CPG Conference in Halifax, 23-26 July 2017
Registration is now open for our 60th anniversary conference, "Canada's Contribution to Global Security".
We'd also like to invite you to two concurrent events: a day trip to Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash village on 26 July, which can be booked here on Eventbrite, and the Vern Theissen play Pugwash, which runs from July 5-30 at Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro. More information here.
Letter to editor of the Globe and Mail from Frank Sommers, 21 March 2017
Re The Cassandras Are Warning Of Nuclear Doom – So Why Doesn’t Canada Seem To Care? (March 18):
Elizabeth Renzetti’s review of the resurgent threat posed by nuclear weapons brings to mind physicians’ efforts to educate the public and political leaders about the catastrophic medical consequences a nuclear strike would present.
I quote from a 1982 City of Toronto pamphlet we helped to prepare: “A one-megaton (70 times the destructive power of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) nuclear weapon detonated in the air above downtown Toronto during business hours would kill 750,000 people immediately and severely injure more than a million others; if detonated during the early evening, it would kill 624,000 residents and severely injure another 795,000. It would destroy 65- to 80 per cent of all the city’s hospital beds, along with blood banks, antibiotics, sterile supplies, diagnostic and life-support systems, operating theatres and emergency treatment centres. The blast would kill more than 5,000 physicians, leaving only one doctor for every 1,000 survivors – with only a little black bag for assistance.”
With our denser population, some 35 years later, these numbers would be higher. The devastating reality of nuclear arms calls on all of us, governments and citizens, to work to prevent their use.
Frank Sommers, MD, honorary and founding president, Canadian Physicians for Social Responsibility/Physicians for Global Survival
Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) calls on the Government of Canada to participate actively in the new nuclear disarmament negotiations at the United Nations starting March 27. These negotiations, supported by a majority of states of the world and open to all countries, aim to produce a treaty prohibiting all nuclear weapons.
The urgency of this action was highlighted January 26, 2017, when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight – closer than the clock has been since 1953 when the Cold War heated up following U.S. and Russian detonations of thermonuclear bombs.
10 Good News Stories published by Murray Thomson, O.C. [Good News Service #48]
- UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017
- AVAAZ : Attracts attention for more than 100 actions on climate change, protecting wild-life, supporting refugees and saving the oceans.
- UN Manual seeks to protect Indigenous People from unwanted interventions on their lands and territories
- IFAD supports dairy farmers in Rwanda, and rural employment in conflict areas in Peru
- UN seeks to strengthen international humanitarian law
- Fix it! (…which begins with a confession from co-editor Randy)
- A swords into ploughshares story
- First Nations on the front lines
- Engaging the corporate world
- What about in Canada?
By: Ernie Regehr | January 28, 2017 | Originally published on thesimonsfoundation.ca
Headlines tell of a burgeoning Russian/American naval nuclear arms race and already tens of billions of dollars are being promised and spent in both countries on “modernizing” seaborne strategic nuclear weapons systems. While tactical nuclear weapons have been kept off their attack and general purpose submarines for at least a generation, there are indications they may be finding their way back. In the meantime, there is not yet any international regime or treaty or political will in place or contemplated for the exercise of seaborne nuclear restraint.
Read the full paper on the Simons Foundation website (pdf, 8 pages)