Disarmament Activist Gets MRU Peace Prize

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By Shawn Logan

A former Edmonton MP and senator turned nuclear disarmament activist has been chosen to receive the 2017 Calgary Peace Prize.

The annual award, which recognizes those who strive for peace, social justice and environmental protection, will be handed out at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Montreal-born Douglas Roche served as an Edmonton MLA from 1972 to 1984 before being named Canada's ambassador of disarmament, going on to chair the United Nations disarmament committee in 1988.

Named to the Order of Canada, the now 87 year old also chaired an international network called the Middle Powers Initiative, which worked to advance nuclear disarmament.

"The two paramount problems in the world today — nuclear weapons and global warming — must be resolved for the safety of the planet," Roche said in a release.

Following Roche's acceptance speech of the award, handed out by Mount Royal University's Faculty of Arts Peace Studies Initiative, there will be a round table discussion on global peace initiatives.

For more information, visit mru.ca/peaceinitiative

The article was originally published in Calgary Sun on 13 March 2017 at:

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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