The Peace Calendar Vol.1 No.5
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Eudora Pendergrast — June 1983
Lynn Harrison — June 1983
In the strange and frightening logic of the arms race, more and more deadly weapons are supposed to produce greater and greater national security. In fact. in a world of nuclear overkill, exactly the opposite is true, for no nation can be truly secure as long as the threat of nuclear annihilation exists. The promotion of national security by reducing rather than increasing the threat of nuclear war is the motive behind the movement to establish Nuclear Weapon Free Zones throughout the world. The establishment of such zones was specifically identified as an important step toward the goal of ‘general and complete disarmament’ adopted by the 1975 first United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. The object of establishing Nuclear Weapon Free Zones it ultimately to eliminate the threat of nuclear disaster by progressively reducing the areas in the world where nuclear weapons can be developed, manufactured, stored, deployed or used. A nation’s declaration that it is a NWFZ it thus a statement of its refusal to participate or cooperate with the nuclear arms race.
In 1980, the European Nuclear Disarmament Movement (END) launched a broad-based campaign to establish a Nuclear Weapon Free Europe “from Portugal to Poland”, and there is a strong movement in Canada to declare this country a NWFZ. At the local level, Toronto City Council adopted a resolution in January of this year declaring Toronto to be a NWFZ, and other municipalities in both Canada and the US have passed or are attempting to pass similar resolutions.
More than symbolic
These NWFZ campaigns have immense symbolic and educational value, as indicated by the overwhelming response to the END initiative. They are not only symbolic, however. The establishment of Nuclear Weapon Free Zones in Canada is particularly appropriate as a practical objective because of the indirect nature of Canadian involvement in the arms race.
Canada is not a direct producer of nuclear weapons, and the soon to be eliminated Genie rockets are the only nuclear weapons presently stored on Canadian soil. Canada’s contribution to the current escalation in the arms race is rather through its complicity with the US. Working for the establishment of Nuclear Weapon Free Zones in Canada can help to transform this passive role into positive, active involvement in the movement for greater security through nuclear disarmament.
The Nuclear Weapon Free Zone approach has now been introduced at the provincial level. On April 19, 1983, Richard Johnston (MPP for Scarborough West) submitted a private member’s resolution to the Ontario Legislature calling for Ontario to declare itself a Nuclear Arms Free Zone. The resolution calls on the provincial government to prohibit the testing, construction and transport of nuclear weapons and associated equipment through and within the province, and the export of goods and materials for use in the construction and development of nuclear arms. In addition, the resolution calls on the Province to encourage cities, provinces, and states throughout the world to initiate similar action.
Johnston has presented hit resolution to peace and disarmament groups in Toronto, and is now working with representatives of these groups to establish a committee to coordinate a non-partisan grassroots campaign in support of the resolution.
At present the plan is to gather signed forms endorsing the resolution from across the province. The signature forms will be distributed with window signs advocating a Nuclear Weapon Free Ontario. Johnston says that indications are that the campaign will generate a very positive response. After only an informal distribution at April 23rd rallies in Ottawa and Toronto, Johnston’s office has already received over 600 signed forms.
Johnston intends for the resolution to be brought to a vote in October, to coincide with International Disarmament Week (October 23 — 31) and the associated October 22nd anti-nuclear rallies planned for cities across Canada. Johnston feels that adoption would provide a basis for much stronger anti-nuclear actions at both the provincial and federal levels. If adopted, notice of the resolution will be sent to the Soviet and U.S. ambassadors to Canada, to the federal government, the governments of other provinces and states and to the United Nations.
The outcome of the campaign for a Nuclear Weapon Free Ontario will he influenced by the extent of public support shown for the resolution. You cart show your support by filling out the form as the bottom of this page of The Peace Calendar and sending it to Richard Johnston’s office. Additional copies and window signs can be obtained by contacting Johnston’s office at xxx-xxxx, or at the CANDIS office in Holy Trinity Church.
— June 1983
On Friday May 20th at noon a peace camp officially opened at Queen’s Park in Toronto A press conference was held where the campers delivered a prepared statement protesting the testing of the cruise missile in Canada and its deployment around the world.
The camp was originally established south of the Legislature Buildings. But, once the first tent was erected, officials of the Government Protective Service emerged and told the campers to remove the tent. MPP Richard Johnston attempted to obtain permission for the camp, but the request was denied. The now tentless camp remains in the south end of the park.
It is expected that officials will periodically force the campers to leave. The campers will return each time while permit applications are under consideration.
The camp was set up in solidarity with other peace camps in Cold Lake. Alberta, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and Greenham Common in England.
Organizers Roberta Spence in Toronto and Abie Weitfeld from the Ottawa peace camp feet that the camps will provide an opportunity to educate the public and to express widespread opposition to cruise testing. They also hope to encourage politicians to oppose cruise testing on their constituents’ behalf, and they express their support for MPP Richard Johnston’s resolution to declare Ontario a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone.
The Camp will continue until it generates political response, possibly for the duration of the summer. There is no specific peace organisation affiliated with the event; Spence describes it as “people with people against the cruise.”
The peace camp is a meeting ground for members of existing peace groups and all individuals who want to prevent the testing and deployment of the cruise. Spence says it is a chance for education in peace issues, discussion, music, reading, and helping out: leafletting, stamping envelopes, and so on. She urges everyone to come to Queen’s Park and be a part of the peace camp, and to join together with other Canadians against the cruise.
anon — June 1983
Imagine spending a weekend with people who share your dedication :0 a cause: making new friends, discussing the issues, and planning solutions. Imagine being far away from the city, and having a chance for quiet, personal reflection. Sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s what People at Grindstone Island Centre have been doing for twenty years.
The Island is located between Kingston and Ottawa. Ii used to be the summer home of the first admiral of the Canadian Navy, until it was leased to the Quakers for a minimal fee in 1963. When the time came to sell the Island, Diana Kingsmill, who was involved in labour and various social causes, offered it to members of the peace movement who purchased it in 1975.
The Island Centre is owned and operated by the Grindstone cooperative, which was formed in 1976, and now has close to 300 members. All work and decision-making is done on an equal basis, and people can become members by buying shares in the coop.
Weekend workshops take place throughout the summer in five areas of study: the peace movement: coop living as an economic alternative; energy and the environment; tools for social change, including the roles of music and the media; and personal and community value,, involving women’s and children’s workshops. These workshops are initiated both by Grindstone coop itself and by separate organizations who work out programmes and rates with the coop.
Fifty-five people may attend each weekend. Although most participants are members of existing groups, the workshops are also open to interested individuals. Stansead Warren, one of the Island’s three coordinators, says the workshops are a means of Strengthening ties within the movements themselves; the weekends are a time for networking.’
This year there will be three workshops devoted to peace issues. The first, to be held June 3-5, is called ‘Peacemaking: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow’. It will celebrate Grindstone’s twentieth year as a centre for peace education. Those involved will take a historical perspective and benefit from the others’ experience.
The second peace workshop takes place on Augnst 7 — 12, and is called ‘Grindstone Island School for Peace’. This is a chance for analysis of peace issues: examining the causes of conflict between nations, and developing strategies to strengthen the peace movement.
On September 2-5, connections between feminism and non-violence will be explored under the heading ‘Women and Militarism’. The weekend will consist of workshops in such areas as class relations and military policy, planning for continued action in the interrelated peace and women’s movements.
Suzanne Warren says that there has been an increased response to Grindstone’s peace education programs as the peace movement itself has grown. The Spirit of cooperation grows very quickly in a weekend on the Island, and people return to the city having made valuable contact with members of other groups like their own. On thirteen acres there are few distractions. There is a chance for group discussion, individual thought, and a reinforcement of the values already held by people who are dedicated to peace. For more information about Grindstone Island Centre and its programs, phone (416)xxx-xxxx, or write to Box 504 Station P, Toronto Ontario, M5S 2TI.
Prof. Metta Spencer — June 1983
Editor’s note: On Wednesday May 11 the Coordinating Committee of the Toronto Disarmament Network held a press conference in reply to Prime Minister Trudeau’s open letter about Canada’s role in the arms race. The following statement was read.
Prime Minister Trudeau either misunderstands the issues involved in the question of Cruise testing, or else he is deliberately attempting to mislead the Canadian public. Mr. Trudeau seems to believe that the disarmament movement seeks unilateral Western disarmament. This it not true. The Toronto Disarmament Network opposes all nuclear weapons, everywhere. We particularly oppose the testing and deployment of Cruise missiles because they represent a qualitatively new and extremely dangerous Stage in the arms race.
Mr. Trudeau seems to believe that failure to deploy the Cruise and Pershing II missiles in Europe will leave the West defenseless in Europe. This is not true. It is a bilateral agreement between Canada and the United States; it is not part of Canada’s role in NATO.
Mr. Trudeau seems to believe that the disarmament movement is motivated by hatred of the United States. This, is not true. We are motivated by a love for this planet and all the people living on it.
Mr. Trudeau seems to believe that there is a US umbrella under which we can hide. This is not true. There is no defense against the nuclear rain which will surely fall if we do not move to disarmament.
The choice for Mr. Trudeau is clear either he can join those millions around the world who are striving for nuclear disarmament, or he can remain an accomplice in the preparations for mass murder.
We call on Prime Minister Trudeau — in the name of humanity — Refuse the Cruise.
— June 1983
The World Federalists of Canada and the United Nations Association, with the support of Toronto 2000, presented a symposium at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on May 14. The topic was “Institutions for Peace vs. Instruments of War.” Panelists for the event were Hon. Walter McLean, MP for Waterloo; Chancellor George Ignatieff of the University of Toronto, former Ambassador to the United Nations; William Epstein, Chairman of the Canadian Pugwash Group and Special Fellow at the United Nations Institute; and peace researchers and writers Arnold Simoni and Norman Alcock.
The organising committee anticipated that the symposium would function as a “think-tank” Situation where the shared experiences of the participants would contribute to a specific set of proposals for improved peacekeeping institutions. As would have been expected from the participants’ affiliation with the World Federalists and the U.N.A., the need for some form of world government and the role of the U.N. as a peacekeeping institution figured prominently in the discussion.
Norman Alcock began the discussion by -suggesting to the audience that warfare Originated in basically altruistic and protective motives. The man who stood guard at the entrance to the cave to protect the earliest human communities from predators, says Alcock, was carrying Out a vita) function providing genuine security to his loved Ones. Today’s nuclear warriors cannot be said to do anything so positive for their own groups, of course. Thus, as human groupings have enlarged in Size, the scale of warfare has also increased to the point that it is now obsolete as a defensive activity.
Walter McLean, standing in for his colleague, Douglas Roche, told the gathering about the work of Parliamentarians for World Order, in which Roche serves as Chairman and McLean as Canadian Chairman.
This group comprises more than 600 legislators in 25 countries, and strongly supports the goal of world government, with enforceable world law, guaranteeing disarmament and redistribution of the world’s resources to abolish hunger.
Ignatieff and Epstein chronicled a deterioration in the effectiveness of the U.N., an organisation they have both served.
The trouble, Epstein said, is not any deficiency in the structure of the United Nations as an organisation. The trouble is that people -and their elected representatives -simply do not give that body the kind of backing that it must have. No structural changes will do any good without such support, and with support, structural changes will be unnecessary.
Epstein noted that agreements have been created in the past that were commendable in every respect; yet they were abandoned because the political support waned. As the most remarkable example of this he cited the McLoy — Zorin agreement, which spelled out the terms for complete disarmament and was almost ready to be enacted by treaty in 1961, when relations between the USSR and the US deteriorated and the moment was lost.
Notwithstanding Epstein’s emphasis on the need for political will as Opposed to structural change, the final speaker, Arnold Simoni, proposed an approach to world federalism that rested on structural innovations. The Peacemakers Association of Nations it a proposal that he has developed, along with Norman Alcock.
This proposal could he effected gradually and voluntarily, Simoni said, an bilateral treaties among nations build up an international community of nations committed to disarmament and economic justice. This community of nations would create a permanent peacekeeping force while disarming national defense forces and sharing some of the resultant savings with the needy members of that growing federation. Simoni suggested that neither superpower be admitted to such an organisation at first, lest the whole arrangement be brought to a stalemate because of their rivalry, as the U.N. is now stalemated.
By the end of the symposium the goal of formulating specific guidelines for institutional reform had been only partially realised, primarily because the two speakers most experienced in international negotiations had only guarded expectations for the immediate future.
However, a positive note for international cooperation was struck ~ two members of the Soviet Peace Committee and their interpreter unexpectedly arrived at the symposium. Dr. Andrei Romodanov and Mme. Ailita Khodareva were warmly received by the audience and spoke briefly and with feeling about their intention to create between the two blocs, a climate of friendship so vivid that it can transcend the disagreements that seem, unfortunately, to persist.
— June 1983
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— June 1983
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— June 1983
- Although City Council declared Toronto to be a nuclear weapon-free zone, the move to have signs erected to that effect was rejected. The Toronto Disarmament Network has decided not to give up easily, however, and urges all concerned citizens to contact their aldermen and/or Mayor Art Eggleton and request that the issue be re-opened for debate.
- Message from Parliament Hill Peace Camp. We are afraid that, come tourist time, there will not be enough people power here to stop them from removing us. We are having workshops, teach-ins, speakers, etc. It is imperative that we get bodies before the changing of the guards in the middle of June. We have also been told that we have set a precedent, so if this right is taken away, legislation will be passed to prevent such peace camps from taking place. This is our one and only chance! Moral and financial support is needed. Even if you can’t join the camp, send a letter or telegram to your local MP expressing your support. Your support is important; join us and others across the country in lighting a candle for peace at midnight May 21st. The peace camp can be reached through the Ottawa office of Doug Anguish, (613)xxx-xxxx.
- Meet our counterparts in Japan. A group of Americans are going to the Japanese peace movement’s World Conference Against A & H Bombs in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, seminars and field trips with a focus on peace concerns, and talks with peace activists from around the world. July 11-August 13. $1,750 from the West Coast, $300 more from the East Coast. Contact Grassroots Tours, 1346 Connecticut Ave NW No.533, Washington, DC 20036; (202) xxx-xxxx. Please mention which organisation you are with.
- The Cruise Missile Conversion Project is taking two buses to Washington August 27 to the 20th Anniversary Martin Luther King March. One 3 day and one 2 day trip; $65 each. Accommodation free or nominal. Contact Andrew xxx-xxxx or CMCP, xxx-xxxx.
- Peace Caravan. The Salt Spring Peace Group is organising a nation-wide caravan this summer to collect petitions from each riding and carry their, to Ottawa, where they will be delivered in a suitable ceremony. Every peace group is invited to send a delegate to arrive at about the same date in Ottawa. Groups will be leaving from Vancouver as early as July 10 by bicycle, but most will leave Vancouver August 7. Plan to arrive in Toronto August 20 for a big rally. Arrival in Ottawa: August 27. The mayor of Ottawa has offered 8000 billets if they are needed.
Contact: Don Erickson 604 xxx-xxxx.
- Many groups within the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are interested in twinning with the world peace movement, particularly in North America. Intersted Canadian peace groups contact: Scottish CND, 420 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2.
- Speaker available: Ms. Kinuko Laskey, President of the Canadian Society for Atomic Bomb Survivors, is available to speak to church and community groups and to show two films: Prophecy (41 mins) and _The Lost Generation (21 mins). Phone xxx-xxxx.
- July 4th to Labour Day — “Women’s Peace Encampment for a future of Peace and Justice.” At Seneca Army Depot near Ithaca, NY. Women have purchased a 55 acre wooded lot next to the Depot, which stores nuclear weapons, for a summer of workshops, celebrations, and non-violent resistance. For more information, write Women’s Encampment, 150 Castle St, Geneva NY 14450 or Women’s Encampment, c/o Women’s Action for Peace, 730 Bathurst St, Toronto M5S 9Z9 (416) xxx-xxxx.
- The working committee of the Canadian Disarmament Campaign has proposed a national conference to organise nationwide action.(The CDC has been is existence since January 1982.)
The proposed conference has been scheduled for July. For further information contact CIDC, P.O. Box 588, Station K, Toronto, On. M4P 2H1; or phone Mrs. E. Court (416), or Dieter Heinrich. (416)xxx-xxxx.
- North York Action for Disarmament, a new group, is holding a Cereal Meeting June 6th at 7;30 pm, 40 Anndale Dr., xxx-xxxx.
- Voice of Women, General Meeting, June 7, 7.30 Inns, 175 Carlton St. Contact: xxx-xxxx.
- Prince George (B.C.) Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament has committees working on the following projects:
- A referendum à la Operation Dismantle for September;
- A petition campaign, whereby petitions against the cruise will be collected and delivered to Ottawa at the end of June;
- An Elks Parade, where a 21 foot model of the cruise will be carried, as it was in a successful parade on May 14;
- A delegation to the Cold Lake Festival on June 25;
- Twinning with a sister city in the Soviet Union.
- Comox Valley, (B.C.) Nuclear Responsibility Society is planning a repeat of their successful phone blitz on June 20, the International Day for Disarmament. Anyone else can participate too. The plan is to phone the Prime Minister’s office (613-xxx-xxxx) and insist to speak to someone in authority, Stay on the line and help keep the phones there busy all day with messages for disarmament. You will probably prefer to pay for your call, but some people call collect and tell the operator that Mary No Cruise Smith is calling. The charges will be refused, of course, but the message gets across anyway.
- During the last New Brunswick municipal elections, ten communities held a referendum on nuclear disarmament, as proposed by Operation Dismantle. The measure was passed in all ten.
- Individual resistance to nuclear weapons is expensive, especially when legal aid in denied. People or groups wishing to help with the defense costs of Brian Burch, for the March 30th pouring of blood on the door of Toronto’s three nuclear consulates, can send cheques to Andy King (in trust), Campbell, Ilev and Associates, 136 Simcoe St., Toronto M5H 3G4. Costs arising for the charge of “Unlawful Handbill Distribution” need financial assistance as well. Please make cheques payable to The Against Cruise Testing Coalition and sent to 13 Kerr Rd., Unit 3C. Toronto, M4L 1K2.
- The Experiment in International Living, a 51 year old non-profit educational exchange organisation, offers the opportunity to host international visitors for 1-3 weeks, particularly during the summer months. Since 1932, families and individuals have opened their homes to visitors from around the world through The Experiment. The purpose is to create international understanding. Contact The Experiment in International Living at xxx-xxxx.
- In the University of Toronto student election, 17% of the student population voted; 60% of those voted Yes to refuse cruise missile testing in Canada.
Harold Patton — June 1983
- The Fate of the Earth, by Jonathan Schell. His investigation encompasses the physical and biological consequences of a nuclear holocaust and goes on to explore the political, moral and spiritual implications of the possibility of human extinction. $2.95.
- Nuclear Madness, by Dr. Helen Caldicott. An overview of the nuclear fuel cycle and its damaging effect at each stage and what people can do, by one of the most compelling spokespeople for nuclear sanity. $3.65.
- Protest and Survive, edited by E.P. Thompson. This book examines the politics and economics of nuclear armament in Europe, its dangers and the essential need for disarmament. $4.95.
- Nuclear Times, Room 512, 291 Fifth Ave., New York. N.Y. 10001, 10 issues/ year. $2 single copy or $22/yr in Canada.
- Ploughshares Monitor Newsreport, Project Ploughshares, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, On. N2L 306, free, 3 times/ year.
- War Without Winners, 33 mins. Available at CANNEC, United Church of Canada. $14 rental for members, $22.50 for non-members.
- If You Love This Planet, 27 mins. Available at CANDIS, NFB, Public Libraries and CANNEC.
- In the King of Prussia, 90 mins. Available at Development Education Centre. Call xxx-xxxx for information.
— June 1983
The pages of The Peace Calendar are filled with lectures, discussions and films to see. But we are especially pleased to find that several Toronto theatre companies are presenting a message of disarmament in another medium. Mixed Company’s production of Life on the Line closed May 8th at Young People’s Theatre. Ariel Theatre’s The Great Atomic Bomb Song and Dance Roadshow opened at the Alumnae Theatre on May 12th, and will run until June 11th. And at the Adelaide Court, is the Phoenix Theatre presentation of Last Call: A Post-Nuclear Cabaret, which previews May 24th and 25th, and opens May 26th,
Life on the Line was created by Steven Bush and Allen Booth, and directed by Alec Stockwell. It is a highly original, satirical look at contemporary man, much of it funny, some poignant and all relevant. The three artists involved in the Toronto production at the Young People’s Theatre were Steven Bush, who acted the Monologue; Allen Booth on electronic keyboards; and Ben Cleveland Hayes on drums.
The show opens with an overture of musical sounds and rhythms, and when Bush appeared he was in that dreadful condition of applying for a job. From this point, with accents from percussion and keyboard and a variety of vocal injections, Bush sets out, desperate for security. Then follows life with family, the terror of oversleeping and finding an excuse, then political involvement (neutron bomb, et al), and by the end of the evening, Bush was left in balance, on one foot, and comes to the conclusion that it is time to step out of line.
Bush is an excellent actor with an ability to create a variety of moods with his voice, and to punctuate his lines with satire without overworking it. In all, it was a superb, thought-provoking evening.
It is disheartening that this excellent production cannot be seen across the country. However, there will be a special benefit performance for CANDIS at Holy Trinity Church in Toronto on June 10. and the company will be touring Ontario for several weeks. Keep your eyes open for it.
The Great Atomic Bomb Song and Dance Roadshow uses a very different approach to present their message. The play takes place in the 31st century, while Earth is slowly recovering from almost total annihilation, All nuclear weapons have been banned, yet rumours circulate that the scientists are developing a nuclear device capable of destroying not only the earth but the entire universe. A troupe of travelling actors are preparing a play to be presented on Constitution Day. It is a protest against the re-emergence of the nuclear threat and a warning to the citizens of the earth.
Roadshow is a fast-moving, swiftly paced and well written musical that avoids simplistic solutions to the nuclear threat. B.J. Castleman has both written and directed the production. The vocals are by Chip Thompson and are very cleverly worked into the plot. The musical arrangements are excellent — in fact they are one of the highlights of the entire show, Costumes. special effects — all were excellent.
The cast was well balanced with a great deal of enthusiasm. and, as this was a play within a play, the actors managed to delineate their dual roles exceedingly well. We particularly liked Bill Boyle playing Mareck and Adam, and Shery Leeder as Abby and Miss Cohens. The voice of the Universal Conscience was somewhat over-moralising and heavyhanded, but the singing and dancing were highly professional, and the choreography was refreshing. It was, however, the special effects created by Len and Barbara Japp and Charles Cooper that deserve the final accolades. Roadshow is a thought-provoking, stimulating play, and should not be missed.
The last disarmament-oriented play. Last Call, does not open until after press time, and cannot be reviewed in this article. The play has been presented elsewhere, however, and the enthusiastic reviews it received from the CBC and the Vancouver Sun were echoed in the reception to the Winnipeg, Ottawa and Thunder Bay productions. Morris Paneych stars in the Toronto production and is both lyricist and author. The composer is Ken MacDonald, singer, pianist, actor, etc, The work was especially created for Tamahous Theatre, and is directed by Susan Astley. It is presented in Toronto by Phoenix Theatre at the Adelaide Court, and runs to June 26th.
It is very encouraging to see several such fine productions examining the threat of nuclear war. We hope there will he more entertainment of this sort.
“In the opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario, Canada, should declare itself a Nuclear Arms Free Zone, and the government should prohibit the deployment of nuclear weapons in Ontario. the testing of nuclear weapons and associated equipment is the province, the construction of nuclear weapons and associated equipment, the transport of nuclear weapons and associated equipment through and within the province, and the export of goods and materials for use in the construction and deployment of nuclear arms. Is addition, the Province should encourage cities, provinces and states throughout the world to initiate similar action.”
If you support this resolution, submitted to the Ontario Legislature on April 19.1983. mail the form below to:
Richard Johnston, MPP
Main Parliament Buildings
Toronto, Ontario, M7A lAS
I support Resolution No. 1 on the Order Paper of the Ontario Legislature, Third session, 32nd Parliament, regarding Nuclear Arms.