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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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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in General News

Peace Groups Hold Vigil at Chrystia Freeland’s Toronto Constituency Office

Peace Groups Hold Vigil at Chrystia Freeland’s Toronto Constituency Office

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2017 (Toronto) — Peace Groups will hold a Ban the Bomb Vigil at the constituency office of Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 344 Bloor Street West, on Saturday June 17 from 12 to 1 pm. The groups are protesting the government’s boycott of ongoing negotiations at the United Nations of a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. There will be marches on behalf of the proposed UN treaty in cities around the world. “Minister Freeland announced a new autonomous Canadian foreign policy independent of President Trump and the US in Parliament last week,” says Lyn Adamson of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. “But the Canadian government’s boycott of the UN Ban the Bomb treaty negotiations is exactly what the US government stipulated for its NATO allies.” The Ban the Bomb Vigil at 344 Bloor St. W. (intersection of Spadina and Bloor) is being organized by groups including the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Science for Peace, the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, and...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in General News

We Remember Macha MacKay

We Remember Macha MacKay

  It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a long time VOW member, Eirene Violet Macha Doon MacKay (Delap) on June 4, 2017 at the age of 79. Macha was graceful, kind and caring; passionate about life and all its pursuits. She was a graduate of KCA, Acadia, Dalhousie. She was a counselor, teacher, artist, writer, world traveller, activist and advocate for peace. Macha will be greatly missed, our deepest condolences to her family. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her extraordinary life will occur Saturday June 10, 2017 from 4:00 pm onward in the Old Orchard Inn (153 Greenwich Road S, Wolfville, NS). Commital will be held in St. John’s Anglican Church Port Williams. In lieu of flowers, if inclined, donate to your favorite charity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr. (902-679-2822). You can read the full obituary...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

Ban the Bomb!  Sign our petition today

Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Ban the Bomb!  Sign our petition today. Click here. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace asks where is Canada? Historic negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons are on now at the United Nations! The vast majority of countries are gathering from 15 June to 7 July to finally prohibit these weapons of mass destruction once and for all, the same way that biological and chemical weapons, and landmines and cluster bombs, have been banned. Canada was an active leader in these treaties, but is missing out on banning nuclear weapons because it has been instructed by the United States to boycott the negotiations. We urge our government to stand up for Canada’s peacemaking values and our commitment to multilateralism and disarmament by engaging constructively in the ban treaty negotiations. Sign...

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