Tue, Aug 06, 2013: Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration at Toronto City Hall

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The Hiroshima Day Coalition is teaming up with the Sierra Club Canada to promote this year’s August 6 Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration at Toronto City Hall.

Shirley Douglas, actor and long-time advocate of Canada’s universal healthcare system, will be the featured speaker. Ms Douglas founded the Canadian chapter of Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament during the height of the Cold War in 1984. She is one of 675 Members of the Order of Canada who have appealed to the government of Canada to join in an international effort to eliminate nuclear weapons.

The August 6th commemoration begins at 6:45 pm and includes the reading of the Toronto and Hiroshima Peace Declarations, prayers by Ted Schmidt and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, and performances by the Yakudo Drummers, singer Tabby Johnson, flautist Ron Korb, a Regent Park School of Music soloist and the Raging Grannies. A lantern ceremony in the City Hall reflecting pool will conclude the commemoration.

An exhibition of photographs and paintings by Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb survivors will be open to the public August 6-9 inside Toronto City Hall.

Sponsors and supporters of the commemoration include the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Physicians for Global Survival, the Toronto chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, Toronto Article 9, the Toronto Area Interfaith Council and Science for Peace.

Please join the struggle to abolish nuclear weapons with a donation to the Hiroshima Day Coalition by linking to http://www.sierraclub.ca/Hiroshima

Your donation will help cover the costs of the event. For further information, please link to http://www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca/ or contact Anton Wagner at awagner@yorku.ca

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