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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States

Originally posted by IPS Inter Press Service Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator of Global Compliance Research Project and member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.       VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) – When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals. As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling, use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also deployment, transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and trans-shipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, inducement; and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it. (WILPH, Reaching Critical Will) As Eva Walder, the Swedish representative to the UN’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, declared: “Sweden’s position is clear. The only guarantee...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

Holistic view of UNCSW-61 by Prof. Dr. Ainun Afroza

  The United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) invites representatives from all over the world, in March of every year, to the UN Headquarters, New York. This year the 61st session took place from March 13 to 24. More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries participated in this great event. Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Canada, also sent around 20 women representatives. These enthusiastic and passionate women travelled to NY and actively engaged themselves in a variety of events. I have been one of this magnificent people for the last three years. This year the weather in New York was not very friendly. However, we never failed to attend the breakfast meetings at 7:30 am in Manhattan, though we were staying in different far off places. We attended sessions either inside the UN-HQ or at outside venues. We chose the sessions according to our own preferences and sometimes guided by our team leaders, Janis Alton or Marilou McPhedran. This year we had a good...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blogs, General News

My Experience at UNCSW2017 by Alana Sarapnickas

My Experience at UNCSW2017 by Alana Sarapnickas

            My experience at the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in 2017 began with a joint briefing held by Janis Alton and Senator Marilou McPhedran; two women who have committed their lives to women’s rights, and peace and security. Janis first attended the CSW in 1985 with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) disarmament committee. She described her experience as taking place in a small room. It was eye opening to compare Janis’s first description of the CSW, to what it consists of today. Eight thousand, six hundred people attended the CSW this year and their presence did not go unnoticed; some conference rooms were so crowded we happily sat on the floor just to hear the panellists speak. The UN is now considering restricting the participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It has always been an uphill battle to demand that the voice of NGOs be present at the UN. In this ‘report-back’, I will try to explain...

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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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