Feb 16, 2010
Last week, Mississauga City Council passed a resolution for Mayor Hazel McCallion to join
Mayors for Peace; a group established in 1982 by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the
goal of eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons.
"Peace has to start with each individual, as well as the community, before it spreads
throughout the world," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "I would be happy to join Mayors
for Peace because this is what we pray for and hope for, and its not just nuclear weapons we
have to fight. There are other situations in the world where people are dying. We have a lot of
work to do so anything we can do to help is very important."
The current Mayors for Peace campaign calls for a total abolition of nuclear weapons by the
year 2020. There are more than 3,800 cities that have joined the movement, including 75 in
Canada. The group's mission is to raise public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear
weapons and to contribute to world peace by working to eliminate poverty and starvation, assist
refugees fleeing local conflict, support human rights and protect the environment.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing
its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation,
operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading
Today for Tomorrow."