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COAT has held marches, rallies, conferences and many campaigns to oppose arms sales, to protest the glorification of warplanes at family 'air shows,' to raise concerns about war toys, to expose Canada Pension Plan investments in weapons industries, to challenge Canada's role in US/NATO-led wars, and to unmask the UN's 'Responsibility-to-Protect' doctrine. While imperial wars are cloaked as peace missions, they remain an institutionalized racket. The confidence scams of war racketeers use propaganda to entrap their marks with deceits like 'defence' & 'security.' Such euphemistic sleights of hand hide the real, economic reasons for war.

From ARMX to CANSEC:
Over the decades, C
OAT has exposed and opposed many different arms trade shows in Ottawa. Our first campaign against ARMX '89, led Ottawa to ban all such shows from city propertyBy cancelling ARMX '91 during the Iraq War, they avoided bad PR for arms buyers, sellers and users. Rebranding itself "Peacekeeping '93," it was held at a province-owned centre downtown (when Bob Rae's NDP was in power). This show was later replaced by CANSEC. Between 1997 and 2002, COAT led protests at Ottawa's militarised "air show" and its trade show event. In 2008, COAT rallied opposition to three arms expos. These were cancelled, and protesters were credited (i.e., blamed). That year, COAT began a huge effort to stop Ottawa from ending its 20-year ban. To City Council's shame, arms shows were allowed back on Ottawa property. CANSEC has moved to a private venue near the airport and the struggle continues!

Press for Conversion! (P4C!) magazine began in early 1990. In its first decade, P4C! was a quarterly focused on converting military industries to socially-useful, eco-friendly, civilian uses. In the late 1990s, P4C! embraced a broader view. Because the virus of war profiteering has so deeply infected our body politic, the idea of conversion needs to include transforming a wide variety of institutions, reallocating budgets, changing official narratives, rethinking history and renewing the social-change movement. Each issue of P4C! explores a different anti-war subject. Many have focused on dispelling national peace myths about "Canadian values." These captivating myths are effective in conjuring support for wars because they inspire public faith in the deceit that Canada is a global force for peace, human rights and democracy.               

COAT and Press for Conversion! were founded by Richard Sanders, who maintains this website.

Here are some of his COAT articles which debunk various aspects of Canada's national peace mythology.

Defunding the Myths and Cults of
Cold War Canada:

Ongoing state support for East European
émigré groups with deep fascist roots


Collaborators, Crusades and Coverups
in an era of “truth and reconciliation”

Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War propaganda in context
L.B.Pearson: Godfather of Cda’s Cold War on the new "Red" enemy
Pearson College and NATO’s United World Colleges
The CBC’s “Voice of Canada” --  Weapon of Cold War propaganda
‘Voice of America’ & the CIA’s ‘Radio Free Europe’ & “Radio Liberty’
L.B.Pearson: Groomed by King, St. Laurent & the ‘Big antiRed Machine'
Mackenzie King: A simpleton who naively praised Hitler until 1939
Liberal immigration: "None is too many" but Too many is not enough
King supported Adolph Hitler throughout the 1930s
King loved Hitler’s hate speech against “Jewish international Bolshevism”

“Captive Nations” and their "Black-Ribbon-Day" crusade
The ignored historical context of “Black Ribbon Day” (Aug. 23, 1939)
“Captive Nations”: Nazi trope to CIA meme to Cold-War trump card
The “Captive Nations” conceit in Nazi propaganda
John Diefenbaker: Strong voice at the UN for “Captive Nations” bloc
The BRD campaign: Canada’s top Cold War propaganda export
The late Cold War context of the BRD crusade
Ongoing propaganda of the former "Captive Nations":
    (1) Canada’s anti-communism monument and (2) the Magnitsky laws

Far-right roots:
East European émigré groups in Canada & abroad

Estonian Central Council in Canada
   Estonia glorifies Nazi veterans as ‘freedom fighters’
Estonian World Council
Lithuanian Canadian Community and the Lithuanian World Community
   Lithuanian nationalists now have 'freedom' to glorify Nazi heritage
Latvian National Federation in Canada
World Federation of Free Latvians
Slovak World Congress and the Canadian Slovak League
Council of Free Czechoslovakia & Czechoslovak Nat'l Assoc. of Cda.

Ukrainian linchpin of Cda’s postwar, far-right diaspora
Krakow and Ottawa, 1940: "A Tale of Two Cities," and two UCCs:
(1) Germany’s Ukrainian Central Cttee. and (2) Canada's Ukrainian Canadian Cttee.

The Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations & World AntiCommunist League
Yaroslav Stetsko: Leader of proNazi Ukraine, 1941

State-funded centres of Canada’s Bandera cult and its Bandera youth
Roman Shukhevych: Assassin, terrorist, war criminal and cult hero

Getting them young: Instilling Ukrainian patriotism in children and youth
Plast recruited for Nazi’s Waffen SS Galicia; now recruits for Ukraine
From Chomiak to Freeland: “keep that flame alive”
Chrystia Freeland: “Accidental journalist” or groomed for the job?
Myron Kuropas: Downplaying Holocaust; Exaggerating Holodomor
Turning from same page: Freeland wrote for pro-fascist publications
Yuri Shymko: From Bandera youth leader, MPP & MP, to elder statesman
Lisa Shymko: In the footsteps of family, community & far-right, war heroes
Rubbing political shoulders with the ABN in Toronto

The struggle continues...                                            Abridged Index

New issue! (#70) Spring 2021   Order it now!



This issue exposes the government’s collaboration with and generous support for proNATO, East European émigré groups in Canada whose ethnonationalist founders and heroes include veterans of Waffen SS divisions or other fascist military formations, perpetrators of political- and ethnic-cleansing campaigns, officials from and apologists for Nazi puppet regimes, postwar CIA propaganda assets, proponents of Cold War terrorist groups like the US-armed Nicaraguan contras and Afghan mujahideen, and other virulently anticommunist "freedom fighters" and their ideologues.

A section on Canada's state-funded Ukrainian diaspora includes articles on Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland's 30-year involvement in organizations that, being deeply rooted in fascist ideologies, still glorify Nazi collaborators as their war heroes.

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The Freeland-Chomiak
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 (March 2017)

These 21 articles give details about (1) the WWII career of Chrystia Freeland's maternal grandfather, Michael Chomiak, the Nazi's top Ukrainian news propagandist, and (2) her role as a political activist in the 1980s when she was meddling in the politics of Soviet Ukraine, and working for various far-right publications linked to Ukrainian fascist movements.

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Fictive Canada:
Indigenous Slaves and the Captivating Narratives of a Mythic Nation
Captive Canada:
Renditions of the Peaceable Kingdom at War, from Narratives of WWI and the Red Scare to Mass Civilian Internment
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SILENT PARTNER:
Canada's Quiet Complicity
in the Iraq War
CANSEC
War is Business
Lies without Borders:
How CIDA-funded 'NGOs' waged a propaganda war
to justify Haiti’s 2004 coup
Putting the Aid
in Aiding & Abetting:

CIDA's Agents of Regime Change in Haiti's 2004 Coup
 
CIDA's Key Role in
Haiti's 2004 Coup:

Funding Regime Change, Dictatorship and Human Rights Atrocities, one Haitian 'NGO' at a Time"
 
A Very Canadian
Coup in Haiti:

The Top 10 Ways that Canada’s Government helped the 2004 Coup
and its Reign of Terror
New Face of Terror
in Afghanistan
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How "Democracy" Empowered
our Allies -  the Fundamentalists,
Warlords & Drug Barons
Canada’s Role in Militarizing Space:  RADARSAT -
The Warfighters’
Eye in the Sky and its
links to "Missile Defense
 
Canada’s Role in 'Missile Defense' Weapons Program: Missile Defense:
Trojan Horse for the
Weaponization of Space
All in the Family:
The Apple does not Fall Far
from the BUSH
Part II:  
Sea-based, Theatre
Ballistic Missile Defense
Part I:
NORAD, Government
Largesse and the ABC’s
of Corporate Complicity
 
Facing the
Corporate Roots
of American Fascism
Operation
Embedded Complicity:
Canada, Playing our Part
in the Business of War
The U.S. Role in Wars
and Regime Changes
in the Middle East and
North Africa since WWII
Going to War:
The American use of
War Pretext Incidents
 
What are the Real Reasons
for the Invasion of Iraq?
Canada's Military Air Shows:
Reaching New Heights in the Glorification of War
Divide and Rule:
Understanding the
India-Pakistan Conflict
Power Politics:
Oil, Terror and the
War Against Afghanistan
 
Taking Over the World:
Militarism and
Corporate Globalization
Canada's Military Exports:
Fuelling wars and abusing international human/labor rights
A People's History
of the CIA:

The Subversion of Democracy
from Australia to Zaire
Nonviolent Resistance
to War and Injustice
 

COAT Research Archive
Click above for past reports, articles, tables and databases including:

WikiWeapons Canada

A detailed database of Canadian military exports to the US

Profiting from the Slaughter of Innocents in Iraq
An Exposé of Canadian War Industries aiding and abetting
production of major US Weapons Systems in the Iraq War

Canadian Military Exports to Countries at War

Canadian Military Exports to Israel:
Aiding and Abetting War Crimes in Gaza (2008-2009)


Canada's military exports Middle East and North Africa
Seven different tables detailing exports of small arms, explosives, ammunition, armoured vehicles and more.

A Chronology of Haitian Protest and Resistance
immediately after the January 12, 2010, Earthquake


InvAID: The Militarisation of Aid to Haiti

Building a Culture of Peace Ridding the World
of Nuclear Weapons

COAT Slide Shows

Iraq, Afghanistan and
Missile-Defense weapons

Making a Killing! The CPP's War Investments in the News!

Escaping the Canada Syndrome

Deception, Delusion and Duplicity in the Peaceable Kingdom



Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) 
The  top supporters of the UN's ATT are the governments of the world's top weapons exporters.  So, why do so many large mainstream peace, human rights and development organizations also support it?
Watching the Watchers:
Canadian War Technologies in the Surveillance of US & Cdn Protests
A case study in how Canada learned to stop worrying and arm the world

In this article Richard Sanders targets Cdn peace myths by looking at The Reaper, an eye-in-the-sky/killing machine armed with Cdn government-subsidized systems: Wescam's missile-grade spy sensors and CAE's pilot & weapons crew training simulators. Used in May 2020 to spy on US protests, this cutting-edge gear was used by the RCAF in 2010 against G8/G20 protesters who were putting a public spotlight on global elites meeting in Toronto to further structure their control over global financial/political systems.
In this romp through the Cdn history of supporting the US imperium since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you'll meet a Roman goddess, the Brothers Grimm, Drs. Strangelove, Teller and Oppenheimer, Cdn warplanes and missiles armed with US nuclear warheads, the RCAF's "Demon Squadron" and others. It concludes with a beyond-the-grave thought experiment aimed at preventing well-meaning Canadians from becoming even more complicit in US war crimes.

Mothers' Day at the War Show
Watch COAT's 30-minute anti-war film for free online!
Narrated by Ottawa's former Mayor, Marion Dewar.


'Air shows' epitomize a cultural epidemic in which the
world's most advanced weapons systems are glorified
as a major source of family fun and entertainment.

When Ottawa's highly-militarized 'air show' was held on Mothers' Day, May 11, 1997, COAT set up a display inside the show to exhibit original paintings by Iraqi children. This film jarringly juxtaposes war planes doing air-show stunts for thrilled families; Pentagon footage of these same kinds of war planes that bombed Iraq; pilots doing runway poses for adoring fans; air-show kids gleefully describing their favourite war planes;  interviews from Iraq with victims of the war describing the effect of aerial attacks, and former US Att.Gen. Ramsey Clarke who describes the horror of economic sanctions. These sanctions, enforced throughout the 1990s by the US, Canada and others, killed 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of five! There are statements by Iraqi mothers, songs by Iraq Kurds and the Raging Grannies, degrading images of woman painted on US and UK warplanes that bombed Iraq, and footage of peace activists at work inside the show, including the film-maker interviewing his own mother. (Learn more here.)

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