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Are Americas Games a Nuclear Weapons-free Zone?
August 6, 2015Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Every August the Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Day Coalition organizes commemoration events for the City of Toronto, through volunteerism and donations.
This year, with 41 countries involved in Toronto 2015, it is important to note that all of the participating countries except 3 (Canada, USA and Bermuda) are part of a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone (NWFZ). In this respect, Toronto 2015 is bringing peace to our city, and the Games can be considered a NWFZ as Toronto itself was declared a NWFZ in 1983 by City Council.
Having 38 of the 41 countries in a treaty to be nuclear weapons-free is significant and it really gives an indication of the global push occurring across the globe to work toward nuclear abolition, states Dr. Vinay Jindal, Chair of Torontos Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Day Coalition. As people across the world speak with one voice, with one message- it will be much more powerful than any nuclear bomb.
Today, Thursday August 6, 2015 at the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, behind the Eaton Centre), Torontonians and their international visitors will join in hope and peace for a world free of nuclear weapons. Keynote speaker is Canadian Co-president of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Paul Dewar, with performances by flautist Ron Korb, Taiko Drummers Raging Asian Women, the Pax Christi Chorale and the Raging Grannies.
The event is free and open to the public, community tables at 4:30 pm, commemoration ceremony starts at 6:30 pm, lantern ceremony at dusk.
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