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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blogs, General News

International Women’s Day: One Hundred Years Later

International Women’s Day: One Hundred Years Later

  by Hannah Hanikin published in “Iskra”, March 2017 issue Each year since 1917, on March 8th.   International Women’s Day (IWD), women and their supporters around the world, celebrate women’s achievements, as well as acknowledge challenges faced by women in the quest for gender equality. Originally IWD was known as International Working Women’s Day with its roots in the socialist, rather than the feminist struggle. First observed in Russia in 1917, (February 23, by the old calendar), women workers in Petrograd went on strike.  Organizing themselves, women orchestrated an estimated 200,000 workers to leave their factory jobs in a massive strike action. They demanded an end to World War 1, an end to the Tsarist regime and an end to food shortages, taking to the streets with banners held high for “bread, peace and land”.  Bread, the staff of life, a staple for the vast majority of Russians, was in short supply, necessitating long queues at the bakeries.  Although by all accounts, flour was available in the warehouses, but...

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blogs, General News

A lot more to be answered

A lot more to be answered

A lot more to be answered POSTMEDIA NETWORK Friday, March 24, 2017 5:49:51 EDT PM           Should Ontario Power Generation be allowed to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron? The federal government could soon decide whether to give the go-ahead to the proposal to construct an underground disposal site at the Bruce nuclear complex — just 1.6 kilometres from the lakeshore. Last fall Environment Minister Catherine McKenna requested more information from OPG, including alternative sites. That report, issued in late December, was available for public input until March 8. Yet next year’s provincial election and possible federal cabinet changes in the summer mean there could be other opportunities to put nuclear waste back on the public radar. OPG’s plan is to transport intermediate- and low-level nuclear waste (but not fuel waste) from the 20 commercial reactors in the province by truck to the Bruce site and place it in an underground “deep geologic repository”, or DGR. The December report estimates 22,000 to 24,000 road shipments over...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in General News

Global Campaign Against Military Spending (GCOMS)

Global Campaign Against Military Spending (GCOMS)

This year, the GDAMS movement will take place from April 18th to April 28th. The International Peace Bureau and its members will organize events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Camerun, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, and many others). Not everyone will be able to participate physically in the actions in these countries, but social media allows us to support and spread the campaign. All over the world governments are pushing for an increase in military spending. In the U.S., Donald Trump has proposed an increase of $54 billion – 10% of the annual allocation, to be paid for by cutting diplomacy and foreign aid. All European governments in NATO agreed twice in Wales and Warsaw to spend 2% of their GDP on defense while in parallel creating new funding systems for military research and development. For its part, China has declared it will increase its military budget by 7% in 2017. Among other top military spending countries, Saudi Arabia and Japan...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Our Work

Resolutions VOW AGM April 26, 2009

White Poppy Campaign  Moved by: Heather Menzies.  Seconded by: Jan Slakov (proxy).   Resolution adopted. With questions and concerns about working with and respecting existing ongoing initiatives around the white poppy.   Whereas, British war widows, with the backing of the Women’s Cooperative Guild, inaugurated the first White Poppy Campaign in 1933 in response to the loss of husbands and other family members in the bloodbath of World War I; Whereas, the white poppy symbolized their belief that fighting and killing are counterproductive to resolving conflict and promoting peace;  Whereas the nature of war today is actively poisoning and destroying the capacity for peace, equilibrium and non-violent conflict resolution within society;  And, whereas there is a need for individuals, communities, nations and governments to increase their commitment to the goals of the UN International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. Be it resolved that the Voice of Women for Peace take the lead in renewing the White Poppy Campaign in Canada; Be it further resolved that the Voice...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Funds to Address Climate Change Not Militarism

Funds to Address Climate Change Not Militarism

Sajjan hints at New Money for Military after Washington Visit           by Joan Russow As The Doom’s Day clock  moves  to 2 ½ Minutes to Midnight  because of threats of climate change and nuclear arms, the discrepancy, in Canada, between funds proposed for militarism to satisfy NATO’s demands and those spent to address obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate  Change (UNFCCC) , widens. Rather than doubling the military budget to 2% of GDP, Canada  should withdraw from NATO, a nuclear arms  alliance that espouses nuclear policies that violate the Non-proliferation  Treaty (NPT), should  increase funds to address climate change and discharge obligations  under the UNFCCC. and  should support, at the UN, the drafting of a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Arms.   Over forty years ago, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Canada  affirmed the following in relation to the military budget: “The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general...

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