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Columnist urges commitment to peace during Cold War

The Story

Thanks to fallout shelters, we are literally burying our heads in the sand, says columnist Ron Haggart. Criticizing the government's stance that war is inevitable, Haggart urges politicians and citizens alike to adopt a commitment to peace. The mindset that war is unavoidable scars our psyches and ruins our concept of normality. In this CBC Radio editorial, Haggart argues that the anticipation of nuclear war is becoming so commonplace, people are beginning to believe it really won't be so bad after all.

Medium: Radio
Program: Speaking Personally
Broadcast Date: Nov. 23, 1961
Commentator: Ron Haggart
Duration: 8:32

Did You know?

• Other nuclear disarmament protesters in Canada included the Voice of Women. Following the dramatic Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, VOW President Thérèse Casgrain questioned "[Will] we be in the death throes of radiation agony, or more mercifully dead? Facing the ultimate crisis forces us to re-evaluate what is important in life, what do I stand for? These questions are easy for any mother to answer."


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