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Ambasssador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) and President of the Conference. (Source: United Nations)

United Nations Bans the Bomb

July 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

At nearly the eleventh hour – 10:47:53 A.M. – on Friday 7 July,  122 states, two thirds of the UN General Assembly, voted to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a dramatic step which may prove instrumental in determining the fate of the planet. The Netherlands, theRead More

Photo by Charlie Morrison

Bikers Versus Bullies

June 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Bullying: noun bul·ly·ing \ˈbu̇-lē-iŋ, ˈbə-\ Definition of bullying: abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc. — Merriam-Webster dictionary   So, what can be said about bullying that has not been said before? We are aware as a society that it is pervasive and not likelyRead More

Hunger & Homelessness: Urban Answers to Urban Problems

Hunger & Homelessness: Urban Answers to Urban Problems

June 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Hunger and homelessness are urban problems being tackled in interesting ways in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. In Edinburgh, for example, “social entrepreneurs” Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thomson have launched Social Bite, a chain of soup and sandwich shops where customers can pay “for a coffee or a sandwichRead More

Joined-Up-Thinking: A Connected Approach to Disarmament

Joined-Up-Thinking: A Connected Approach to Disarmament

June 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Author’s Note: This article is dedicated to the memory of Celia Lorway (1944-2017), a member of Peace Quest Cape Breton and for many years a dedicated, articulate champion of human health, social justice, nuclear disarmament, and a world free of the scourge of war. At UN Headquarters in August 2002,Read More

Participants at UN Conference on Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, March 2017 (UN Photo)

To Ban or Not to Ban: A Canadian Dilemma

May 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

On May 22, Ambassador Elayne White of Costa Rica, president of a UN disarmament panel, released a ‘Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ The draft treaty, while certain to be subject to scrutiny and revision, faithfully reflects the determination of the 130 states attending the panel’s March sessionRead More

Father Greg MacLeod: Growing Up In Sydney Mines

Father Greg MacLeod: Growing Up In Sydney Mines

May 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In 2009, Richard Keshen, now professor emeritus at Cape Breton University, interviewed Father Greg MacLeod as part of a series of interviews with key figures in the history of the university. Keshen and MacLeod, who was 73 at the time, had a wide-ranging discussion which Keshen later divided into five sections.Read More

Image via Women's UN Report Network http://wunrn.com/2017/04/womens-march-rally-to-ban-the-bomb-june-17-march-to-support-a-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons/

Radical Diplomacy & Resurgent Protest in Nuclear Age

May 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

On March 27 over 130 states, strongly supported by international organizations and civil society, convened at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to open negotiations on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons: the momentous goal set by the Assembly in its inaugural resolution of January 1946. In the interveningRead More

Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Federal Director Aaron Wudrick, seen here at the 17th annual Teddy Waste Awards. (Photo by Matthew Usherwood, iPolitics http://ipolitics.ca/2016/02/27/canadian-taxpayers-federation-blasts-mps-for-voting-to-increase-office-budget/)

Who’s Afraid of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation?

March 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I had CBC radio playing in the background on Monday and an item about property tax assessments in New Brunswick came on and the next thing I knew, I was listening to Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). I didn’t actually catch what he said but I can guess withRead More

Doomsday Clock, 2.5 min to midnight.

Disarmament or Doomsday? UN Responds to Nuclear Emergency

March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

On March 27, over 130 states will meet at UN headquarters in New York to commence negotiations, mandated by the General Assembly last December, on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This country, alas (see my January column, ‘Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge’), will be joining most of its NATORead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Old King Coal I was so puzzled today when I reached into my mailbox and pulled out a 1720 edition of The Cape Breton Post.  “King coal” screamed the headline on the front page. Hallelujah, a coal mine has opened on the island! I searched excitedly to see what otherRead...