Can­di­dates should take bomb stand

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, The two can­di­dates for the Zone 9 Trustee post at the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board and the re­tir­ing trustee at­tended the pub­lic meet­ing at Glen­garry Dis­trict High School Oc­to­ber 3.

None of the three knew to which credit unions or banks in Corn­wall and Brockville the On­tario govern­ment for­wards the school taxes that Glen­gar­ri­ans pay.

If the dol­lars go to the Caisse pop­u­laire Des­jardins or any other credit union, none of the prof­its re­sult­ing from the busi­ness will be in­vested in com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing nu­clear weapons.

Per­haps Glen­garry tax dol­lars are de­posited in banks. Are these banks ei­ther or both of the two that have branches in Alexan­dria? The RBC has in­vested $3.4 bil­lion in ten com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing nu­clear weapons and Sco­tia­Bank has in­vested $1.83 bil­lion in eight com­pa­nies since Jan­uary, 2014.

For more de­tails go to info@don’tbank­the­ Also or­der the eight-page Brief­ing Pa­per of March 2018 pub­lished by Peace Are You In? and the Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons ( awarded the No­bel Peace Prize in Dec., 2017.

Ask your bank to di­vest from nu­clear weapons pro­duc­tion and to tell you when it will. Stop this waste of money since we al­ready have enough bombs to de­stroy our planet dozens of times. Do it be­fore an ac­ci­dent with a radar screen or rocket sys­tem oblit­er­ates us all. Oct. 10 at the all-can­di­dates meet­ing for mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil of North Glen­garry, each can­di­date should prom­ise, if elected, to vote to de­clare North Glen­garry a nu­clear weapons-free zone as other Cana­dian mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­clud­ing our ma­jor cities have done. Each can­di­date if elected should ask the new Mayor to join May­ors for Peace. South Glen­garry’s new Mayor and Coun­cil should do the same.

The United States Coun­cil of May­ors unan­i­mously adopted the grass­roots cam­paign started in July 2017, “Back From the Brink: A Call to Pre­vent Nu­clear War,” at their an­nual meet­ing in June in Bos­ton. The Los An­ge­les and Bal­ti­more city coun­cils unan­i­mously adopted the cam­paign in Au­gust. By Septem­ber 15 other USA cities had done so as well as over 150 faith or­ga­ni­za­tions, non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions and thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als.

In the largest state of the USA, Cal­i­for­nia, the leg­is­la­ture passed the res­o­lu­tion Aug. 20 in the State Assem­bly and Aug. 28 in the Se­nate.

This “Back From the Brink” groundswell among other things, sup­ports the UN Treaty to Pro­hibit Nu­clear Weapons of July 2017.

By Sept. 16, the Treaty had 60 na­tion states sign and 14 rat­ify it, none of them Canada.

Once 50 na­tion states have rat­i­fied it, the treaty will ban nu­clear weapons just as other treaties ban ev­ery other weapon of mass de­struc­tion in­clud­ing chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons. So Canada, sign.

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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