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This week in the News….

  • Hiroshima Day activities
  • IWPS recruiting volunteers
  • VOW sponsors Book Launch of Warrior Nation
  • Letter to Shell regarding Arctic drilling for oil

August 6, 2012 Hiroshima Day

August 9, 2012 Nagasaki Day

 Events will be happening on Hiroshima Day (August 6) and Nagasaki Day (August 9) across Canada and across the World


If you are in Toronto and can volunteer at the VOW table, please contact the office at or phone 416-716-4010



To help achieve this, the Hiroshima Day Coalition (centred in Toronto) will present a programme – ;


Thursday August 9, 2012

(Nagasaki Day)

at the Church of the Holy Trinity

10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre) Toronto

starting at 6.15 p.m.

All who want to ensure a livable future for the World’s children are invited to attend


–         Peggy Nash, M.P. (Parkdale-High Park)

–         Ilario Maiolo (International Red Cross)

–         Joe Ohori, Atomic Bomb Survivor

–         Joy Kogawa (Order of Canada), author and activist

–         Zul Kassamali, TAIC President

–         The famous Yakudo Drummers, the Raging Grannies, Sokka Ga kkai Youth Choir; Flautist Ron Korb

Sponsors: Members of HDC: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace; Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre; Toronto “Article 9” Group; Physicians for Global Survival; Science for Peace; Toronto Area Interfaith Council; Veterans Against Nuclear Arms. Other sponsors: Canadian Pugwash Group; Conscience Canada; Toronto National Association of Japanese Candians; War Resisters Support Campaign.


Also, from August 8 to 11, there will be a


At the Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen Street West

Wednesday to Friday – 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Saturday – 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.



IWPS-Palestine currently recruiting volunteers

The International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS) is currently inviting applications from women who would like to join our team. Ideally we are looking for people who can make a commitment of up to 3 years.


  • provides accompaniment to Palestinian civilians (including farmers during the olive harvest),
  • documents and non-violently intervenes in human-rights abuses
  • supports Palestinians in their non-violent resistance to end the Israeli military occupation and construction of the barrier throughout the West Bank.
  • lives alongside Palestinians in rural communities in Salfit, providing a valuable opportunity to understand the “normalisation” of the Occupation and to see the impact of settlement building

“Through volunteering with IWPS I have a better understanding of the less “dramatic” parts of the Occupation” said one volunteer from the UK “At times Salfit, where IWPS is based, can be “quiet”, but this is when you can really start understanding settlement expansion, and gain an insight into the incredible resilience required to emotionally and mentally survive the Occupation”

IWPS is committed to peace and justice. We are a small team of activists- all of us are volunteers; we have no paid administrative support.

Following a telephone interview, suitable applicants will be invited to our 6 day training in Portugal, scheduled for September 2012. In your first year you will ideally serve 3 months in the West Bank, as well as supporting our work outside of Palestine.

Applicants should be able to commit to further terms of 1-3 months in Palestine. The training will be provided by experienced IWPS volunteers, who freely give their time.

Short term volunteers, who commit to a single, one month term are also welcome to apply.

For more information and to download an application pack, please go to: or contact us on

Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for the next training, as places are limited.


Warrior Nation Toronto Launch Thursday, September 6, 7:00pm


“With our federal government determined to glorify war and eradicate our enduring attachment to Canada as a promoter of peace, this engaging and highly readable book alerts us
to what’s at stake—the very soul of our nation.”
~Linda McQuaig, author and journalist

Warrior Nation tells the story—the whole story. So if you are a peaceable person either by
nature or intent, you would do well to listen to Jamie Swift and Ian McKay . . .
before the last trumpet sounds.”
~Farley Mowat, author and war veteran

“With compelling prose and abundant evidence, this fearless book punctures one of Canada’s most sacred myths while challenging a complacent national narrative and warning of a
deeply worrying trajectory in national life.”
~A. B. McKillop, Chancellor’s Professor and former chair
of the history department, Carleton University

Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
By Ian McKay and Jamie Swift

ISBN 978-1-926662-77-0 | May 2012 | $26.95 CAD | 304 pagesAdding a bold voice to recent debate over the role, cost, and reach of Canada’s military, Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, a new book by award-winning historian Ian McKay and acclaimed journalist Jamie Swift, provides a critical perspective on both Canada’s growing effort to portray itself as a militaristic “warrior nation” and its exploitation of history in achieving this end.Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose right-wing apostles—the New Warriors—are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada’s central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements? A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization. 

This compelling history casts a vivid light on a story crucial to Canada’s future. From swashbuckling marauder William Stairs, the Royal Military College graduate who helped make the Congo safe for European pillage, to Vimy Ridge veteran and leader of the UN’s first big peacekeeping operation, General Tommy Burns, to Governor General John Buchan, a concentration camp developer and race theorist who is exalted in the Harper government’s new citizenship guide, Warrior Nation is an essential read for those concerned by the relentless effort to conscript Canadian history.

About the Authors
Ian McKay is a professor of history at Queen’s University and author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and thePeoples Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920. Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books, from biography and corporate muckraking to political theory and environmental politics.

Find out more about Warrior Nation
Watch the book trailer for Warrior Nation!

Elaborating on the book’s key themes, McKay and Swift have written a piece that asks “What’s Wrong With Celebrating the War of 1812?”
Jamie Swift will be on The Agenda on TVO August 6th and 7th.  If you miss the broadcast TVO will be posting the interview on their website. Both McKay and Swift will be at the Kingston WritersFest on Saturday September 29th.

Thank you to our event co-sponsors:War Resisters Support Group, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Edward Day Gallery

War Resisters Support Campaign Canadian Voice of Women for Peace


Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic

Hi everyone,
I just took part in this and talked to two different real people and asked how I could raise a formal complaint.  I was finally given this email address:
and so I  sent this note:

Dear Shell representative,
I am writing to express my concerns about Shell’s plans for Arctic drilling for oil.  It is past time for us to get off oil – it’s not right for us to be drilling in extremely vulnerable natural environments to provide oil that in the end greatly endangers our planet through increased carbon in the atmosphere.  Scientists are warning us that temperature rise this century could be extreme.  Most likely you and I won;t experience the worst of it, but our kids will suffer and the planet’s life systems will be greatly deteriorated.  Indeed we are participating in a mass extinction of species, and there will be as much as a 25% loss in agricultural capacity as lands dry out due to a temperature rise of 2 degrees, which we are already almost certainly going to see – unless we change paths.  We’ve already seen the havoc that extreme weather, resulting in part from a less than one degree rise, can play on agriculture.
It is essential that we move to renewable energy and much greater conservation of energy.
How can I write a formal letter to Shell to request action in the direction of maintaining a living planet?  Large energy corporations have a large role to play and can really make a difference in our future.  Will Shell play a leading role in this transition?

Please also take part in this phone and email campaign – today if possible.

For the future!



This week our movement is planning to make history. We are confronting Shell all over the world. Now, with you, we are almost a million people strong. Together we will draw a line in the ice that Shell cannot pass.

Today, from the moment the sun rises in Sydney until it sets in Alaska, people will call every Shell headquarters around the world, voicing their opposition to drilling for oil in the pristine Arctic.

Lyn, you’ve already taken the first step to stop Shell, now please take a few moments and go one further.

Call Shell now:

  • Shell Canada Swtichboard:             403-691-3111
  • Customer Service:             1-800-661-1600
  • Community and Aboriginal Affairs:             1-800-250-4355

Here are some suggestions for the kinds of things you might want to say:

“Hello, My name is Lyn and I’m phoning about Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. I would like to make a formal complaint about Shell’s decision to exploit melting sea ice to drill for more oil. I’m sure that Shell’s employees want to leave a better world to their kids, with ice and polar bears in the Arctic, so they should understand that drilling in the Arctic is a risk we cannot take. Can you explain why Shell is ignoring this in favor of its profit margins?”

After phoning, let us know how Shell responded in the comments on this blog, where you’ll also find more ideas for the call.

Shell’s telephones will ring the whole day. They’ll know our power when we come together with a common goal: “Put the value of life above money, don’t destroy our Arctic”.

Thank you,

Diego Creimer
Greenpeace Canada