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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 shows on municipal property.
For almost 30 years, COAT has published Press for Conversion! For 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 theme. Our goal is to debunk the national 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 and NGOs in aiding US weapons programs (like "BMD") and imperial wars that are camouflaged as "humanitarian" by the UN's so-called "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine.
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The Canada Syndrome, a Captivating Mass Psychosis
War Mania, Mass Hysteria and
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 Prairie Fire:
One Captivation after Another
First Nations, First Captives:
Genocidal Precedents for Canadian Concentration Camps
Religious Guardians of
the Peaceable Kingdom:
Winnipeg’s Key Social-Gospel Gatekeepers of Canada West
|htm||Liberal Advances in Canada’s Racist Lawmaking|
Crushing Rebels, Radicals
The Bunker Mentality, All in the Woodsworth Family Tradition
|The Next Generation: Charles Woodsworth, Our Man in Saigon|
|htm||Why the Social Gospel turned a Blind Eye to Mass Internment|
|htm||Canadian antiSemites, antiReds and the Internment of Trotsky|
|htm||The Russian Revolution of 1905-1907|
|htm||Racist Roots of Toryism and antiSemitism|
|htm||From Czarist Pogroms to Canada's WWII Internment Camps for Jews and Communists|
|htm||Left-Right Camps: A Century of Ukrainian Canadian Internment|
|htm||Glorifying Ukrainian-Canadian Veterans of OUN/UPA Terrorism|
|htm||Waffen SS Galician Division Revered by Canada’s Ukrainian Right|
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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.
Capital(ism) Canada: CPP Investments in War
Thanks to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP),
millions of Canadians are being forced to invest their
retirement savings in many of the world's largest war
industries, from those making nuclear weapons,
to major contractors for the infamous F-35 warplane.
CPP investments include eight of the world's top-ten
weapons manufacturers. Fifth on this list is General Dynamics (GD),
the US parent company of
London Ontario's (GD Land
Systems Canada), which has been supplying Saudi Arabia
with armoured vehicles for about 30 years.
Opposition to CANSEC 2016
There was a peaceful, nonviolent action
with speakers, entertainment
largest weapons bazaar, CANSEC,
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
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