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End Our World’s 72 Year Nuclear Misadventure

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

For Immediate release Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Canadian Section)  WILPF On the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace activists across Canada are calling out the Canadian government for its recent boycott of the United Nations negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty was approved by non-nuclear nations on July 7 on a vote of 122-1 with one abstention. “We feel like we are back in the Harper-era, behaving like an embarrassing dinosaur on the international stage,” the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Canadian Section), said in a statement. The group went on to add,...

How Safe is Toronto From Nuclear Weapons.

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in General News

Peace, faith and environmental groups issue appeal to Mayor John Tory for public hearings saying it’s time to shake our complacency about the dangers posed to Toronto BY ANTON WAGNER NOW Magazine https://nowtoronto.com/news/how-safe-is-toronto-from-nuclear-weapons/ Within a month, North Korea has test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking North America. The first ICBM, launched on July 4, could reach Alaska. A more powerful missile, launched Friday, July 28, puts Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York within striking range, experts say. The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s spy wing, has warned the Trump administrationthat North Korea will be able to deliver a nuclear weapon to targets in the...

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

By: DOUGLAS ROCHE Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017 Special to The Globe and Mail Douglas Roche is a former senator and a former Canadian ambassador for disarmament and honourary citizen of Hiroshima. I was 16 when the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August, 1945. It was only years later, when I visited Japan as a member of Parliament, that I realized the unspeakable horror and scale of destruction possible in the new nuclear age. That experience changed my life as I began to understand that the threat to use the immense killing power of modern nuclear weapons challenges all human rights. Through the years, the movement...

Canada needs to embrace peace and sign nuclear ban treaty

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing feels betrayed by Canada and Japan for not joining 122 other countries that voted to adopt the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. By SETSUKO THURLOW Wed. July 26, 2017 TORONTO STAR I am still rejoicing. After more than half a century of warning the world of the horrors that nuclear weapons would rain down on cities and people, I and other survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki finally have concrete hope. Over the past several years I had felt concern about the huge impacts of use of nuclear weapons rising, as awareness deepened through the...

Douglas Roche Featured Speaker at August 6th

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in General News

For Immediate Release Douglas Roche Featured Speaker at August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration in Toronto July 25, 2017 (Toronto) Former Senator Douglas Roche, who also served as Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, will be the keynote speaker at the August 6, 2017 Hiroshima Nagasaki Day commemoration at the Toronto City Hall Peace Garden. Mr. Roche will deliver his  keynote address, “New Action Now: Banning Nuclear Weapons,” exactly one month after 122 countries approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN on July 7. Only Netherlands, a member of NATO like Canada, voted against. Under pressure from the U.S., Canada boycotted the negotiations and vote on...