Physicians for Global Survival (PGS)

[Updated June 22, 2015]

About the affiliate

Physicians for Global Survival lost its charitable status in 2012, because of its advocacy against nuclear weapons and nuclear energy risks to society.  Many other like- minded organizations in Canada are under scrutiny by the Federal Conservative government.

 Thus, PGS had to spend considerable time re-structuring itself but our mission remains unchanged and we will continue to alert the public about the hazards of all things nuclear.  In fact, we are now freer to speak out loudly and intend to do so.

We will continue recruiting and involving physicians and future physicians, other health care professionals and concerned citizens in our events.   We helped to sponsor medical students attending  the Peace conference in Nepal and also the IPPNW student Congress and bike tour in August 2012. Most recently, May 2-4, 2014, we co-sponsored the Pegasus Conference with our sister organization, Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace to address Global Health, Peace and Sustainability.  Many described it as a life changing experience –  working in solidarity to address social determinants of health.

 Submissions by PGS members to the Canadian Nuclear Safety  Commission helped stop the re-opening of the Gentilly-2, Quebec,  nuclear power plant and most recently, in collaboration with other organizations, led to the reversal of the re-furbishing of 4 reactors in Darlington, Ontario.  The federal judge agreed that not enough time and consideration had been given to properly consider the environmental effects of radioactive waste, accidents and emissions. 

PGS board members continue to participate in the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons meetings toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

On May 16, 2014, PGS published “From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You, A Primer of Radiation and Health” written by former PGS Executive Director Dr. Dale Dewar and student researcher Florian Oelck. On April 14-16, 2015 PGS and other organizations held an international symposium on uranium in Quebec, Canada. For more information about the affiliate, read their June newsletter, Turning Point.