There’s a big sign next to East 1st Ave. as you exit Highway 99 and drive through Vancouver: Welcome to Vancouver: A Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. All my years living in Vancouver this sign never struck me as anything other than an oxymoron. After all, explode a nuclear weapon and it doesn’t exactly respect borders nor declarations by municipal governments that they don’t want that fallout in their backyard. The Vancouver sign appeared in 1982, the year before Gerry Hannah went to jail for his part in the direct action against nuclear weapons development. Also in 1982, Vancouver launched its first Walk for Peace, where some 30,000+ people showed up to demand an end to the nuclear arms race.