A former Canadian ambassador for nuclear disarmament is accusing the Trudeau government of “irresponsible leadership” as Canada skips out on “historic” talks at the United Nations this week.
Douglas Roche, also a former parliamentarian, said in an interview Tuesday that if Canada wants a seat on the UN Security Council, it shouldn’t be so “fearful” of the United States. He also said the issue should be debated in the House of Commons, a sentiment echoed by an NDP MP who is in New York for the proceedings.
Two and a half decades after the end of the Cold War, nine countries together continue to possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons pose a significant threat to global security as they risk becoming available to more state and non-state entities. A single nuclear warhead could kill millions of people, with the effects lasting decades.
With the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to increase the American nuclear arsenal, and troubling recent actions by North Korea, it is more urgent than ever that the international community work together to ban nuclear weapons.
U.S. President Donald Trump came into office promising to «drain the swamp» of corruption, and to restore the American people’s control over their government, but what he has been doing since he started his Presidency on January 20th is exactly the opposite: handing control of the U.S. government over to international corporations, and, really, over to the billionaires who control their corporations and who use them to rob the publics everywhere (in ways some of which will here be described).
Consider his meeting, on February 13th, with Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau:
Trump had come into office opposing the George Herbert Walker Bush created, and Bill Clinton passed-into-law, NAFTA treaty, with Canada and Mexico, because it reduced employment and wages in the United States, but he said nothing at all about its severe reduction of American sovereignty.
Image: Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump hold a joint press conference at the White House | Credit: pm.gc.ca
A former Edmonton MP and senator turned nuclear disarmament activist has been chosen to receive the 2017 Calgary Peace Prize.
The annual award, which recognizes those who strive for peace, social justice and environmental protection, will be handed out at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Montreal-born Douglas Roche served as an Edmonton MLA from 1972 to 1984 before being named Canada's ambassador of disarmament, going on to chair the United Nations disarmament committee in 1988. Named to the Order of Canada, the now 87 year old also chaired an international network called the Middle Powers Initiative, which worked to advance nuclear disarmament.
"The two paramount problems in the world today — nuclear weapons and global warming — must be resolved for the safety of the planet," Roche said in a release.
Following Roche's acceptance speech of the award, handed out by Mount Royal University's Faculty of Arts Peace Studies Initiative, there will be a round table discussion on global peace initiatives.
For more information, visit mru.ca/peaceinitiative
It may be a small peace agency but Project Ploughshares in Waterloo has done some big things in the past 40 years.
It has toiled away on research and global policy work on topics such as nuclear disarmament, the arms trade and national security spending.
From putting together Canada's only database of military production and exports to working on policies with the United Nations, Project Ploughshares has accomplished all of this out of its little office at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.
Canada and the US need each other, share a 9,000km border and are major trading partners.
When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience at a 2016 UN conference that he was a feminist, he probably didn't foresee launching a task force on working women with a world leader who bragged about grabbing women's genitals.
Yet that is the reality show Trudeau will be starring in today with US President Donald Trump.
Trump's daughter, Ivanka, helped organise the task force which will offer Trudeau, who appointed women to half of his cabinet positions, an opportunity to take the spotlight away from more contentious issues, like trade.
Photo: Donald Trump (R) and Justin Trudeau (on his R) introducing Ministers | Credit: pm.gc.ca
The upshot of it all is that six innocent people were insensibly killed because a deranged young man decided on a whim that they must die. Where are the joys of yesterday when they were up and about? I have no answer to the question I pose here. For now, though, the orphaned families left behind are filled with a terrible sense of loss. They will need time to grieve for their loved ones. The out cold act of killing them also grieves us, the living, to see what we all saw in Québec City on that biting winter.
When the Indian-Canadian and later Indian-American novelist Bharati Mukherjee complained in the 1970s that Canada was more racist than America, many people thought she was harsh in her reading of the Canadian society. Only a handful of people told her that she was right. I personally think she was dead right. I can testify to her anguish in that I have lived in Canada and indeed experienced first-hand racism, the kind one does not notice because it is shrouded in a wonderful smile that is disconcerting, to say the least. It feels like a gesture of disillusion. It also resembles a hedge that screens a fence from sight. Unlike manifest racism in America, racism in Canada is latent.
Human caused global warming increasingly threatens all we love and care about. Climate change from this warming caused (mostly) by greenhouse gases (GHGs) from our use of fossil fuels is a potent growing risk to our families, our kids and their kids, our communities and country. This radical change threatens most of the species and ecosystems with which we share creation, civilization, and even the very future of humanity.
Climate change threatens our jobs and economy, it threatens peace and our evolving global culture, and it threatens each of our myriad and diverse personal obsessions: arts and sports, music or business or outdoor or digital tech, whatever activities we love to do.
File Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau making a statement on Paris Agreement in the House of Commons | Credit: Global News