Toronto peace coalition brings together city & federal politicians, religious leaders & peace activists

    TORONTO, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - On August 6, 2007 at 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Toronto
City Hall's Peace Garden (Nathan Phillips Square), the Toronto Hiroshima Day
Coalition is pleased to present "Paths to Hope" where 14 keynote speakers and
hundreds of Canadian citizens will take the lead in directing governments,
religious leaders and peace activists to start negotiations for a worldwide
nuclear weapons abolition treaty and to establish a Canadian Department of
Peace. The highly anticipated event is in commemoration of the 62nd
anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and
9, 1945 and will host the Toronto launch of the International Campaign to
Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
    "Canada has a pivotal role in nuclear weapons abolition," says Dr.
Barbara Birkett of Physicians for Global Survival about the Toronto ICAN
launch, "93% of Canadians support our government taking a leadership role in
global negotiations to rid the world of the 27,000 nuclear weapons that still

              Peace Talks for a Worldwide Nuclear Abolition Treaty
              & a Canadian Department of Peace
              In conjunction with the Annual Toronto Hiroshima Day

    WHEN:     Monday, August 6, 2007
              EST: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    WHERE:    Toronto Peace Garden
              Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square
              100 Queen Street West

    WHO:      Hiroshima Survivor, Setsuko Thurlow
              New Democratic Party of Canada, MP Peggy Nash
              Liberal Party of Canada, MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj
              Toronto City Councillor, Raymond Cho (for Mayor David Miller)
              Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Father Damian MacPherson
              Canadian Council of Imams, Imam Abdul Hai Patel
              Members of the Bahai Community
              Int'l Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Dr. Barbara Birkett
               & Dr. Vinay Jindal
              Federal Department of Peace Initiative, Rob Acheson
              Canadian Pugwash Conference, Adele Buckley
              Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Audrey Tobias & Ian Cameron
              Voice of Women for Peace, Shirley Farlinger
              Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, Beric German
              Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition, Phyllis Creighton, Erin
               Harris, Eryl Court

    The Toronto "Paths to Hope" event is the largest of 17 Hiroshima and
Nagasaki ceremonies occurring across Canada from coast to coast. "Organizers
of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations want Parliament to establish a
Department of Peace that will have nuclear weapons abolition as a top
priority," says Anton Wagner, Coordinator of the Toronto Hiroshima Day
Coalition. Commemoration organizers are collecting signatures to petition
Parliament for a Department of Peace at their events. The peace appeal to
Parliament has also been endorsed by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.
    Music at the "Paths to Hope" event will be provided by Chako Setoyama,
the Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers, flautist Keizan Nobuhara and the
Raging Grannies.
    The moving Lantern Peace Ceremony will close the evening ceremonies at
9:00 pm.

For further information:

FULL MEDIA KIT: Anton Wagner, Coordinator, Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition,
Telephone: (416) 863-1209, Email:; Helen Chilas, Media
Relations, Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition, Cell: (416) 473-8238, Email:; ONLINE: and

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