Tribute to Murray Thomson

by Ernie Regehr

Murray Thomson 1922-2019

 Murray Thomson was our friend, colleague, and mentor. He had the good fortune to lead a very long, productive, and exemplary life, and some of us had the very good fortune of sharing elements of it with him. The following brief tribute acknowledges his central role in launching the initiative we know as Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention and celebrates his life of activism and optimism in the face of the challenges that he felt so deeply. The way in which we truly honor him is to continue to pursue the kind of world that he imagined and never stopped pursuing. Continue reading “Tribute to Murray Thomson”

Welcome – Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

As of April 16, 2019, 1034 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. Continue reading “Welcome – Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention”

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) joins all of Canada in mourning the loss of Parliamentarian and Humanitarian Paul Dewar.

Paul Dewar

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. Continue reading “Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) joins all of Canada in mourning the loss of Parliamentarian and Humanitarian Paul Dewar.”

Media Release: Trudeau Urged to Take Action To Save Nuclear Arms Treaties

January 25, 2019
Press Release

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.

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Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 09 Nov 2018: Making Nuclear Crisis De-escalation and Persistent and Intensified Disarmament Diplomacy a National Priority

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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.”

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Media Release: Civil Society Leaders Urge P.M. Trudeau to Respond to Deepening Global Nuclear Crisis With Priority Action

Immediate Release
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.”

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CNANW/CNWC workshop report: Canadian Leadership on Nuclear Disarmament

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

Overview

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”

Letter to CNWC Signatories July 17, 2018

A french version follows

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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.

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