Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blogs, General News

REPORT FROM INDIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEET ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

REPORT FROM INDIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEET ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

by Lyn Adamson , VOW Co-chair  150 women activists from India and around the world gathered for a four day conference on peace and nonviolence.  Of the 100 women from India 50 are being honoured for their dedication and long term community activism. I was a panelist in the session on emerging global crises and solutions.  My presentation on the urgency of climate action was well received and was followed up with a small group session the next day.  We learned about the impacts of climate change in several parts of India, and what ws most striking in that sharing was the impact of coal in Orissa.  Coal mining causes coal dust, air and water pollution as immediate impacts.  Farmers are feeling the impact of rising temperatures, increased extreme weather, including flooding of crops.  It’s very challenging to develop an effective response given the  political power of private companies, resulting in long term leases and no follow through on clean up or regulations despite legislation that should provide some...

Read More

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blogs

Presentation by Jacqueline Burgoyne on the UN Commission on the Status of Women

See original presentation From 1947 to present, the Commission focused on setting standards and formulating international conventions to change discriminatory legislation and foster global awareness of women’s issues. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the: The elimination of discrimination against women and girls. Empowerment of women. Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. WILPF: 101YearsofCommitmenttoPeacebuilding Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF’s and MADRE’s Symposium: Implementing the Women, Peace & Security Agenda: A Roadmap for the 1325 Global Study Recommendations” at NY Law Cent,” The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non- governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN). Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are...

Read More