Media Advisory - City of Toronto Declares August 6th Hiroshima Day

    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - A-Bombing Survivors Artwork and Hiroshima,
Nagasaki Photo Exhibit will be on display at Toronto City Hall on Thursday
August 6th with an evening Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony at Nathan
Phillips Square.
    "We, the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, learned with our bodies and
souls that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot co-exist," says Setsuko
Thurlow, Hiroshima a-bombing survivor, Member of the Order of Canada.
    Toronto's connection with the two Japanese cities includes the eternal
flame from Hiroshima and water from Nagasaki found at the Toronto Peace
Garden, Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto is one of 2,963 cities with a "Mayor
for Peace" from 134 countries and regions that have formally expressed support
for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

    WHAT:  Photo & Art Exhibit, Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony

    WHEN:  Thursday August 6, 2009
           Exhibit: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
           Peace Commemorations: 6:30 p.m.
           Lantern Ceremony: 8:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall (Exhibit)
           Nathan Phillips Square (Commemoration)
           Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square (Lantern Ceremony)

    All events are free. Family friendly event starts at 4:30 p.m. with
origami paper crane and lantern craft tables. Entertainment at 6:30 p.m.
featuring a children's choir, Japanese Yakudo drummers, fifty-person Northern
Lights Chorus, and the Raging Grannies. Speakers include Bruce Cox of
Greenpeace and a-bombing survivors Setsuko Thurlow and Joe Ohori. Presented by
the Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition:


    To pre-book interviews with a-bombing survivors, nuclear weapons
abolition experts and for further information, please contact Helen Chilas,
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Email: Telephone:

For further information:

For further information: Helen Chilas, Canadian Voice of Women for
Peace, Email:, Telephone: (416) 473-8238

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