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It’s Canada’s time to lead in a world threatened by nuclear destruction

Opinion|By Douglas Roche
The Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock has just ratcheted up to two minutes to midnight, yet Canada seems missing in action.
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
VATICAN CITY—A new milestone in the moral rejection of nuclear weapons was reached at the Vatican last week when Pope Francis “firmly condemned” “their very possession.” The strong language the Pope used in speaking out…
EDMONTON—Leaders of the Canadian government who in the past few months have contented themselves with vapid excuses for not supporting efforts at the United Nations to prohibit nuclear weapons will have to work overtime to…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
The bursts of terrorism, bombings, and political turmoil in today’s world have convinced many people that peace is impossible. I dissent from this view. We are not having a “clash of civilizations.” There are many…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON, ALTA.—Shortly after the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists started a Doomsday Clock to show a countdown to a possible global nuclear catastrophe. Last week, the clock was set…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON—The United Nations’ new secretary general, Antonio Guterres, who will take office Jan. 1, has pinpointed his top goal: “a surge in diplomacy for peace.” With the crucible of Aleppo revealing ruptures in the international…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON—“The General Assembly...decides to convene a United Nations conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.” These 26 words form the key operative paragraph in the…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON—In an amazing diplomatic volte-face, the Canadian government last week in Geneva voted against starting, in 2017, negotiations to ban nuclear weapons. The government turned its back on an important nuclear disarmament initiative and sided…
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Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON—What will it take to get the Canadian government to start fighting for the elimination of nuclear weapons rather than against? That question takes on a special poignancy as we observe another Hiroshima Day—the 71st…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima May 27 hits a special nerve with me because I am an honorary citizen of Hiroshima. In 2010, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba conferred this honour on me…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Kim Won-soo put a spotlight on the global nuclear disarmament crisis when he held meetings with Foreign Minister StĂ©phane Dion and other senior governmental officials in Ottawa last week.…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
When the recent 50-some-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, aimed at stopping terrorists from obtaining nuclear materials, ended on a flat note, I was reminded of the torch singer Peggy Lee’s famous song, Is That…

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