Ottawa event: Does Canada need a Department of Peace?

The Canadian Peace Initiatve will be hosting events on November 2 and 3 in Ottawa, titled “Does Canada need a Department of Peace?”  Steven Staples of the Rideau Institute and Ceasefire.cawill be part of Saturday’s public consultation panel on Bill C-373.


Friday, November 2, 2012 — 6:30 pm to 10 pm

RSVP required for security: Iman Ibrahim 613-276-6764,

Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street (at MacKenzie Ave.), Ottawa, Ontario

6.30 pm — Welcome, Registration and Mingle

7.00 pm — Featured Themes:

● Militarism and the Re-writing of Canadian History, by Dr. Ian McKay, Queens University, and Author of ‘Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety.’

● Bill C-373, Federal Department of Peace, by Alex Atamanenko, MP (New Democratic Party, Southern Interior BC). Responses by MPs: Jim Karygiannis (Liberal Party) and Joe Foster (Green Party, Human Rights


9.30 pm — Closing Remarks


Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 1 pm to 4 pm ($10 suggested donation.)
Public Consultation on the Department of Peace Bill

Saint Paul University, Pavillon Guigues Hall, 2nd Floor Auditorium 203, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, Ontario. (Parking $2)

1 pm – 4 pm — Pose your Questions to a Panel of Commissioners

● Paul Dewar, NDP, Foreign Affairs Critic (Politician)
● Dave Farthing, Director YOUCAN (Youth)
● Steven Staples, President Rideau Institute (Peace Activist)
● Dennis Gruending (Media)
● Nicole Charron (Conflict Resolution)


Tags: Bill C-373, Canadian Department of Peace, Canadian Peace Initiative, Ottawa Peace Forum, Steven Staples