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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...

Hiroshima Survivor Submits Emergency Appeal to Mayor Tory re Nuclear Weapon Dangers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in General News

  Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow handed over an emergency appeal for Mayor John Tory at the August 6 Hiroshima Nagasaki commemoration at the City Hall Peace Garden. The emergency appeal asks that the Mayor have the Board of Health hold a public hearing on the dangers to Toronto posed by nuclear weapons. Thurlow presented the emergency appeal to City Councillor Chin Lee who read the Mayor’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day proclamation in his absence. In his proclamation, Mayor Tory recalled that Toronto has been a member of Mayors for Peace since 1983 and custodian of the Peace Garden since 1984. “Each year on August 6, we remember the individuals...

Join Canadian Voice of Women for Peace’s call for Ottawa to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in General News

For Immediate Release August, 2017 Recently, media reports and social media posts showed Saudi government forces using Canadian-made armoured vehicles in a violent crackdown on Awamiya town in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. According to media reports, at least five have been killed since Wednesday, July 26. The federal government commented on the reports. “If it is found that Canadian exports have been used to commit serious violations of human rights, the minister will take action,” Foreign Affairs department announced, according to a number of media sources such as CBC and The Globe and Mail on Friday, July 28. According to several human rights organizations’ and media reports,...

End Our World’s 72 Year Nuclear Misadventure

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

For Immediate release Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Canadian Section)  WILPF On the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace activists across Canada are calling out the Canadian government for its recent boycott of the United Nations negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty was approved by non-nuclear nations on July 7 on a vote of 122-1 with one abstention. “We feel like we are back in the Harper-era, behaving like an embarrassing dinosaur on the international stage,” the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Canadian Section), said in a statement. The group went on to add,...

How Safe is Toronto From Nuclear Weapons.

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

Peace, faith and environmental groups issue appeal to Mayor John Tory for public hearings saying it’s time to shake our complacency about the dangers posed to Toronto BY ANTON WAGNER NOW Magazine https://nowtoronto.com/news/how-safe-is-toronto-from-nuclear-weapons/ Within a month, North Korea has test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking North America. The first ICBM, launched on July 4, could reach Alaska. A more powerful missile, launched Friday, July 28, puts Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York within striking range, experts say. The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s spy wing, has warned the Trump administrationthat North Korea will be able to deliver a nuclear weapon to targets in the...

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

By: DOUGLAS ROCHE Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017 Special to The Globe and Mail Douglas Roche is a former senator and a former Canadian ambassador for disarmament and honourary citizen of Hiroshima. I was 16 when the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August, 1945. It was only years later, when I visited Japan as a member of Parliament, that I realized the unspeakable horror and scale of destruction possible in the new nuclear age. That experience changed my life as I began to understand that the threat to use the immense killing power of modern nuclear weapons challenges all human rights. Through the years, the movement...