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Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in General News

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

VOW Endorses the CPG Recommendations to the Government of Canada

  Editor’s note: VOW endorses Pugwash Group conference “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security” recommendations to the government of Canada. Several VOW members attended the conference.  Recommendations to the Government of Canada Canadian Pugwash Group Conference – July 2017 The Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) held a conference entitled “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security”, July 23-25 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference commemorated the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 60th anniversary of the international Pugwash movement. The focus of the conference was the current and future contribution Canada could make to global security and to countering existential threats to humanity. The CPG Board of Directors has endorsed the following recommendations developed by the conference participants for consideration by the Government of Canada: 1. Canada should sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and state that it will, through dialogue and changes to its own policies and practices, persist in efforts to bring NATO into conformity with the Treaty, with a view to Canada’s ratification as soon...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in General News

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

Canada, Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty!

  The Security Council met on August 29th to consider the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Janis Alton*, Co-Chair of VOW, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging Canada to to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN and sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; Today, August 29, the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s firing of a missile over Japan recognizes the growing concern of North Korea’s actions. This meeting must also address the provocative action of the US and South Korea through their war games. We are writing to you to urge you to be a voice for diplomacy at the UN in these urgent matters. For ten days starting August 21, 2017, U.S. and South Korean forces will be carrying out the Ulchi Freedom Guardian war drills involving tens of thousands of soldiers from both militaries simulating an invasion of North Korea. Proponents say they are needed to deter aggression from Pyongyang whereas North Korea views...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in General News

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

Ontario Peace Leadership Camp

  Peacemaking women of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the Hub and Hearth Center in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville for our 4th year.  It was an opportunity to connect, learn and get inspired by each other. This year, peace Leadership Camp activities had a special focus on indigenous rights. This Included Bimaadziimgat Nbiish: Anishinaabe Water Teachings, and the much talked about KAIROS Blanket Exercise; an interactive exercise that explores historic contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. As well as sharing personal reflections, we discussed how we can help to create a culture of justice, peace, love, and inclusiveness.   Women shared their feminist and peace activism experiences, explored different advocacy tools and told stories of resilience and solidarity from around the world. We had an evening of cultural sharing- poetry, art, sing-alongs, and dance around the bonfire.  A weekend of learning, great food and laughter.   Since 2012, VOW has held leadership training summer camps across the country. The purpose is to engage, inspire and educate...

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

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 to abolish nuclear weapons ebbed and flowed, and few people thought the elimination of all 15,000 nuclear weapons was a practical political goal. But new hope emerged July 7, when 122 countries – 63 per cent of all countries – adopted at the United Nations a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The new treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacturing...

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

Canada needs to embrace peace and sign nuclear ban treaty

Canada needs to embrace peace and sign nuclear ban treaty

A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing feels betrayed by Canada and Japan for not joining 122 other countries that voted to adopt the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. By SETSUKO THURLOW Wed. July 26, 2017 TORONTO STAR I am still rejoicing. After more than half a century of warning the world of the horrors that nuclear weapons would rain down on cities and people, I and other survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki finally have concrete hope. Over the past several years I had felt concern about the huge impacts of use of nuclear weapons rising, as awareness deepened through the three humanitarian conferences held at Nayarit (Mexico), Oslo, and Vienna. I came home to Toronto buoyed by the feeling that determination to make real headway on nuclear weapons abolition was growing. At these meetings and later at the UN in ban treaty discussions, when I gave witness, reliving the horror of my experience, the listening and empathy were palpable. My...

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