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Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

-for immediate release- Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the world’s governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians. “The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Israel is in violation of international law on several counts vis-à-vis Jerusalem,” stated Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) President Thomas Woodley. “Trump’s announcement is needlessly provocative and inflammatory,” Woodley added. CJPME points out that Trump’s decision breaks with decades of US policy on Israel, and will prevent the Trump administration from presenting itself as a neutral arbiter in any future negotiations. As a sign of world opinion on the matter, the UN General Assembly last week voted overwhelmingly that “any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws,...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

Reception in Honour of Setsuko Thurlow in Centre Block on Parliament Hill

Reception in Honour of Setsuko Thurlow in Centre Block on Parliament Hill

In honour of Seksuko Thurlow, accepting the nobel peace prize on behalf of the International Campaign to End Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a reception was held in Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  Several VOW members attended including co-chair Lyn Adamson, Nancy Covington, Eryl Court, and Diane McIntyre.           There were several speakers including Nancy Covington and the Ambassador of Kazakhstan.  Kazakhstan is the worlds largest producer of uranium. Canada is next.   Kazakhstan was site of Soviet testing and 1.5 million suffered from radiation poisoning. They negotiated a central Azia nuclear weapons free zone which was an astounding accomplishment. Click here for more...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blogs, General News

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference

Written by Hannah Hadikin, member of the VOW Board of Directors Approximately every six months for the past couple decades or longer, a dedicated group of peace activist members and supporters gather to attend the BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition (BCSIPC) Conference.  This bi-annual Conference alternates between the Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay regions. This time around the Conference was hosted by the West Kootenay group with the MIR Centre in Castlegar serving as the venue.  As usual, the excitement of seeing familiar faces and the pleasure of meeting new attendees and catching up over coffee and muffins, is the order of the day! Folks from Kelowna, Kaslo, Grand Forks, Nelson, Castlegar and the surrounding areas all participated in creating a circle of trust, friendship, mutual respect and acceptance. Along with representing an array of diverse views, faiths, cultural traditions, experiences and peace activism, there was a strong thread that wove us together as we all envisioned a world free of wars, conflicts, inequality, poverty and violence. The agenda...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

PLAAY Participates at Nocturne: Art at Night

Peace Leadership Activism and Action for Youth (PLAAY) is the new youth chapter of Canadian Voice of Women in Nova Scotia. Nocturne: Art at Night – An annual evening of art and wonder in the heart of Halifax. October 14, 2017.  PLAAY’s art installation was:  How Many Times Must the Cannonballs Fly?  The cannons at Historic Properties will be shrouded in a veil of white poppies, transformed to remember all casualties of war.   The theme of Nocturne : Art at Night this year was “Vanish”.  We invited participants to walk the road to peace (a path with messages about the costs and effects of war, and an invitation to think about how to create peace.  Then participants were invited to cut out a white poppy out of paper, write a message of hope, or how to create peace in our lives, our communities, our world (in any language), and pin it to mesh we had covering a cannon and an anchor, effectively making these symbols of war vanish! Candace Tattrie commented, “Last...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

VOW Voices Our Concerns in Ottawa.

VOW Voices Our Concerns in Ottawa.

In September, VOW members visited many Members of Parliament to voice our opinions and to share information.  Here is a list of the key points discussed.   Our concern that Canada has refused to sign the United Nations’ new Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and has not shown leadership for nuclear disarmament Canada boycotted the negotiations for the new UN nuclear weapons ban treaty and is not showing international leadership for nuclear disarmament. 122 countries negotiated the new treaty. Unfortunately, the federal government has signalled that it will not sign the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. 54 countries have already signed it. Canada’s current step-by-step approach is inadequate, and its Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty initiative has not had a program of work for over two decades. The humanitarian impacts of WMD demand abolition. Source: “Six deceptive arguments against a nuclear weapons ban,” by Cesar Jamarillo, Project Ploughshares article, 2017: https://www.opencanada.org/features/six-deceptive-arguments-against-nuclear-weapons-ban/   Our concern about Canada’s new defence policy, Global Affairs’ “hard power” posture and military spending This...

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