About Our ChapterThe South Georgian Bay (SGB) Chapter for World BEYOND War had its inaugural meeting June 24th 2019, in Collingwood, Ontario. Our Chapter has about 120 subscribing members, with as many as 20 active at any given time. We communicate with our members in a monthly email, and hold a one-hour meeting (currently by Zoom) on the last Monday of the month. We are encouraging 700 people (3.5% of Collingwood) to sign the WBW Peace Pledge, and we create an annual awareness-raising event on the International Day of Peace in September (see photos on our website www.pivot2peace.com). We have named our group Pivot2Peace and set up our own website. Please check it out for more information on past and current activities, or contact Dave at email@example.com or SGB Chapter Coordinator, Helen, at Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has a silver lining. It has opened people’s minds to the fact that we are all connected, and no one is safe unless we are all safe. We want to embrace this new consciousness to create a Canada that is a true Peace-building force, both at home, and in the world.
Our CampaignsThe South Georgian Bay (SGB) Chapter for World BEYOND War is working on three fronts: actions within Canada, projects within the Rotary organization worldwide, and work for the Peace Education and Action for Impact collaborative effort between Rotary Action Group for Peace and World BEYOND War. Twice a month, every month, chapter members picket outside their local MPP’s office to protest Canada’s planned $19 billion purchase of fighter jets. They also attend and participate in various actions coordinated through the Canada-wide Peace and Justice Network, including protesting the Lockheed Martin sponsored airshow at the Canadian National Exhibition. Chapter coordinator Helen Peacock wrote a resolution asking Rotary International (RI) to endorse the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and she has been advocating for the resolution worldwide. She has given dozens of Zoom presentations, from Australia to Russia, from India to the United States, from audiences of 20 attendees to audiences of 300. In the process, she has connected with thousands of Rotarians. YouTube videos of the presentations are posted online and have been viewed by many more, and support within Rotary Clubs and Districts for RI to endorse the TPNW has increased by 50%.
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The Pivot2Peace South Georgian Bay Chapter of World BEYOND War in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, was one of many WBW chapters and affiliates to participate in events marking the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Four Collingwood residents and members of the South Georgian Bay World BEYOND War chapter joined about 120 peace activists in blocking the entrances to the annual defence and security conference in Ottawa, hope it helps more people learn about Canada’s war deals. #WorldBEYONDWar
While Lockheed Martin Shareholders Met Online, Residents of Collingwood, Canada Protested Their Fighter Jets
While Lockheed Martin held its annual shareholder meeting on April 27, #WorldBEYONDWar chapter members picketed outside their MP’s office in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
A report on actions taken all over Canada. #WorldBEYONDWar
Dozens of #NoNewFighterJets protests took place across Canada this week calling on the government to cancel their planned purchase of 88 new war planes.