Remembering Marion(1928 – 2008)
Many will remember Marion Dewar as the Mayor of Ottawa, the president of the NDP, an NDP parliamentarian and the president of Oxfam Canada. (See her wikipedia page)
Marion was also a tremendous supporter and mentor of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) and she played high-profile roles in many of our largest events and campaigns.
For instance in 1989, Marion was out protesting ARMX, Canada’s largest military trade show. In fact she was the master of ceremonies at COAT’s huge peace march and rally in which thousands protested against ARMX. That year, Marion also chaired our "Public Inquiry into the Arms Trade and Human Rights."
In 1991, Marion moderated a COAT conference called "From War
to Peace: An Agenda for Economic Conversion."
On November 11, 1995, COAT organized a large dinner to honour Marion.
In 1996, she moderated a day-long COAT symposium called "Aiding and Abetting Repression: Canada’s Weapons Trade and the Need for Conversion."
When COAT produced a 30-minute documentary in 1998 on how "air shows" target children and market war by romanticising and glorifying weapons delivery systems, Marion was the narrator.
In October 2001, COAT held a "Vigil for Nonviolence." Six hundred walked from Parliament Hill to a downtown church where Jean-Claude Parrot and Marion cohosted COAT's program of music, workshops and speeches. (See the program and read the speeches.)
In 2008, Marion was incensed that the City of Ottawa would allow the return of military trade shows to Lansdowne Park and she was absolutely determined to help COAT to stop these events.
Marion’s tremendous passion to make the world a better place continues to inspire us. We will remember her in our ongoing efforts to oppose war and to build a culture of peace.
The above article is from Press for Conversion! magazine, Issue
#63 (November 2008)
How CIDA-funded 'NGOs' waged a propaganda war to justify Haiti’s 2004 coup"
Previous issues of this
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade publication that also deal with
Canada's role in the 2004 coup in Haiti include: