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A lot more to be answered

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blogs, General News

A lot more to be answered POSTMEDIA NETWORK Friday, March 24, 2017 5:49:51 EDT PM           Should Ontario Power Generation be allowed to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron? The federal government could soon decide whether to give the go-ahead to the proposal to construct an underground disposal site at the Bruce nuclear complex — just 1.6 kilometres from the lakeshore. Last fall Environment Minister Catherine McKenna requested more information from OPG, including alternative sites. That report, issued in late December, was available for public input until March 8. Yet next year’s provincial election and possible federal cabinet changes in the summer mean there could be...

Global Campaign Against Military Spending (GCOMS)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in General News

This year, the GDAMS movement will take place from April 18th to April 28th. The International Peace Bureau and its members will organize events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Camerun, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, and many others). Not everyone will be able to participate physically in the actions in these countries, but social media allows us to support and spread the campaign. All over the world governments are pushing for an increase in military spending. In the U.S., Donald Trump has proposed an increase of $54 billion – 10% of the annual allocation, to be paid for by cutting diplomacy...

Resolutions VOW AGM April 26, 2009

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Our Work

White Poppy Campaign  Moved by: Heather Menzies.  Seconded by: Jan Slakov (proxy).   Resolution adopted. With questions and concerns about working with and respecting existing ongoing initiatives around the white poppy.   Whereas, British war widows, with the backing of the Women’s Cooperative Guild, inaugurated the first White Poppy Campaign in 1933 in response to the loss of husbands and other family members in the bloodbath of World War I; Whereas, the white poppy symbolized their belief that fighting and killing are counterproductive to resolving conflict and promoting peace;  Whereas the nature of war today is actively poisoning and destroying the capacity for peace, equilibrium and non-violent conflict resolution within...

Funds to Address Climate Change Not Militarism

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blogs, General News

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...


Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in General News   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...

Why I have Decided not to Attend the UNCSW as a VOW Delegate

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blogs

  By Sara Eftekhar On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S following through with his promise of banning Muslims from entering the country to make America safe. After protests swept across the nation, federal judges blocked the executive order and as of yesterday, the order was revised with very little change.  Trump’s executive order remains on six countries even though it is illegal under international human rights law. Therefore, people’s lives will continue to be affected in America and abroad. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding the travel ban. It seems through countless experiences...