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Make Muskrat Right

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

          Canadian Voice of Women for Peace adds our name to the letter. Dear Commissioner Hussein, We write to you today to express the urgent need for the United Nations to intervene in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project located in Labrador, Canada. The parties directly involved in this damming process – Nalcor, and the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian governments – are committing actions that violate basic human rights, provisions of free, prior, and informed consent in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the protocols and natural laws of Indigenous nations. These actions will place the Innu,...


Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blogs, General News

  by Hannah Hadikin, VOW Board director       When some two dozen peace activists come together, it is no surprise that the energy in the room is something to behold.  Such was the case at the Mission Creek Folk School in Kelowna recently.  This idyllic setting was the venue for the recent BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference (BCSIPC).  The Kelowna Peace Group folks were superbly gracious in hosting the event.  Aside from the splendid coffee which was supplied by a member who spends substantial amount of his time assisting Guatemalan coffee growers, the delectable food preparations were an amazing example of local agriculture, clearly within the...

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Eradicating global poverty is within reach, but under threat from a changing climate. Left unchecked, climate change will put at risk our ability to lift people out of extreme poverty permanently by 2030, the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coal is the world’s number one source of CO2 emissions. Most historic emissions came from the coal industry in the developed world in the last century, with China joining the biggest emitters at the beginning of this one.  It is widely accepted that a rapid and just response to climate change will require the urgent replacement of coal with low-carbon energy sources in rich economies. Better energy...


Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in General News

 CLIMATE SCIENCE TELLS US THAT URGENT AND DRAMATIC ACTION IS NEEDED TO HAVE ANY CHANCE AT STOPPING IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING Accepting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios provide us with a global carbon budget that will be consumed in 10–20 years at current emissions levels, and entail very significant levels of risk. A commitment to keep at least within this limited budget, and to share the effort of doing so equitably and fairly, is at the heart of the international debate around climate change. The level of short-term ambition for emissions reductions across the world and the amount of financial and other support that wealthy countries provide...

White Poppies for Peace: Peace Women VOW to End War

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in General News

For immediate release November 3, 2016 Canadian Voice of Women for Peace will distribute free White Poppies in Halifax on Friday, November 4 from 12pm – 1pm at the Central Library in Halifax. The white poppy campaign started in Britain in 1933 by women in the Women’s Co-operative Guild who had lost family members in the First World War, as a “definite pledge to peace that war must not happen again.” This campaign has continued over the years by the British Peace Pledge Union and peace activists all over the world. The white poppy is a symbol of hope and determination to bring an end to war. The white...

VOW Board Director Marilou McPhedran Appointed to Senate

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in General News

from the Winnipeg Free Press  see full article here Marilou McPhedran McPhedran was heading home to the Exchange District on the #18 Main bus around 5 p.m. Tuesday when her cell phone rang. “Hello, Marilou — this is the prime minister speaking.” Trudeau wanted her in Ottawa as soon as possible, but McPhedran was firm that she’ll first finish the human rights course she’s currently teaching at Global College. “I said, ‘I will not let my students down, sir,’,” she told Trudeau. Her students gave her an ovation Thursday when she arrived for class, and McPhedran cried. “It’s going to be very difficult to give up students,” said McPhedran,...