Peace Festival 2007 in Ottawa, Sept21-Oct02

A Peace Festival in Ottawa

 September 21 to October 02, 2007

The Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), together with the United Nations Assn. of Canada and other Ottawa-based organizations, invite you to take part in a 12 day Festival of Peace. This period corresponds with the UN’s proclaimed international days of peace, beginning on the 21st September and ending on Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October.  Its theme: Peace, Unity and Harmony. Any individual or group concerned with peace – whether inner or outer peace – is encouraged to take part in one or more of the events listed below:


Thursday Sept 20:

6pm to 7 pm: PEACE WALK & TALK EVENT – From Ottawa City Hall – This walk is being set up in various cities.  The concept is that if we all knew a little bit more about each other we would see more of the “ties that bind us together”. Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien’s proclamation of UN’s International Day of Peace will be read (Contact: David Newing, HUG (Helping for United Good), phone: 819-827-2418; )


Friday Sept 21:

11.45 to 12 noon: UN’s International Day of Peace: Join us for 1 minute of silence for cessation of conflicts at noon on Parliament Hill. A citizen delegation will present petitions on Disarmament and Department of Peace to MPs ( Contact: Bill Bhaneja, CDPI, phone: 613-244-1979;

7 pm to 10 pm: Creative Visioning Seminar: Application of the Principles of Creative Process to Manifest Peace. Meeting Room, Public Library, Emerald Plaza, 1547 Merivale Road (Contact: Vesna Scott, phone: 613-224-5480, )


Saturday Sept 22:

1 pm to 5 pm: Tan-Trika: A Doctrine of Self Recognition, An exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings by Shiban Raina, 1390 Clyde Avenue, Room 206 (by Merivale Road). (Contact: Shiban Raina, phone: 819-956-2070, )

7 pm to 8.30 pm:  Soka Gakkai International (SGI Canada) Forum: Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. Speakers: Murray Thomson, Canadian Pugwash member; and Kouchi Matsumoto, a witness to the devastation and aftermath of the August 1945 nuclear bombing. A small exhibit for guests to tour. 237 Argyle Street, 2nd floor, Ottawa, phone 613- 232-1100 (Contact: Monica Bachmann,


Sunday Sept 23:

1 pm to 5 pm: Tan-Trika: A Doctrine of Self Recognition,  An exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings by Shiban Raina, 1390 Clyde Avenue, Room 206 (by Merivale Road). (Contact: Shiban Raina, 819-956-2070,


Monday Sept 24:

DoP Youth Chapter:  School Presentations by the Department of Peace Ottawa Youth Chapter at Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Gloucester High Schools (Contact: Peter Stockdale, 613-863-4527, )


Also launch of Writing & Art Contest for elementary and secondary students (Grades 4-12). The contest is aimed at eliciting students’ views on how the UN should direct its resources to make the world a better place. (Contact: Pino Buffone, 613-521-8535 or Shane Roberts, 819-827-1885; )


Tuesday Sept 25:

7.30 am:  “A Path of Peace for Ottawa?” National Capital Peace Council Monthly Breakfast Meeting with Peter Stockdale, City of Peace Ottawa; Donna’s Express, 322 Churchill Ave. North. Breakfast provided (Contact: Daniel Stringer, )

7.00 pm: No War-Paix Forum: ”The War in Afghanistan: Does support the troops = support the war?”  The Forum will take place at the PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) Building, 233 Gilmour St., downtown Ottawa (between Metcalfe and Elgin),  (Contact:  Larry Rousseau,;




Thursday Sept 27:

7 pm: Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution (CICR) presents two lectures: “The Case for a Canadian Civilian Peace Service” by Gord Breedyk,  and “The Emotional Impact of Peace Learning Through Performance Art” by Evelyn Voigt, St. Paul University, 223 Main Street, Room 104.  (Contact: Brian Strom, 613-235-5800,


7 pm: World Inter-Action Mondiale: Screening of the documentary “Ghosts of Cité Soleil”. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Theatre. Charity Benefit show: All seats $10- (Contact: Jo Lynn, 613-238-4659, )


Friday Sept 28:

3 pm to 10 pm: Peace Education Institute. An Institute for teachers focused on practical and diverse ideas for peace, global awareness and democracy. At Ottawa University. To register or for more information: of or global.perspectives@U of (also on Saturday 8am to 2 pm)

7.00 to 9.00 pm: Spirit-painting for Peace – Group Painting Workshop (Part I), Friends Centre, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa. The Paintings done at this workshop will be exhibited at the Gallery on Sept 29 (see below). (Contact: Jennifer Jones Lightwolf, 613-266-8063, , website:

Saturday Sept 29:

10 am to 4 pm: Spirit-painting for Peace (Part 2): An Invitation to meet the artist and to visit the Gallery.  228 Main Street.  Refreshments served.  (Contact: Jennifer Jones  Lightwolf – The Healing Art of Spiritpainting ; 613-266-8063,, website:

2pm to 5 pm: Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebrations by Carleton University and by Mahatma Gandhi Society of Canada. Alumni Theatre, Southam Hall, Carleton University. A public seminar on Gandhian Thought, followed by a one-act play in Hindi and a reception (Contact: Jagmohan Humar, phone: 613-736-0783, Jag


Sunday Sep 30

11 am to 3 pm: Circle of All Nations Peace Concert at Victoria Island (diagonal to the War Museum)  Grandfather William Commanda presiding – David Serkoak, Kevin Dooley, Tito Medina, Ingleneuk Scottish Dancers, Joe and Monique Crowley, Tony Almonte, and a host of performers. Drumming, dancing, and music. (Peter Stockdale, 613-863-4527, and Navin Parekh, 613-224-8174,;


Monday Oct 01:

7.30 to 9.00 pm: Meditation as a Basis for Peace, Ottawa Shambhala Centre of Meditation, 984 Wellington St. West, Ottawa, (Contact: phone: 613-725-9321,


Tuesday Oct 02:

7pm: UN’s International Nonviolence Day Commemoration. Friends Centre, 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa (Contact: Theresa Dunn and Bill Bhaneja, CDPI, 613-244-1979,


Throughout the 12 day period, the Ottawa Public Library at Metcalfe and Laurier will display literature on Gandhi and non-violence.


** Events subject to change due to weather conditions and other logistics.


For further information:  Theresa Dunn, Co-Chair, Ottawa Chapter, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), and Bill Bhaneja, National Co-spokesperson, CDPI,



Dominique Guindon

Office Manager / Chef du service intérieur

Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution / Institut canadien pour la résolution des conflits

à/at Université Saint Paul University

223 Main Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1C4

Tel. / tél. (613) 235-5800

Fax / téléc. (613) 235-5801


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