Dr. Stephen G. Moore, Regina-community-minded to the end....

Dr. Stephen G. Moore, Regina-community-minded to the end....

Postby Oscar » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:18 am

Canada should oppose nuclear arms proliferation

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Published on: August 17, 2017 | Last Updated: August 17, 2017 1:09 PM CST

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Dr. Stephen G. Moore of Regina writes:

Canada’s role in the global arms trade, and its role in nuclear proliferation in particular is a disgrace. In this year alone, it seems Canadian equipment has been used by Saudi Arabia, while former MPs Irwin Cotler and Daniel Turp acknowledge Canada’s role and call for a halt of such sales, saying, “Don’t sell weapons to serious human rights violators.” Their message couldn’t be clearer: No guns or weapons to human rights violators.

Names aside, labels aside and parties aside, an eerie choir of undertakers echoes our national anthem down Bay Street to the tune of billions of dollars paid to the global arms trade. This depressing scene says nothing of Canada’s role as a spreader of nuclear weapons, technology and materials. These dreadful weapons of mass destruction cause weapons to be planned and built in India, China and elsewhere, increasing the total global stock of world-ending machines.

The stakes could scarcely be higher. Global warming and climate change, as well as global nuclear arms proliferation, are the two great threats to continued human existence. Canada must stand four-square against both. Earlier this year, more than 100 nations voted to stop altogether the trade in nuclear arms. Canada was not among them. We cited NATO’s self-defence policy as our reason, the very same reason nations like North Korea, Pakistan, India and China use to ignore the non-proliferation treaty.

Let us stand on the right side of human history, giving voice to peace and allowing future generations to have their voices heard.
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Re: MOORE: Canada should oppose nuclear arms proliferation

Postby Oscar » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:22 am

Family and friends remember Stephen Moore, community-minded to the end

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Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post Published on: August 17, 2017 | Last Updated: August 17, 2017 5:46 PM CST

Since moving to Regina in 2002, Stephen Moore has been an active member of the community. He died on Aug. 16.

As naïve undergraduate students, Ben Barootes and a friend approached their instructor Stephen Moore about supervising an off-the-books course on Arthurian literature.

“We were so clueless and didn’t know he wasn’t a tenure-track professor, he was just paid by the course, and he wouldn’t be paid for this course,” Barootes recalled.

But Moore did it anyway, teaching them “out of the goodness of his heart and out of interest,” said Barootes, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

This should be no surprise to those who knew Moore, by all accounts a man who thought only of others and who cared about his community and humanity.

A longtime advocate for peace and justice, among Moore’s last words were those dictated to his 21-year-old daughter Emily from his hospital bed on Monday, and sent to the Leader-Post on Tuesday morning.

“Canada’s role in the global arms trade, and its role in nuclear proliferation in particular is a disgrace,” his letter reads.

“Let us stand on the right side of human history, giving voice to peace and allowing future generations to have their voices heard.”

His letter was published Thursday, too late for Moore to see.

He died Wednesday at Pasqua Hospital due to liver and kidney disease. He was 47.

Moore’s Twitter biography offers a brief but accurate self-description: “I’m an English teacher, a political junkie, a community volunteer, and a fan of the Oxford comma.”

Moore and his wife Susan Bauman, both of whom earned PhDs at Queen’s University in Kingston, began teaching English at the University of Regina in 2002.

Moore was most recently a sessional professor at Luther College.

Though not a tenured faculty member, Moore was an active member of the university community. He was the grievance chair for the academic union, the U of R Faculty Association.

Sun, rain or snow, he would ride his bike to campus from his home in Hillsdale. Popping into The Owl for his signature pint of Rickard’s Red, it wasn’t rare to catch him wearing a helmet or with pant leg taped so as not to catch in the chain.

Standing about five-foot-six, as Barootes remembers, the man with the big smile loved a pint, a meal, wordplay and good stories.

“He was hobbit-like in many ways,” said Barootes. “When he was healthy, you could cast him as Sam Gamgee.”

Moore hadn’t spent all of the last 15 years in the U of R’s employ. He exercised that “political junkie”ism in a federal electoral run for the NDP in 2008, then spent two years as the provincial party’s chief of staff. He also helped canvass and work on others’ campaigns.

“Politics was always a vehicle to help people,” said Trevor Morin, a friend and fellow NDP member. “In politics you often meet people who are blindly ambitious or who are working towards advancing a career, and for Stephen it was always about the cause, it was always about the people, about who he could help.”

“He was an active citizen fighting for a better community, a stronger province, a fairer country,” said friend and NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon.

In 2009, Moore was honoured during the Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit for his volunteer work as a Regina Public Library English tutor.

Since moving to Regina, the native of Saint John, N.B., organized rallies and vigils and served on committees to better the community.

“Even though he was ‘from away,’ as they say in the Maritimes, he still rooted himself so strongly in the community here,” said Dorothy Lane, Moore’s colleague at Luther College.

Moore was a founder of the group Making Peace Vigil in 2007, and spent many a Thursday noon hour handing out pamphlets on the F.W. Hill Mall.

“Nobody in their right mind wouldn’t be for peace and justice, I think that’s how Stephen felt about it,” said Florence Stratton, a former English department colleague and fellow peace advocate.

“He didn’t have to think about it, it wasn’t something he had to contemplate, he just knew that peace and social justice were things that needed to be struggled for.”

In Moore’s last days, said Bauman, he wished he’d focused his career more on research and less on teaching.

“He tended to downplay his achievements,” said Bauman.

“I think his achievements are measured in people, and I think that still is so much more than most people would achieve.”

“He was just really good at connecting with people. He made lots of deep friendships; everywhere he went he was able to do that,” said Emily Moore.

Stephen Moore was a lover of words, specializing in medieval and Anglo-Saxon studies and relishing the chance to share etymology with his students.

He also had a great sense of humour — “wry and clever and witty,” as his wife recalled.

He even joked about being ill, to Lane about the post-apocalyptic fiction course he’d taught, and to his family while in hospital.

In his last days, with a doctor wanting to take one more test, he told his daughter, who lives in Ottawa: “This wasn’t a lure to get you out here.”

“Everybody laughed,” said Bauman, “because nobody would think with multiple organ failure he was faking it somehow.”

When Barootes saw Moore address the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held in May at Western Michigan University, Moore had already been sick for two months.

Yet, said Barootes, “He gave a great paper and in his typical Stephen Moore way was so unassuming,” talking “off the cuff” with papers scattered across a desk.

Moore kept his illness private, teaching two intense spring courses and grading papers from his hospital bed during a week of hospitalization in June.

When he was told Sunday he had less than a week to live, he began planning his funeral, penning goodbye messages and even wrote his own obituary to publish in the Prairie Dog newspaper.

A memorial service for Moore is planned for Tuesday, 1 p.m., at the Campion College chapel.

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