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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is an important milestone – the day that everyone should take a moment to consider the lifelong impact of violence against women and the irrefutable evidence of how domestic violence negatively impacts children who witness the assaults and psychological attacks.  Human trafficking is real in rural Ontario and one of the most reprehensible forms of violence against women.  Please, take that moment.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:

“Around the world, in both peace and war, women, girls and vulnerable populations experience sexual assault and its lifelong adverse effects on health, including psychological, physical, sexual and reproductive health. Sexual assault, also used in too many instances as a weapon of war, is a violation of human rights and one of the main barriers to achieving gender equality. Too often, the victims are silenced while the perpetrators go unpunished.

Canada is a global leader in efforts to eliminate gender-based violence through diplomacy and advocacy. In developing countries, we support projects that address harmful norms that perpetuate sexual and gender-based violence. We also support survivors, so they can gain access to justice and the services they need to rebuild their lives, and work with partners to ensure that those responsible for gross human rights violations and abuses are brought to account.

Today and every day, we invite everyone to take a stand against sexual assault, and to join survivors and women’s rights activists at home and abroad who draw attention to the injustice of sexual assault and the social norms that condone it.

We also mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This global campaign, which runs until International Human Rights Day on December 10, draws attention to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. The aim of the Sustainable Development Goals—to leave no one behind—cannot be reached without first ending all forms of gender-based violence, including violence against women, girls and vulnerable minorities.”

Well done Westport and family and friends.

In the past two weeks, over 75 blankets have been donated to help Lily Badore’s goal of providing for the Kingston area homeless men and women this Christmas.  I dropped them off today in Newboro.  It was a humbling moment standing in the midst of such generosity.

Thank you.

Blanket donations

Westport welcomes Seniors to the Community Centre

The Village of Westport welcomes seniors (and their friends/family) to use the upstairs of the Community Centre on Wednesday and Friday mornings to continue their weekly walks.   Although the Village unsuccessfully applied for a Trillium grant to install an elevator, we have decided to open the Community Centre for those who wish to continue the weekly walks.  The Village supports those who have been using the Lockwood Park path for regular exercise and hope that the upstairs of the Community Centre will be of benefit over the winter.  Have Fun!

Another Trillium grant will be submitted in 2020.  The cost of the elevator and necessary renovations is approx $150,000.

Please call if you have any questions.  273-9195.

pile of blankets is growing … let’s collect more for the homeless

If you have blankets taking up space in the back of your linen closet, or under a bed, or otherwise not needed by you and your family, pls consider donating them.  A wonderful young woman from Newboro is spearheading a Christmas drive for the Kingston area homeless men and women.

You can add to the blankets on my front porch at 15 Rideau St, Westport or drop them at St Paul’s Anglican Church tomorrow and next Sunday.  Our goal is to collect 60 blankets.

Thank you for your consideration.

blankets Nov 16


It will be an especially scaaaary night in the village this Hallowe’en

Thanks to the many people who have decorated their haunted houses with ghouls, ghosts, witches and our very own Game Of Thrones!!!!  Rain or shine – the kids and parents will be out later today to ‘trick or treat’.  Have fun finding these outstanding haunted houses.

Please wear bright clothing and drive carefully and watch out for our children.  Be safe everyone.

Hallowe'en GOT

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