Ottawa commemoration for nuclear bombings of Hiroshima / Nagasaki in 1945 to be held this Saturday

MEDIA ADVISORY
August 5, 2008

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Peace Assembly, a coalition of community groups opposed to Canada’s participation in the “War on Terrorism”, is organizing two events this week to commemorate the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6 and 9, 1945.  We do so to highlight the need to abolish nuclear weapons, and create a more peaceful world.

On August 6th, campaigners will leaflet the ByWard Market to point out the true costs of nuclear war.  From 8am to 5pm, a day-long information and display table will be set up on the William St Mall between Rideau St and George St.

On August 9th, an evening commemoration will be held at Friends House (91A Fourth St in the Glebe) and Browns Inlet.  At 6:30pm, we will begin by decorating peace lanterns (to be lit and floated later at Brown’s Inlet), followed by a short film on the threat still posed by nuclear war.  Special guest Bob Lovelace (from the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation) will comment on the link between the Ardoch struggle to oppose open-pit uranium mining and the nuclear weapons industry.

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Dylan Penner, Ottawa Peace Assembly, 613-859-6996ottawa.peace.assembly@gmail.com

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