Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

The following comments refer to the April 16, 2018 Board of Health meeting on item 2018.HL26.1: Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone. As Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian group that has conducted research on nuclear disarmament for more than four decades, I add my full and unequivocal support to item 2018.HL26.1, now under consideration by …

Should you worry about Killer Robots?

Branka Marijan Featured, News

Last week, the Group of Governmental Experts met at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva, Switzerland. Many countries, including Canada, provided statements on autonomous weapons, advancing discussions that started 4 years ago. Project Ploughshares was one of the several civil society organizations observing the meetings. In a surprising turn of events, China stated that it …

Algorithms are not impartial

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As new technology is shaped by old biases, stereotypes, and prejudices, users must remain vigilant Joy Buolamwini, now a PhD student at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, was an undergraduate when she first encountered a problem with facial recognition software. She was trying to teach a robot to play peek-a-boo, but the robot did not seem to recognize her (Couch …

Canada and Saudi Arabia: An arms deal no matter what

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Seven months after disturbing footage appeared to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used against civilians in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Global Affairs Canada announced the results of the investigation it launched into the alleged abuses. Addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee in February, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that there was “no conclusive evidence” that Canadian equipment had been …

Will Canadian troops support peace in Mali?

Branka Marijan Featured, News

Almost two years ago, Canada pledged to bolster United Nations peacekeeping missions with as many as 600 troops. The Canadian government finally made good on that promise when it recently announced that it will be sending an estimated 250 troops and six helicopters to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But the news is garnering a lot of negative …

Unintended consequences and malicious uses of AI

Branka Marijan Featured, News

News stories on artificial intelligence (AI) herald advancements in medicine, applaud the ability of programs to defeat human players in complex games, and anticipate the ability to read our minds. While it is important to highlight these positive contributions, we must stay alert to the full range of effects of AI on our society and the world—the unintended as well …

Event: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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Join us as for a free public event to mark Refugee Rights Day. When: Tuesday April 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow Where: Grebel gallery (4th floor), Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo FREE ADMISSION Register at smarwah@ploughshares.ca An interdisciplinary panel of experts and practitioners from the United States and Canada will discuss the Canada-U.S. …

Why a peace treaty, not just denuclearization, should be the goal for the Korean peninsula

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Despite all eyes on the showing of unity between the Koreas at the Pyeongchang Games this month, North Korea’s nuclear program remains the elephant in the Olympic-sized room.   And here’s the uncomfortable truth: it is unlikely that the international community’s current approach to the crisis with North Korea — further sanctions coupled with sabre rattling — will turn back the …

The legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

Sonal Marwah Featured, News

By Sonal Marwah and Deborah Mebude On July 5, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR); The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), of which Project Ploughshares is an operating division; and Amnesty International (AI) launched a case in the Federal Court of Canada to challenge the designation of the United States as a “safe third country” for refugees as this designation …