Walk for Life NewsletterPublisher: Walk for Life, Canada
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX390
This newsletter provides a report and a reflection upon the May 1977 Walk For Life from Toronto to Ottawa.
Abstract: This newsletter provides a report and a reflection upon the May 1977 Walk For Life from Toronto to Ottawa. The purpose of the Walk for Life was to offer symbolic resistance to Canada's role in the world-wide proliferation of nuclear weapons and in particular to Ontario Hydro's plans for installing reactors along the North Shore of Lake Ontario. Through the use of leaflets fact sheets and a slide-tape show, the group was able to make contact with the public in twenty or more towns along the route. They also met with various citizen and pressure groups. They discovered that while each of these groups had acquired special skills and knowledge related to their own particular situations, there was still a need to form a network of anti-nuclear groups to share experience, actions and knowledge for the future. This walk marked the beginning of such a network. The walk terminated in Ottawa where an educational forum was held. Special speakers including Philip Berrigan and Ernie Regehr shared their experience and beliefs. While the group did experience a lot of support in their walk, they also encountered a lot of complicity and ignorance around the nuclear issue particularly among church people. The newsletter challenged its readers to return to their biblical roots by simplifying lifestyle, by witnessing and resisting non-violently. A "Time to Remember" section of the newsletter reflects upon the significance of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki disasters of August 1945. In solidarity with others around the globe, the Walk for Life staged a fast-vigil August 6-9 at the City Hall in downtown Toronto.
Periodical profile published 1977