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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in General News

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)- Halifax, Nova Scotia

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)- Halifax, Nova Scotia

NEWS RELEASE APRIL 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Who:         Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) What:       Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) Where:     Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road When:      11:30 – 1:30, FRIDAY, April 28, 2017   The public is invited to join the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) at this international Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).   How do you want your tax dollars spent?   At the Halifax event, the public will be given the opportunity to identify their priorities for taxpayer spending, by placing 25 cent quarters (supplied by NSVOW) in jars labeled:  Arts & Culture, Environment, Health and Education, Military, Peace, and Women & Children.   This year, the Global Campaign Against Military Spending takes place from April 18th to April 28th. The International Peace Bureau and its members organize events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameron, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, etc).  ...

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in General News, Our Work, VOW Statements & Endorsements

VOW – STATEMENT ON SYRIA

For immediate release. April 12, 2017 The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) calls for the immediate cessation of violence by all parties. We want no more strikes, an investigation by UN experts into the use of chemical weapons, and immediate commencement of peace negotiation by all parties to the conflict, including the participation of women. VOW strongly denounces the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase and Prime Minister Trudeau’s support for this act of retaliation. This unilateral action on the part of the United States will undoubtedly lead to greater violence, civilian deaths, increase in the numbers of refugees and a rise in terrorist attacks. VOW calls for an independent investigation and fact-finding mission into the chemical weapon attack, as it has not been established who is actually responsible.  The mission must be led by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that oversees the Chemical Weapons Convention.  Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are there are several mechanisms for dealing with contravention of the CWC,...

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in General News

April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the profound and prescient speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the profound and prescient speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

  On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave his most important, but least known, speech at the Riverside Church in New York. In his speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” Dr. King denounced the US war in Vietnam, decried racism, materialism and militarism and demanded a Poor People’s Campaign. VOW encourages members to read and reflect on Dr. King’s timely message Beyond Vietnam_MLK. See also “Martin Luther King’s Vietnam speech relevant after 50...

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in General News

VOW expresses its deep condolences for the passing of member and activist Gloria Paul of New Brunswick

VOW expresses its deep condolences for the passing of member and activist Gloria Paul of New Brunswick

Gloria Paul was a compassionate psychiatric nurse and active citizen in New Brunswick. She ran the retreat, Pilgrimage House, at her home in the town of Hoyt. Paul was a survivor of the London Blitz during World World II. She became a lifelong peace activist with Project Ploughshares and Voice of Women for Peace, a founder of the Fredericton Peace Coalition, advocate for a Department of Peace, a voice for Agent Orange survivors, opponent of U.S. bases and imperialism and glyphosate spraying. She also supported many environmental groups and campaigns including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. Paul regularly spoke out about the environmental and human impacts of war. She explained what it was like to live through bombs falling on London as a child. Paul also shared the horrors of the use of Agent Orange on people in and around Gagetown and in Vietnam. Throughout her long active life working for peace and social and environmental justice, Gloria Paul reminded us again and again to never believe the...

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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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