Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) joins all of Canada in mourning the loss of Parliamentarian and Humanitarian Paul Dewar.
Paul was a superb parliamentarian in every sense: commitment to ideals, strategic competence, and very caring about his constituents.
We also knew him as a persistent advocate for nuclear disarmament. He fully understood the quagmire that nuclear disarmament has become, but never lost his vision of a nuclear weapons-free world. Thus he became a leader in Canada — in both Parliament and civil society — for real progress towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. His leadership internationally within Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) family was widely respected.
In 2015 Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention presented him with the Annual Achievement Award for outstanding work for nuclear disarmament. The citation reads:
“Presented to Paul Dewar, In recognition and deep appreciation for your ongoing commitment to a nuclear weapons free world and for your work toward that end as International President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).”
November 30, 2015
Paul Dewar’s inspiration lives on and continues to challenge everyone who works for nuclear disarmament.
Photo – Murray Thomson presents the CNWC Annual Achievement Award to Paul Dewar.
January 25, 2019
Trudeau Urged to Take Action
To Save Nuclear Arms Treaties
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Sixty-one prominent Canadians, each a recipient of the Order of Canada, have urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take public action to press the United States and Russia to save two vital nuclear disarmament treaties now in jeopardy.
Continue reading “Media Release: Trudeau Urged to Take Action To Save Nuclear Arms Treaties”
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November 9, 2018
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister,
The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention write in the face of a deepening global nuclear crisis to urge you and your Government to make crisis de-escalation and persistent and intensified disarmament diplomacy a national priority.
The following draws your attention to four elements of this escalating nuclear threat and identifies ways in which Canada can help move the international community, including our allies in NATO, to a more effective pursuit of the collective goal of a world without nuclear weapons. We fear, along with the International Pugwash movement, that without urgent action, we will witness the “disintegration of the current arms control regime.” And we join Pugwash in warning that “decades of effort to build an architecture of restraint are unravelling because key lessons from the early Cold War years seem to have been forgotten.”
Continue reading “Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 09 Nov 2018: Making Nuclear Crisis De-escalation and Persistent and Intensified Disarmament Diplomacy a National Priority”
November 14, 2018
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Two leading civil society organizations, representing 19 groups across Canada have urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respond to the deepening global nuclear crisis by making “persistent and intensified nuclear disarmament diplomacy a national priority.”
Continue reading “Media Release: Civil Society Leaders Urge P.M. Trudeau to Respond to Deepening Global Nuclear Crisis With Priority Action”
The award was first given in 2011 to mark the first anniversary of the 2010 motion (adopted by both the Senate and the House of Commons) calling on Canada to support negotiations for a legal ban on nuclear weapons. Continue reading “CNWC Annual Achievement Award History”
Workshop presented by Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC)
October 1st, 2018
Rapporteur’s Report: Jessica West, Project Ploughshares
The workshop “Canadian Leadership for Nuclear Disarmament” jointly hosted by the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) brought together civil society and academic experts with Canadian government representatives to dissect the current nuclear weapons context and identify opportunities for civil society engagement and Canadian government leadership on disarmament and non-proliferation. Key points from the discussion emphasize the coalescence of crisis and opportunity: Continue reading “CNANW/CNWC workshop report: Canadian Leadership on Nuclear Disarmament”
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July 17, 2018
Dear CNWC Signatories,
This message comes to you as one who has endorsed the Call for negotiations towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention and thus has supported this initiative under Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC). Four key points are briefly addressed:
1. changes in the disarmament environment since this initiative was begun in 2009;
2. the structure and workings of the CNWC initiative and its Steering Committee;
3. our most recent communication with the Prime Minister; and
4. plans for an Ottawa seminar as part of our ongoing program to bring the urgent need for disarmament, including the need to codify nuclear disarmament provisions through a Nuclear Weapons Convention, to the attention of the Canadian Government and Parliamentarians.
Continue reading “Letter to CNWC Signatories July 17, 2018”
As of 31 October 2018, 1023 members of the Order of Canada have joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C., Murray Thomson, O.C. and Ernie Regehr, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention — a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.
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October 25, 2018
The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dear Minister Freeland,
We write to strongly urge you and your Government to publicly and persistently object to the Trump Administration’s plan to withdraw from the US-Russian Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and to call for maintaining and revitalizing the international nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament regime. Continue reading “Letter to Minister Freeland, 25 Oct 2018: Call to o publicly and persistently object to the Trump Administration’s plan to withdraw from the US-Russian Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty”