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Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

Penny Sanger: A True Inspiration for Us All

Penny Sanger: A True Inspiration for Us All

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a long time VOW member, Penny Sanger, on July 13, 2017, at the age of 86. Penny dedicated her life to peace education and activism. She wrote “Blind Faith: The Nuclear History of Port Hope, Ontario“ in 1981. VOW presented her with the Anne Goodman Award for Peace Education in 2015. Penny will be greatly missed and we offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held in late summer or early fall– details will be announced...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News

Peace Groups Issue an Emergency Appeal to Mayor John Tory to Examine the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons

Peace Groups Issue an Emergency Appeal to Mayor John Tory to Examine the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons

For Immediate Release   July 19, 2017 (Toronto) Two weeks after the UN ratified a treaty banning nuclear weapons that was boycotted by Canada, thirteen peace, faith and environmental groups have issued an emergency appeal to Mayor John Tory warning that the world is at the greatest risk of a nuclear catastrophe since the Cuban missile crisis. The organizations have appealed to Mayor Tory that he ask the Toronto Board of Health to hold public hearings on the ongoing threats to Toronto and its communities posed by nuclear weapons. 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 and Singapore abstained. Under pressure from the US, Canada boycotted the negotiations and vote on the treaty, which will enter into force after it has been signed by 50 countries. The groups participating in the emergency appeal to Mayor Tory include the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, the Canadian Voice of Women for...

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in General News

Register for the VOW conference, AGM and Lobby Days

1.To register for the Group of 78 and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace conference September 22 and 23 in Ottawa,  click on the link GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD 2.  To register for VOW’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 24 in Ottawa email info@vowpeace.org or telephone 416-603-7915.  For more information click here. 3.  To be part of our Lobby delegation on Parliament Hill email info@vowpeace.org or telephone...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in General News

Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference and lobby days! We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing. We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peace-building, human needs, and environmental action. We will have a screening of ‘A Bold Peace’ about Costa Rica’s non-military path. September 22 -23 VOW Conference with the Group of 98 “Getting to Nuclear Zero” September 24  VOW Conference and Annual General Meeting – program will include a presentation by Tamara Lorincz and discussion  on Canada’s defence policy paper,  a peace awards luncheon, our annual general meeting and preparation for lobbying.  September 25 and 26  VOW Lobby Days   Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference – and for lobby days in Ottawa. We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing.  We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peacebuilding, human needs, and environmental action. We will...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in General News

Nominations Needed for Our Annual VOW Peace Awards

Nominations Needed for Our Annual VOW Peace Awards

Every year, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace chooses outstanding women to be awarded for their activism in honour of four unforgettable VOW women. VOW invites you to nominate outstanding women for the following 4 awards: The Shirley Farlinger Award for Peace Writings The Muriel Duckworth Award for Peace Activism The Anne Goodman Award for Peace Education Kim Phúc Youth Award You are in a unique position to nominate deserving women to be recognized for their peace activism. Please send your nominations to: info@vowpeace.org or telephone (416) 603-7915. Deadline – Tuesday, August 15, 2017. For more information about each award please click...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Opposes the Senate Reports

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Opposes the Senate Reports

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace opposes recent Senate reports on military spending and is preparing an open letter – we  want to bring to your attention two very troubling Senate of Canada reports that have come out in the past month from the National Security and Defence Committee chaired by Senators Daniel Lang and Mobina Jaffer: Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk click here to read. Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future click here to read. The reports are calling for a doubling of the military budget, a doubling of the fighter jet fleet, purchasing armed drones, more attack helicopters, a submarine fleet etc… and participation in US ballistic missile defence. In our opinion they are both dangerously irresponsible and duplicitous...

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