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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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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: 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.

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

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

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.
Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) - Read the list of Previous News updates (before 2009) and Quick Links here ...

Freshwater Declaration

Official release of the Freshwater Declaration: Leading Canadian scientists, water policy and legal experts and environmental activists signed on today to a landmark Freshwater Declaration. The Declaration calls on all levels of government to take urgent action now to develop an integrated freshwater strategy that protects the needs of nature while providing equitable measures to supply water for human needs, agriculture and industry.
Freshwater Declaration (English)
Freshwater Declaration (French)
Media Release
January 15, 2009


Conditioning Nuclear Co-operation with India

Ernie Regehr asks "What will Canada and the international community do to monitor the extent to which India actually makes good on its solemn promises?" in his article Conditioning Nuclear Cooperation with India.
Read the article here. [pdf] Also see his latest writing on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty at http://disarmingconflict.blogspot.com/
January 7, 2009


Good News Service

The Good News Service is created by Murray Thomson, a long time member of Canadian Pugwash, now serving on the Executive Committee.

December Issue
November Issue
October Issue


Middle Powers Initiative Chairman Retires

A message from the Hon. Douglas Roche on retiring from the office of Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative
Read the letter [pdf].
December 18, 2008


About the recent, unpublished Joint Declaration involving the UN and NATO Secretariats

A letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from Walter Dorn, Chair of Canadian Pugwash, on behalf of the Executie Committee.
Read the letter [pdf].
December 11, 2008


Final Report - Roundtable on Freshwater

In November, 2008, more than 30 Canadian and international scholars, scientists, lawyers and water policy experts came together at Roundtable on Freshwater to discuss emerging problems in freshwater in Canada and globally. This is part of a continuing program of the Global Issues Project sponsored by Canadian Pugwash and Science for Peace.

Read the Report here.
See the Program and Photos here.

Watch this website for further updates on the activities of the Follow-up Team.


The Strangest Dream

The Strangest Dream tells the story of Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs – which he co-founded – to halt nuclear proliferation.
In cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, CPG will be arranging screenings of this powerful film in Universities across Canada during the winter of 2009. Watch for upcoming dates.
More information from the National Film Board of Canada.
November 4, 2008


It's the Future, Stupid!

In Celebration of his 80th birthday, The Honourable Doug Roche, past Chair of Canadian Pugwash, delivered a special speech to the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Read the speech [pdf].
October 16, 2008


Pugwash Council Member in Toronto, October 6, 2008

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy shared his insights and his knowledge of the Pakistani political situation at an event sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group. The title of his talk was “Can the Taliban Win in Pakistan?”

Pervez Hoodbhoy, Chairman and Professor of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Recipient of many awards; Visiting Professor at MIT, and Carnegie Mellon University; frequent commentator on nuclear and political matters in international media; member of the Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affair by the Canadian Pugwash Group. Find further information about Pervez Hoodbhoy here.


Physical Limits to Large Scale Global Biomass Generation for Replacing Fossile Fuel
Energy Choices and Vulnerability of Nations

Two papers by Helmut Burkhardt. View these papers on the Global Issues Project page.
September 30, 2008


UN Vet to Head Balsillie School

See the text of the Globe and Mail article by Elizabeth Church.
September 25, 2008


US-India Nuclear Deal

See recent articles by Canadian Pugwash members, including Ernie Regehr and Douglas Roche.
Go to new section.
July 28, 2008


Getting a Non-Proliferation Payoff from India

View the article as [pdf].
Ernie Regehr, Embassy
August 13, 2008


Letter to the Foreign Minister: The NSG, NPT, and the India deal

A letter to the Foreign Minister (from the Hon. Douglas Roche and Ernie Regehr) asking Canada to insist that the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group does not have the authority to exempt India or any other country from non-proliferation principles that the 189 members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have collectively and unanimously established. The NSG is scheduled to meet Aug. 21-22 on the issue.
Read the letter [pdf]
Go to new section on the US-India Nuclear Deal
August 5, 2008


Dr. Ramesh Thakur awarded for the best book on United Nations

View as [pdf]
July 23, 2008


Nuclear Weapons Abolition by UK Alone Would Still Herald New Era

The Edmonton Journal published this article written by Peter Jones.
View as [pdf]
July 15, 2008


Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee
on Industry, Science and Technology

Dr. Walter Dorn is Chair of the Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) and an Associate Professor of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College.  Dr. Derek Paul is a previous member of the CPG Executive and an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto . Science for Peace is a charitable Canadian-based organization of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, scholars in the humanities and concerned citizens throughout the world. It brings together professors, graduate students and first degree students who are concerned about peace, justice and making an environmentally sustainable future. 
See the record in Hansard [pdf].
See the paper prepared for study by the committee [pdf].
June 5, 2008


Prospectus – Global Issues Project – Latest edition

View as [pdf]
May 16, 2008



Lynn Trainor

Lynn Trainor 1921-2008, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Toronto, died April 30th in Toronto. He was a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group for many years. Walter Dorn, Chair of CPG recalls “Lynn sought to find ways to positively apply science for the benefit of humanity as well as to prevent its abuse. He was an inspiration and a model to many of us.” Douglas Roche joins in the tribute to him “Lynn Trainor was a committed and consistent advocate of peace and nuclear disarmament” [More]

May 7, 2008 




The Truth About Canada

Mel Hurtig, CPG member, has a new book: The Truth About Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country
[Read more about this new publication]
March, 2008


India confers Padma Shri on Canadian Food Scientist

We are proud to know that Prof. Joseph Hulse, a Canadian Pugwash member, has received an important award in India.
[Read News Release from the High Commission of Canada]
March, 2008


Let's keep the Arctic free of nukes

An article by Jayantha Dhanapala, former United Nations under-secretary general for disarmament affairs, is chairman of the UN University Council, president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and visiting professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

[Click here to view the article]
March 21, 2008


Automobile in India

By Prof. M.V. Naidu – A sustainability and climage change problem.
[Read the article in Global Issues]
March, 2008



A letter to Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry; Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence; copy to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada was sent from the Canadian Pugwash Group, Executive Committee opposing the disastrous proposed sale by MacDonald Dettweiler and Associates (MDA) to United States arms manufacturer Aliant Techsystems. A copy was sent to selected heads of Standing Committees and Foreign Affairs Critics of opposition parties.
View the letter.
March 11, 2008

Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry responds. Jim Prentice re Radarsat
View the letter [pdf].
May 6, 2008
Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs reponds. Maxime Bernier re Radarsat
View the letter [pdf].
May 7, 2008

Our eyes on the world, The sale of MDA's space unit is shortsighted and should not be approved by Ottawa
Article by Professor John Polanyi, CPG member, published by the Globe and Mail.
[View the article.]
March 18, 2008

A response was received from the office of Alexa McDonough, MP Halifax, thanking CPG for writing the letter and outlining the activities undertaken by the NDP to oppose and prevent the sale.
[See excerpts from the correspondence.]
March 19, 2008

Members of Canadian Pugwash, individually, have been active in opposing the sale of the MDA space division, particularly Radarsat because it comes at a time wieh Canadian foreign and defence strategy requires assertion of Arctic sovereignty.

Walter Dorn, Chair of CPG was quoted recently in an article Canada Losing Ground in Space
[View the article]
March 20, 2008

Walter Dorn appeared on CBC TV with Don Newman in his program Politics on Wednesday. If you want to see the program which also features others speaking on the issue earlier you can find it at minute 20:00 of the CBC Video.
[This program will only be available for a few days]
March 19, 2008

Ottawa Plans longer probe of Canadarm maker's sale
Mr. Prentice “is certainly having to consider factors that are not normally as prominent in foreign investment cases,” said Michael Byers, Canadian research chair in international law and politics at the University of British Columbia.
[View the article]
March 21, 2008

Ernie Regehr receives the 2008 Arthur Droeger College Award

[Project Ploughshares Announcement]
March 20, 2008



Canadian ambassador to Moscow and envoy to UN was a man of peace. Geoffrey Arthur Holland Pearson was born in Toronto on Dec. 25, 1927. He died at his Ottawa home on March 18, 2008.

[More from the Globe and Mail]
March 22, 2008


Launch of the World Court Project at Friends House, London.

In 1996 the International Court of Justice, after four years of intensive work by NGOs and some UN and government agencies, in an Advisory Opinion unanimously agreed that: “There exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.”

The World Court Project is preparing a resolution for the UN General Assembly. The resolution will ask the World Court whether the nuclear weapon states are complying with their Good Faith obligations. Murray Thomson, CPG member, was there.

See Murray Thomson's report.
Feb 15. 2008


New Research Chair in Arms Control and Disarmament Studies

Trevor Findlay, a professor and former diplomat, was named as the inaugural William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs, at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Dr. Findlay is a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group. [More information]
March 7, 2008



Morris Miller

It is with deep regret that we record the passing of Morris Miller, an ardent advocate for peace, former member of the Canadian Pugwash Board of Directors, and vigorous participant in six international Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

See the Globe and Mail article
“Economist was ‘great warrior of peace’ and sworn enemy of Third World debt”
View as [pdf] or Word Document

February 23, 2008



Lettre à Stéphane Dion: Pierre Jasmin, Président des Artistes pour la Paix, ecrit

“Nous vous engageons à retrouver ces valeurs sûres et, plut&ocit qu’à vous aligner sur l’OTAN et sur une Commission Manley soi-disant indépendante, dont les liens avec les industries militaires sont hélas documentés, de retrouver l’attachement des Pearson, Trudeau, Chrétien, et de nos collègues de Pugwash Douglas Roche et Peggy Mason, aux valeurs de l’ONU, de l’UNESCO et de la Commission sur la gouvernance globale de Nelson Mandela et Gro Brundtland.”

Lettre complète
February 21, 2008

Democracy in Pakistan?

M.V. NAIDU is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Brandon University (CANADA)
View as pdf
February 16, 2008

Guerres et écocides
Responsabilités et engagements

View as pdf
or Word document
February 6, 2008

Discours de bienvenue par Michèle Nevert
View [pdf]

Pierre Jasmin discours guerres et écocides
View document     View [pdf]

- Walter Dorn, Ph.D., Président, Conférences Pugwash Canada
View PowerPoint presentation

Nuclear Weapons & Climate Change - The connection
- Adele Buckley, Les Conférences Pugwash Canada
View PowerPoint presentation

John Manley's Afghanistan Panel – opinions by Erika Simpson and Steve Staples

The Independent Panel released its report on Afghanistan this week (www.independent-panel-independant.ca).

Read the opinion pieces written by Erika Simpson and Steve Staples.
January 24, 2008

Russell Einstein Manifesto (in French)

View as pdf
or Word document
January 24, 2008

Nuclear proponents: "irresponsible in the extreme"

Senator Douglas Roche, past Chair of Canadian Pugwash, and chair of the Middle Powers Initiative, upon releasing a new MPI Briefing paper (Visible Intent: NATO's Responsibility to Nuclear Disarmament) on Jan 24, 2008, said “Five retired military leaders who have called for increasing NATO’s willingness to use nuclear weapons are “irresponsible in the extreme.” Rather than planning to use them, NATO needs to show a “visible intent” to downgrade nuclear weapons.”

Read the MPI Policy Brief
January 24, 2008

Selling out sovereignty in orbit and the North

A Toronto Star comment by Michael Byers.
January 22, 2008
View as pdf

Economic Policies and Overconsumption Are Chief Causes of Climate Change, say Canadian Nobel Scientists

December 21, 2007
TORONTO, /CNW Telbec/ – A group of Canadian climate change scientists and experts are warning that governments must address the root causes of climate change, and not rely on “technological fixes.”

In their statement The Wasan Action Framework, released today, the scientists fault policies that pursue economic growth "for its own sake," and the large per capita overconsumption of natural resources in the industrialized countries.


Download the Wasan Action Framework

Iran and the Nuclear Renaissance

The American intelligence community’s assessment that Iran ended any explicit pursuit of a nuclear weapon back in 2003 surprised few outside the Dick Cheney school of Iranophobia. But the dangers still inherent in Iran’s civilian nuclear programs telegraph the kind of challenges that await a world hungry for nuclear energy.

Ernie Regehr, a member of Canadian Pugwash, writes on peace and security issues. He is Co-Founder of Project Ploughshares and continues to serve part-time there as Senior Policy Advisor."

Read Iran and the Nuclear Renaissance.
December 9, 2007

Has Canada already agreed to nuclear dealings with India?

A formal decision has yet to be taken, but the Indian press and even some parts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) think Canada is on-track to support India’s nuclear programs without getting any non-proliferation commitments in return.

Read the article by Ernie Regehr.
December 3, 2007

Letter from Canadian Pugwash to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
    Minister Maxime Bernier and Minister Peter MacKay

[Click here to view as pdf]
November 13, 2007

Statement of the Pugwash Council
    57th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs
    Bari, Italy, October 27 2007

[Click here to view as pdf]

It Could End in an Afternoon – Murray Thomson

[Click here to view as pdf]     [download MS Word document]
October, 2007

The scenario described so vividly by Murray Thomson is based on the existing nuclear weapons policy of the nuclear weapons states. This is the background to the statements of Pugwash on de-alerting issued in the 50th Anniversary communiqué Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament which recommends “Immediate de-alerting of the thousands of nuclear weapons, on quick reaction alert, that could be launched by accident, miscalculation, or unauthorized computer hacking of command and control systems”. Read this communiqué and the subsequent report The Imperative of Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament.

Review the Call to Canadians, which presses for action now, from every level of society and government.

The Imperative of Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament

[Click here to view as pdf]
August, 2007


Pugwash 50th Anniversary
    July 5 to 9, 2007 – Pugwash, Nova Scotia

A full report on the Anniversary is in the current issue of the Pugwash Newsletter which may be found on the www.pugwash.org website.

Click here to see the report and photos.

Media coverage of the Anniversary was extensive, including an editorial in the Toronto Star.

Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament: Policy Recommendations of the Pugwash 50th Anniversary Workshop

[Click here to view as pdf]
July 8 , 2007


GLOBAL ISSUES PROJECT and the Wasan Action Framework

Global stability is threatened by humankind’s heavy footprint on the Earth, by social unrest and war, disease and pandemics, bad government, by a dysfunctional economic system, and by poverty in the presence of wealth. The Global Issues Project (GIP), established in 2005 as a project led by Science for Peace, in partnership with others including the Canadian Pugwash Group, operates by planning a series of roundtables and follow-up actions from them. The GIP plan is to discover and examine strategies that might make global ecological collapse avoidable. The crucial environmental issues are: climate change; energy; food and agriculture; forests; oceans and fisheries; water. A Forestry Roundtable was held in September, 2006, and, in September, 2007, the Energy and Climate Change Roundtable was held on Wasan Island in Georgian Bay, Ontario. The final communiqué is the Wasan Action Framework

Peacekeeping Best Practices - a paper published on the United Nations website

The Peacekeeping Best Practices Section (PBPS) of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is pleased to announce the online publication of the paper “Tools of the Trade? Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies in UN Peacekeeping”

This is a DPKO-commissioned study carried out by Professor Walter Dorn of the Royal Military College of Canada. Dr. Dorn examined the current UN’s technological capacity to monitor conflicts, peace agreements, disarmament, and for a host of other tasks like peacebuilding and security sector reform. Political and human factors, as well as technical, are also considered in this detailed report.

Canadian Pugwash Call for an Arctic Nuclear-Weapon Free Zone

[Click here to view as pdf]
24 August 2007


CALL TO CANADIANS: Understanding the Urgency of Nuclear Disarmament

At the 50th Anniversary commemorations, July 2007, in Pugwash, N.S., a Forum discussion with representatives of 6 Canadian peace groups, adopted the CALL TO CANADIANS. The Canadian Pugwash Group calls on all Canadians to become informed about the present peril of nuclear weapons, and appeals for action now from every level of society and government in Canada. Widespread determination to end this threat must develop through public opinion, which ultimately shapes political action.

MUCH EMPHASIS AND EFFORT is needed. Canadian Pugwash is asking all who read this message to consider ways and means of implementing the recommendations for engaging Canadians, and to distribute this statement to all appropriate contacts.



[Click here to view CALL TO CANADIANS]

Sovereignty will solve the Northwest Passage dispute

Michael Byers [html] [pdf]
Globe & Mail, 11 August 2007



Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For?

A new book by Canadian Pugwash Group member Michael Byers

A compelling call to arms to reinvigorate our vision of Canada’s place in the world, from one of the best of our new generation of public intellectuals. [click to see book details]


Canada's Arctic race with Russia
Michael Byers [html] [pdf]
Toronto Star, 29 July 2007

Nuclear-Free World from the Cities


Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor, City of Hiroshima, Japan and President of Mayors for Peace

An address to the Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament conference, Pugwash, Nova Scotia

7 July 2007 [pdf]


Canadian Student Young Pugwash Publication


A collection of essays on issues related to international security from Canadian Student Young Pugwash
Volume 1, July 2007  [view publication]

PUBLIC FORUM: Communicating the Urgency of Staged Universal Nuclear Disarmament


Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 8 July 2007


View presentation by M.S. Swaminathan, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs [pdf]


Canadian Pugwash Group Calls for NATO to Denuclearize

Just released - The brief "Canadian Pugwash Calls for NATO to Denuclearize" urges NATO members that "an appropriate target year for NATO's repudiation of policies spelled out in the NATO Strategic Concept is 2009, 60 years after the formation of the alliance."


View press release [pdf]


View brief : "Canadian Pugwash Group Calls for NATO to Denuclearize" [pdf]