Author Archives: Transition Sooke

Sooke Region Litter Blitz on April 14

Local teams are forming in communities across the Sooke region as residents enter into a friendly competition on Saturday, April 14 that will ensure the area is truly spick and span prior to the Planet Earth Party: Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration the following weekend.

Organizers are inviting teams of one or more people to register to clean up sections of where they live — big or small, beach or park, highway or byway, even private garages and backyards, it’s entirely up to the person or people involved. Teams can get busy anytime on April 14 and continue as long as they like.

When their task is complete, participants are asked to take a fun photo of themselves alongside their haul, then submit it with a final registration form. Prizes in a wide variety of categories will be awarded at the Planet Earth Party set for the Sooke Community Hall on Earth Day itself, Sunday, April 22.
The day-long celebration will involve an exhibition, Repair Cafe, vendors, family activities, upcycled fashion show, evening dance, zero-waste food trucks and more. It is presented by Transition Sooke and its working group Zero Waste Sooke in association with the Sooke Fall Fair Society and Creatively United for the Planet.

Ideally, clean-up crews will be in action across the region on April 14 — Scia’new First Nation, East Sooke, District of Sooke, T’Sou-ke First Nation, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River, Port Renfrew and the Pacheedaht First Nation included.  Teams are already coming together, and there is no limit to the number of teams that can potentially be involved on a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood basis across the region.

Registration is free of charge. Bins for garbage, recycling and metal will be provided in each community and teams will be supplied with gloves and bags. (A few grabbers are also available, however it’s easy to create one by hammering a large finishing nail into a pole.)  To register or learn more, please contact Zero Waste Sooke’s clean-up coordinator Wendy O’Connor by email or phone (250) 361-6965.

The CRD Community Cleanup Assistance Program is covering disposal fees, while other costs are paid by the District of Sooke, the official sponsor and major funder for the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration.

“In order to make things fair to all communities, big and small, we are creating a formula to balance the scales,” says Earth Day event coordinator Marlene Barry. “Ratings will be based on a variety of factors: the size of a single team, the number of teams in a community, the distance or area of road, forest or beachfront covered, even the number of kilometers a team drives into the bush to track down an illegal dumpsite, of which there are sadly too many in this region. We haven’t worked out the full details yet, but we’ll have all kinds of fun prizes to distribute at the Community Hall on April 22.”

Adds Barry: “Someone asked me the other day, ‘You don’t want stuff out of people’s yards, do you?’  My response was yes, we would rather have them get rid of it free (to them) than have it laying around decomposing or dumped in the bush. Make it worth our while! Let’s clean up the whole Sooke Region in one go!”

PS Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island is entirely supportive of our event and, likewise, we’re 100 percent fans and, quite frankly, are in awe of the regularly scheduled monthly Combing the Coast clean-ups its team has been organizing since 2010. Its annual Whiffin Spit clean-up is set for Sunday, April 8 and we urge everyone in the region to get out and participate in this fun and essential effort as well! 

Screenshot 2018-04-13 17.13.08.png

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Seeking a Plan B for Site C

The Justice for the Peace – Island Tour brings Peace River Valley farmers Ken and Arlene Boon to Sooke on the night of Thurs. March 22 as the pair and their allies push back against the BC government’s decision to green light the Site C hydroelectric dam.

site-c-slide2b.jpgThe Boons will be joined by Jackie Larkin and Steve Gray, moderators of Victoria’s Site C Summit on the Jan. 27 weekend.  That gathering of more than 200 individuals from a broad range of groups — First Nations, environmental, academic, energy consultants, number-crunchers and experts such as Harry Swain, chair of the Federal/Provincial Joint Review Panel on Site C —  concluded that “the NDP’s cabinet action (to proceed with the project) was based on erroneous advice.”

Sooke’s “Mini Site C Summit”  will take place downstairs at the Masonic Lodge, 6544 Throup Road, from 7 to 9 PM. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Peace Valley Environment Association and the Peace Valley Landowner Association. The evening, one of six on the Rolling Justice Bus Vancouver Island Tour, is co-hosted by Awareness Film Night, the Sierra Club of BC and Transition Sooke.

The Boons are third-generation grain and hay farmers whose 400-acre property is being expropriated for a Site C-related highway realignment that goes right through their house.

With their home, livelihoods and the richly fertile Peace Valley at stake, the Boons have campaigned against the project for nearly a decade. They continue to rally against a Dec. 11, 2017 decision that was a shock to BC NDP and Green Party of BC supporters who expected the now nearly $11 billion project to be shelved following the November release of a BC Utilities Commission analysis packed with red flags.

“Mainstream media and half the voters of BC refuse to see the obvious,” says Ken Boon. “But we’re hoping to change that. Overwhelming evidence makes it clear that the dam makes no sense financially, environmentally or ethically.”

The Rolling Justice Bus tour ends in Vancouver on March 27 for the start of a new chapter in a court challenge by the Treaty 8 First Nations alliance from the Peace River region. The group is arguing that the dam is a breach of treaty agreements.

 

28698429_1680348685364675_3193145316598006180_o.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

03/18 Update

AGM, Transition Cafe, PEP Earth Day, Orca Paint-In, TS Book Club, Justice for the Peace info night … and more (apologies for the tightness of this text — best we can manage with this bargain WordPress website. Once we have more disposable cash, we plan to upgrade to a swankier online presence). 

* Our AGM went ahead as planned on Feb. 28. Sincere thanks to those who attended and especially to our newly elected 2018 Board of Directors: Paivi Abernethy, Jeff Bateman, Martin Bissig, Stephen Hindrichs, Bernie Klassen, Wendy O’Connor, Jo Phillips and Michael Tacon. Onwards with this very fine cast and crew! Visit our website Archive to download the AGM minutes and the 2017 financial report along with two other newly posted documents: i) a 2017/18 Year In Review  that summarizes a busy 14 months in the life of TS; and ii) a multi-issue position paper we recently filed with Premier Horgan’s office.
Return of the Transition Cafe: Starting this Sunday morning (March 11) from 10 am to Noon, join our Bernie Klassen at Serious Coffee next to Village Foods downtown for relaxed, mildly caffeinated weekly chin-wags. Everyone’s welcome to drop in and share whatever’s top of mind.  As Bernie notes, “I’ll be sitting there reading as usual, so please stop by, say hello and let’s see where the conversation goes.”
* Planning continues for the Planet Earth Party: A Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 22 at the Community Hall. Coordinator Marlene Barry (email) has now enlisted more than three dozen Sooke region volunteers, and yet still more are needed for a variety of pre-event responsibilities (listed in full on the PEP webpage.) She and Jeff Bateman will make a presentation to Sooke council this Monday night in seeking support from the District of Sooke. (see the paperwork in the TS Archive).  PEP-space
* Speaking of Earth Day, the folks at Save Our Coast Sooke are creating a collection of plywood Orca signs and chinook “fish sticks” for a family friendly art project that will be part of the festivities on April 22. The Orcas will represent actual whales in the endangered southern resident population. The organizers intend to create an initial pod of 12 with materials donated by Windsor Plywood. Volunteers are needed for a preliminary work party on Sunday, March 25 in the trades department at Edward Milne Community School from 9 am to 4 pm. If you can help out for as long or short a time as you’re available, contact Deb Wood via email or phone: (250) 642-7934(PS Best wishes to Deb and the sizeable contingent of Sookies who will be in Vancouver tomorrow for the #ProtectOurInlet march organized by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation to stop the Kinder Morgan TMX pipeline expansion. Thank you on behalf of all who care about our coast!)
Upcoming … 
Tues, March 13, Noon to 2 pm: The fourth of the Reconciliation Group meetings will be held from Noon to 2 pm in the T’Sou-ke First Nation‘s Lazzar Building across Sooke Road from Edward Milne Community School. This month’s speaker will be Linda Lucas, Executive Director of the Indigenous Perspectives Society. As hosts Linda Bristol, Edith Newman and Margaret Critchlow note: “All welcome, whether or not you were able to attend earlier meetings. Admission is by donation. Please plan to arrive in time for everyone to begin introducing themselves promptly at noon. Don’t forget to bring your bag lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.” Recommended reading for the next two months is the late Art Manuel’s The Reconciliation Manifesto.
* Sat/Sun., March 17/18, 9:30 to 4:30 amWest Wind Harbour Cohousing presents “Is Cohousing For You?” with Harbourside co-founder Margaret Critchlow at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre. Information at Eventbrite.
9780887848421
Wed. March 21, 6:30 to 8 pm: The Transition Sooke Book Club led by Paula Johanson gathers again at the Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Public Library. The discussion this time will focus on The Wayfinders by west coast anthropologist Wade Davis  (who can be heard reading excerpts from his 2009 Massey Lecture here).
Thurs. March 22, 7 to 9pmRolling Justice Bus presents a Mini Site C Summit in Sooke featuring Peace River Valley farmers Ken & Arlene Boon along with Steve Gray and Jackie Larkin (who moderated the Site C Summit at Victoria’s First Met Church in late January). Sooke Masonic Lodge, 6544 Throup Road. Admission by donation with all funds going to the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace Valley Environmental Association. As Ken Boon says: “Mainstream media and half the voters of BC refuse to see the obvious. But we’re hoping to change that. Overwhelming evidence makes it clear that the dam makes no sense financially, environmentally or ethically.” Hosted by TS in collaboration with Awareness Film Night and Sierra Club BC.
Sun, March 25, 9 to 4 pm: Orca Paint-In at EMCS.
Wed. April 11, 6:30 to 9 pmAwareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI present their 8th annual Farm & Film Gala. The night’s feature will be Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s Evolution of Organic. The doors at EMCS will open early for the night’s always popular marketplace featuring Sooke region vendors of seeds, plants, gardening suppiles and locally-made wares. Info tables, teas and treats are also planned before the film gets underway at 7:45 pm.
Sat. April 21, 3 to 5 pmPractical Utopian Guy Dauncey will be at Harbourside Cohousing in Sooke to host a focus group as he gathers material for his next book, The Economics of Kindness: The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy. Would you like to participate in the discussion? Please let us know via email and we’ll add you to the guest list. No charge, guaranteed fascinating conversation (just as will be the case on Sunday morning with Bernie at Serious Coffee.)
TBA in late April or early May: The return of Starhawk to Sooke during a break in her permaculture fortnight at Our Ecovillage.
Finally, some recent excerpts from our Facebook and Twitter pages … 
* A reminder of the genius of Charles Eisenstein (posted in the wake of last month’s inspiring screening of A New Economy)
* Alain de Button ~ On Love (shared on from NVC trainer Rachelle Lamb following our workshop with her in January)
* Now launched: A Facebook page for the Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative, whose Charter For Compassion affirmation campaign is underway.
* TS website presence for our glyphosate education working group. It features a research paper by Paivi Abernethy and a sharp response from Jo Phillips to a recent Tom Fletcher/Black Press editorial
Project HOWL‘s Finn and Chloe Unger write in sharing images of a recent clear-cut at Blueberry Flats west of Sooke: “Conservation promises made along the Juan de Fuca land reserve have been broken; wildlife corridors have been disrupted; human wildlife conflicts will increase; and the solutions to these conflicts NEVER benefit the wildlife. The costs of compromise to our wild spaces and the quality of life in them are TOO high and will have to be paid by the next generations of young people coming along.”
Rethinking the energy pyramid: A long-ish read from Andrew Nikiforuk and The Tyee (thanks for the share to John Boquist)
March issue of the Rural Observer now available online. Includes articles on spring flowers (written by Rosemary Jorna), land stewardship (Susan Nelson), solar panels (Steve Unger), the arrival of the Iraqi family sponsored by Team Sooke Juan de Fuca and, yes, our Earth Day Sooke event.
BC government survey on oil spill regulations (deadline: April 30)
* Tiny House Advocates of Vancouver Island launches a website
* “China, unabashedly, wants to be the Detroit of electric vehicles.” (article)
* City of Victoria’s draft 2018 Climate Leadership Plan
* “12 Emerging Trends that Bring Hope for 2018” (via The Nature Conservancy)

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

PR Info Night in Sooke

TS and the Greater Victoria chapter of Fair Vote Canada present “Let Every Voter Count: A Sooke Information Night on Electoral Reform” featuring FVC’s Gail Armitage and Steven Hurdle ~ Thurs. Feb. 15, 7 pm in the library at Edward Milne Community School. Admission by donation.  (See below poster for links to further information, especially the BC government’s ‘How We Vote’ questionnaire, which closes for public comment on Feb. 28.)

Screenshot 2018-02-01 12.01.13

Further research …

~ Fair Vote Canada’s British Columbia campaign

~ The BC government’s ‘How We Vote’ questionnaire (deadline: Feb. 28):

~ Fair Voting BC’s non-partisan guide to filling out the questionnaire

~ FVC Greater Victoria chapter Facebook group

~ CBC British Columbia report (Jan. 25, 2018): “Voters are turned off and want change, PR advocates say.”

~ Final report of the BC Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform (December, 2004)

~ Wikipedia entries on the 2005 and 2009 electoral reform referendums in British Columbia.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

A New Economy: Reinventing Business As Usual

Awareness Film Night and Transition Sooke present A New EconomyWed. Feb. 7th in the EMCS Community Theatre. Watch the trailer here.

Vancouver-based filmmaker Trevor Meir started with a question: “Can cooperation save the world?” The result is his 2017 documentary A New Economy, a vibrant look at seven mostly Canadian examples of business and organizational models that have successfully broken away from capitalism’s traditional, hierarchical, employer/employee norm. Among them are a cooperative craft brewery, an urban agriculture project, a high-tech scientific collective, and a community group dedicated to bringing new life to its run-down urban neighbourhood.

nenahat05_2.jpgDoors open at 6:30 p.m. for the pre-film mingle. The film gets underway at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a talk and discussion led by Ana Maria Peredo, PhD, a University of Victoria professor with the School of Environmental Studies and former director of UVic’s Centre for Co-Operative and Community-Based Economy. Special guest will be Steve Unger from Viridian Energy Cooperative, which BCSEA founder Guy Dauncey recently cited as a model example of the burgeoning cooperative economy.

By rewarding human effort fairly and proportionately rather than focusing exclusively on profits, these business and community start-ups are dedicated in their various ways to the triple bottom line (social, environmental, financial) model that serves the common good in fair, equitable, socially responsible fashion while still generating fair-market earnings. No fat-cat CEOs with quarterly performance bonuses here.

With the beautiful music of Vancouver’s Borealis String Quartet as a unifying thread, Meir interweaves the stories of entrepreneurs and citizens who are adding value to their own lives and communities while also, in the case of the businesses, making an honest, buck.

Following the film, Dr. Perado will share her thoughts about community based entrepreneurship and sustainable development. A native of Peru, she worked as an anthropologist and journalist in her homeland before earning a doctorate in Entrepreneurship, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from the University of Calgary. She has been a member of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at UVic since 2000.

YKQ4NQpT.jpgAmong the companies profiled in The New Economy:

Sole Food Street Farms: Vancouver chefs rave about the quality of produce grown by this pioneering social enterprise at its four central locations, among them a two-acre parcel of raised beds built of shipping pallets not far from BC Place Stadium, and North America’s largest urban orchard at the corner of Main and Terminal streets. The company’s mission is to provide residents of the Downtown Eastside with “jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers,” says co-founder Michael Ableman of Salt Spring Island’s Foxglove Farm.

London Brewing Co-Op: Located in London, Ontario’s East Village, this micro-brewery is organized as a worker’s co-operative and is linked with a web of local businesses that specialize in locally grown and brewed food and drink. “We live where we brew” is one of the company’s mottos that capture a homegrown/brewed ethic seemingly shared by independent craft brewmasters everywhere.

Sensorica: An open-source technology company based in Montreal but with contributors world-wide, Sensorica utilizes crowdfunding to finance what it calls “open ventures.” Teams of freelance tech specialists come together on a per-project basis to design, produce, distribute and service high-end scientific instruments. A brave new approach to online collaboration and proprietary rights.

Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee: This grassroots group comprised mainly of South Asian immigrant families in Toronto’s former East York area lobbied City Hall for support in energizing a neighbourhood park with benches, water fountain, trees, paved paths, splash pool, playground and a vibrant weekly night market.

Also featured is Loomio, the virtual-meeting open-source computer app invented by a group of New Zealand #Occupy activists-turned-software developers; The Red Victorian, a co-living space in San Francisco that also operates as a funky Haight Ashbury hotel with a distinct Summer of Love vibe; and the Borealis String Quartet itself. With its own refreshing approach to business and creative collaboration, the Vancouver ensemble has established itself as one of the most dynamic world-class quartets of its generation. Their playing lights up the film, confirming as a Globe and Mail reviewer wrote, “they are not going to let anyone cling to their sober stereotypes of classical music and chamber quartets.”

Admission, as ever, is by donation to cover rental costs of the theatre and film as well as an honorarium for the evening’s speaker. The film follows in the tradition of our AFN co-presentations that to date have included  This Changes EverythingTransition 2.0A Last Stand for LeluThe Clean Bin Project and The Economics of Happiness.
Jo Philips’ 23rd season of Awareness Film Night continues with films in April (the annual Sooke Food CHI gala) and June. Evenings in March and May are reserved for AFN’s Intermission Film Series, which features non-documentary cinematic gems selected by Susan Nelson and Vivi Crutchet.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Previewing a busy start to 2018

New daytimers open? Ready, set, go …

* Monday, January 15, 6 to 9 p.m. at Harbourside Cohousing: An open meeting of the Transition Sooke core team. Everyone on our email list is welcome to attend. We’ll serve vegetarian soup and break bread together, then conduct our regular core team agenda with plenty of time for feedback, discussion and fresh thinking from all involved. Also planned is our annual dotmocracy process (i.e., our way of tapping your opinions on where we should be spending our volunteer energies in the months ahead). Expect a reminder early next month, and please RSVP by email if you plan to attend. Sincere thanks to Harboursiders (and TS team members) Michael, Paivi and David for welcoming us back to their common room with a view.

* The TS Book Club, organized and launched by our Paula and Bernie, debuts on Wed. Jan. 24 with Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. 6:30 pm at the Sooke library, all welcome, no charge.  The one-night discussion will be followed with sessions dedicated to The Wayfinders by Wade Davis (March 21) and On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy D. Snyder (May 23). Email Paula for more details. PS Screenshot 2017-12-08 14.44.15.pngCopies of the Klein and Synder titles are available as on-demand e-books from the Vancouver Island Regional Library. If buying your own copies, we urge you to shop local at Sooke’s Well Read Books(where Shannon Babbage can help you track each down) or at one of Victoria’s indie bookstore landmarks.

* Saturday, January 27, 10 am to 4 pm at Harbourside Cohousing. Compassion In Action: A Nonviolent Communications Workshop with Rachelle Lamb. Learn the late Marshall Rosenberg‘s vital life skill from Rachelle, a veteran certified trainer of a relational communications approach involving observations, feelings, needs and requests.   As she says, “NVC techniques give us the tools to resolve differences with others peacefully. It teaches one how to make clear requests, not demands, while creating space so that everyone else will also have their needs acknowledged and valued.”  Rosenberg took the work into war zones with remarkable impact, and his teachings have touched hundreds of thousands.  Website+Banner+2017+Rachelle+Full.jpg

Maximum 30 participants. Sliding scale of $20 to $50. Please register ASAP with Susan Nelson via email or call her at 778-528-2299.  (In honouring our commitment to making community learning experiences accessible to everyone, we’re offering this workshop on a sliding scale. The normal charge for one-day trainings with Rachelle is $140 per person.  Our expenses will be approx. $1500, so we are grateful for any extra $$ that our registrants can contribute if they can afford more than $50).   

 * Grid-Tie Solar Info Night with Viridian Energy Cooperative. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7 pm, in the EMCS library. Viridian’s Steve Unger will raise awareness, dispel myths and share information. Free admission.

* Our Awareness Film Night co-presentation on Feb. 7 at EMCS will be the Vancouver filmmaker Trevor Meier‘s A New Economy (2017)It looks at seven cooperative business start-ups, among them a craft brewery in London, Ont., an urban agriculture project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and a cooperative night market in Toronto. new-economy_oct6-665x185.jpgGuest speaker will be the University of Victoria’s Ana Marie Perado, The film joins a tradition of our AFN co-presentations that includes This Changes Everything, Transition 2.0, A Last Stand for Lelu, The Clean Bin Project and The Economics of Happiness.

* TBA in the works is a Sooke info night on electoral reform presented with Fair Vote Canada’s Greater Victoria chapter. With a referendum slated for late next year, the BC government has set a deadline of Feb. 28 for submissions to its “How We Vote” survey. (Read this non-partisan Fair Vote Canada guide to filling out the survey before you start.)

 

* TS Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. at Harbourside Cohousing.

* Our Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative (SRMBI) has now produced a “Quest” document that defines our working group’s aims, principles and strategic objects. It’s the foundation for the SRMBI’s activities going ahead, notably the launch of a local Charter for Compassion awareness effort next year. This initiative is intended to be inclusive of all beliefs (or non-beliefs for that matter) with the golden rule as the common tread tying us all together.  Download a copy of the Quest document from our website archive.

* Finally, a new TS working group has formed to build greater local awareness about the impacts of glyphosates in the environment. 075c871e18b6c47026f1d6a8dcf97924--save-the-bees-gas-masks.jpgThe team plans to seek out allies in the region with the ultimate goal of convincing the District of Sooke to join the 40 or so other BC municipalities (a quarter of them on Van Isle) which have banned the use of cosmetic pesticides within their respective borders. If the Province of BC won’t follow the lead of most other provinces in restricting non-essential pesticides, then it’s up to us locally to take the step.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

TS Speakers’ Series: Mary-Wynne Ashford and Jonathan Down

North Korea & the USA: Empty Rhetoric or Nuclear ThreatThurs. Nov. 30 at 7 pm, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road. 

Noted peace activists Mary-Wynne Ashford and Jonathan Down will be at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Nov. 30 to share their thoughts on the heightened risks of nuclear confrontation in our time, the progress of a bold new international “no nukes” treaty and the various ways the public can express their concerns.

The two Victoria-area physicians will be introduced by Sooke’s Christa Rossner, who was involved in the nuclear weapons abolition movement with Dr. Ashford for many years. Admission is free, however donations are welcome to support the vital work of the organizations with which Drs Ashford and Down are affiliated.

“The United States and North Korea have been hurling escalating threats of nuclear attacks at each other. Now the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved its doomsday clock forward to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, the closest it has ever come to the apocalypse,” says Dr. Ashford, former president of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), a global federation of physicians that won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. IPPNW-200x0-c-default.jpg

A nuclear exchange could cause the deaths and suffering of millions of people, lead to a forced “nuclear winter” and irradiate massive tracts of land, rendering it unsustainable for millennia. The World Health Organization rates nuclear weapons as the highest of all potential dangers to human health.

“Unfortunately, many young people who have grown up since the end of the Cold War in 1991 are unaware of the horrific consequences of a nuclear war and thus are not alarmed by the present situation,” explains Dr. Ashford. “We’ll suggest some actions that can be taken and brainstorm with the audience about other ideas.”

As the alarming brinkmanship continues in Washington and Pyongyang, Dr. Down will share the good news that a new generation of physicians and young activists (many under the age of 30) have banded together as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). il_570xN.660532292_29cv.jpgThis umbrella group of nearly 500 organizations in more than 100 countries will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 in Oslo for its advocacy work, which includes creating a new Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. The award will be accepted by Setsuko Thurlow, a (now) Canadian survivor of the Hiroshima bombing.

Drs. Down and Ashford belong to various international networks of medical professionals committed to the principle that doctors have an obligation to prevent what they cannot treat. International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, founded by Helen Caldicott in 1980, continues to share the medical and scientific facts about nuclear war with policy makers and the public while also advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world’s arsenals.

About the speakers

Dr. Jonathan Down is a paediatrician based at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria and an adjunct professor at both UBC and the University of Victoria. He is President-elect of Physicians for Global Survival (the Canadian affiliate of IPPNW) and a charter member of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network.

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford has been a teacher, physician, professor and activist for IPPNW for over 30 years. She met Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and has spoken with leaders in China, France, England, Pakistan, India, the USA and even North Korea. Dr. Ashford, former president of both IPPNW and PGS, authored Enough Blood Shed with Guy Dauncey.

“There were things to be done in disarmament that were clear to me. Whether or not I could really make a difference, leaving them undone was a resignation to despair. At the very least, the individual can challenge the silence of assumed consensus. By breaking the silence, by refusing to collude with evil and insanity, one resists the darkness.” ~ Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized