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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 General News

WE ARE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES, IN ALL OUR DIVERSITY, FROM EVERY REGION OF THE WORLD

WE ARE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES, IN ALL OUR DIVERSITY, FROM EVERY REGION OF THE WORLD

        http://womenclimatejustice.org/the-call-english-2/   We are gravely concerned about the lack of just and sufficient action on climate change by the world’s leaders; We are concerned about the increasing number of disastrous mega storms that are killing people, eradicating species, and destroying ecosystems and livelihoods; We are concerned about sea-level rise and disappearing land masses, in addition to the serious environmental and human casualties caused by droughts, desertification, ocean acidification, water salination, crop failures, air pollution, oil spills, plastics and other pollution, glacier melt, record warm summers and cold winters, and out-of season cyclones and tsunamis; We are concerned about all women and the communities and environments in which we live, including those of us from indigenous lands and oceanic societies who have contributed the least to climate disruption but who are suffering the greatest impacts first and most intensely; We refuse to allow corporate control of our planet, our rights, or sanction a world that prioritizes growth and greed over human rights, decent and equal work, healthy ecosystems and a just distribution of wealth; We are...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in General News

Call for Support to and Participation in the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs:

Call for Support to and Participation in the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs:

Call for Support to and Participation in the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs: For a Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World – Let’s Join Hands to Achieve a Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons The 79th General Meeting, Organizing Committee of the World Conference against A & H Bombs February 10, 2017   Dear Friends,   The 72nd summer since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is approaching and we are facing a historic opportunity to achieve the earnest desire of the Hibakusha to create a world set free of nuclear weapons in their lifetime. The conference to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, consistently called for by the Hibakusha, is set to be convened in March and June this year at the United Nations.   Sharing the aspirations of the Hibakusha, we will convene the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs in the two A-bombed cities, with the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World – Let’s Join Hands to...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in General News, Uncategorized

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

For immediate release March 8, 2017   Canadian Voice of Women for Peace wishes everyone a very Happy International Women’s Day.   This year the theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Click here for more information.  Women and other people in more than 40 countries, who have been impacted by decades of war and militarism, will take action today. We will rise because we want to live in a world without weapons and war, without violence and hate, without bans and walls. We call for a world where we are spending our tax dollars and our energies supporting life.   Tamara Lorincz, acting co-chair for Canadian Voice of Women for Peace says, “Gender Equality can only be achieved through a culture of peace”. The UN Secretary-General writes in his message for IWD, “ that women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls...

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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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