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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 more than two decades, COAT has published Press for Conversion! For its first ten years it focused on the conversion of military industries and bases to socially-useful civilian use. Since 2000, COAT's magazine has examined a wide range of 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.
Some recent interviews
with COAT coordinator, Richard Sanders, author of "Captive Canada"
|This COAT slide show on "Escaping the Canada Syndrome" describes how "evil" can triumph when "good," well-meaning progressives are rendered hostage by deceptive narratives. The presentation looks at how 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 top arms exporters and leading peace, human rights and development groups are pushing the Arms Trade Treaty, and how the Liberal Party: (1) helped oust Diefenbaker in a constitutional coup that brought US nuclear weapons to Canada, (2) used "Peacekeeping" as a cover for Haiti's 2004 regime-change invasion, and (3) played midwife to UN "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine which uses humanitarian-sounding pretexts to justify US/NATO-led wars.|
Spring 2016 Issue # 68
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|Some of the articles are now online. To read them click a pdf or htm link.|
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
|htm||From Frying Pan to Fire: One Captivation after Another|
First Nations, First Captives:
Genocidal Precedents for Concentration Camps
|htm||The Occupation(al) Psychosis of Empire-Building Missionaries|
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
|htm||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|
|The Racist UltraRight Roots of Tory AntiSemitism|
|From Czarist Pogroms to Canadian Prison Camps|
|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|
|htm||Back cover [Includes a brief summary of this issue's theme]|
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.
than a dozen years of
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Oppose 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