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Norman Bethune: Stepping forward to revolution

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

by Adrienne Clarkson
(Penguin Canada,
When Norman Bethune left Montreal for Spain in 1936 to help the Republicans in their doomed effort to hold back Franco's fascists, he spoke no foreign languages and had no fixed role waiting for him. But he was among a group of determined individuals who believed "if fascism could be stopped in Spain, a larger war would not break out," and he wasted no time making himself useful. When Bethune left Madrid less than a year later, he had created and implemented a mobile blood transfusion unit, the first of its kind, that treated soldiers right at the front and drastically reduced fatalities. He was also on the verge of collapse, drinking heavily and making enemies on all sides.



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Conflict and Climate: Changing Course NOW! Conference

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:30am - 5:00pm


Metro Hall, Rm 308/309
55 John St M5V 3C6
Toronto, ON
43° 38' 45.7008" N, 79° 23' 20.886" W

Regular $20, Students $15  All VOW events are PWYC (pay what you can). Please consider an additional donation so that others might attend.


9:30 am - Registration and coffee

10:00am - Greeting Carrie Lester ( invited)

Welcome comments – Ontario and National Co-chairs

10:15 am – Interactive Workshop

10:30 am – Film “Conflict and Climate Change”

10:45 am – debrief film

11:00 am – Speaker Joanna Kerr from Greenpeace

11:30 am – brief Q & A

11:45 am – breakout groups

12:30 pm – LUNCH catered by YMCA Catering

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Awards Gala Dinner

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm


The Royal Canadian Yacht Club
141 St. George St M5R 2L8
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 8.2272" N, 79° 24' 1.3536" W

Royal Canadian Yacht Club – To be confirmed

Guest speaker – Lieutenant governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell – Invited, to be confirmed

Cost $75 regular, $60 students, $100 solidarity rate (please consider an additional donation to help a student attend)


We will honour wonderful women with an awards dinner. Three awards will be handed out.

The Shirley Farlinger Award for Peace Writings

Muriel Duckworth Award for Peace Activism

The Anne Goodman Award for peace Education  


Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: Annual General Meeting

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:30am - 5:00pm


Metro Hall, Rm 310
55 John St M5V 3C6
Toronto, ON
43° 38' 45.7008" N, 79° 23' 20.886" W

Regular $20, Students $15  All VOW events are PWYC (pay what you can)  Please consider an additional donation so that others might attend.


9:30 am Gather, register, coffee

10:00 am  Welcome comments – Ontario VOW co –chairs Mary and Kasha welcome and brief intro to National co-chairs Lyn and Janis

AGM – financial and business details

12:30 pm  Lunch (included) catered by YMCA Metro Hall

1:30 pm  Resolutions  and discussions of current issues

2:30 pm  Dedicated to discussing a new vision for VOW.  How to survive in this economic crisis

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: Informal Dinner and Music Night

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Friend's House
60 Lowther M5R 1C7
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 13.1736" N, 79° 23' 54.636" W

Informal evening filled with food, music and more!

Regular $20, Students $15. All VOW events are PWYC (pay what you can). Please consider an additional donation so that others might attend. 

6:00 pm doors open, dinner at 7:00 pm

Music by Davaar, with members Dave McMillan, Sara Marlowe and Macbook Air, is a project to explore the intersection of acoustic and electronic music in composition and live performance ( Their activist roots has led them to play at a variety of peace marches, labour rallies and social justice events across the city.

Delicious Mediterranean style dinner catered by Ghazale. 



Examining the rationales for war

November 18, 2013
| In the first of two interviews, Derrick O'Keefe critiques the notion of humanitarian war and similar rationales for aggression against other countries from Yugoslavia to Libya.
Length: 15:31 minutes (14.22 MB)

Syria, Humanity's Call

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Sandford Fleming building, room 1105
10 King's College Road Located on the U of T grounds, just a 5 minute walk west of Queen's Park subway station.
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 36.6228" N, 79° 23' 41.496" W

Presented by the Syrian Canadian Foundation for Humanity. Join Doctors Without Borders (MSF), The Red Cross, The Sentinel Project and others to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. $10/ ticket, $5 for students. Tickets are available through and All are welcome.

Syria is Calling

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm


The Noor Cultural Centre
123 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON
43° 43' 37.0236" N, 79° 19' 46.0128" W

Syria is Calling is a fundraising event sponsored by the Syrian Canadian Foundation for Humanity (SCFH). The SCFH is a not-for-profit, non-political organization whose purpose is to support humanitarian efforts within Syria and in neighbouring refugee camps. Guest speakers at the event include Suheir Atassi, Afra Jalabi and Doctors Without Boarders (MSF). The evening includes dinner, discussions and fundraising activities. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit for tickets or for information. 

| March 19, 2010
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