Brampton Peace Vigil, September 7th

August 26, 2008

Mayor Susan Fennell will be holding Brampton’s annual candlelight Peace Vigil on Sunday, September 7th starting at 7 pm. If you live in the area, please attend this event. I will be there and will have available information pamphlets, buttons and sign-up sheets for the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative [CDPI] for those who are interested in learning more or becoming members/supporters of this important initiative. (I have started the new Brampton Chapter of the CDPI several months ago. We are looking for new members.)

Date: September 7
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gage Park in downtown Brampton

** Last year Brampton’s Mayor Fennell joined the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign and our city officially became a Peace City.

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CPSP White Paper Release Media Advisory

March 21, 2008

The Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) have released on February 14, 2008, a White Paper making the case to the Federal Government for the establishment of a Civilian Peace Service in Canada. I am a longtime supporter and Brampton chapter member of the CDPI.

Media Advisory:

Civilian Peace Service Canada White Paper Release at Parliament Hill

Increasingly Canadians are searching for viable alternatives to a military response to conflict. Implementing one such alternative has become the mission of the Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC). Active since 2004, the CPSC, a peace NGO, is working through existing organizations in Canada and abroad to design and deliver standardized, professional accreditation of peace workers. Fully accredited peace professionals and volunteers would form a qualified, stand-by civilian resource. On call through existing rosters they would facilitate non-violent resolution of conflict – as one step towards sustainable peace.

Given its longstanding commitment to peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Canada can learn from, and build upon these initiatives, rather than continuing the unsettling trend towards increased use of Canadian military troops for non-military purposes – particularly in the face of recent and repeated acknowledgement that conflicts can seldom be resolved through military means alone. CPSC aims to draw upon Canada’s strong track record in peacekeeping and peacebuilding to create a program that will enhance the role, competencies and effectiveness of peace professionals globally.

The Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) will be releasing on February 14, 2008, a White Paper making the case to the Federal Government for the establishment of a Civilian Peace Service in Canada.

The Release will take place at a reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Centre Block, Room 256S, Parliament Hill. Alexa McDonough, MP Halifax will host this event.

The CPSC White Paper recommends that the Government of Canada:

1. Accept the constructive role civilians with peace building expertise can play in advising government on alternatives to military approaches to resolution of conflict as well as the value-added of a Civilian Peace Service Canada, as described in this White Paper

2. On the basis of this White Paper, and taking into account funding precedents set in Europe, enter into discussions with the CPSC Development Committee on steps towards:

o further development of the CPSC concept

o development and refinement of an assessment, training and accreditation program for peace

o delivery of two pilot training programs (to test the concept and the training)

o determination of how Canada, through the CPSC (and consideration of a Federal Department of Peace), can best contribute to sustainable peace in Canada and abroad

The program invitation and an excerpt of the Executive Summary of the White Paper are attached providing additional details. For reasons of security, please confirm your attendance with Dominique Guindon at 613-235-5800 or dominique.guindon@cicr-icrc.ca.

 

 

For further information on the White Paper and the event, please do not hesitate to call Gord Breedyk, Co-Chair, Civilian Peace Service Canada, phone: 613-721-9829 or gbreedyk@ rogers.com.

Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must make wars impossible. You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Albert Einstein

 


Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj Interview on a Ministry ofPeace

December 23, 2007

To link to the interview by Independent MP Garth Turner on his MPtv with Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj advocating a Ministry of Peace go to http://www.garth.ca
MPtv – December 13th Webcasts and scroll down to the second video.

You can also try this link and go to the second video:

http://www.garth.ca/mptv/archive-2007-december.shtml

For more information on the Department of Peace initiative, go to
http://www.departmentofpeace.ca

Help spread the word about the federal Department of Peace initiative.

And whatever you are celebrating this holiday season (I am celebrating Christmas with my family), my wish for you is that it is happy, healthy, peaceful, safe and blessed.


TRANSCEND Peace University – October semester, 2007

August 21, 2007

** I had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Johan Galtung and hearing his sobering, compelling, motivating talk when he was the keynote speaker at our Canadian Department of Peace conference in Ottawa, the first week of April of this year. He was absolutely amazing and held the large audience rapt. This man’s knowledge of the history and peoples of our world is truly astounding. World leaders seek his opinions, ideas, advice.

The TRANSCEND Peace University online course outlined below will provide an excellent learning resource to all who are genuinely interested in peace development:

TRANSCEND PEACE UNIVERSITY*

*OCTOBER SEMESTER 2007*

*http://tpu.transcend.org*

*TRANSCEND PEACE UNIVERSITY*,
the world’s first global online center for peace studies, founded by the pioneer of the academic discipline of Peace research – *Prof. Johan Galtung*, is announcing the:

*October Semester 2007*

*October 1^st – December 21^st *

*21 ONLINE COURSES *

DIRECTED BY INTERNATIONALY RENOWN PROFESSIONALS

Language support: English, Spanish, Romanian and Russian

*APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21^st , 2007!*

*FEES:* 200 Euro per course – for citizens of non-OECD countries.

400 Euro per course – for citizens of OECD countries and IGO staff.

*Payments made until September 10^th 2007 will receive a 7% discount.*

Below you will find a list of courses. For more information please contact us at:

*http://tpu.transcend.org*

*tpu@transcend.org*

*phone/fax: +40 264 420298*
*mobile: +40 724 380551*

*TRANSCEND Peace University kindly asks for your support on circulating this announcement. Please send this message to all of your contacts interested in Peace Development. Thank you for your help!*

* TPU OCTOBER SEMESTER 2007 – LIST OF COURSES*

*1) ADVANCED CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION*

– by Johan Galtung

*2) PEACEFUL CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: THE TRANSCEND METHOD*

– by Sara Horowitz, Michael Kuur Sorensen & Akifumi Fujita

*3) MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: IRAQ & BALKANS*

– by Jan Oberg


*4) GENDER AND MILITARISM*

– by Gal Harmat

*5) BUILDING PEACE EDUCATION*

– by Alicia Cabezudo

*6) PEACE AND GLOBAL COMPACT*

– by Frederick Dubee

*7) DEMOCRATIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT*

– by Paul Scott

*8) PEACE JOURNALISM*

– by Jake Lynch

*9) DIALOGUE, NEGOTIATION & MEDIATION*

– by S. P. Udayakumar


*10) PEACE BUSINESS*

– by Howard Richards

*11) NON-VIOLENT INSTITUTIONS*

– by Christophe Barbey

*12) NON-VIOLENT TOOLS & PHILOSOPHY*

– by Jorgen Johansen

*13) PEACE MATHEMATICS*

– by Johan Galtung

*14) CONFLICT CARE AND RECONCILIATION*

– by S. P. Udayakumar

*15) PEACE ZONES*

– by Christophe Barbey

*16) PEACE AND LITERATURE*

– by Marisa Antonaya

*17) PEACE, MACROHISTORY AND THE FUTURE*

– by Sohail Inayatullah

*18) NEGOCIOS SUSTENABLES Y PAZ*

– by Sara Horowitz and Jaime Suarez Garza

*19) PEACEFUL CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: THE TRANSCEND METHOD IN SPANISH*

– by Gustavo de la Pena & Diana de la Rua Eugenio

*20) PEACEFUL CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: THE TRANSCEND METHOD IN ROMANIAN*

– by Ina Curic and Sabin Muresan

*21) PEACEFUL CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: THE TRANSCEND METHOD IN RUSSIAN*

– by Olga Vorkunova


Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament: PolicyRecommendations of the Pugwash 50th Anniversary Workshop

July 23, 2007

The communique below is from the recent meeting of the Pugwash 50th Anniversay, held at Pugwash Nova Scotia, Canada. It was co-sponsored by the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and the representatives of the Middle Powers Initiative on implementation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Nuclear Disarmament is one of the key components of Canadian Department of Peace Initiative.


Media Release
For Immediate Release

8 July 2007


Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament:

Policy Recommendations of the Pugwash 50th Anniversary Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
and the Middle Powers Initiative

Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 5-7 July 2007

As long as nuclear weapons exist, they will one day be used.

This sober, inescapable truth continues to haunt the international community. Every minute of every day, more than 26,000 nuclear weapons – many thousands of them on hair-trigger alert – are poised to bring monumental destruction if they are ever used. Nuclear weapons have spread to more countries, and the international non-proliferation regime is perilously close to collapse. Poorly guarded stockpiles of highly enriched
uranium and plutonium around the world could fall into the hands of terrorists who would think nothing of exploding a nuclear device in a major city.

Momentum is growing in the international community, however, from many different political quarters, to re-energize the campaign to declare nuclear weapons illegal and immoral, and to reduce and eliminate them. But the time is now for decisive leadership and action to mount a global political campaign to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction, before it is too late.

Great changes in history – the end of slavery, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War – have come about through concerted political action, often suddenly and with little warning. The international community has the opportunity to achieve yet another epochal event: ending the reliance on nuclear weapons and the total elimination of these genocidal weapons.

We ask all governments, nuclear and non-nuclear alike, a simple question. What are you doing to fulfill the basic obligation of every government – the ‘responsibility to protect’ the lives and human rights of its citizens that
would be obliterated by nuclear devastation?

Given political leadership and political will, implementation of the following steps could greatly reduce the risk of nuclear weapons use:

.. Immediate de-alerting of the thousands of nuclear weapons, on quick reaction alert, that could be launched by accident, miscalculation, or unauthorized computer hacking of command and control systems;
.. Official declarations by all nuclear weapons-states of a No First Use policy, and adoption of Negative Security Assurances that nuclear weapons will never be used against countries who have legally bound themselves not to acquire nuclear weapons;
.. Immediate resumption of US-Russian nuclear negotiations to reduce their nuclear forces to 1,000 or fewer nuclear weapons; to accelerate the dismantlement and destruction of all excess nuclear forces and fissile
material; and to jointly develop early warning systems to reduce the risk of accidental or unauthorized launch of nuclear weapons.
.. Political agreement by NATO to withdraw all US nuclear weapons from Europe, and to conclude a global agreement that nuclear weapons of any country not be deployed on foreign territory;
.. Full funding and implementation of the International Monitoring System of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to ensure the continued moratorium on nuclear testing, prior to the entry into force of the CTBT;
.. An early start to negotiations of a global Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty and a complete prohibition on the deployment and use of space weapons;
.. Finally, all States should affirm the goal of the complete abolition and elimination of nuclear weapons through a multilaterally-verified instrument – a Nuclear Weapons Convention – and work towards making such a convention a reality.

We hope that the Government of Canada especially will play an active role in the achievement of these objectives.

The goal of all these initiatives should be the strengthening of an equitable non-proliferation regime that emphasizes the obligations of non-nuclear states not to acquire nuclear weapons, and of nuclear weapons-states to reduce and eliminate their nuclear arsenals as soon as practicable.

Only by concerted political will and public pressure can we avoid the inevitable catastrophe that will surely come if nuclear weapons continue to exist.

*************************************

** From 5-7 July 2007, a distinguished group of 25 international scientists and specialists on nuclear weapons issues met in the fishing village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia – on the 50th anniversary of the first Pugwash Conference – to discuss the urgency of revitalizing nuclear disarmament in order to free the world from the ever-present threat posed by nuclear weapons. Co-sponsored by the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which received the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize with its co-founder and then President, Sir Joseph Rotblat, and the Middle Powers Initiative, the full list of workshop recommendations and analysis will be available shortly in the forthcoming workshop report.

For more information, contact:

Jeffrey Boutwell, Executive Director Douglas Roche, Chair
Pugwash Conferences on Science and Middle Powers Initiative
World Affairs
1111 19th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 675 Third Av., New York, NY 10017
c. (202) 478-3440; c. (780) 984-8292;
e.
pugwashdc@aol.com e. djroche@shaw.com
www.pugwash.org www.middlepowers.org


Canadian Hawks, CADSI

July 9, 2007

I received this disturbing info from fellow Department of Peace worker Rob Acheson, who heads the Toronto Chapter. It is essential reading for all Canadians who would like to see our country as a peace-keeping nation:

I ran across an interesting but disturbing article. Some of you are probably already aware of it as it ran in NOW Magazine in February of this year. The headline is ‘Hawks Get Bucks to Sell War’ and talks about funding the DND gives to universities who support a war agenda. One fellow, Jack Granatstein, a York U professor emeritus and board member of the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, is actually is working on a new lobby organization, Canadians for Defence and Security, aimed specifically at countering peace advocates.

Here is the link: http://www.nowtoronto.com:80/issues/2007-02-22/news_story.php

Another enlightening website I came across is the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), a not-for-profit national business association that represents the Canadian defence and security industries. Formerly the Canadian Defence Industries Association, CADSI represents 500 member companies selling to the defence and public security markets. The industries employ over 70,000 Canadians and generate $7 billion in annual revenues, roughly 50% of which comes from international sales. CADSI member companies are of all sizes and offer a wide spectrum of goods and services to its customers, and to business partners in Canada, the United States, and internationally. In browsing their online articles they are essentially a lobby group to encourage spending on war.

Website: https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca/public/

We need to work vehemently to counteract these destructive foes of peace.


Civic Government Peace Responsibilities

April 14, 2007

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition is meeting on April 25 with Councillors Pam McConnell and Joe Mihevc and Mayor David Miller’s executive assistant, Jane Karwat, to urge that Toronto City Council re-establish a City Council Peace

Committee as existed in 1986 and 1989, chaired by then Councillor Jack Layton with a co-chair from the Toronto Disarmament Network.

The HDC has posted three videos on YouTube to remind mayors and city councils that peace is a civic matter:

Abolish Nuclear Weapons Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-lEtznllWc

shows the large March 17 demonstration at the Peace Garden, describes the devastation caused by a nuclear explosion over Toronto, and includes the reading of Mayor David Miller’s Abolish Nuclear Weapons Day proclamation as read by Councillor Joe Mihevc. The video asks viewers to email Mayor David Miller at

mayor_miller@toronto.ca to urge him to establish a permanent City Council Peace Committee.

Mayors for Peace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sla7MUIBCWg

features peace activist Phyllis Creighton presenting a peace declaration from Mayor David Miller to Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and speaking in Toronto at the Peace Garden about the international Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020 and its current Cities Are Not Targets campaign.

Save the Peace Garden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP8ChxvT7Vg

features the Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Toronto Peace Garden and asks viewers to email Mayor David Miller at mayor_miller@toronto.ca to urge him to save the existing Peace Garden at the entrance of Toronto City Hall from demolition.

For further information:

Anton Wagner for the Hiroshima Day Coalition

201 Sherbourne Street, Apt. 2306

Toronto, ON M5A 3X2

416-863 1209

fax: 416-863 9973

http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/HiroshimaDayCoalition.htm