In a win for the long-term survival of humanity, the United Nations’ treaty banning nuclear weapons was ratified by the 50th country, Honduras, allowing the pact to pass. But any celebration in Canada should be muted by embarrassment at our government’s indifference to the threat nukes pose to humankind. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was negotiated at a 2017 UN conference, creating a legally binding agreement that would ban nuclear weapons and lead toward their total elimination. Rather than showing support for this important meeting, Canada was in a minority of countries that voted against even holding this conference at a General Assembly vote in autumn 2016. (More than 120 countries were in favour of holding the conference; just 38 were opposed.)
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Members of nonviolent direct action group Trident Ploughshares will celebrate the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 22 January with banner drops, billboards and projections on buildings, bell ringing on their doorsteps and in town centres across the UK while ICAN campaigners announce the good news across the globe. In Edinburgh, messages will be projected on city centre buildings, and billboards proclaiming: UN Outlaws nuclear weapons. Time fo a clean break” with a variation asking “What about Scotland? depicting Nicola Sturgeon alongside her words: “No ifs, no buts, no nuclear weapons on the Clyde, or anywhere.” More messages will appear in other cities around the UK in the coming week. There will be banner drops and other Covid-19-compliant protests in Brighton, Bristol and elsewhere.
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