U.S. plans for a series of nuclear tests, beginning June 18, were
vigorously protested by those attending the Ontario-Quebec biennial 
Conference of  Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA), held at Geneva Park, 
Lake Couchiching, June 12-13.   These tests along with those of other
countries, compromise the achievement of a meaningful Comprehensive Test 
Ban Treaty in 1996, according to Marion Frank, Conference Committee, and
President of the Metro Toronto Branch of VANA.

The Conference said these tests should be banned, no matter in what
form, or by what country and called on the Canadian government to declare 
against all nuclear testing by all states.

According to Barbara McKee, Ontario Co-ordinator, the Conference also
called on the government to work for a treaty among all states by the 
year 2000 that has a binding timetable for the abolition of all nuclear 
weapons in the world.   VANA members will work through their Members of 
Parliament to urge the government to implement this goal. The initiative 
for such a treaty is being undertaken world wide, and isknown as 
Abolition 2000.   Greetings were brought from Quebec VANA President, Henri
Beauchamp, and from Norman Hall,  VANA National Executive.

The Conference went on record urging the Canadian government to cancel
the agreement permitting the United States to practice submarine warfare 
at Nanoose Bay near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and to create a public 
commission to develop a plan to convert the base to civilian use. 
It also called on Canada to cease  current negotiations regarding the
sale of CANDU reactors to China because of the consequences for

The VANA conference also protested Canada's sponsorship and support of  
Subcon Vlll, an arms bazaar funded by corporations, arms makers, and the  
government. It was held in Mississauga onthe same day as the VANA 
Conference.  Barbara McKee stated: "The event contradicts long-standing 
public statements of the  Government of Canada against the deadly
international traffic in arms."