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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 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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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blogs

Why I have Decided not to Attend the UNCSW as a VOW Delegate

  By Sara Eftekhar On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S following through with his promise of banning Muslims from entering the country to make America safe. After protests swept across the nation, federal judges blocked the executive order and as of yesterday, the order was revised with very little change.  Trump’s executive order remains on six countries even though it is illegal under international human rights law. Therefore, people’s lives will continue to be affected in America and abroad. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding the travel ban. It seems through countless experiences of individuals who have attempted to enter the American border that even Border Officers are unsure about the process, and many individuals including myself fear that the confusion around who can and cannot enter the U.S, and on what grounds, will lead to being rejected at the border. That is one of the reasons I have decided not to attend...

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Climate Action: Historic win also a missed opportunity 

by Lyn Adamson For the first time ever Toronto City Council has designated funds to combat climate change.  TransformTO, the climate program of the City’s Environment and Energy Division, developed 8 initiatives, at a cost of $1.6 million, to kickstart the City’s actions toward a goal of 30% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020, and 80% reduction by 2050. TransformTO is a new program and as such was fighting against the City’s austerity approach that was calling for cuts across the board . On Wednesday Council adopted a budget funding three of the programs for a total of $330,000, or 20% of the funds.  Many activists sought to see the full funding of $1.6 million voted in by Council.  A grassroots campaign encouraging constituents to contact their councillors in support of full funding nearly carried the day.   However the effort fell short by 2 votes in a 23-21 decision . Still the motion garnered strong support from across the political spectrum. “People in my ward are very affected by...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blogs, General News

AN EXCEPTIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE       

AN EXCEPTIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE       

  by Hannah Hadikin, VOW Board director       When some two dozen peace activists come together, it is no surprise that the energy in the room is something to behold.  Such was the case at the Mission Creek Folk School in Kelowna recently.  This idyllic setting was the venue for the recent BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference (BCSIPC).  The Kelowna Peace Group folks were superbly gracious in hosting the event.  Aside from the splendid coffee which was supplied by a member who spends substantial amount of his time assisting Guatemalan coffee growers, the delectable food preparations were an amazing example of local agriculture, clearly within the parameters of the 100- mile diet. Individuals representing their respective peace and justice groups addressed critical issues including the ongoing wars and armed conflict, climate change and global warming, food and water security, increasing poverty and the devastating plight of refugees. Reports from member groups described the wide range of activities which individuals have been participating in since the BCSPIC...

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