Firearms control: Canada lowers the bar, again

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

UPDATE: Since the following blog was written, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that the government will postpone implementation of Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulations until December 2013, more than seven years after they were meant to come into effect. According to press reports, in an announcement to the Conservative Party caucus on November 2 the Minister cited the need to …

20th Anniversary for International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, News

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 90 representatives from non-governmental organizations and global coalitions gathered in New York for a Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit convened by Human Rights Watch. These civil society representatives work in a variety of fields with the shared objective of protecting civilians from …

A call to amend Bill S-10, an Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade re Bill S-10, An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions October 18, 2012 Kenneth Epps, Senior Program Officer, Project Ploughshares Honourable Senators, thank you to the Standing Committee for the invitation to appear as a witness today. I represent Project Ploughshares, the ecumenical …

‘For the sake of all humanity’: With a draft text in hand, states can now push to secure a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 “Our common goal is clear: a robust and legally binding arms trade treaty that will have a real impact on the lives of those millions of people suffering from the consequences of armed conflict, repression and armed violence. It is ambitious, but I believe it is achievable.” –United Nations Secretary-General …

A lacklustre performance: Canada’s input at the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations was at best unimpressive and at worst harmful

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 Canada’s participation in the ATT conference could be charitably described as lacklustre. Avoiding any sign of leadership, its performance during the conference was punctuated by occasional interventions that in some instances moved negotiations backwards. No one had high expectations of Canada in advance of the conference. Throughout the preparatory process …

Breaking the cycle of gang violence: A Toronto program aimed at intervening with youth involved in gang activity is showing results

Maribel Gonzales Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 In 2011 Toronto, Canada’s largest city (population c. 2.7 million), recorded its lowest murder count in 30 years—33. Then, this summer the city was rocked by brazen shootings that turned the Eaton Centre mall and a street block party into shooting galleries, leaving four dead and 28 injured. Gangs figure …

Violence begets violence

Tasneem Jamal News

“It is after the attack that the village received guns for its defence. But then the threat to the village was greater. Why? The [rebels] would like to capture the guns.” Villager from Yakawewa in Sri Lanka, 1989 Every day, millions of people suffer from the direct and indirect consequences of the irresponsible arms trade: thousands are killed, others are …

An Arms Trade Treaty: within our grasp

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The final days of the month-long diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) were a rollercoaster ride of tension and emotion. From pronounced concern over a deadlock on Wednesday, to widespread anticipation on Thursday, to general frustration on the final Friday, the feelings of many conference participants – state officials and NGO representatives alike – …

Farewell to the arms treaty – for now

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Globe and Mail Lost in the hoopla of the opening ceremony of the Olympics, a vital international marathon of another kind ended Friday with a race suspension just before the finish line. At the United Nations in New York, a month of intensive multilateral negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international …