TorontoNAJC November Update

November 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm
Setsuko Thurlow

Setsuko Thurlow. Photo: Ron Shimizu

TorontoNAJC congratulates Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow OC who will be accepting the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, [ICAN]. The prize recognizes the work of ICAN over many decades for advocating the global ban of nuclear weapons in which Mrs. Thurlow was instrumental. As a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, in 1945, she remembers and has recounted in graphic detail the horror of the tragic incident in which hundreds of thousands of civilians were incinerated and maimed, many bearing lifelong and even intergenerational effects. The human toll and suffering resulting from a nuclear weapon is endless.

The Nobel Prize recognizes the crucial role of ICAN in the attainment of a major milestone achieved on July 7 of this year when a landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 countries. In being chosen to accept the Nobel on behalf ICAN, Mrs. Thurlow is rightly recognized for her tireless and courageous efforts over a lifetime in advocating an international ban of atomic weapons the world over. Through her countless speeches as a survivor she conveyed to decision-makers the real cost of human suffering of unleashing a horrible weapon on ordinary citizens.

“I want you to feel the presence of not only the future generations, who will benefit from your negotiations to ban nuclear weapons, but to feel a cloud of witnesses from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The memories and images of those who perished have always supported and guided me. I think this is how many survivors have kept on living – to make sure that the deaths of their loved ones were not in vain”.

Mrs. Thurlow has spoken many times in Toronto at the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day commemoration at Nathan Phillips Square held in early August. Her speeches are always listened to with respect. TorontoNAJC thanks and salutes Mrs. Thurlow for her tireless campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.

The Special Luncheon“Honouring JCs on the 75th Anniversary of their Displacement and Internment in Canada” – hosted by TorontoNAJC scheduled for November 25 at Momiji Centre is sold out. The tickets were sold out very quickly much to our surprise. While every effort was made to accommodate as many people as possible in the venue, TorontoNAJC is truly sorry that it cannot accommodate everyone who wished to attend.

Plans are proceeding to have an exhibit of photos depicting life in different internment camps thanks to the assistance of the JCCC Heritage Committee. In addition the members of the Heritage Committee will invite attendees to browse their camp photos to identify individuals. Also, the Momiji Health Care Society will have a booth to provide information of their elderly care services. There will be a live band with a featured vocalist and guitarist as well as a performance artist and popular community dancers to make for full afternoon of entertainment. We are grateful to our contributing partners: the Toronto Buddhist Church, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Momiji Health Care Society for selling tickets to the event. Financial support from the National NAJC’s Community Development Fund covered some of the expenses of the event. Donations from GG Electronics and HollisWealth*/Marty Kobayashi were gratefully received as well.

* HollisWealth® is a division of Industrial Alliance Securities Inc., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada

Japanese Social Services Annual Food Drive has started to help the less fortunate in our community. All donated items are delivered to each family and individual before Christmas. TorontoNAJC urges all its members and friends to participate in the drive. Items being sought include non-perishable Japanese food that are unopened and not expired – rice, soy sauce, miso, dry food and canned goods , new or like-new winter clothing (scarves, gloves etc) toys and presents . Drop articles off at the following locations: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – main entrance 6 Garamond Ct Toronto; Ikebata Nursery @ the JCCC ; JSS Office@the JCCC: Momiji Centre 3555 Kingston Rd Scarborough; Japanese Gospel Church 301 Silver Star Blvd Scarborough; Toronto Buddhist Church 1011 Sheppard Ave W Toronto; Toronto Japanese Seventh –day Adventist Church 19 Mortimer Ave Toronto and St Andrews Japanese Anglican Congregation located in St David’s Church 49 Donlands Ave Toronto. Online donations received at Tax receipts issued for donations $10.00 and over.