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For more than 50 years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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940+ Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Visit www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca

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In recognition of all its efforts Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, together with President Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community.

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CPG's focus - World peace and promotion of change to advance the cause of peace. Best known for its work on nuclear disarmament, our concern - all causes of global insecurity.

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Nuclear disarmament has always been of central importance to Pugwash. But also - Non-Nuclear Threats to Peace and Security, Institutions for a New World Order, Conflict Resolution, Environment and Global Security, Health, Social and Economic Issues.

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Canadian Pugwash is part of the wider international Pugwash movement. Visit the Pugwash International website.

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CPG: A proud tradition started by the 22 eminent scientists, the founding group of Pugwash, who gathered at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, to discuss the path to nuclear disarmament.

Welcome to Canadian Pugwash Group

Education on global security, in a broad sense, is the mandate of Canadian Pugwash, carried out by sponsoring meetings, workshops and roundtables to foster informed discussion of experts, for the purpose of providing information which can be useful in the formation of government policy.


Paul Meyer writes "How to express outrage over chemical weapons use" [here]


U Thant has put the world deeply in his dept. -- President John F. Kennedy


On October 16, 1962, President Kennedy learned that the Soviet Union was building nuclear missile installations in Cuba. ... In the deepening crisis, the United Nations, and specifically Secretary General Thant, was to play a significant role in de-escalating and the resolving the nuclear standoff between the superpowers. ...  Read Article here: [pdf]


Walter Dorn and Robert Pauk. “Unsung Mediator: U Thant and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Diplomatic History 33:2 (April 2009): 261-292. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7709.2008.00762.x.

John Polanyi, writing in the Globe and Mail, May 26, 2009 says "We must hope that the same civilized approach (as illustrated by the scientific method) can be employed to persuade a wider public of new truths. It is, in fact, our only hope. We cannot conduct ourselves on a crowded planet as we please; the economy will fail (as to a degree it has), the environment will fail (as it has begun to do) and the victims of both failures may, in desperation, take up arms. I ascribe to this last possibility the revival of concern over the spread of nuclear weapons.

Read the article from Globe and Mail [doc]

Canadian Peacekeeping: No Myth-But Not What It Once Was
Article by Walter Dorn in SITREP, a bi-monthly publication of the Royal Canadian Military Institute
Volume 67, Number 2, April - May 2007 [pdf]


A Nuclear Disarmament Agenda for Canada
Op-Ed article by Ernie Regehr
Embassy, 30 May 2007 [html] [pdf]


The Enduring Mythology of Vimy
Michael D. Wallace [html] [pdf]
Toronto Star, 9 April 2007


Let's Work to Prevent Another 'Accidental War'
Michael Byers [html] [pdf]
Toronto Star, 9 April 2007


Satellite Test Recalls Need for Space Treaty
Article by Michael D. Wallace
Embassy, 31 January 2007 [html]  [pdf]


All we lack is the will to disarm
John Polanyi [html] [pdf]
The Globe and Mail, 9 January 2007


Occupational Hazards of War
Depleted Uranium: All the Questions about DU and Gulf War Syndrome are not Yet Answered
Article by Rosalie Bertell
International Journal of Health Services, 36, no. 3 (2006): 503–520.  View article [pdf]


Sleepwalking Towards a Nuclear Catastrophe
Article by Douglas Roche
Embassy, October 4, 2006  
View article [html] [pdf]


Despite our commitment in Afghanistan, the Canadian forces still have the capacity to make a big difference in Darfur, says conflict specialist Peter Langille.
Peter Langille [html] [pdf]
The Globe and Mail, 27 April 2006


From War to Law Via Science
John Polanyi [html] [pdf]
Toronto Star, 19 February 2006


Canada Can't Avoid the Global Nuclear Crisis
Douglas Roche [html] [pdf]
Embassy, 22 March 2006


Canada Pulls Out of Peacekeeping
Walter Dorn [html] [pdf]
The Globe and Mail, 27 March 2006


Breaking the Ice on Canada-U.S. Arctic Co-operation
Franklyn Griffiths [html] [pdf]
The Globe and Mail, 22 February 2006


Harper's Military Plans Only Please Bush, Not Canadians
Barbara Bedont and Erika Simpson [html] [pdf]
Embassy, 15 February 2006


War beyond Earth is not inevitable. But only the rule of law can prevent it
John Polanyi [html] [pdf]
Globe and Mail, 17 May 2005


Threats to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Erika Simpson [html] [pdf]
Embassy, 4 May 2005


At the unholy altar of nuclear weapons
Douglas Roche [html] [pdf]

Toronto Star, 19 April 2005


Freedom of expression?
Prof. Pierre Jasmin [html] [pdf]
University Affairs, 5 March 2005


New Threats to the Alliance's Security and Strategies to Reform NATO
Erika Simpson [pdf]

Transatlantic Quarterly, Volume 1 (3), Winter/Spring 2005

The Tsunami, God and a Nuclear Catastrophe
Douglas Roche [html] [pdf]

Edmonton Journal, 3 January 2005


Revisiting the Great Debate
Erika Simpson [html] [pdf]

London Free Press, 29 December 2004


Preventing Genocide: Time for a UN 911

Peter Langille [html] [pdf]

Globe and Mail, 19 October 2004


Lessons of prior Cabinet decision-making on U.S. missiles: Diefenbaker went through similar situation as Martin

Erika Simpson [html] [pdf]

The Hill Times, 4 October 2004


The Forgotten Bomarc Story: Martin government should apply lessons of Bomarc to Bush's NMD 
Article published in The CCPA Monitor, March 2004
Dr. Derek Manchester, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Toronto
Dr. Lynn Trainor, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Toronto and CPG Member
[html] [pdf]


What will Canada do about the continued threat posed by the 34,145 nuclear weapons in the world?
Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

Guest Column in The Hill Times

March 2004

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Fanning the Flames of Ethnic Hatred

David Parnas, member of Canadian Pugwash Group, former President of Science for Peace
Hamilton Spectator

July 2, 1999

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United States National Missile Defence

Canadian Pugwash Group Press Release

October 21, 2000

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Waterloo's Balsillie School of International Affairs, the fledging organization begun last year with agrand aim to become a global academic powerhouse, has tapped a UN veteran with ties to Canada asits first leader.

Ramesh Thakur, 59, said after weighing offers from Canada and Australia, he was drawn to the new Waterloo, Ont., school because of the calibre of academics already associated with it and the chance to fashion a new organization. His past ties with the country and Waterloo scholars also played a part. "I had an urge to come back to Canada," Prof. Thakur said in an interview yesterday.

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