Candlelight Peace Vigil outside the
"Secure Canada" Arms Bazaar
The vigil has been cancelled due to the demise of "Secure
Our campaign to oppose other arms exhibitions in Ottawa CONTINUES.
See COAT website
But here, for the record are excerpts from our promo for the now-cancelled vigil. This solemn vigil was being organized by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), NOWAR/Paix and Ottawa's Raging Grannies to remember the terrible costs of war and its innocent civilian victims.
On the evening of September 30, after attending an arms exhibition inside Lansdowne Park called "Secure Canada 2008," representatives of the military-industrial complex will rub shoulders at a festive celebration. Following cocktails at what they're calling a "GALA Reception," these war profiteers, top military brass, politicians and bureaucrats will then hold their "GALA Dinner."
Canada's new Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Walter Natynczyk -- who commanded 35,000 troops in Iraq throughout 2004 -- is the invited keynote speaker at this private, closed-door, $150-a-plate "GALA."
Think Globally, Act Locally!
Please join our candlelight peace vigil to shed some light on the terrible human costs of war faced by civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other tragic zones of armed conflict.
While the war insiders feast at their dinner -- secure behind the fence of this publicly-fund City facility -- we will also be shining some light on the vast material costs of war paid by taxpayers.
"Secure Canada 2008" will be the first military trade show hosted on City of Ottawa property in almost 20 years. (In 1989, in response to a COAT campaign against ARMX, Ottawa Council passed a Motion banning all such events from municipal facilities.)
Join us in demanding that the City continue to respect Council's popular 1989 decision to prohibit such arms bazaars on publicly-subsidized property. (Sign the online petition now! Contact City Hall.)
For more information
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
This vigil has been cancelled due to the demise of "Secure Canada 2008"
See COAT website