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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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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.
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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
|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
|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|
than a dozen years of
are a few interviews
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
"Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) doctrine which uses
humanitarian-sounding pretexts to
rally progressives into supporting
US- and NATO-led wars.
By Richard Sanders, COAT Coordinator and editor of
Press for Conversion!
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. .....
largest weapons bazaar, CANSEC,
CANSEC is organised by the Canadian
Association of Defence & Security Industries.
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