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National Letter Writing Campaign

anon — August 1984

“The surest way to strangle the arms race is to stop the trade in uranium, for without uranium there could be no nuclear weapons of any description.” – Gordon Edwards

Uranium mining started in Saskatchewan in the 1950s largely to supply the U.S. nuclear weapons programme. Today our uranium is being sold to countries that are openly making nuclear weapons and to other nations that have stated their intention of doing so. Our uranium either goes directly into weapons production or it is used in nuclear power plants where it replaces uranium from somewhere else that can then be used to build weapons. Moreover, wastes from a nuclear reactor, such as plutonium, can be reprocessed to make nuclear weapons. This military application makes our uranium and nuclear technology very attractive to governments seeking nuclear weapons.

This month’s National Letter Writing Coalition (NLWC) suggestion is to write to Premier Grant Devine asking that uranium mining in northern Saskatchewan be halted and that northerners be given employment opportunities in renewable resources that are under local control. Letters should be addressed to Premier Grant Devine, Room 226, Legislative Buildings, Regina, SK. In order that this month’s campaign can have its maximum impact, please photocopy your letter and send a copy to each of the following addresses: Prime Minister John Turner, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A OA6 and CBC Radio, National Radio News, c/o Senior Editor, Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 1E6.

Doug Mohr
301-103 Church St.
Kitchener, ON N2G 2S3

P.S. Remember: Thinking about it doesn’t change anything. Please put something in the mail.