Candidates should take bomb stand
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’tbankthebomb.com. Also order the eight-page Briefing Paper of March 2018 published by Peace Are You In? and the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN.org) 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