York Regional Councillor Carmine Perrelli was perplexed the other day when he received an email alert from the Town of Richmond Hill notifying him of a flag-raising event on December 6, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal.
What perplexed Perrelli was the call to action asking everyone to wear the colour purple to indicate their support for violence against women. What?
Like any gentleman who believes in chivalry, not to mention obeying the law, Mr. Perrelli is not one to engage in violence against women or anyone else. Nor does he intend to wear a colour of clothing that supposedly promotes violence against women.
He sought clarification from the email’s author but received the usual non-answer from another politician.
I then tried to get a response from someone, anyone, on Ward 5 council, and even tried the only female councillor in Ward 5, Karen Cilevitz, but no response.
But then again, as astute viewers of this space know, Richmond Hill actually bans the playing of O Canada prior to its council meetings due to the fact that the word “God” is in the national anthem’s lyrics and that might offend atheists... or something.
And so it is that thanks again to a lack of transparency and clarification, I share Carmine Perrelli’s angst pertaining to the colour purple.