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Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in General News, Our Work

Climate of Change interview with Lyn Adamson

Climate of Change interview with Lyn Adamson

Climate of Change Hosts: Tanya Coad, Anni Holtby, Laura Sacks Producer: Tanya Coad Airs: Alternating Tuesdays at 8 am and Thursday at 1 pm Feb 23 2016 – Climate of Change, Ep. 11 Theme: Peace, War & Climate Change Feature Interviews: Randy Janzen, Chair for the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College in Castlegar Lyn Adamson, activist, Quaker, and Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Lyn’s is speaking at 30 minute point. Download MP3 of this...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in General News, Our Work

How To Make a White Poppy

How To Make a White Poppy

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace makes our own White Poppies using white and green felt.  We cut out the white poppy shape using a pattern and then use white glue or glue gun to attach a green circle in the centre.  We attach a small pin. Another method is to use white cotton pads (for make up removal) and use a green marker for the centre. Make your own white poppies from members.shaw.ca We used to make our own by drawing the outline of a flower on a piece of card and sticking it to a used button.  If you have a printer that can print photos on 4×6 inch glossy paper (or a 4×6 card), you can download a ready-to-print picture in PDF format.  Hand-drawn poppies may be better, especially if the ink from your printer is not waterproof.  Many photo shops let you upload an image in JPEG format rather than PDF, and print for cheaper than a home printer’s  ink and paper, and with more...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in General News, Our Work

Strengthening Sustainable Development Goal 16

Strengthening Sustainable Development Goal 16

Editor’s note:  This week Canadian Voice of Women for Peace submitted our proposals regarding Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.” On September 25th, countries  adopted set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. __________________________________________________________________________________ VOW  is pleased to submit the following to strengthen and help implement Sustainable Development Goal 16: “ Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” In our view, for peace...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in General News, Our Work

Open Letter to our New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: 12 Top Peace Priorities

Open Letter to our New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: 12 Top Peace Priorities

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, October, 2015 Congratulations on becoming Canada’s next Prime Minister. The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is the country’s oldest, national peace organization. We are concerned about the rise of militarism in our communities, increased arms sales overseas, and Canadian Forces’ airstrikes in the Middle East. We want Canada to Make Space for Peace and to be a leader in diplomacy, international law, nonviolence and disarmament. This election, please pledge your support for our peace priorities and after the election work with us and other civil society organizations on implementing them. Our twelve peace priorities: 1. Stop Canada’s bombing of Syria and Iraq and withdraw our troops from the Ukraine 2. Open our borders to more refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq 3. Sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty 4. Cancel the $15 billion General Dynamics Canada contract to send weapons to Saudi Arabia and instead invest in a strategy for green jobs and renewable energy 5. Stop the secretive $26 billion...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

White Poppy Campaign

White Poppy Campaign Some History of the White Poppy The white poppy and the red poppy owe at least part of their inspiration to the same source: John McCrae’s May, 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.” McCrae, a medic, wrote this poem as a lament as he grieved the death of a friend, Alex Helmer, who had been blasted to bits by a shell. He later told the chaplain of the unit what he meant when he wrote that critical line: “Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw the torch…” By foe, he meant war itself, and by torchhe meant the passion and will to realize the ideal of putting an end to war itself. Enter the Women’s Cooperative Guild. This 19th. Century women’s organization was among many groups that spoke out trying to prevent war from happening in 1914. When the forerunner of the British Legion began making and distributing red poppies after the war ended, the guild asked them to include...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Our Work

VOW’s Resolutions

VOW’s Resolutions

VOW Resolutions 50th Anniversary Conference and Meeting November 12-14, 2010  Toronto 1)White Poppy Resolution Be it resolved that: VOW applaud the individual VOW members, including Muriel Duckworth and Marya Nyland, who over the years have been wearing a white poppy on Remembrance Day for its symbolism of categorical rejection of war; VOW initiate a peace-making dialogue with the Canadian Legion locally and at the most senior levels to address the seeming conflict that has developed between them and the people associated with the white poppy, listening to their concerns about trademark infringement, sharing the history of the white poppy campaign, and the common links to John McRae’s poem, and working toward an understanding in which the white poppy (as a symbol of peace and the repudiation of war as a option in conflict resolution) and the red poppy (as a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifices made in war) can share a common path, toward the end of warfare. That the members (perhaps called the White Poppy committee) who...

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