Here is a letter from the
working group of the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
on Mayor O'Brien and Ottawa City Councillors to "reinstate
your 1989 commitment to ban all war-related trade shows from any
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Dear Mr. L. O'Brien
The First Unitarian
Congregation of Ottawa has always been strongly involved in Peace and Social
Our Congregation has
especially been inspired by the UN (through UNESCO) proclamation to call
the years 2001-2010 the "International decade for a Culture of Peace and
Non-Violence for the Children of the World."
Therefore I write to
you with our deep concern about the decision by the City of Ottawa to overturn
the 1989 decision on Weapons Trade Shows in municipal facilities.
In 1989 Ottawa City
Council passed a motion declaring that "city facilities not be leased to ARMX
or other such arms exhibitions"
But after 20 years of
respecting this motion CANSEC 2009 is now scheduled to take place in Lansdowne
Park May 27 and 28. When I checked the CANSEC Website to find out the aim of
the show and which companies are involved, it became clear to me that CANSEC
is a big arms trade show, just like ARMX 1989.
I call on you and
Council to revisit the issue and reinstate your 1989 commitment to ban all
war-related trade shows from any municipal property.
We believe there is
another way possible to bring peace.
We believe that a
fuller development of strengthening values, attitudes and ways of behaviour
can be more inducive to promote peace among individuals and nations.
On the other hand the
Arms Industry symbolizes and proliferates violence, conflict and war in the
Congregation of Ottawa