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Register for the VOW conference, AGM and Lobby Days

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in General News

1.To register for the Group of 78 and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace conference September 22 and 23 in Ottawa,  click on the link GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD 2.  To register for VOW’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 24 in Ottawa email info@vowpeace.org or telephone 416-603-7915.  For more information click here. 3.  To be part of our Lobby delegation on Parliament Hill email info@vowpeace.org or telephone...

Penny Sanger: A True Inspiration for Us All

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a long time VOW member, Penny Sanger, on July 13, 2017, at the age of 86. Penny dedicated her life to peace education and activism. She wrote “Blind Faith: The Nuclear History of Port Hope, Ontario“ in 1981. VOW presented her with the Anne Goodman Award for Peace Education in 2015. Penny will be greatly missed and we offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held in late summer or early fall– details will be announced...

Peace Groups Issue an Emergency Appeal to Mayor John Tory to Examine the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

For Immediate Release   July 19, 2017 (Toronto) Two weeks after the UN ratified a treaty banning nuclear weapons that was boycotted by Canada, thirteen peace, faith and environmental groups have issued an emergency appeal to Mayor John Tory warning that the world is at the greatest risk of a nuclear catastrophe since the Cuban missile crisis. The organizations have appealed to Mayor Tory that he ask the Toronto Board of Health to hold public hearings on the ongoing threats to Toronto and its communities posed by nuclear weapons. 122 countries approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN on July 7. Only Netherlands,...

We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 12* We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons 4 July 2017 Ray Acheson Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Download full edition in PDF There are many ways to ban nuclear weapons. The draft text that the President of the conference released on Monday evening is one of them. And it’s a good one. It is a categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons that also provides a framework for their elimination. To paraphrase the former leading US arms control negotiator Paul Warnke about nuclear treaties: “I could have...

One more week to the nuclear ban

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 11* One more week to the nuclear ban 3 July 2014 Ray Acheson Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Download full edition in PDF On Friday evening, the President of the ban treaty conference convened a plenary meeting to reveal new drafts of the treaty’s articles. These drafts are the results of the work of two days of closed consultations amongst negotiating states. Ambassador Whyte chaired the consultations on article 1, while representatives of Ireland, Chile, and Thailand facilitated the work on articles 2–5, 6–8, and 9–21, respectively. The...

Dealing with disarmament in the prohibition treaty

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 10 Dealing with disarmament in the prohibition treaty 29 June 2017 Ray Acheson Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Download full edition in PDF Wednesday’s negotiating sessions were off-the-record, so the Nuclear Ban Daily will not be reporting on those discussions. Instead, we offer some thoughts about the challenges being faced in the development of articles 2–5 of the draft treaty. These articles deal with nuclear-armed states and the elimination of their weapons and weapon programmes. They also address safeguards against the reconstitution of these weapons and against...