Project Ploughshares is an operating division of The Canadian Council of Churches that works with churches, governments and civil society to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence.
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Project Ploughshares celebrates 40 yearsMarch 28, 2017
On Monday, March 13, at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Ont., supporters and staff of Project Ploughshares gathered to mark 40 years of the organization’s continuous work in the pursuit of a more just, peaceful, and secure world. Hiroshima survivor and world-renowned nuclear disarmament activist Setsuko Thurlow shared her astonishing and moving account of living through one of the worst ...
CBC radio interview: Canada and the nuclear weapons banMarch 28, 2017
Why isn't Canada part of UN negotiations to create a worldwide nuclear ban? Listen to Cesar Jaramillo discuss this question on CBC Radio's The Current.
Canada’s absence betrays its history on nuclear talksMarch 27, 2017
Negotiations begin Monday at the United Nations in New York on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination.” These talks flow from resolutions adopted late last year by the General Assembly in landslide votes. These negotiations could be the most significant multilateral development on nuclear-arms control since the indefinite extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty ...
Project Ploughshares celebrates 40 yearsMarch 1, 2017
Join us for a conversation with Hiroshima survivor and world-renowned nuclear disarmament advocate Setsuko Thurlow. When: Monday • March 13 • 7 p.m. Where: Knox Presbyterian Church • 50 Erb Street West • Waterloo FREE EVENT • Donations gratefully accepted.
Does Trump’s refugee order tie UNHCR’s hands?February 6, 2017
On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which prohibits entry by nationals of seven Muslim-majority states (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) for 90 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. The new order allows exemptions “when ...
The Ploughshares Monitor: Spring 2017March 27, 2017
Volume 38 Issue 1 A quarterly publication of Project Ploughshares Please click on attachment to view document:
At a glance: Refugees and the Safe Third Country AgreementMarch 27, 2017
In 2017 a growing number of refugees have made claims after crossing irregularly (not at border points) from the United States into Canada. This has stimulated public debate about the effects of the Third Safe Country Agreement, which bars refugees arriving from the United States from claiming refugee status at a Canadian Point of Entry on the United States-Canada border.1 ...
The European Union outsources asylum policy and protectionMarch 27, 2017
In a deal reached in March 2016 between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, “all new irregular migrants” who reached Greece after March 20 were to be returned to Turkey. In exchange the EU would resettle more Syrian refugees living in Turkey, increase its financial support for refugees in Turkey, and remove visa requirements for Turkish citizens (Collett 2016). To ...