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Trudeau Government Called ‘Irresponsible’ for ...
Skipping Upcoming Nuclear Disarmament Talks
By Marie-Danielle Smith
A former Canadian ambassador for nuclear disarmament is accusing the Trudeau government of “irresponsible leadership” as Canada skips out on “historic” talks at the United Nations
Douglas Roche, also a former parliamentarian, said in an interview Tuesday that if Canada wants a seat on the UN Security Council, it shouldn’t be so “fearful” of the United States. He also said the issue should be debated in the House of Commons, a sentiment echoed by an NDP MP who is in New York for the proceedings.
Canada’s Absence Betrays its History on Nuclear Talks
By Ramesh Thakur and Cesar Jaramillo
Negotiations begin Monday at the United Nations in New York on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination.” These talks flow from resolutions adopted late last year by the General Assembly in landslide votes. These negotiations could be the most significant multilateral development on nuclear-arms control since the indefinite extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995 and the adoption of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty in 1996.
I Am Ashamed Of The Liberals' Position On Nuclear Disarmament
By Hélène Laverdière
Two and a half decades after the end of the Cold War, nine countries together continue to possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons pose a significant threat to global security as they risk becoming available to more state and non-state entities. A single nuclear warhead could kill millions of people, with the effects lasting decades.
With the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to increase the American nuclear arsenal, and troubling recent actions by North Korea, it is more urgent than ever that the international community work together to ban nuclear weapons.
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Celebrating 40 Years of Peace Building
By Anam Latif
It may be a small peace agency but Project Ploughshares in Waterloo has done some big things in the past 40 years.
It has toiled away on research and global policy work on topics such as nuclear disarmament, the arms trade and national security spending.
From putting together Canada's only database of military production and exports to working on policies with the United Nations, Project Ploughshares has accomplished all of this out of its little office at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.
Disarmament Activist Gets MRU Peace Prize
By Shawn Logan
A former Edmonton MP and senator turned nuclear disarmament activist has been chosen to receive the 2017 Calgary Peace Prize.
The annual award, which recognizes those who strive for peace, social justice and environmental protection, will be handed out at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Montreal-born Douglas Roche served as an Edmonton MLA from 1972 to 1984 before being named Canada's ambassador of disarmament, going on to chair the United Nations disarmament committee in 1988.
Toronto Dance Enthusiasts Tap Their Feet With...
Bollywood Choreographer Shampa Gopikrishna
By A Correspondent
Dance Diaries with Shampa Gopikrishna - a two-day intensive workshop with Bollywood’s newest talk-of-the-town choreographer concluded with aplomb culminating in a Grand Finale performance in Mississauga. The troupe danced to some popular Bollywood numbers including Tamma Tamma Again and the Title Track from Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya among other favourites. The choreographer also performed exclusively with the founder of Sanskriti Arts, Puja Amin, on Pinga from Bajirao Mastani.
Boys with Cars - Give Us A Great Ride!
By Megha Subramanian *
“Woofer tu meri, mein tera amplifier” – a very popular Punjabi song sets the tone of Boys with Cars. With several catchy Bollywood, hip-hop and Indian classical numbers, this solo play by Anita Majumdar addresses issues of racial stereotypes, school politics and an ingrained patriarchal conditioning that leads several lives astray.