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Zero Nuclear Weapons

Public Forum
November 13 and 14, 2009
Toronto, Canada

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A report on the event is available as text on the Peace Magazine website and can be downloaded as a PDF here.

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The venue for all events was the City Council Chambers of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto. Our thanks to the City of Toronto for their kind support.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Forum I: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. “We Are at a Turning Point”

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Welcoming address by David Miller, Mayor of Toronto

Presentations, followed by question and answer session:

  • Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and president of Mayors for Peace (by videoconference)
  • Jonathan Schell, Author and analyst of nuclear arms
  • Anthony Cary, British High Commissioner to Canada

Moderator: Alexa McDonough; formerly federal leader of the New Democratic Party; President, Mount St. Vincent University

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Forum II: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. “Surmounting the Obstacles”

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  • Pavel Podvig, Stanford University, Center for International and Strategic Studies (by videoconferencing from Geneva)
  • Ernie Regehr, O.C., Senior Policy Adviser, Project Ploughshares [Notes]
  • Trevor Findlay, Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance

Moderator: Olivia Ward, Toronto-based journalist

Workshop I: 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm. “Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone”

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  • Adele Buckley, Canadian Pugwash [notes (graphic presentation)]
  • Michael Wallace, University of British Columbia [Notes]
  • Michael Byers, University of British Columbia

Moderator: Steven Staples, President, Rideau Institute

Forum III: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. “Arousing and Sustaining Political Will”

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  • Rebecca Johnson The Acronym Institute, London (by videoconferencing)
  • Douglas Roche, O.C., Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament; Former Canadian Senator [Notes]
  • Christopher Westdal, Former Canadian Ambassador to Russia

Moderator: Sergei Plekhanov, Professor of Political Science, York University

For further information, contact Professor Metta Spencer, Forum Coordinator:, or 416-789-2294.