Machinery Safety 101

National Day of Rememberance

Today echos with gun­shots that rang out in Mon­tréal’s École Poly­tech­nique 21 years ago. On that day four­teen women were gunned down for no oth­er reas­on than that they were women. I still remem­ber hear­ing the news the first time.

Each had their lives stolen from them by a men­tally ill man who believed that women were pre­vent­ing him from get­ting a job.

As a man, and as an engin­eer­ing pro­fes­sion­al, I believe that it is my respons­ib­il­ity to speak out against this kind of viol­ence, and against any form of viol­ence against anoth­er. Every day we see evid­ence that on some level, many men still believe that it is OK to tar­get women, chil­dren, anim­als and each oth­er. That some­how it is OK to take out their anger against help­less tar­gets.

It’s not OK. It will NEVER be OK.

So today, as you go about your life, take a moment and think about the viol­ence that sur­rounds you. Look for oppor­tun­it­ies to step in to pre­vent incid­ents, how­ever minor, that can res­ult in harm to anoth­er. Think about these four­teen daugh­ters, sis­ters, moth­ers and aunts. Help to ensure that this can nev­er hap­pen again.

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

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