Notes

Not The Right Answer

OTTAWA — A letter signed by a group of leaders of the Canadian organization Science for Peace was published recently in THE GLOBE AND MAIL. The name of G. Ignatieff, President of this organization, a high ranking diplomat in the past, the former representative of Canada in the UN Security Council, opens the list of its authors.

The representatives of peace-loving Canadian public criticize the position of official Ottawa, which keeps silent concerning the unilateral Soviet moratorium for nuclear explosions. Such silence in response to one more extension by the Soviet Union of the Moratorium does not go in line with the statements previously made by Canada, of its intention to assist halting of all nuclear tests — says the letter. Doesn’t such a position express agreement with the statement, made by the White House, that allegedly the treaty on the halting of nuclear tests “would not be serving the interests of the USA and its allies”?

- V. Shelkov
Pravda, 3 Sept., p4 (Official translation)

Doing Science for peace

This month we introduce to you the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, whose founding members are all members of Science for Peace.

On having a stroke

There’s so little time for each of us
On this lovely vale of earth
This circling globe with atmosphere

Conducive to human birth.
On my hospital wall there is a sign
Saying, simply — “I love you”.
Just suppose these words were etched

On Embassies the wide world through?
I do not hate the Russians,
The Russians do not hate me.
What is the force that keeps us apart
Contending we can’t agree?

In World War I an uncle of mine
Lay wounded in No-Man’s Land,
With only a German soldier
To lend a helping hand.
He bandaged my uncle’s hanging eye
While the battle raged around
Two boys, their nations labeled foes,
True friends, as each had found.

Time here is short for each of us,
And then we pass away.
Is it not good sense, good manners,
To be kindly during our stay?
This fertile earth with its bounty
Is there for all to share.
Why should we push and hate and fear
When we could love and care?

— Murray Wilton
Room 1508 B
Mount Sinai Hospital August 20, 1986

Research Coming into Focus

Prof. Paul LeBlond, Dept. of Oceanography, UBC, and research director of SfP, announced at the 29 Sept. board meeting the establishment of a network of regional associate directors who will work to define a national program’s goals and strategies. To date these scientists have accepted appointment: Kenneth Dunn, professor of maths and computer science, Dalhousie; G.P. Semeluk, Dept. of Chemistry, UNB, and treasurer SfP-New Brunswick; Philip Wallace, Emeritus Professor of physics McGill Univ. and former Principal of Science College, Concordia U; Robert Malcolmson,Dept. of Hostory, Queen’s; Leroy Sanders, physicist (ret.), secretary of SfPOttawa; Arnold Simoni, author (ret) Vp for research, SfP — Toronto; C.C. Bigelow, Dean of Science, Univ. of Manitoba;David Roulston,Dept. of Elec Engineering, U of Waterloo and sec’y SfP — Waterloo; and C.S. Holling, Institute of Resource Ecology, UBC.

The team will concern itself with the mandate of SfP to lead a research effort for Canada directed toward the application of science to peaceful purposes. Scientists from other research centres in Canada and abroad will be invited to join this first team.

Prof Gregory Baum has joined the Religious Studies Dept. at McGill.

IN MEMORIAM: F.M. Kelly, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Manitoba; first President, Manitoba Chapter of Science for Peace.

Chapters

Satellites For Peace: ISMA vs. star wars, a panel presentation and discussion sponsored by the World Federalists of Canada — one of the Toronto Chapter’s public lectures for October. Centre Stage Forum, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, 7:30 pm October 22.

On Tuesday, October 21 from 10am till 4pm, Science for Peace members will conduct a workshop relevant to the Forum on Peacekeeping Satellites. Emphasis will be on the technical requirements and feasibility of satellite monitoring with presently or potentially available technology. For further information call Walter Dorn, (416)293-8660.

from The Waterloo Chapter: Fall Program:

A series of Thursdays At Lunch (12:30 pm, room 124, Arts Lecture Hall) showing of Gwynne Dyer’s WAR through Nov. 6.

Rosalie Bertell speaks on Wed., Oct. 29, 7:30 pm, room 116, Arts Lecture Hall: Humanity At Risk. Dr. Bertell will be on campus (Jniv of Waterloo) during the afternoon for informal discussions.

The satellite dish at the University will be used for a second hook-in to the Union of Concerned Scientists’(et al) Nov.15 Teleconference.

Further information: Cynthia Folzer, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Waterloo

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