Send your message: “Welcome back, Steve”

This week Ceasefire.ca welcomes back Steve Staples, after almost four years away. I am just delighted to have Steve back on the Ceasefire.ca team. Please join me and send him a “Welcome back, Steve” message. – Peggy Mason

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164 Responses to “Send your message: “Welcome back, Steve””

  1. Bob StuartApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve
    My recent peace work has been trying to undo the dividing and conquering of progressive movements by diversion of blame from Plutocrats to “Patriarch,s” which has led to open racism and sexism directed at straight white men, no matter how peaceful.

  2. Jack ThornburghApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  3. Peter CoombesApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

    It’s great to see you back at Ceasefire.ca, right now we need an organized group like ceasefire.ca more than ever! There appears to be no voice for peace in Canada other than ceasefire.ca. .. our politician and media remain silent and even complicit in supporting US agression.

    The NDP and Liberals both opposed the Bush invasion of Iraq. The NDP under Jack Latton supported diplomacy in Afghanistan even when it was unpopular.

    Today we get silence or outright support for what is likely an illegal bombing of Syria.

    I hope ceasefire.ca can address the silence and bring our voices for peace and sanity to the national stage.

    Thank you
    Peter

    P.S. it’s probably time for me to increase my monthly donation… I’ll pledge an extra $10 per month… I hope that helps! P.C.

  4. Nancy BeachApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, with love & much appreciation! Join together with awe-inspiring Avaaz online 44 million member group ! And enjoy the “Parody Project” youtubes !

  5. Mike AntoniadesApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Well yes the team was doing well in your absence but the more fighters for peace the better.

    Yesterday I went to see The Indian Horse and this morning I listened to Prof. Paul Rogers’ interview on The Sunday Edition. What a window to the world we live in! The colonial mentality is alive and well. Public consciousness is so low. The work needed to bring peace is monumental. Your talents and dedication will definitely help.

  6. Marten BerkmanApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

    Thanks for being the lead so we have a place to focus our concerns and energy which together, can have an impact. The time is now to address conflict not through arms and violence, but dealing with poverty, inequality, lack of education and environmental stress. Ceasefire helps keep Canada on that track, thanks Steve!

  7. Gary CarlsonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  8. Michael MurphyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. We in the Saskatoon Peace Coalition look forward to working with you in the coming months and years. You will be very welcome to visit us, any time.

  9. Susan SchellenbergApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  10. Dave HubertApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  11. Kathleen RuffApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Super to have you back working at Ceasefire.ca to promote peace.

  12. Gordon DoctorowApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. So glad to see that you’ve been contributing so well fighting the military establishment in Canada, in actuality the profiteers who promote “the war racket”, as Buffy Saint Marie calls it. In solidarity, Gord

  13. Kathleen WagnerApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  14. John CurrieApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  15. Denise GirouxApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. I just want you to know that the work you and Peggy and so many others do is so important to the rest of us needing to hear your voice on these issues. Needing to see the analysis and facts you bring to the spin put on war machine production and sales (the pull back on peacekeeping, etc!) by politicians and big business and to be able to support and work with your leadership to counter the spin. Take good care of yourself because we need you and the country /world does too.

  16. Anne WoodworthApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Glad you are back. The world needs peacemakers now more than ever! Thanks you for your works!

  17. Owen FordApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  18. Chandler DavisApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Thanks for your work, whatever hat you’re wearing. Chandler Davis

  19. Sally LivingstonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  20. Josette WierApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Indeed times could not be more of need of you at Cease Fire. I know that you will inform and advise us appropriately. May you and all of us keep strong.

  21. James HeckApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. I’m happy to hear that you’re rejuvenated, and ready to work for peace again within the ceasefire.ca family. Your expertise and dedication will greatly enhance our work.

  22. terrill maguireApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  23. doris cassidyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  24. Ed NapierApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  25. John ParryApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Where were you 🙂 ? John

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:20 am #

      Hi John. Not far away – have been working with some terrific grouos helping w media work and reaching decision-makers. Cheers, Steve

  26. Dennid MorrisonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve there are many things your continued insight can provide us with the insight we need.

  27. Leon ComeauApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Good to see you back Steve, and stay strong for what lies ahead.

  28. Mavis DegirolamoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Hope it is good to be home.

  29. paraic mceneaneyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, We have to get Canada out of Nato ,what is Canada doing in Latvia and in the Ukraine it does not help one iota towards peace in the world plus a awfull waste of Taxpayers money!!?

  30. Jorge De CeccoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  31. Bill WoollamApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    I see its not politically correct to question the Israeli empire building and gradual genocide of Palestinian peoples and their territories. I also notice that the assault on Syria by US-backed mercenary rebels is being kept pretty hush hush….and all glossing over the very real threat of nuclear war with Russia… which such further US-backed assault will create. There is a known lack of evidence of who really is behind the use of chemical gas in the area (when both sides possess bio-chemical weaponry). Were not the US Administration the ones to supply bio-chemical weapons to Sadam Husein in Iraq so many years ago? Where has Canada’s stand against hegemony by US/Israeli/Saudi sanctioned military aggression in the Middle East been in the last 30 years. As Canadians we best not speak up, hey, or we get the trade-sanction and the added tariffs at the US border! Yet, oh Canada, how we arrogantly welcome ten thousand Syrian refugees into our home and First Nation’s land, in a feeble gesture to mitigate our own guilt for supporting the Middle Eastern slaughter ( ten yards at a time). Need I remind Canadians of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, and Syria with attempts on Lebanon and continual threats to Iran? This is the US/Israeli agenda for hegemony in the area. It was proposed by former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in his book ‘The Grand Chessboard’. Basically stating: when the empire which gains complete control of the Middle Eastern oil fields will have control over the distribution of a large degree of the world’s oil supplies…and thus will hold the most power to dominate. O, to be so polite, and in this political correctness support this dangerous and horrific assault initiated by the US/Israeli Administration for control of Middle Eastern oil resources and trade routes. Bill Woollam

  32. John TabakApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Now is the time when the Empire is convulsing and may explode in a vain attempt to maintain global hegemony at the expense of Russia and China. Canada needs to reassert itself as an international peacemaker, not just another Washington lapdog.

  33. Tim QuigleyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  34. Chris GuptaApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Are you working with http://coat.ncf.ca/?? These it very difficult to know if who is a front group in these matters

  35. Ann TruyensApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  36. Eileen OlexiukApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. And congratulations and heartfelt gratitude for keeping up your good work while away.

  37. Wolfgang KrugerApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve We need you all more than ever. This world is going nuts. When they talk about nuclear weapons as an option and wanting to start a war with Russia. The only option Russia will have is nuclear and that is what they have threatened. We can only guess how that will end. Canadian troopes on the Russian boarder. Never thought that Trudeau would be such a war monger.

  38. Radmila SwannApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  39. Christina RobertsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! We are so glad your batteries are recharged — your enthusiasm is truly infectious and we look forward to hearing about your new activities soon. With warmest best wishes to you and the whole team, Christina and John Roberts

  40. Yvonne ZarownyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve As someone who has health issues and whose sister has burnt out working on social/ecological justice issues numerous times … I empathize. To Be more effective we need to stop with the silo approaches and begin to understand how all is inter-related … wars and production of WMD are great for profiteers … particularly financial institutions which fund both sides; as well as manipulate well-meaning people through misinformation just to keep relatively short term profit coming in to them.

  41. Chris EmbersonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Glad to have you back

  42. Carol FoxApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  43. John GibbApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Your skills and compassion for peace work are truly appreciated and valued. There’s certainly no end of peace, social justice, and environmental work to do. WE continue to be faced with US hypocrisy – “let’s bomb civilians” due to possible use of illegal weaponry. For the US, and other allies, blinding exceptionalism allows amnesia to erase the victims of drones, white phosphorus, torture etc … A Canadian PM with backbone would stop “toadying” to the US over NAFTA etc., and speak strongly against US supported and led atrocities in Yemen, Gaza and elsewhere. Have you seen the latest from the “Parody Project”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD2Fu9bFsHM All the best Steve, and as you know, you are not alone.

  44. Mary Anne SchleinichApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve It is super encouraging to have your passion, and to know that your path in self care consisted in a larger part, of connecting with others passionate for building peace through challenging the systems of war. I know that their enthusiasm has refortified you, and we can use that kind of energy – the kind that comes from working together with other inspiring people. THANK YOU! And welcome back!!!

  45. Netta PhilletApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, maybe I should know but have forgotten, where were you? Shalom, Netta

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Netta – never far away. Working with local groups and other non profit groups, labour groups too. Hope all is well. Steve

  46. Barbara JohnstonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. In my opinion we must push for Canada to sign and ratify the UN Anti-nuclear treaty. Barbara

  47. George PayerleApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. You bring zest and insight. We have missed you.

  48. Dale AndrewsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. I remember you doing a huge amount of valuable work for the benefit of all. I am very grateful that you’re back!

  49. Murray LumleyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. It will be great to work with you again.

  50. Maura McGrathApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! May you continue to have the passion and energy for the ongoing justice non-violent journey!!

  51. Magda TheriaultApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! Glad that you are well and ready to help making Canada a peace leader again.

  52. Mark FrancisApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  53. George JacobyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. It will be freat to have your perspective and recent experience reflected in the Rideau Institute and general peace movement. I am concentrating on a Middle East peace settlements: Jewish State of israel and Arab state of Palestine with their capitals in West and East Jerusalem respectively and a shared international regime for the holy sites that Michael Bell worked on; and a Middle East security system that would include a nuclear and wmd free zone and appropriate mechanisms to moderate the many conflicts particularly with Iran. Although quite silent on the first issue, nice to see PM Trudeau has ruled out Canada participating in any military action against Syria. Hopedully there will be a move towards the Nuclear Ban treaty and iCanada signing is one of 30 resolutions up for discussion iat the Liberal Convention in Halifax – the only that directly questions government policy. Good luck with your rebooting and future work.

  54. Richard T. G. WalshApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Glad you’re back.

  55. Ken BillingsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve A Canadian government budget for military weapons is a criminal act in that it is stealing resources from what is really needed for all Canadians, extensive Healthcare (physical, mental, dental), affordable housing and non toxic food. Some other concerns are… The Bank of Canada ACT which has been disobeyed or ignored (take your pick) since 1974. From 1974 to 2012 we have paid $1.1 Trillion dollars in interest to private banks we did not due from 1938 to 1974. This I also consider a criminal act. The Comer.org group with the help of Toronto lawyer Rocco Galatti took the FEDs to court from 2011 to 2017 about this matter. The judge ruled it was a political matter and did nothing. The third thing is the disobeying of the Health Canada ACT by which Health Canada has set up laws to protect Canadians Health and Safety regarding food and drugs that Canadians are consuming. This is not the case. Dr. Shiv Chopra, a Health regulator for over 35 years, blew the whistle on the rBGH growth hormone in our milk in 1998-99 and testified at Agriculture and Forestry Hearings about other things that Health Canada was not doing to protect Canadian food. In 2004 along with several other scientists, they were fired for insubordination. The government under 4 PM’s spent $10 million dollars and 14 years to find Dr. Chopra insubordinate but spoke nothing about Health Canada, disobeying the Health Canada ACT. Dr Chopra wrote a book called “Corrupt to the Core – Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower and named everyone and was never sued but media silence and avoiding the real issues , protected those in power to this day. Dr. Chopra’s paper on Bayatril (an antibiotic) in 2004 is still banned from public viewing to this day. More info at CCFSH.org Sincerely, Ken Billings Exec. Director CCFSH.org Editor DIGILEAK Digileakcanada.weebly.com

  56. George KellyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve . Hope you can offer some inspiration re Canadian Peacekeeping options !

  57. Jean LawrenceApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi Steve, You and Peggy will be an indomitable team! So glad to have you back on board. All the best to you both.

  58. Prof.Meyer BrownstoneApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Our struggle needs the kind of talent and commitment you can provide. I am concerned by Canada’s increased militarization both in spurious defense terms and in terms of industrial militarism and arms trade, a great deal of which is concealed from the Canadian public and needs ventilation. We need to challenge all the political parties on these issues and make them crucial electoral issues. We need a policy of employment transition for the work force now engaged in arms production largely in foreign owned factories and largely for global trade purposes where the ultimate consumer is in many cases a repressive regime.

  59. george strunzApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  60. EUGENE BURLESApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  61. Larry KazdanApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! Bienvenu!

  62. Marie LloydApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. HEY-good!!

  63. Marie MichaudApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve we all want peace

  64. Allan S. TaylorApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  65. Mahmoud RowshandeliApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  66. Karen PidcockApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Hope you’ve been re-charged, renewed, re-vitalized, restored to give your committed energy to keeping before our country the urgent need to work for reconciliation & peace instead of revengeful, war-mongering acts!

  67. David GuyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  68. Carole TootillApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve!

  69. Maria FranciniApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  70. April 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, Thinking back to when Allan Rock was in the middle of registering guns, Then Harper canceled the program and deleted everything. We need to go back to registration.

  71. Donna McFaulApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  72. Mel WatkinsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, to the world that wants and needs you. Hope to see you soon

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks Mel! Me too

  73. Terry O'ConnorApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. With Trudeau in Ottawa and Trump in Washington, movements for peace are more urgent than ever. Very glad you are part of Ceasefire again

  74. Albert DarmoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! We need you !! help us make the liberals realize that our current military is too much for Canadians to bear. and that we don’t want anymore foreign interventions Best regards Albert darmo

  75. Stuart RyanApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Ceasefire will benefit from your presence.

  76. Angus MacIsaacApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Great work you guys are doing…in spite of the tough odds you are up against. Our government is complicit in the ugliness going on in Gaza right now simply by not standing up against Israel. Our policy of supplying arms to the Saudis also makes our government complicit in the myriad human rights violations they are responsible for. To top it off, our “mainstream-media” is simply a propaganda machine for the military industrial complex…stories like the atrocities in Gaza and Yemen receive no coverage here at all. These are but a few examples of the swath of ugliness that the Canadian government is regularly engaged in. Sorry for the diatribe…good to see you are on the case man. Angus

  77. Fern WalkerApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. It is very understandable that you were burnt out. Be sure to look after yourself so it doesn’t happen again. Fern Walker and Michael Siddall

  78. Carol PickupApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve and keep up your great work for us all at Ceasefire!! Hugs Carol

  79. Cymry GomeryApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! I know you have never stopped working for peace! There you were, at the ICAN ceremony in Ottawa a few months ago, for example! 🙂

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      That was so much fun

  80. Mary Jane EasonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve We need people like you and organizations such as Ceasefire.ca more than ever today as global militarization continues to expand. Confronting institutions of war is a huge responsibility and does make a difference. Thank you for your commitment and work in educating the public and putting pressure on governments which are so vulnerable to corrupt influences. Challenging as it is, the work you and your colleagues and supporters brings a ray of hope to the world and does make a huge difference. Without these voices of conscience I cannot imagine how much worse the world would be. Thank you.

  81. John DuddyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. For many years I have asked Ceasefire.ca to demand the Canadian government investigate the murder of 24 Canadians on 9/11, 2001 in New York. You must know 2973 architects/engineers point out that the official 9/11 report defies the laws of physics. We have sent Canadian military members to death in wars based on 9/11 and WMD lies. Only one MP voted against bombing Libya. The rest are guilty of supporting war.

  82. Andrew BrookApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  83. Luis GiribaldoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  84. Sandra StephensonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  85. Brian CollingeApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back! sometimes we need to take a break from everything for a while to get back to life, then come back and get into action again. cheers!

  86. Peter GnassApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve I am working for a better life with my ass. artsessionmtl.com

  87. Richard BissonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  88. S J LenkoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  89. Jody BerlandApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! I am delighted to learn you will be back with Ceasefire. You have been a great champion for the anti-militarization movement and I enjoyed corresponding with you when I wanted to learn more. I am looking forward to more news coming from your direction.

  90. John MurrayApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve glad you had a good “working” rest — recharging your batteries hang in and carry on — jack

  91. Ruth Bradley-St-CyrApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve!!! Burnout is such an issue when we are working to make the world a better place and it just stubbornly refuses. Welcome back to an organization that works doggedly to make that better world. — Ruth

  92. Susan RuzicApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve!! Great to see you back!

  93. Donald KerrApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve I hope you will keep driving forward on: – Peace making -Shutting down sales of arms to Saudi Arabia – opening our embassy in Iran – getting Canada to sign on to ICAN – recognizing that economic liberalism is retrograde and that corporate Canada is a major influence in gov’t decisions e.g Arms, foreign policy, economy, GDP emphasis, inequality…

  94. Haifa MillerApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Steve, I’am happy to hear that you are back and I will continue to support your work whenever I can. Sincerely, Haifa Miller

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:29 am #

      Thanks Haifa. Hope all is well with you and the family 🙂 Steve

  95. Elilzabeth WoodworthApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  96. Merran ProctorApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve – keep up the energy, we need you.

  97. Anne StreeterApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Absolutely welcome back! Today there is no more important issue than peace! Unfortunately we are hearing precious little about this from our federal parties and where is the anti war movement that was so powerful during the Vietnam war years. We need to move quickly as things are looking very grim at the moment.

  98. Roger CrowtherApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve One of the great pleasures of being a Trade Union Leader was meeting people like you who are working for Peace and Social Justice You have always understood that the two were linked End the Arms Race in Vancouver Co chaired by the Vancouver and District Labour Council for many years knew that as well I have always appreciated that you were on the side of both workers and all of humanity Your energy for Peace and Social Justice is Contagious This is exciting news!

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:29 am #

      Thanks Roger. I had good training, brother! Steve

  99. Michael CoppsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Just in! Our leader has just done an “about face” on pipelines, as it appears to me. Justin needs more value added input!

  100. Martha Froese-KooijengaApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve I heard you speak several years ago in Saskatoon and enjoyed that very much. The threat of nuclear war seems more real than ever before. You would be a welcome truthful face on weekly news across Canada instead of evasive politicians. Lets work on that! Martha

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:30 am #

      I remember! Thanks Martha

  101. Jean-Pierre TurcotteApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve keeping busy at this end fighting for the environment by blocking KinderMorgan’s diluted bitumen pipeline, a colonial aggression. The fight to end militarism is effectively a fight to promote a sustainable environment and planet. Thank you for all you do.

  102. Erika SimpsonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    This is the best news I have heard all week! Thank you Steve! Prof. Erika Simpson, Western University

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks Erika – hope to see you soon! Steve

  103. Joan NathansonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, Glad to hear you have found the missing personal energy link! I’m a dowser as well as a supporter of Ceasefire, just turned 80, so more of a cheering squad member at this point. I will ask via dowsing for daily energy for all the staff at Ceasefire on a regular basis as you keep up the good work together. (I know about burnout!) Mindfulness training may be helpful, too. Remembering we are not alone is key to avoiding burnout.

  104. Carl RosenbergApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! I’ve always admired all your work with Ceasefire.ca, and am looking forward to seeing more of it.

  105. Frances DeverellApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve We’re having Peggy speak at CUSJ in May. Glad to have you back but I’m also glad you had a chance to recharge and reconnect with the movement on the ground.

  106. Gorden AndrusApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  107. Dennis TeskeyApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Let’s get Canada out of arms industry

  108. Doreen McConachieApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  109. Maria TurnerApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  110. Penny OyamaApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! Living in Burnaby, B. C. is quite exciting these days! I’ve been up the mountain a few times and have learned, among other things, how much Canadians DON’T know about indigenous knowledge! Having attended the World Peace Forum in Vancouver all those years ago – where I saw you in person! – helped me to further understand the many ways all these issues are connected. I still think that Naomi Klein’s books should be “must reads” for every Canadian (in an ideal world, I know!), as the explanations and research she has done make the position we now find ourselves in so understandable. As well, like Maude Barlow, Klein offers many rays of hope. All this being said, I would still LOVE it if there were a way for Canadian taxpayers to withold the amounts from their annual taxes that would be used for military expenditures. And in light of the political “spat” going on between the provincial governments of B. C. and Alberta, with push from the feds, this makes me want to withold amounts that would potentially be used to buy shareholder support for Big Oil to continue forcing that disastrous pipeline from the tar sands to Burnaby! As we well know, it’s all connected! Thanks for all you do, Steve!

  111. Lucille AntonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Wishing yuye

  112. Frank ManuelApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  113. Helen MayApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  114. Celyn DufayApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve!! Getting the gang back together for a new album and extended reunion tour? Awesome! Can’t wait. I’ve been reading Jonathan B Tuckers “War of Nerves: chemical warfare from World War One to Al-Qaeda” and thinking on how frequently/increasingly these weapons are being used these days. These crimes need to stop. I look forward to helping the Ceasefire team fight for peace.

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks brother

  115. Mervyn RussellApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. I am still working with the little group in Oakville supporting ICAN. We have e-petition 1402 on the parliamentary e-petitions site urging Canada to sign the UN Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Could Ceasefire make this petition known?

  116. Stewart ShieldsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve So glad to hear your back—with the mid-east still in turmoil and Trump the power house in United States your energies will not be wasted!!! Stew Shields

  117. Adam HitchcockApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve You ask for suggestions for Ceasefire to focus on. Stopping Canadian arms sales to Saudia Arabia, and in general, embargo-ing weapons into Middle East seems like a good focus. Glad you are back and bringing your energy to Ceasefire. Adam

  118. Robert PeelApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! I have been researching the concept of “sustainable development” the last 17 years, a concept that requires a paradigm shift in education. “Peace education” is synonymous to “education for sustainable development”. If Ceasefire’s strategy includes promoting education reform i would love to assist in this area (probono).

  119. Alexander CrichtonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Are you on Twitter?

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:33 am #

      @stevenstaples

  120. Phyllis ReeveApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, While the work of Ceasefire.ca has forged ahead in this time when peace-work is more important than ever, I have missed your special brand of expression and energy. Both you AND Peggy – what inspiration.

  121. Toby DentApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Read Arthur Manuel’s Reconciliation Manifesto if you haven’t already done so and stand against Trudeau’s white colonialist brunch excluding Indigenous leaders. No peace there…just warmongering, violence threatening, genocide provoking tactics. Canada is a mess. Glad you’re back.

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks Toby, I met Art Manuel in 2000 in DC at big anti WTO/IMF protests. He is missed. Cheers, Steve

  122. Trudy ThorgeirsonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve I’m still with Council of Canadians -Cowichan Valley where I first met you may years ago

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      I remember the lovely meeting we had that day Trudy. It was a summer’s day and we were out in the grass – near the water? Good times. Best, Steve

  123. Robin CollinsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  124. beate denzApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve I am amazed/this is just what I wanted to hear and to begin to think and believe and act again…that we humans want peace and want to learn how to do that…..by, to not creating fear and build weapons that will kill and definitely not create peace…weapons leave peaceful dead bodies or maimed bodies and minds. Peace, what is that?! WELCOME BACK STEVE! Thanks you making my morning, from Beate

  125. Richard BernierApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! The world needs you more than ever.

  126. Edwin DanielApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve We have missed and we now need you more than ever. Ed

  127. Sel BurrowsApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, As a community activist in the inner city of Winnipeg I know the pressures. However there aren’t enough of us so please keep some balance in your life so you can continue the struggle

  128. Sheila CanoApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve! We are glad you are back with the Ceasefire team. Four years has passed so quickly – and there is so much good work to continue doing. All the best to you and Peggy and everyone who works so hard to keep us informed about the important issues of peace and democracy.

  129. Jon MainersApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  130. Claude RobertApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  131. Peter BurbidgeApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve So glad your 4 year journey was so helpful and energizing. Looking forward to helping to keep “peace” up front and such an important contribution to the discussions.

  132. Budd HallApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Timing is good Steve. Peace movement gaining ground

  133. Sandra BruneauApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. I didn’t know you or know that you were away, but the experiences you relate since 2014 have me all charged up to anticipate excitedly your Ceasefire co-leadership in the weeks and months to come! In your absence, Peggy Mason continues to do an AMAZING Job. Ceasefire is indeed fortunate to have you both. Peace be with you.

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:38 am #

      Peggy is amazing and we are all so fortunate to have her with us. Thanks Sandra

  134. Helen RiordonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Let’s put Canada on the side of Peace. Let’s have the Dept. of Peace instead of the Military Dept.

  135. Lynn ParisApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  136. Jacqueline (Jackie) T. RabbitskinApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Keep fighting the good fight on behalf of all Canadians. Thank you!

  137. Nachiko YokotaApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, hope you can make a change in all this terrible arms race…..

  138. Andrew ClementApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve. Getting to know better those working for peace on the ground in their communities sounds like a very productive and energizing way to spend your extended sabbatical.

  139. Linda KellarApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  140. Guy St HilaireApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  141. Christine JohnstonApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  142. David LangilleApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  143. Patricia WillisApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve You’re a gem!

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks Patti 🙂 hope to see you soon! Steve

  144. Marie-France ArismendiApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve Happy to see you recharged your batteries and are ready to work for peace. We need it more than ever in these turbulent and uncertain times. And thank you for all the work you did in the past and will do again.

  145. Pierre JasminApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve, and I am sure that you will be more efficient than Trudeau stating three years ago that Canada would be back… Happy for your always meaningful involvment for peace and disarmament!

    • Steven StaplesApril 16, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Merci Pierre 🙂

  146. Aryon ElmersApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve!!

  147. Abdul PiraniApril 15, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve
    Wishing you, Peggy and Ceasefire all
    the best.
    Abdul

  148. Jonathan TrautmanApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

  149. Ron MacDougallApril 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Welcome back, Steve

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