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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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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY

MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY

Did you know that Mother’s Day originated as a peace day? In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an American social activist and poet, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was a passionate plea for peace. She published it after witnessing the devastation of the American Civil War and to protest the Franco-Prussian War. During the Civil War, Howe cared for soldiers’ grieving widows and orphaned children. Her proclamation begins, “Arise, then, women of this day!” Howe hoped to mobilize women to renounce war and work together for non-violent conflict resolution. Mothers, all women, have an important role to play in creating a culture of peace in our homes and in our world. We work hard to teach our children to be kind, to share and not to fight. These values should apply equally to our defence policies and foreign affairs. Read more about the history of Mother’s Day and the Peace Proclamation here.   Mother’s Day and nuclear weapons abolition by Phyllis Creighton Card companies, florists, and drugstores with perfumes...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

FROM COAST TO COAST, VOW PROTESTED AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

FROM COAST TO COAST, VOW PROTESTED AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

In solidarity with the Global Campaign against Military Spending (www.demilitarize.org), VOW members held rallies in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to call for a reduction in military spending and a re-allocation to urgent social and environmental needs. Last year, the government of Canada spent $28 billion on the Department of National Defence. Canada is now the 7th highest military spender among NATO members and 17th highest in the world.  However, the federal government spent only $1.5 billion for the Department of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Over the past two decades, military spending has dramatically increased but funding for environmental protection and climate action has flat-lined. With catastrophic climate change, and greater poverty and inequality in this country and around the world, Canada cannot waste precious resources on war and weapons.           It’s time to move the money to peace and sustainability! #movethemoney #GDAMS2017...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace send our deepest condolences to the family of Ann Straus Gertler.  Ann was a long-time member and generous supporter of VOW.  This year she contributed $6000 to our matching campaign. She will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made by clicking here. Ann Straus Gertler NYC 25 October 1922 – Montreal 30 April 2017 (Printed in the Globe and Mail) At 94, wife and partner in all things for 70 years with the late Maynard Gertler, loving and fearless mother of five boys, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrator, mentor and networker, college teacher, US Senate staffer, co-founder of Harvest House Publishers, determined and passionate advocate for peace, global abolition of war and nuclear weapons, tireless promoter of international solutions especially through the UN, consultant to government delegations and peace organizations in Canada and internationally, mentor to generations of activists, especially young women, active supporter of access to contraception, horsewoman, sailor, farmer and gardener in Westchester County, NY, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, defender of the...

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