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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 CPP investments in weapons industries, to challenge Canada's role in US/NATO-led wars, and to unmask the UN's Canadian-led '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 ten 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 blamed. That year, COAT began a huge effort to stop Ottawa from ending its 20-year ban. To Ottawa's shame, arms shows were allowed back on city property. CANSEC has now moved to a private venue near the airport. Although CANSEC '20 was banned due to COVID, 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 started by Richard Sanders, who maintains this website.

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

See 135 news clips on COAT's Work for Peace

See 160 newsclips about ARMX

Press for Conversion!
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Investments in War

The Freeland-Chomiak
Connection
 (March 2017)

These 21 articles provide details about the WWII career of Chrystia Freeland's maternal grandfather, Michael Chomiak, the Nazi's top Ukrainian news propagandist. It also reveals much about her own work since the late 1980s when she was: (1) a political activist meddling in the politics of Soviet Ukraine, and (2) a journalist for four, far-right media entities with close links to the Ukrainian fascism. Chomiak had previously been deeply involved in two of the Edmonton-based publications that Freeland worked for.

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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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The UPCOMING issue of Press for Conversion!
Cold War Canada:

The WWII Collaborationist Origins and Ongoing Propaganda Efforts of EthnoNationalist,
East European Émigré Groups in Canada

Before and during WWII Canada's Liberal government refused the entry of Jewish and communist refugees trying to flee Nazi repression in Europe. During the war, when Britain sent such refugees to Canada (mixed among POWs) Canada imprisoned about 2300 Jews and communists in eight prison camps in three provinces.

In contrast, right after WWII, Canada's Cold-War Liberal government gave safe haven to about 100,000 antiSoviet émigrés from eastern and central Europe. The founders and early leaders of the ethnonationalist organizations that these émigrés built in Canada were riddled with Nazi collaborators, including Holocaust perpetrators, war criminals and veterans of fascist armies that had fought Canada's Red-Army allies and its partisans.

The upcoming issue of Press for Conversion! will examine the political origins of these ethnonationalist associations in Canada which still represent diaspora of the following identities: Czechs, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Slovaks and Ukrainians. The publication will document the close, Cold-War collaboration between these groups and various Canadian governments, Liberal and Conservative, as well as examine their links to such far-right networks as the AntiBolshevik Bloc of Nations, the World AntiCommunist League, and the CIA.

Click the covers of these Press for Conversion! magazines to see their contents online
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
Profiting from Israeli Apartheid:
CPP Investments in Corporations Supporting Israel's
Military-, Police-, Surveillance-, Prison-Industrial Complex
Part 2     Part 1
 
Operation
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
:
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?

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