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Do you want to know what Science for Peace is all about? The President of Science for Peace Canada and the SfP Campus Group explain, in separate podcasts, what each organization seeks to achieve.

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Fears of war, Canada – China

 

1. Does China deserve our hostility?

July will mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Chinese Party founding by Mao Zedong. President Xi Jinping now has as much, if not more power, than Mao at the time. Continue reading..

 

 

U.K.’s decision to increase nuclear warhead stockpile cap defies logic

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the move will allow the U.K. to
amass an nuclear arsenal the size of France’s, which is rumoured to
possess approximately 300 nuclear warheads. Continue reading..

 

 

New Nanos Poll Finds Strong Nuclear Weapons Concerns

For Immediate Release:

April 6, 2021 (Toronto)  The threat posed by nuclear weapons is of major concern to Canadians according to a new poll released today by Nanos Research. The poll results show that Canadians are very positive about key solutions the disarmament movement has been advocating and that Canadians are action oriented in responding to the nuclear threat. Continue reading..

 

 

Canadian Nuclear Weapon Abolitionists Call on U.K. to Reconsider Warhead Increase

 

The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) joins with other disarmament organizations critical of the nuclear weapons policy shift of the government of the United Kingdom. The British defence and foreign policy review..continue reading.

 

 

 

The Climate Crisis Series

1. Webinar: What Needs To Be Done

Climate scientist Danny Harvey provides the answer. A dynamic U of T Professor of Geography, he has written two textbooks on climate science, three books on solutions, over a hundred scientific papers relating to the climate problem and has co-authored reports for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Commentaries will be provided by two panelists to articulate the viewpoints of young people facing the climate crisis. Allie Rougeot is from the Toronto chapter of Fridays for Future, an organization of students that mobilizes hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in global protests of climate inaction. Sara Beiruti created a vibrant student Science for Peace campus group.

To view the full recording, please visit:https://youtu.be/JJ82ZopwuKg


2. Join Forces: To Overcome the Climate Crisis

Ian Haney Lopéz, Berkeley Law Professor, is an expert on building political movements across racial and class lines;

 Susan Ruddick, a Geography professor at U of T, studies social movements.

Avi Lewis, a co-founder of The Leap in Canada, reflects on 7 strategies to build strong social movements.

To view the full recording, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WByT3hF0_rE&feature=youtu.be



Destined for War, Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?: A Review

March 15, 2021 by Michel Duguay

 

This 2017 book by Harvard Professor Graham Allison has launched a debate on the topic its title announces. Professor Allison is a renowned political scientist and author, who has contributed to the U.S. government as an analyst in matters of national security and defense policy, with a specialty in nuclear weapons and terrorism. Continue reading..https://scienceforpeace.ca/destined-for-war-can-america-and-china-escape-thucydidess-trap-a-review/

 

 

NINE CANADA BREACHES OF U.N. PEACE POLICIES

 

 

  • Financing Big Pharmas, instead of favouring a just and free distribution of vaccines worldwide through the ACT Accelerator, launched by the World Health Organization and supported by partners such as the Agora of the Earth’s Inhabitants (Emeritus Professor Riccardo Petrella) even if on that point, Prime minister Trudeau appears to be in tune with the Conservative Party and the main medias who applaud his selfish expensive vaccine grabbing policy and even find it insufficient. Continue reading..https://scienceforpeace.ca/nine-canada-breaches-of-u-n-peace-policies/

 

The Campaign for Canadian Accession to the UN’s Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

 

February 17, 2021, by Pierre Jasmin

On the eve of the entry into force at the U.N. of the crucial and historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), an independent senator, a former senator and former MP from the (ProgressiveConservative Party, and four parliamentarians..continue reading

 

 

Canadian foreign policy and involvement in war crimes: Venezuela?

 

February 10, 2021, by Arnd Jurgensen

As many of you are aware, Science for Peace has been a strong promoter of the UN treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons that has just come into effect.   Canada is not a signatory to this treaty..continue reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Military Expenditures

Image by Hilmi Isilak, May 3, 2020

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Mr Trudeau:

Re: Military Expenditures

Your government signed a contract with Lockheed Martin, prior to covid-19, to purchase 15 naval warships, tabbed as Type 26, at an estimated cost of about $60 billion dollars. These ships are not meant to simply patrol our northern waters; they are extremely robust and well equipped for fighting wars. Continue reading..

 

 

 

Towards a Nuclear Weapons Free World

The UN Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been endorsed by 122 nations, and will become international law for more than 51 ratifying States on January 22, 2021. Regrettably, Canada boycotted negotiations in 2017 and has refused to sign or ratify this landmark treaty. Continue reading..

 

 

 

Canada proclaims its dedication to abolishing nuclear arms – so why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Ban Treaty

On January 22, 2021 the historic United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force for ratifying states. The treaty, negotiated and adopted by 122 non-nuclear nations, is an extraordinary achievement which points to a world free from the existential threat of nuclear war. Continue reading..https://scienceforpeace.ca/canada-proclaims-its-dedication-to-abolishing-nuclear-arms-so-why-hasnt-canada-signed-the-un-ban-treaty/

 

 

 

Canada’s Role In Supporting Nuclear Weapons

 

October 28, 2020 by Phyllis Creighton

Canada played a key role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but few Canadians are aware of it. In August 1943 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King invited US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to a conference in Quebec City.  Continue reading..https://scienceforpeace.ca/canadas-role-in-supporting-nuclear-weapons/

 

 

 

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Latest statements

100 Seconds to Midnight

On Thursday January 23rd, 2020 the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock 20 seconds closer to midnight, the closest they have ever been. In their statement Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight we read,”Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. Continue reading…

 

NATO Defender Europe

Though not well-publicized here in Canada, Canada will participate in the NATO Defender Europe 2020 war manoeuvres held in Europe between January 12 through July 10. Science for Peace, which counts as its members the late Ursula Franklin and John Polanyi, unreservedly opposes this provocative and regressive recapitulation of the brutal 20th century. In addition to NATO’s acceptance of a nuclear weapons first strike strategy, a crime against peace under international law, a military strategy permitting the use of nuclear weapons is based on the post Cold War belief that a nuclear war is winnable and is an atrocious gamble with human survival. Continue reading…

 

Iran Letter

Science for Peace sees great danger in the attack on 3 January by American forces on a senior Iranian official, Qassem Soleimani. The strike was decided by the President abruptly, without consulting allies, or his own government. The drone killing of Gen. Soleimani on Iraqi soil was more than simple murder, it was armed aggression against both Iran and Iraq. Continue reading…

 

The Kurdish Situation in Northern Syria: What Must be Done to Stop Violence

As an anti-war organization, Science for Peace opposes military intervention, both as an ethic and as a researched conclusion about the catastrophic practices and outcomes of war. Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, leading Kurdish civilians to flee en masse from the Turkish military intent on ethnic cleansing, has led to calls from across the political spectrum for a short-term U.S. military presence. Trump leaves a small military force in Syria to protect oil fields but not the Kurdish people who had been U.S. allies. Continue reading…

 

Open Letter on Climate Change to the Government of Canada

To the Honourable Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Canadian Government:

To the leaders of the Opposition Parties:

The undersigned university faculty members call on the Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Canadian Government and on the leaders of the Opposition Parties to respond to the planetary emergency of climate change. As we will argue, greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced, and soon. The time frame is critical, and it is dictated by the physical environment, not by political or economic considerations. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, you can’t fool the environment any of the time.Continue reading…

 

Other recent statements

In pursuit of goals of peace, justice and sustainability, Science for Peace advocates nonviolent action at home and around the world. Nonviolence is not only politically effective, but also congruent with our goals. Means and ends are inextricably linked.

The Bulletin, rebooted

Download PDF of the January 2020 issue here (6.3Mb, 18 pages)

The Bulletin is a regular publication of Science for Peace, and has resumed as an online magazine after a three-year hiatus.

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