To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com VANA CONFERENCE CONDEMNS PLANNED SERIES OF U.S. NUCLEAR TESTS 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 proliferation. 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."