Shirley Douglas featured speaker at August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration in Toronto

MEDIA ADVISORY, July 16, 2013

TORONTO -- Actress Shirley Douglas, OC, will be the featured speaker at the August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration at Toronto City Hall, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Shirley will call on the Harper government to take a leading role in the world-wide movement to abolish nuclear weapons.

A participant in Ban the Bomb marches in England in the 1950s, Shirley Douglas founded the Canadian chapter of Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament during the height of the Cold War in 1983. She has joined over 675 fellow Members of the Order of Canada who have appealed to the federal government to take a leading role in international negotiations to achieve nuclear disarmament.

In addition to Shirley’s featured speech at the August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration, there will be readings of the Toronto and Hiroshima Peace Declarations, prayers led by the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, and several musical performances, including the Yakudo Drummers, singer Tabby Johnson and flautist Ron Korb. A lantern ceremony in the Toronto City Hall reflecting pool will conclude the commemoration.

Inside Toronto City Hall, a photo exhibit and paintings by Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb survivors will also be open to the public August 6-9th.

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration is organized by the Hiroshima Day Coalition and Sierra Club Canada. Sponsors and supporters include the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Physicians for Global Survival, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, the Toronto National Association of Japanese Canadians, Science for Peace, Toronto Article 9, the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, and Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament.


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For further information, please contact:

Anton Wagner, Coordinator
Hiroshima Day Coalition

John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
412-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7


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