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Resolutions VOW AGM April 26, 2009

  1. 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 society;

 And, whereas there is a need for individuals, communities, nations and governments to increase their commitment to the goals of the UN International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day.

Be it resolved that the Voice of Women for Peace take the lead in renewing the White Poppy Campaign in Canada;

Be it further resolved that the Voice of Women for Peace endeavour to link the White Poppy to the date September 21st and efforts to make this an annual Peace Day much as November 11th is honoured as Remembrance Day;

And be it further resolved that the Voice of Women for Peace work with other organizations that have taken initiatives around an annual Peace Day, and liaise with peace groups, Veterans, and other organizations such as the Canadian Legion with a view to promoting mutual support and respect.

  1. Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Moved by: Phyllis Creighton seconded by Brigid Grant.

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 Whereas,

  • The founding vision of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is a world without war — a just world at peace;
  • There are still at least 25,000 nuclear weapons in the world (equal to 200,000 Hiroshima bombs);
  • Nuclear arsenals consume huge sums while the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (such as ending poverty, educating girl children, and securing the health and well-being of women and children) remain badly underfunded;
  • At least 2000 US/Russian missiles are on high alert, ready to be launched deliberately or accidentally, doubtless some targeted on Canadian cities;
  • Nuclear Weapons States, and in particular NATO (France, the UK, the US), have first-strike nuclear policies and plan to modernize their arsenals with new weapons and delivery systems as well as to retain them indefinitely;
  • Nuclear weapons, as indiscriminate, are intrinsically immoral, capable of creating a fiery hell on Earth, as they did in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945;
  • Nuclear arsenals risk human extinction: we are setting up “Genesis in reverse,” Jonathan Schell warns;
  • The abolition of nuclear weapons is the irreducible requirement for human survival and we must fast track securing it;
  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and its Canadian affiliate, Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), are engaged in an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with a petition on line (icanw.org);
  • Mayors for Peace, with 2,422 member cities in 131 countries and regions has a plan of action to achieve the MfP 2020 Vision – abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020 – by cities and mayors promoting a Nagasaki-Hiroshima protocol complementary to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Therefore be it resolved that the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and its members commit themselves again to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons by increasing public awareness and demand for abolition; and pressing the Government of Canada, mayors of our cities, as well as the United Nations and other countries as opportunities arise, to take the required initiatives, in particular the organization of an international conference to achieve a ban by treaty that will establish a nuclear-weapons-free world for our grandchildren.

 

 

  1. De-legitimization of War* Originally adopted by the membership in 2004 during VOW GM.

Moved for Re-affirmation*: by Janis Alton. seconded by Janet Eaton (by proxy).

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

Resolution adopted. VOW calls both for the de-legitimization of inter-state war and for the Canadian government to embed this into its policy infrastructure and practices, and lobby organizations like the UN to support this policy.


Background:

The burden of the resort to war is now borne by all of humanity; the inability of the international community to accomplish nuclear disarmament; the rise of the doctrine of pre-emptive self-defence; the threat of imperial ambitions; the escalating disregard of the rule of international law; the contradiction between state sanctioned resort to war as a way of solving international disputes and the universality of human rights; the appalling gap between monies devoted to military “security” and other sectors devoted to non-military human security and, the historically unprecedented human and environmental costs of war which raged in the last century and sadly, continues. All of these matters, and more, starkly condemn war as grossly immoral, perverse and risking omnicide. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

demand that war like slavery, colonialism and apartheid, be consigned to the scrap heap of history by its de-legitimization, domestically and internationally.

Be it Resolved that Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls for:

  • the government of Canada to take the necessary steps to embed this policy into national infrastructure and practice as soon as possible within this Decade of a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World ( 2000-2010);
  • the government of Canada to seek changes within the international system, including the United Nations system, to fully support this policy.

 Be it further resolved that because the survival of the human species is in question, VOW should work hard for the total de-legitimization of inter-state war (Ann Gertler)


 

  1. Banning the exploration for, mining of and export of Canadian uranium

 Written by Donna Smythe.

Redrafted by Alexa McDonough.

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009

 Be it resolved that Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls upon provincial governments to legislate an immediate ban on both the exploration for and mining of uranium; and further calls upon the federal government to legislate a ban on the export of Canadian uranium, and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected by the ban.

 

  1. CANSEC War Fair Resolution from Ottawa

Moved by Margaret Tyson seconded by Diane McIntyre

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas the City of Ottawa (the “City”) has a 1989 By- Law forbidding weapons shows on city property (the “By-Law”);

Whereas the City management and the mayor, in spite of the 20 year old By-Law, have given permission for a Cansec War Fair at the City-owned Lansdowne Park on May 27 – 28, 2009;

Be it Resolved that: The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, in concert with many Ottawa residents, recommends that the City adhere to the By-Law forbidding weapons shows on City property.


6A. Emergency Resolution About Nuclear Reactors in Ontario

Moved by Shirley Farlinger seconded by Lynn Adamson

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas, the government of Ontario has declared its intention to build two more nuclear reactors in Ontario;

Whereas, the decision to sign a contract with a nuclear power company is said to be made on or before June, 2009;

Whereas the estimated cost is $26 billion, probably a low estimate of the actual cost and will undermine funding for green energy;

Whereas, the nuclear industry is allowed capital cost overruns that  are [going to be ]passed on to the public as electricity consumers or tax-payers;

Whereas, Ontario’s wind power potential is more than 10 times greater than Ontario’s total electricity consumption;

Whereas, the development of alternative and green energy programs can be put in place long before the nuclear plants could be operational;

Whereas, the fate of the CANDU industry rests on the contracts to be signed soon and this success will lead to CANDU nuclear power plant exports to other countries undermining their alternative energy development;

Whereas, the health effects of nuclear reactors have never been properly recognized even as cancer rates continue to rise;

Whereas, women, children and fetuses have been most adversely affected by the whole uranium nuclear power system and women have shown the least approval for such development;

 

Therefore be it resolved that

The Ontario government enact a Nuclear Cost Accountability Act to prevent the cost overruns being passed on to ratepayers and taxpayers;

 

And be it further resolved that the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace urge the government of Ontario not to proceed with any refurbishment of existing reactors and any new nuclear power plant contracts and construction;

 

And be it further resolved that energy efficiency and conservation be in the forefront of electricity policy as well as safe, and environmentally sound and sustainable renewable energy.

 

 

6B  Canada – a nuclear-free zone

Moved by Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg seconded by

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Be it resolved that Canada be declared a nuclear free zone and that Canada not build any new nuclear reactors anywhere in Canada or export to other countries.

 

  1. Medical Isotopes and Uranium

Moved by Nancy Covington Seconded by Barbara Birkett

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas medical isotopes in Canada are produced in an aging facility at Chalk River, a facility which has been plagued by leaks, the firing of the Head of the Regulatory Agency and is due for shut-down in 2011, with a possible extension to 2016;

 

And Whereas the company MDS Nordicon, which manufactures medical isotopes and uses weapons-grade uranium (Highly Enriched Uranium “HEU”) as its source material;

 

And Whereas HEU is the type of uranium that people are concerned about, as it can be diverted into bombs;

 

And Whereas Canada’s reactor is reaching its age limit, and Canada will be forced to figure out whether it wants to build another reactor or explore other means of producing medical isotopes as well as looking at alternatives;

 

And Whereas a new method from Triumf laboratories avoids the problems inherent in current medical isotope production methods [in] by using an electron accelerator instead of a nuclear re[a]ctor (Triumf’s Thomas Ruth’s article in “Nature”, Vol 457/29 January 2009.

 

Therefore be it resolved that

 

  • any new isotope facility, if a nuclear reactor, must use Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) as the source material rather than HEU, as is currently the case;
  • that health care professionals [use] non-ionizing and non-reactor based ionizing radiation imaging technologies; and also explore the feasibility of avoiding ionizing radiation altogether, or utilizing non-reactor isotopes.

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION ON GAZA AND ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Moved and seconded by Anet Hendrickson, Hannah Hadikein and Lynn Adamson

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas historically VOW has always worked for peaceful resolution of conflicts;

 

Whereas VOW has always worked for adherence to international laws and conventions,

 

We therefore call on the international community to fulfil their obligations to ensure that international laws and conventions are implemented in Israel and Palestine;

 

And Whereas VOW has promoted direct links with people suffering under military occupation;

 

Whereas VOW has endorsed UN resolution 1325, and resolution 1820 to protect women in conflict situations;

 

Whereas in the recent assault on Gaza, civilians, women and children were targeted, and civilian and UN infrastructure were targeted, causing the deaths of over 430 children and enormous suffering for civilians in Gaza;

 

Whereas the UNRWA and international relief agencies state that there is a stranglehold on relief efforts in the post-war period, and whereas this siege is having devastating effects on the people of Gaza,

 

Whereas the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel has called for the siege of Gaza to be lifted.

 

Whereas the Gaza crisis has its roots in the occupation of Palestine and the violence that surrounds the conflict on all sides.

 

Therefore be it resolved that VOW:

 

  • Call for an immediate end to the siege in Gaza;
  • Support the international campaign to send aid and peacebuilding delegations to Gaza
  • Encourage VOW members to participate in delegations to Palestine and Israel in support of victims and peacebuilding
  • Call for an end to the occupation of Gaza and West Bank
  • Call for an end to violence and for pursuit of mutual security from all sides
  • Support collaborative initiatives with Israeli peace groups

 

  • Acknowledge and support grassroot level organizations, civil society organizations and individuals that are working hard towards peace and harmony to end the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian communities

 

  1. NS VOW Resolution passed at Spring Meeting March 29, 2009

Moved and seconded by NS VOW

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas a not for profit organization needs to have documented governance processes and structure in place to enable the functioning of board and staff

 

Therefore be it resolved that the National Board in conjunction with its membership, develop, adopt and implement the following:

  1. A code of conduct for individual board members and staff;
  2. Guidelines for ethical behaviour;
  3. A conflict of interest policy;
  4. An oath of confidentiality for board members and staff;
  5. A feminist, non-hierarchical process for resolving differences within all levels of the organization;
  6. Guidelines for vetting groups wishing to affiliate wit VOW or use VOW accreditation

 

And be it further resolved that grassroots activities have historically been the basis for success of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and that the autonomy of Chapters as described in article 16 of the By-Laws be affirmed and maintained….

 

 

  1. Resolution from Members of Wolfville and Valley Voices of Women for Peace, Earth & Justicecombined with ON VOW

Moved and seconded by Peggy Hope-Simpson, Macha MacKay, Gertrude Bishop, Carol Harris, Emily Levy Purdy

Resolution adopted Toronto, April 26, 2009.

 

Whereas:

  1. Groups of women localized throughout the provinces and territories may have individual and localized interests within the VOW mandate
  2. Travelling long distances to capital cities is a  stress on the local, national and world environment
  3. Localized groups may have valid reasons to apply for money to further localized aims within the mandate of National VOW
  4. Provincial Chapters membership appear to be on the decline
  5. Local groups form important bonds and opportunities for women

 

Therefore, be it resolved that the incoming VOW Board of April 2009 make it a priority to review current practices with respect to the collection and distribution of membership fees and the formation of new local chapters or groups.