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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 bazaars on municipal property. 

For almost 30 years, COAT has published Press for Conversion! For its first decade it focused on the conversion of military industries and bases to socially-useful civilian use. Since 2000, COAT's magazine has focused on many anti-war issues.

COAT has organized peace rallies, marches, vigils, conferences and campaigns to oppose the arms trade, militarised air shows, CPP investments in war, and the role of Canadian governments and NGOs in aiding US/NATO-led "humanitarian" wars.

Spring 2016                                                                                                      Issue # 68


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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

To read the articles now online, click a pdf or htm link.
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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 antiSemitism
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 htm Back cover [with brief summary and order coupon]

Yves Engler's new book, A Propaganda System, deals with Canada's exploitative foreign policy and how it is sold to citizens by the government, corporations, media and academia. Find out more about his book and the two dozen book-launch events being held across Canada.
 

Some interviews with
COAT coordinator,
Richard Sanders,
author of "Captive Canada"


Pasifik.ca 
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, rebroadcast on several community stations, with host 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.

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.

Besides investing in the deadly tools of war and repression, the CPP's portfolio also includes many of the world's largest oil-, mining, tobacco- and sweatshop-profiteers.  The CPP Investment Board is just following their political marching orders.  Their mandate, since 1997 when Paul Martin's Liberal government made changes to the CPP to begin investing in the stock market, was been to maximize profits without regard for any ethical, social or environmental consequences.

Here are some Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade tables detailing the CPP's 2016 investments of:
$6.8 Billion in 77 financial institutions that have made US$18.7 Billion available to 7 cluster-bomb makers.
$1 Billion in 31 of the World's Top 100 War Industries
$374 million in 15 F35-Warplane Contractors
$305 Million in 13 Nuclear-Weapons Producers
$11 Billion in 113 financial institutions that made US$313 billion available to 26 nuclear-weapons producers
$5.5 billion in 72 companies linked to Israel's military-, police-, surveillance-, prison-industrial complex.

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Opposition to CANSEC 2016

There was a 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, on the night before CANSEC there was a:
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.

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,
was in 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.