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COAT began in 1989 by exposing and opposing ARMX, Canada's largest weapons bazaar. (Early history.)   Our first campaign led to Ottawa City Council's 20-year ban on hosting arms bazaars on municipal property. 

For more than two decades, COAT has published Press for Conversion! magazine, which for its first ten years focused on the economic conversion of military industries and bases to socially-useful, sustainable civilian use. Since 2000, the magazine has focused on a wide range of anti-war issues.

COAT has also organized peaceful rallies, marches, vigils, conferences and campaigns to oppose the arms trade, militarised air shows, and the role played by Canadian governments and NGOs in aiding US-led "humanitarian" wars and regime changes.  

Please join COAT in exposing Canada's national peacekeeping myth!

Three recent interviews with Richard Sanders, author of "Captive Canada:"
Pasifik.ca (May 4, TV4 in BC, with Pedro Mora) and The Shake Up (May 6, CJAM Windsor/Detroit, with Paul Chislett) 
Global Research News Hour (May 14, with Michael Welch of CKUW Winnipeg, rebroadcast on numerous community radio stations)

This issue of Press for Conversion! presents a counternarrative of
history that combines anthropology, psychology, criminology, political science, religious studies and literary criticism. 

Spring 2016                                                                           Issue # 68

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Cover letter mailed with this issue

Sample of open letter mailed to all NDP MPs with this issue.


Captive Canada:
Renditions of the Peaceable Kingdom at War,
from Narratives of WWI and the Red Scare
to Mass Civilian Internment Camps

The Canada Syndrome, a Captivating Mass Psychosis

War Mania, Mass Hysteria and Moral Panics:
Rendered Captive by Barbed Wire and Maple Leaves

Empire & Sons: From Maj.Gen. Sir William Otter, to the NDP & the Waffle

From Frying Pan to Fire: One Captivation after Another

First Nations, First Captives:
Genocidal Precedents for Concentration Camps

The Occupation(al) Psychosis of Empire-Building Missionaries

Religious Guardians of the Peaceable Kingdom:
Winnipeg’s Key Social-Gospel Gatekeepers of Canada West

Liberal Advances in Canada’s Racist Lawmaking

Crushing Rebels, Radicals and Reds:
The Bunker Mentality, All in the Woodsworth Family Tradition

The Next Generation: Charles Woodsworth, Our Man in Saigon

Why the Social Gospel turned a Blind Eye to Mass Internment

Canadian antiSemites, antiReds and the Internment of Trotsky

The Russian Revolution of 1905-1907

The Racist UltraRight Roots of Tory AntiSemitism

From Czarist Pogroms to Canadian Prison Camps

Left-Right Camps: A Century of Ukrainian Canadian Internment

Glorifying Ukrainian-Canadian Veterans of OUN/UPA Terrorism

Waffen SS Galician Division Revered by Canada’s Ukrainian Right

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Oppose CANSEC 2016

Join concerned Canadians
for a
day of peaceful, nonviolent action with speakers, entertainment
and picketing at CANSEC.

Wed., May 25,

7:30 am to 1 pm,
at the EY Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa

And, join us on the
night before CANSEC for the:
War Criminals Welcoming Walk
Tues., May 24,
5-7 pm.
Starting at York St. and Sussex Ave. in the
Byward Market to stop at the
US Embassy and
four hotels where CANSEC
participants are staying.

Bring your noisemakers and musical instruments to "welcome" the weapons buyers, sellers and users who will be swarming to CANSEC the next day.

Sponsored by:
Homes not Bombs, Nowar/Paix, Raging Grannies, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, and Country Music Fans Against War and Repression.

Canada's largest weapons bazaar, CANSEC,
is returning to Ottawa, May 25-26, 2016. 

CANSEC is organised by the Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries. Read their overview.

As Canada's biggest arms bazaar, CANSEC is the most blatant manifestation of this country's largely-hidden participation in the global arms trade. As such, CANSEC is a potent symbol of Canada's particularly offensive brand of hypocrisy:  While we preach peace and so-called "Canadian values," we profit from the lucrative business of selling tools for war and repression.  Showcasing their deadly wares at Ottawa's arms bazaar this spring will be over 330 of Canada's most profitable military and "security"-technology exporters.  Many of Canada's largest corporations selling the tools of war and repression are -- not surprisingly -- American-owned.  Most Canadian military exporters rely heavily on sales to our number one military and economic ally, the United States. Canada's military and "security" exports to the US amount to about $4.5 billion per year, far outnumbering our exports to Saudi Arabia.  Browsing the glitzy CANSEC exhibits will be thousands of government buyers and military users not only from Canada and the U.S. but from around the globe. This year, CANSEC organisers are bragging that their event will attract 76 "foreign decision makers." Ottawa, being Canada's base for foreign embassies, is just the locale for this country's number one arms export bazaar.  Please join COAT and others in exposing and opposing CANSEC. 
Don`t believe the Hype about the UN`s Arms Trade Treaty
Sadly, the UN's much-heralded Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is not at all what it appears.  Many of the world's largest mainstream peace, human rights and development groups are pushing for the ATT.  However, the world's biggest warmongers and leading weapons-exporting governments are cheerleading and funding the ATT! 
Click here to read a series of articles that explain why the ATT is doing more harm than good.