TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Sunday March 1st marks the 10th anniversary of
the day the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines became international law.
In October 1996, Canada challenged the world to eliminate landmines. This
effort culminated in the signing of the Ottawa Treaty on December 3, 1997 -
outlawing production, use and trade in anti-personnel landmines. Promoting,
negotiating and implementing of the Treaty gave Canada a new role and a
distinctive voice on international issues. It reshaped the global community's
assumptions on global affairs and set a new precedent on how to stop
Canadian Landmine Foundation President Scott Fairweather said "This
Treaty marks the first time in the history of the world that government and
civil society, working together, eliminated a weapon that had some military
utility. What a tremendous step forward for mankind!"
Across Canada fundraising dinners are occurring to support the removal of
mines around the world. "Through the efforts of the Canadian Landmine
Foundation in partnership with Rotary Clubs, United Churches and others,
Canadians continue to lead the way", said Board of Directors Chairman Tom
The Canadian Landmine Foundation is Canada's leading awareness building
and fundraising organization for humanitarian landmine action. Directors
include former Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy, past Rotary
International President Wilf Wilkinson, and former Canadian Ambassador for
Mine Action Dan Livermore.
More details at www.canadianlandmine.org.
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For further information: For inquiries contact: Scott Fairweather,
President and CEO, Canadian Landmine Foundation, 1623 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Ontario, M4T 2A1, Phone: (416) 365-9461 x22, Fax (416) 365-7019, email: