In a shady corner of Barrie's Heritage Park, a picnic was held Saturday afternoon to oppose M-103 – a federal motion which condemns Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.

Organized by Suffragettes Against Silence, its key speaker was Jennifer Bush, who lived in Barrie for 20 years.

"Quite frankly, I'm sick of sitting down and acting like a lady," she said through a small PA system to about 20 people listening.

"The time has come to speak out, it is essential, and (M-)103 is crushing down upon us and free speech is the first casualty of democracy, and we are going to lose that right and we are losing the right to fight any changes that are to follow."

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