Will the ‘never again’ plea ever get pos­i­tive ac­tion?

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The Editor, En­try to Mon­treal’s Botan­i­cal Gar­dens will be free af­ter 6 p. m. on Sun­day, Au­gust 5. In the Ja­pa­nese Gar­den sec­tion the city will hold their an­nual memo­rial for the vic­tims of the atomic bomb­ing of Hiroshima in 1945.

At 7: 15 p. m., at the ex­act mo­ment that the bomb ex­ploded, Mon­treal will ring the bell that sur­vived the bomb­ing. In the time zone Hiroshima is in, it will be 8:15 a.m., Au­gust 6 and peo­ple there will float thou­sands of lanterns in the river in mem­ory of the vic­tims. At Mon­treal, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ja­pa­nese and Mon­treal city govern­ments will speak.

The bell was a gift from Hiroshima to Mon­treal. They be­came twin cities in 1988.

In Ot­tawa, the memo­rial cer­e­mony is held the evening of Au­gust 6 at the Friends Meet­ing House, 91- A Fourth Av­enue. When the sun goes down, those at­tend­ing pro­ceed with lighted lanterns to float them in a pond be­side the Rideau Canal. The oc­ca­sional year, such as in 2107, the cer­e­mony is held on Au­gust 9, Na­gasaki Day.

In Toronto, the memo­rial takes place at City Hall. Lanterns are floated in the pond at Nathan Phillips Square.

Prior to the Mon­treal cer­e­mony on Au­gust 7, Ger­man or­gan­ist Kai Krak­en­berg will give a one- hour free or­gan recital at 3: 30 p. m. at St. Joseph’s Ora­tory.

Will the plea of the Ja­pa­nese atomic bomb sur­vivors “never again” soon get more re­spon­sive ac­tion? U. S. A. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin dis­cussed lim­it­ing their nu- clear ar­se­nals when they met alone in Helsinki for nearly two hours on July 16, Putin said in Moscow on July 19, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press re­port.

The two pres­i­dents will have to con­sider whether to ex­tend New Start, a treaty that sets lim­its on the num­ber of strate­gic war­heads that each coun­try may de­ploy and pro­vides for reg­u­lar in­spec­tions. The ac­cord, which came into full ef­fect only a few months ago, will ex­pire Feb. 5, 2021 un­less the pres­i­dents ex­er­cise their right to ex­tend it un­til 2026. All the other bi­lat­eral arms con­trol treaties are ei­ther dead or crum­bling.

How­ever, one treaty got re­newed at­ten­tion via As­so­ci­ated Press when a jour­nal­ist, Sam Hus­seini, was shown be­ing re­moved by se­cu­rity from the Helsinki Trump-Putin press con­fer­ence July 16 af­ter he held up a sign read­ing “Nu­clear Weapon Ban Treaty.” The treaty was passed by 123 na­tions at the U. N. on July 7, 2017.

In re­cent months, Putin dis­played graph­ics of mis­siles rain­ing down on Florida and a tor­pedo which could cover the west coast in ra­dioac­tive sludge. In Fe­bru­ary, the U. S. A. pub­lished a Nu­clear Pos­ture Re­view which pro­poses more and bet­ter low yield nu­clear war­heads. Al­ready the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion launched a nu­clear weapons mod­ern­iza­tion over the next 30 years that would cost $1.7 tril­lion.

In spite of other crimes Putin and Trump are com­mit­ting, they can’t meet too of­ten to draw back from com­mit­ting the ul­ti­mate ab­so­lute crime of de­stroy­ing the planet.

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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