lingering issues. Do what you need to do to get healthy and stay healthy, whether it's counselling, a support group or just plain talking about it.

10) Reach out to a girl in your life. Help her build confidence and self-esteem. Give her a safe place to talk about anything.... without judgment. And most importantly, teach her to kick butt when she needs to.

11) Reflect, remember and stand up. Whether it's the annual Take Back the Night March, a vigil for a local victim, a visit to the women's memorial in Minto Park, or any of the numerous vigils taking place today, take some time to remember the many, many victims of violence.

12) Think about the big picture. Lack of good jobs, adequate housing, child care, education and training and other important social services contribute to keeping women stuck in violent situations.

13) For the boys: get involved in the White Ribbon campaign

14) Do what you can to promote women's equality. Donate or volunteer with an organization that promotes women's equality or social and economic justice. Think about women's issues when you exercise your vote... at any level of government.


Newswest AGM December 3

Miss Vicky Sun Dec 2, 2007

Newswest, Ottawa West's community-run newspaper, is holding its Annual General Meeting tomorrow, December 3 at 6pm at the Hintonburg Community Newspaper.

Published with the Kitchissippi Times, Newswest provides a community perspective on local issues and events. There are lots of ways you can get involved. Membership is open to anyone who lives in the distribution area (from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue between the O-Train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue) and costs a mere $5 for individuals and $10 for families. We'll be electing members to the volunteer board of directors, and are always looking for new folks to join us. And, of course, articles are always welcome.



Miss Vicky Sat Dec 1, 2007

OK, so we trucked down to the Sandy Hill Arena tonight to check out the CWHL. Unbeknownst to us, the location of the game had changed at the last minute... to KINGSTON! ARGH! So no hockey for us. How anticipointing.

An opening of the 'Grand' variety

The Webgeek Sat Dec 1, 2007

Webgeek here, reporting back from my visit to the Elmdale Tavern's grand opening. I went and had a pint or 5 to support the new owners and the Finishing School's favourite brew. It was the first time I've set foot in the place so I can't really say if they've changed the decor much or not. I'm guessing that the answer is closer to 'not' though, which is great. It definitely still has that tavern feel to it -- and I hope they keep that. Checkered floor; heavy wooden seats and easily movable small round tables; beer advertising an the walls; pool table in the far corner; beer in quart bottles with requisite sipping glasses (note to Beau's and Heritige: I did see a few stubbies and pint glasses too -- mine included -- but you might want to bottle in quarts to to get some converts); pickled things on the bar which may or may not be there from the original establishment. Two possible additions I could pick out were some large flat screen HD televisions (Stanley Cup playoff ready, I'm sure) and a "take a book, leave a book" lending library on one wall. Also updated was the men's washroom --it was pristine and had the funkiest urinals I've ever seen. Though a little out of character, it was not unwelcome. It's nice to not fear the facilities. We didn't have a babysitter, so Miss Vicky wasn't with me to report on the women's restroom, but I assume it's just as new.

I only stayed long enough to catch the opening band, Nudie and the Turks, but it was almost full when I got there and absolutely packed by the time I left. The crowd was a good mix of regulars and "first timers" like me. I saw a few members of the Hintonburg Community Association and other local business owners too. The band had everyone's toes a tapping, and were so impressed they spontaneously re-booked themselves for a cd launch tour in May. The one thing I would say was a little awkward was the band being set up right in front of the main entrance. And by "set up" I mean right there on the floor. The Elmdale doesn't have a stage or lighting for the bands (yet?). While one could come and go by the side door (opening into the KFC's parking lot), a lot of people -- like me -- were surprised to walk in and suddenly be "on stage" with the band. In talking to Jody Benjamin of Ball and Chain & the Wreckers, who had just plopped down next to me in one of the few remaining empty seats, we agreed that moving the bands over to the east wall might be a better set up. hopefully they'll try a few different arrangements before getting some stage lighting.

All in all, a fun evening and a great turn out. I know I'll be back.

Welcome to Hintonburg.

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