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COAT began in 1989 by exposing and opposing ARMX, Canada's largest arms bazaar. (Early history.)   Our first campaign led to Ottawa City Council's 20-year ban on hosting arms trade shows on city property.  (ARMX has been replaced by CANSEC.
The struggle continues!

For almost 30 years, COAT has published Press for Conversion! (P4C!)  In its first decade our magazine dealt with the conversion of military industries and bases to civilian uses. Since the late 1990s, each issue has focused on a different anti-war subject. A recurring theme is dispelling the myth that Canada is a global force for peace, human rights and multiculturalism. COAT has organized peace rallies, marches, vigils, conferences and campaigns to oppose the arms trade, militarised "air shows," war toys, CPP investments in war, and the role of Canadian governments in aiding US weapons programs (like "BMD") and abetting imperial wars and regime changes that are marketed as humanitarian by those enamoured with the UN's "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine.  (COAT and P4C! were founded by Richard Sanders.)











CANSEC:  Canada's Largest Arms Trade Show
(Where weapons buyers, sellers and users rub shoulders)

Photos and Musings re: the CANSEC 2019 Protest

Sponsored by Alba Social Movements Canada - Ottawa, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, Digileak Canada, Extinction Rebellion in Ottawa, NOWAR/PAIX, Pacifi, Peace & Social Concerns (Ottawa Quakers), Spirit Wrestlers/Doukhobours.

COAT's 30th anniversary!
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160+ newsclips from 1989  --->

This the 30th anniversary of ARMX '89, the precursor of CANSEC. Thousands joined our antiARMX rally and Ottawa banned arms shows on city property!
Personal reflections
on ARMX 1989
by COAT founder/coordinator
(re: Trials & Tribulations of a Stressfully Successful anti-Arms Trade Campaign)
More about ARMX 1989        More about ARMX 89 protests       Photos from the past decade of protests

Fictive Canada:
Indigenous Slaves and the
Captivating Narratives
of a Mythic Nation

Issue #69, Press for Conversion! (Fall 2017)
A 52-page, full-colour issue of COAT's publication
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade

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and Edward Hick's painting, "The Peaceable Kingdom."

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Table of Contents
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 Front Cover (with a description of its symbolism)
    Angel Canada's Peaceable Kingdom
1- True Crime Stories and the
    Politics of Literary Escapism:

Canada as a Fiction in the Imperial Genre

2- John Cabot and Britain’s
    Fictitious Claim on Canada:

Finding our National Origins in a
    Royal Licence to Conquer

> Why “The Dominion of Canada”?

3- Canada’s Extraordinary Redactions:
    Held Captive by Nation-Building Myths
    about Jacques Cartier
4- Textbook Cases of Canadian Racism:
    Canadian History Books as
    Captivating Works of Fiction

5- From Popes and Pirates to
    Politicians and Pioneers:
    Papal Bulls, Political Bull,
    Legal Fictions and other Con Games

> The Canadian Legal Fiction of
   Original Crown Occupancy
> A Legal Fiction is...
> The Indian Act as Hoax and Legal Fiction
> First Peoples, First Slaves, First Cover Up


6- Breaking the Bonds of
    Ignorance and Denial:
    Slavery, Genocide, Historical Fiction
    and other Canadian Values

> Oh say can you see?  
    Blindsport for Peaceable Racism
> Who were the Slave Owners of
    New France?
> Tied by Faith, Bound by Law,
    and Reliant on ‘The Word’

7- Native Captivity and Slave Labour
    in Canadian Prisons Today
8- Child Slavery in Canada’s
    Residential-School Prisons

> Jean L’Heureux: Con Man, Sex Predator,
    Agent of Church and State
> Kidnapping Indigenous Children during
    the "Fall Round Up"

Back Cover-
    Truth, Justice & Reconciliation

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

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Captive Canada
Issue #68 of Press for Conversion! examines Canadian slave labour camps during WWI, as well as other Canadian examples of mass civilian captivity from the genocidal reservation system and Indian residential schools, to WWII internment, the Depression-era "Relief Camps" that imprisoned radicals between the wars, and the Cold War program called "Profunc" through which the RCMP targeted thousands of "Reds" to be rounded up in case of war or some vaguely-defined social disorder. 

This issue also looks at how progressive people are induced to turn a blind eye to state crimes, and even take active roles in justifying, committing, or covering them up.  To achieve huge, institutionalised injustices - like genocide - many well-intentioned individuals, NGOs and movements must be co-opted.  This is achieved with myths and narratives that, for example, evolve to disguise wars as humanitarian peace initiatives.  (Such is the case with the cleverly-branded UN doctrine, "The Responsibility to Protect," which cloaks US/NATO interventions as missions to defend victims of repression.)

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Here is the introductory cover letter that was mailed with this issue.
Here is a sample of the letters mailed (May 1, 2016) to all NDP MPs with a copy of this issue.
(Not a single NDP MP ever replied to this individually addressed letter.)

Table of Contents
pdf htm

The Canada Syndrome,
a Captivating Mass Psychosis

pdf htm War Mania, Mass Hysteria
and Moral Panics:

Rendered Captive by Barbed Wire and Maple Leaves
pdf htm Empire & Sons:
From Maj.Gen. Sir William Otter, to the NDP & the Waffle
pdf htm From Frying Pan to Prairie Fire:  
One Captivation after Another
pdf htm First Nations, First Captives:
Genocidal Precedents for Canadian Concentration Camps
pdf htm The Occupation(al) Psychosis of Empire-Building Missionaries
pdf htm Religious Guardians of the Peaceable Kingdom:
Winnipeg’s Key Social-Gospel Gatekeepers of Canada West
pdf htm Liberal Advances in Canada’s Racist Lawmaking
pdf htm Crushing Rebels, Radicals and Reds:
The Bunker Mentality, All in the Woodsworth Family Tradition
The Next Generation:
Charles Woodsworth,
Our Man in Saigon
pdf htm Why the Social Gospel turned a Blind Eye to Mass Internment
pdf htm Canadian antiSemites,
antiReds and the
Internment of Trotsky
pdf htm The Russian Revolution
of 1905-1907
htm Racist Roots of Toryism
and a
htm From Czarist Pogroms to Canada's WWII Internment Camps for Jews and Communists
pdf htm Left-Right Camps: A Century of Ukrainian Canadian Internment
pdf htm Glorifying Ukrainian-Canadian Veterans of OUN/UPA Terrorism
pdf htm Waffen SS Galician Division Revered by Canada’s Ukrainian Right
pdf   Back cover

Here are a few interviews with COAT coordinator,
Richard Sanders, author of "Captive Canada"
May 4, TV4 in BC, with host Pedro Mora
The Shake Up  May 6, CJAM Windsor/Detroit, with host Paul Chislett
Global Research News Hour  May 14, CKUW Winnipeg, and several community stations, with Michael Welch
The Red Eye  May 26,
Vancouver Coop Radio, with host James Mainguy
Gorilla Radio  June 8, CFUV Victoria, with host
Chris Cook

In this video, Richard Sanders does a powerpoint presentation on  "Escaping the Canada Syndrome" which describes how "evil" can triumph when "good," well-meaning progressives are rendered hostage by deceptive narratives. The talk looks at how some activists have been captivated by Canada's towering peace mythology.  Examples include how residential schools were inflicted to promote "civilization," how the "Famous Five" promoted eugenics and sterilization, how the world's top arms-exporting governments and some large mainstream peace, human rights and development groups are pushing the UN's Arms Trade Treaty, and how the Liberal Party: (1) helped oust Diefenbaker in a US-backed constitutional coup that brought American nuclear weapons to Canada, (2) used "Peacekeeping" as a cover for Haiti's 2004 regime-change invasion, and (3) played midwife to the UN's "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) doctrine which uses humanitarian-sounding pretexts to rally progressives into supporting US- and NATO-led wars.

CPP: Making
a Killing! 

Holding Stock in
War Profiteers
and Canada's
Peace Mythology

By Richard Sanders, COAT Coordinator and editor of Press for Conversion!

When wars are launched, or flashy new missiles fired, investor confidence in the arms trade soars skyward like a blazing rocket, and so do the profits of war industries.

Most Canadians have no idea that thanks to our Canada Pension Plan (CPP) we are forcibly conscripted into an institutionalised confidence scheme tied to the age-old racket of war.  In this scam however, even the con artists and shills who run the con game are often unaware that they are drawing us into a vast criminal enterprise.

As long as it's all supposedly "legal" and there's lots of money to be made, the CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) says it will hitch our wagon to any corporate star that will benefit our retirement savings.  Even if these investments contradict our so-called "Canadian values," or undermine official government policies, it makes no difference.  In fact, the more a corporation's practices conflict with Canada's self-righteous myths about peace, democracy, human rights, protecting nature and preserving our health-care system, the more likely that they'll be able to turn us a quick buck. 

As a result, the CPPIB has happily invested our pension monies in a wide range of companies that profit directly and indirectly from war. 

The most egregious examples of this can be found among CPP investments in the world's largest weapons manufacturers.  Our government-sponsored retirement portfolio includes about $1.4 billion worth of stocks in some of the world's largest 100 war industries.  The bigger the weapons producer, the more likely we are to be invested in it.  For instance, while the CPP has stakes in 41% of the top-100 weapons manufacturers, our shares include 48% of the top 50, 80% of the top 20, and 100% of the top 10. .....

Click here to continue reading this article for the Summer 2017 issue of Canadian Dimension magazine...

Here are some COAT tables detailing CPP investments in  2017/2018:
* $1.4 Billion in 41 of the World's Top-100 War Industries
* $451 Million in 14 Nuclear-Weapons Producers
* $495 Million in 14 F35-Warplane Contractors
* Top Mining ($980 Million), Oil ($1.4 Billion), & Tobacco ($1.7 Billion) Companies

* $8.38 Billion in the "World's 20 Worst Companies"

COAT tables on CPP's 2016/2017 investments:
* $11 Billion in banks providing US$313 billion to 26 nuclear-bomb makers
$5.5 Billion in firms supporting Israeli Apartheid
* $6.8 Billion in banks providing US$18.7 Billion to 7 cluster-bomb makers.

The CANSEC arms bazaar returned to Ottawa (Cartoon by Ian Baker; Caption by Richard SandersMay 30-31, 2018)

COAT research on CANSEC and CPP investments:

(1)  T
he CPP is now investing $1.3 Billion in 36 of the World's Top-100 War Industries This includes $559 million in about 30 of these top, global weapons industries that will have Canadian subsidiaries exhibiting at CANSEC Learn more here

(2)  The CPP is also investing $451 Million in 14 corporations that are complicit in nuclear-weapons production, maintenance &/or managementThis includes six of those top war industries that will have eight Canadian subsidiaries exhibiting at CANSEC Learn more here

CANSEC, Canada's largest war-industry bazaar, is organised by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, which represents 800 Canadian military, police and surveillance companies.  CANSEC facilitates the sale of products to the Canada's armed forces as well as exports to dozens of foreign governments.  About half of Canada's annual, multibillion-dollar military production is exported, and as much as 80% of those exports go to the US.  This year there will be 250 CANSEC exhibitors.  (Note: "Defence and Security Industries" is a deceptive euphemism used by corporations and the government for war, police and surveillance companies.)

Music Against War (MAW)  Ottawa, May 30, 2018
Learn more about this event here

Last year's musical, PEACE event opposed Canada's role as a warmonger.  While many still fondly believe this country stands for peace, CANSEC, Canada's largest military export bazaar, took place in Ottawa (May 30-31).  Canada, which spends $20 Billion per year on the military, regularly aids and abets US-led wars, is one of the world's top-ten weapons exporters, and is an extreme Russophobe (even by NATO-standards).  Unfortunately these are real "Canadian values."

Not being arachnophobic, MAW gathered at the Spider sculpture
outside the National Gallery in Ottawa
(at Sussex and St Patrick)

The MAW Peace Walk took
us to a few nearby landmarks:
* Embassy of Saudi Arabia

* Royal Canadian Mint
* Peacekeeping Monument
* the US Embassy

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The CPP also helped Canadians profit from the US/UK/France Air Strikes Against Syria
Our Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
investments now include:
$209 million in war industries that made all of the Cruise Missiles and other Weapons used in the April 2018 Attack on Syria
$360 million in the world's top ten war industries (nine of which went up thanks to the April 2018 air strikes against Syria)

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's Grandfather,
Michael Chomiak, the Nazi's Top Ukrainian Propagandist:
Fake News, Mighty Wurlitzers, Historical Amnesia and the Elephant (or Bear) in the Room

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COAT'S free online report.

"It takes a village to raise a Nazi."
(Old African proverb, slightly modified)

This research isn't just about Michael Chomiak, the Nazi's top Ukrainian propagandist, who was Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's grandfather. This report gives evidence that her own journalism career began with work for four ultraright publications, two of which her grandfather had also worked for after the war. Explore the evidence of many Nazi skeletons that ultranationalist Ukrainian-Canadians, the Government of Canada, and the mainstream media have long preferred to keep hidden in the closet.

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Here is a summary of this research.

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 also cheerleading and funding the ATT! 
Click here to read a series of articles that explain why the ATT is doing more harm than good.
  Click above for the memorial websites of peace activists, Roy and Sylvia Sanders.