Doctors to request Sooke Council to join the ICAN Cities Appeal to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Two Victoria medical doctors, Jonathan Down and Mary-Wynne Ashford, work with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. ICAN was recognized for their work on the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the United Nations and opened for nations to sign in 2018. Canada does not plan to sign the Treaty.
The doctors will answer why Canada is reluctant to sign and why it is important for municipalities to step forward, when they attend District of Sooke Council Chambers on 7:00pm Monday, June 24, 2019.
Cities and towns in Canada and around the world are calling on their federal governments to sign, but in the meantime they are signing it themselves.
Why are cities so concerned? Because cities are the targets of nuclear weapons today. Berlin, Paris, Washington DC, Sydney, Los Angeles, Oslo, Manchester, Toronto, Victoria and Saanich are among the many cities that have signed.
Jonathan Down is a Developmental Paediatrician and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Medical Faculty at UVic. He is a Co-President of Physicians for Global Survival (Canada), and serves on the Security Committee of the US physicians group, Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Mary-Wynne Ashford is a retired Victoria family doctor who has worked on nuclear disarmament since 1984, both locally and internationally. She was Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for two terms, and President of the Canadian affiliate for two terms. She has received many awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Medal, and recently received the Medal Of Excellence from the Doctors of BC and the Cam Coady Foundation.
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