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Steven Staples

Missile Defence: Round One

Date Recorded: Nov 10th, 2006
Recorded At: Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, BC
Recorded By: Thomas Hicks, Necessary Voices Society
Duration: 59:30  

Topic Background

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US embarked on a mission to resurrect the ballistic missile defense program known as Star Wars, once envisioned by Ronald Reagan. But when Bush turned to Canada to support the program, he touched off a political firestorm. Staples explains how an unlikely coalition of parliamentarians, peace activists, former diplomats, experts and ordinary citizens were able to stop Canadian participation.

Speaker Biography

Steven Staples is the Director of the Rideau Institute in Ottawa, a frequent contributor to journals, magazines, and conferences, and is often called upon to comment on defence and public policy-related issues by the national and international news media.

He is regularly invited to appear before federal government committees and departments to speak about defence and foreign policy issues.
His years of work with popular organizations, including the Council of Canadians and the Polaris Institute, has made him well-known amongst civil society organizations, and he speaks regularly to audiences in Canada and the United States, and around the world.

Through his work with the Rideau Institute, Steven Staples has helped to launch Ceasefire.ca, to provide people with Web-based tools to take political action and promote peace, disarmament and social justice, and rightoncanada.ca, a web-based campaign to put Human Rights back on Canada’s agenda.

Born in the Maritimes and a long-time resident of Vancouver, Steven now lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

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