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Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in General News

Betty Peterson celebrates 100th Birthday

Betty Peterson celebrates 100th Birthday

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace helped to organize and came together to share a celebration of the 100th birthday of Betty Peterson, our long-time mentor and inspiration. It is our turn now to continue the work that Betty is passing on to us.  She always said “keep on keeping on”.  She was always willing to put herself on the line for peace, social justice, and the rights of First Nations peoples. Betty is undoubtedly an inspiration to us all.  Happy 100th, Betty. The Coast news outlet published this great article about Betty. “This is a tribute—a warm birthday greeting—to a remarkable woman. Halifax activist Betty Peterson, a social justice crusader who’s been a veteran of countless protests, rallies, vigils, anti-war demonstrations and human-rights campaigns, will soon turn 100 years old.”  Read the full story by clicking here.                                        ...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in General News

Lethal Arms Sales From Canada to the Ukraine

Lethal Arms Sales From Canada to the Ukraine

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace objects strongly to the Canadian Government’s recent decision to break a twenty-six year de-facto embargo on lethal weapons sales to Ukraine. By adding Ukraine to the  Automatic Firearms Country Control List, the government can and will permit Canadian arms manufacturers to sell Ukraine automatic firearms and devices otherwise prohibited under the criminal code. According to the KyivPost, Canada posted its decision on the official government website on Dec 13,  the day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. defense appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018 on Dec.12, authorizing $350 million in military aid for Ukraine next year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to return Canada to peacekeeping. Exporting lethal weapons to a country with a smouldering conflict near the borders of one of the two most heavily nuclear armed nations on earth is neither peacemaking nor peacekeeping. We urge the Canadian Government to reverse their dangerous decision and instead contribute diplomacy, another skill Canadians used to be proud...

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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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