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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...

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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...

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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...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in General News

Douglas Roche Featured Speaker at August 6th

For Immediate Release Douglas Roche Featured Speaker at August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration in Toronto July 25, 2017 (Toronto) Former Senator Douglas Roche, who also served as Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, will be the keynote speaker at the August 6, 2017 Hiroshima Nagasaki Day commemoration at the Toronto City Hall Peace Garden. Mr. Roche will deliver his  keynote address, “New Action Now: Banning Nuclear Weapons,” exactly one month after 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. Under pressure from the U.S., Canada boycotted the negotiations and vote on the treaty. The new UN treaty states that the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences” of nuclear weapons transcend national borders, pose grave implications for human survival, the environment, socio-economic development, the global economy, food security, and for the health of future generations. The ban treaty will enter into force after it has been ratified by 50 countries. Douglas Roche served as a Progressive...

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