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Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

Penny Sanger: A True Inspiration for Us All

Penny Sanger: A True Inspiration for Us All

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...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

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

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

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, a member of NATO like Canada, voted against and Singapore abstained. Under pressure from the US, Canada boycotted the negotiations and vote on the treaty, which will enter into force after it has been signed by 50 countries. The groups participating in the emergency appeal to Mayor Tory include the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, the Canadian Voice of Women for...

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in General News

Register for the VOW conference, AGM and Lobby Days

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...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in General News

Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference and lobby days! We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing. We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peace-building, human needs, and environmental action. We will have a screening of ‘A Bold Peace’ about Costa Rica’s non-military path. September 22 -23 VOW Conference with the Group of 98 “Getting to Nuclear Zero” September 24  VOW Conference and Annual General Meeting – program will include a presentation by Tamara Lorincz and discussion  on Canada’s defence policy paper,  a peace awards luncheon, our annual general meeting and preparation for lobbying.  September 25 and 26  VOW Lobby Days   Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference – and for lobby days in Ottawa. We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing.  We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peacebuilding, human needs, and environmental action. We will...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Pathways to elimination

Pathways to elimination

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 4, 20 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 One of the most complex questions of the nuclear weapon ban treaty is how it should deal with nuclear disarmament. This was one of the main subjects of debate on Monday afternoon, and is dealt with in the draft treaty text in articles 2–5. None of the nine states currently possessing nuclear weapons are engaging in these negotiations—some are actively hostile to the effort. Some claim (for now) to support the principle of nuclear disarmament, however. Their refusal to pursue relevant effective measures in good faith is the precise reason why nuclear ban negotiations are taking place at all. Given this situation, states participating in nuclear ban negotiations have a few options. They can develop a set of strong prohibitions geared toward having practical impacts on current nuclear...

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