Make It Happen for International Women’s Day

One excellent way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year is by attending the Make It Happen event in support of the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.

When         Monday March 9, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

                     (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Where       Starlight Room, Army, Navy & Air Force Club

                     7 George Street, Barrie

Admission by donation

For more info, contact  705-728-6300 x228


Whether you can be there at Make It Happen or not, let’s all remember International Women’s Day on March 8.  We can be proud of women’s many achievements, while we recognize how much must yet be done before all are truly equal, men and women.  And above all, let’s celebrate all the women who have enriched our lives in countless ways.



Barrie City Hall proclaims March 8 – 15 as International Women’s Day / Week

The Barrie And District Raging Grannies and Amnesty International Barrie Action Circle jointly made an formal request to Barrie City Council to proclaim March 8 – 15 as International Women’s Day / Week.  Click this link to see this proclamation on the Barrie City Hall website.


Join the discussion on activism – and more

Here’s an interesting event well worth attending.  As part of Social Work Week, the Laurentian University Social Work Association is holding a seminar at the Barrie Georgian College Campus.

When:        Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where:       Room K229A, K Building, Georgian College Campus

Theme:       Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals and Communities

Speakers:   Laura Fess, Shane L.S.Dennis, Tanya Shute, and the Barrie And District Raging Grannies

FREE admission.  $2 parking (park in K lot).  Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there.


Orillia protest went well

If you are interested in a follow-up on the February 14, 2015 protest of the previous item, see the Orillia Packet And Times item at

The BAD Grannies are keeping an eye on this story, and we’ll let you know of  any news.  Of course, what we’d like is to see the police officer held accountable for his brutality, and appropriate charges laid.

Stand up and speak out when something’s not right.


Speaking out in outrage

Late one night in April 2013, Maria Tonie Farrell of Orillia went to help a woman who was being assaulted in a parking lot by three other people.

The assailants ran off.  Tonie tried to calm the victim, who was of course more than a little upset.  Someone called the police, and OPP Sgt. Watson arrived on the scene.  When Tonie tried to explain what had happened, he swore at her and told her to shut up, knocked her face down on the ground, landed a sucker punch to her head, delivered a karate kick that broke her tibia, and then his full weight landed on top of her.  After all that, Sgt. Watson arrested Tonie Farrell, charging her with obstructing a police officer.

Tonie ended up with head and face injuries, lost a tooth, had an injured knee and broken tibia, and bruises all over her body.  She now walks with a cane and is unable to work.


When the case came before the judge in December 2014, the judge found Sgt. Watson’s testimony inconsistent and not believable, and found no grounds for the charges against Tonie Farrell.  He dismissed the charges, with a scathing rebuke of Sgt. Watson’s aggressive behaviour.

However, when the SIU investigated the case, it found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the officer.  Wait a minute.  A large, burly police officer takes down and seriously injures a 140 lb., 48 year-old grandmother, who was doing nothing more than helping the victim of an assault . . .

Several people in Orillia are speaking out, organizing a series of protests outside the police station.  They are demanding that the police be held accountable.  If you too share this sense of outrage

join the next protest

at noon on February 14, 2015

outside the police station

66 Peter Street in Orillia