Science for Peace Retreat, March 8-10, 1996

Place: Bolton Conference Centre
Time: Friday--Sunday, 8-10 March, 1996

PRESENT             TEL or e-mail
Alcock, Norman      519-795-7326
Alcock, Pat         705-789-6334
Burkhardt, Helmut   
Dorn, Trudy          705-295-4533
Dorn, Walter        
Farlinger, Shirley
Fawcett, Eric        
Gardner, Connie      416-485-3522
Gardner, Terry       416-485-3522
Gotlieb, Calvin     
Newcombe, Hanna      905-628-2356
Paul, Derek         
Phillips, Alan      
Russell, Ian        
Smith, Jean          416-535-6605
Spencer, Metta      
Stroyman, Herschel   416-533-7664
Valleau, John       
Vise, Joe           
Wilcock, Ross        
Wiseman, Henry       519-822-9922

REGRETS (partial list)

Abah, Patience; Creighton, Phyllis; Crowell, George; Ellen, Richard;
Gombay, Brydon; Hathaway, George; Gordon, Myron; Guttman, Irwin; Holloway,
Clive; Larsen, Ellen; Lees, Ronald; Lorch, Lee; Mandy, Margot; Meisel,
John;  Michalos, Alex; Newton, John; Purdy, Gary; Rapoport, Anatol;
Robinson, Bill;  Runte, Roseann; Slavin, Alan; Snieckus, Vic; Summers,
Craig; Thompson, Jon;  Thompson, Paul. 

CONTRIBUTORS by e-mail, Fax, Tel or Canada Post
Baxter, Bob; Bloom, Myer; Creery, Ray [AC = Advisory Council Member]; 
Dwivedio, O. P.; Fischer, Gaston; Korol, Robert; McLaren, Digby [AC];
Miller, Joanna [AC]; Miller, Morris; Pearson, Geoffrey [AC]; Polanyi, 
John [AC]; Powles, Cyril; Rudmin, Floyd; Russell, Peter; Sakeris, John; 
Simpson, Ed; Smith, Michael [AC]; Santa-Barbara, Joanna [AC]; Soskolne, 
Colin; Trainor, Lynn; Vijh, Ashok; Vorst, Jesse; Weatherley, Alan & 
Robena; Woolfson, David; Zessner, Walter.
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BACKGROUND MATERIAL
1] Members Proposals 
sent by the CONTRIBUTORS listed above  are attached to this e-mail;

2] Working Groups (12, including 3 in the planning stage);

3] Public Lectures in 1995 (14 including 3 Roundtable Discussions);

4] Science for Peace Books (11 in print);

5] Peace Magazine 1995: articles in the Science for Peace section;

6] Letters to Government in 1995 (subjects only);

7] Projects planned for 1996/97: a) Conference on Lessons of Yugoslavia
   b) Technology of Peace (and other research projects with student interns)
   proposed by Walter Dorn;

8] Franz Blumenfeld Peace Fund: background and terms;

9] Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibit: a description;

10] Appeal for new members: a sample letter;

11] International Peace Bureau (SfP is a member) Report for December 1995;

12] International Network os Scientists and Engineers (SfP is a member)
    Report for December 1995;
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AGENDA
After an evening of discussion of the proposals of members, both present 
and absent, the following topcs were chosen by a show of hands for further
more extended discussion:

A-list
1] Societal Verification (whistle-blowing)
2] Global Environment and Economy
3] Educational activities of SfP

B-list
4] International Law: justice in intl affairs
5] Offshore peace: Chechnya, Bosnia....
6] New ideas for the U.N.
7] Weapons Control: nuclear, landmines...

Other topics proposed for discussion that did not however lead to 
decisions to act include:
* Abolition 2000 (continuation of World Court Project)
* Canadian Unity
* Contractual research (think-tank)
* technology transfer and copyrights
* monolithic global culture (see topic 2] above)
* NATO--expansion or abolition?

Housekeeping items discussed include:
* Fund-raising (including Franz Blumenfeld Fund)
* Recruiting new members
* Increasing the commitment of members
* Collaboration with other peace groups

Discussion of these topics will not be described here, but decisions to 
take action are given in the next section, q.v.
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DECISIONS for ACTION (item numbers refer to the list above)

1] Societal Verification: a Roundtable Discussion will be organized by the
   Working Group on U.N. Reform in the early summer of 1996.

2] Educational activities:
   * Reactivate the Science for Peace Media Contact List (now under way);
   * Start a Film Club;
   * Promote the SfP World-Wide-Web Home Page. 

3] Retreat (or "Thought-Fest") in the Fall of 1996 with the principal theme:
   " From Barbarism to Civility".

4] Conference on "Lessons from Yugoslavia" is now in planning, and 
   funding is being sought.
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MEMBERS PROPOSALS for the Science for Peace Retreat, March 1996

The first seven item are contributions form members sent by FAX or Canada Mail, which were not transcribed onto e-mail, and are available on request.

NOTE: [AC] denotes a member of the Advisory Council


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