The Vancouver Island Peace Society was founded in order to challenge the Federal Government in court on the legality of nuclear warships in Canadian waters.

With the assistance of lawyer Robert Moore-Stewart, the VIP Society prosecuted a lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. We challenged that the Federal Government failed to obey its own environmental assessment laws when Cabinet approved the transit and porting of foreign nuclear warships in Canadian waters and ports. The VIP Society sought to have the courts overturn the Cabinet Orders, force a public review, and to disallow nuclear ship visits until the review was complete.