Dozens gather to shine light on Wetaskiwin violence Sept. 21

No city council members attend vigil in Jubilee Park

By Stu Salkeld The Pipestone Flyer

Depending on whom you ask, Wetaskiwin has a crime problem, or the city’s crime problem is not worse than any other community the same size. However, dozens of people gathered at Jubilee Park Sept. 21 to shine a light on violence.

The “Violence Vigil” was organized by local resident Susan Kokas, who lives in the area near the park and noted during her opening remarks a murder had recently occurred in that area. She said there were many reasons a vigil should be held, among them to shine a light on violence in the community, to remember people who lost their lives and to those who survived.

Kokas noted she herself is a survivor of violence. When she was living in Calgary several years ago, she had been targeted, stalked and attacked.

“I lived in fear for a long time,” said Kokas. She said it’s very likely everyone knows someone who is a survivor of violence.

She said survivors walk a fine line between extremes. “I don’t want to live in fear, but I don’t want to be a vigilante.”

Wetaskiwin NDP MLA Bruce Hinkley spoke briefly, noted Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace.

Other survivors of violence also spoke, including a young girl who noted her father had been murdered.

Kokas stated she felt community leaders must address violence in Wetaskiwin.

Other speakers pointed out that much could be done to make Wetaskiwin a safer, friendlier community, such as getting to know your neighbours and looking out for each other.

No members of the Wetaskiwin city council were present for the vigil and only one candidate for council, Phil Houle-Gregg, attended.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

Just Posted

Culture Days offers amazing variety Sept. 27 to 29

“Taste of Wetaskiwin” followed by “Connect 4”

Join Leduc singer/songwriter Julia Vos raising funds for youth shelter Fri to Sun

Mulhurst Bay’s singer/songwriter busking in Edmonton for Youth Emergency Shelter

Pipestone Creek Grouse Walk a success Aug. 24

Event hosts over 40 participants near Wetaskiwin

Beef barley soup with great cake idea for dessert

Zucchini Carrot Cake only takes about 40 mins in oven

Wetaskiwin Bantam Warriors get payback against Fort Mac

Wetaskiwin earns decisive 43 to 12 victory in week 2 action

Red Deer Rebels fall to Edmonton in home opener 4-2

Red Deer will play the second of a home and home on Sunday

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Expert says acquittal of Alberta parents in boy’s death unlikely to set precedent

The Stephans testified they thought their son had croup and used herbal remedies to treat him

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Most Read