Sunday, 24 June 2018

Suggestions for 'World Beyond War' Conference in Toronto Sept. 21 - 22, 2018

The forthcoming peace conference in Toronto, Canada in September 2018 appears like the ultimate in world peace conferences. Its organizer is David Swanson, founder and Director of World BEYOND War.

The confirmed speakers are impressive, including retired Canadian anthropologist Dr. Saul Arbess, who is currently the Director of the Canadian Peace Initiative (formerly known as the Canadian Dept. of Peace Initiative) that I have been associated with since its birth in 2006.

The conference shows much promise, and these additions would make it more effective.

The Doukhobors should be included under 'War Abolishers' (right column). In 1895, 7,000 Russian pacifists in Russia burned their guns — a public declaration to the world that violence and wars are wrong and that non killing is the way of the future. As a Doukhobor, I have been taught that it is wrong to kill another human being because there is a spark of god/love/beauty in each of us, and war is a crime.

At least three speakers from important organizations should be included in the Speaker's List:
  • Prof. Johan Galtung, Transcend Media Service, a peace journalist for over 65 years. He is founder of Transcend International and rector of Transcend Peace University.
  • A representative for The Center for Global Nonkilling founded in 2007 by the late Dr. Glenn D. Paige in Hawaii. Its goal: 'to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world'.
  • Sharon Tennison of The Center For Citizen Initiatives, California, builds bridges of peace through citizen diplomacy between Russia and the USA.
World BEYOND War is a global network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war. Its success is described as being driven by a people-powered movement. Support their work for a culture of peace. World BEYOND War PO Box 1484 Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA


  1. Ingrid Style, Quebec24 June 2018 at 09:12

    Thank you, Koozma for promoting the WBW Conference.
    The Doukhobors are indeed a wonderful example to us all of a people who pioneered non-violent resistance.
    ... and I know that your life personally has been devoted to the promulgation of peace.

  2. Bill Bhaneja, Ottawa, Ontario24 June 2018 at 22:27

    Thank you, Koozma. Great to see mention of Nonkilling in it, hope you will get an opportunity to present a paper on the topic. Peace, Bill

  3. Lawrence Klippenstein, Winnipeg, Manitoba24 June 2018 at 22:30

    Thanks for notification on this, and trust the gathering will go well. Not likely we will come in here, but am interested in hearing about the results.

  4. Gordon Breedyk, Ottawa, Ontario24 June 2018 at 22:32

    Thanks Koozma,
    I hadn't heard of this.

  5. John & Barb Taylor, Vancouver, BC25 June 2018 at 06:29

    I met Koozma Tarasoff at a peace conference in Ottawa back in the 1980s. He took photos and kindly sent some to me. I think of the Doukhobor contribution to peace as an important one.

  6. Thanks for sharing this, Koozma!

  7. William S. Geimer, Sooke, BC26 June 2018 at 09:08

    I hope you know of the conference in Toronto 21-22 Sept sponsored by I am one of the speakers.
    My peace group, Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network ( is a sponsor so we have a table. In addition to organizational materials from network members, I will have my book there and I can probably bring a couple of copies of 150 Canadian Stories of Peace.

    I am looking for a group or a person to share setup and staffing of the table. There is no charge. VIPDN has paid the fee. The conference starts with an hour meet and greet around the tables at 4 p.m. on Friday, the 21st. I won’t get to Toronto until 3:30 if flight is on time. If you can come down, or if you have contacts in Toronto who might join me in this, I would appreciate it.

    In any event, please check out the program for No War 2018 and spread the word.