Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in General News

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

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

  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 who died from the immediate effects of the attacks and all those who suffered thereafter,” the Mayor stated in his proclamation. “This day also serves as a reminder of the horrific effects of the use of atomic bombs, the need to find non-violent solutions for world issues and the call for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.” The emergency...

Read More

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in General News

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

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

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, social media posts and eyewitnesses, Saudi forces have committed human rights violations in its siege on Awamiya town. However, this is not the first time a Canadian export has been used in a violent crackdown by Saudi forces. Last year, Canadian-made tactical equipment appeared at the scene of a violent house raid that left one man dead in Qatif in...

Read More

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

End Our World’s 72 Year Nuclear Misadventure

End Our World’s 72 Year Nuclear Misadventure

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, “Although Canada’s international record in pressing for nuclear disarmament has been weak at the UN and the Geneva Conference on Disarmament, which our international office actively monitors, Canada was the first nuclear-capable country to renounce nuclear weapons and has historically been an active participant in any such negotiations.” Poll after poll, going back decades, shows that the vast majority of...

Read More

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

How Safe is Toronto From Nuclear Weapons.

How Safe is Toronto From Nuclear Weapons.

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 lower 48 states within a year. North Korea’s ambitions should shake Canadian complacency: the firing trajectory of nuclear missiles aimed at the U.S. would go over Canada. Canadian targets could include not only northern airfields in Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit but also NORAD fighter bases in Cold Lake, Alberta, and Bagotville, Quebec, and Navy wharves in Halifax and...

Read More