U.S. Embassy plans Arms Show in Ottawa despite 1989 ban!

Heads Up!
U.S. Embassy plans Arms Show in Ottawa (Sep30-Oct1) despite 1989 ban!

The U.S. Embassy has scheduled a huge arms bazaar at Lansdowne Park this fall, despite an Ottawa City Council Motion of 1989 that banned all future military trade shows from municipal property. If it goes ahead, the “U.S. Embassy Defense & Security Exhibition” (Sept. 30 – Oct.1) will be the first weapons expo on Ottawa City property since May 23-25, 1989, when ARMX — Canada’s largest military exposition of that time — filled Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park.

Following a public outcry inspired by a campaign against ARMX organized by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), Ottawa City Council barred the return of “ARMX or other such arms exhibitions” to municipal property.
Learn about COAT’s opposition to ARMX: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/disARMX.htm
Read the almost-unanimous City Council Motion (April 19, 1989): http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/bylaw.htm

Secure Canada 2008 ? Three Arms Bazaars Rolled into One!
The upcoming U.S.-government sponsored arms bazaar is one part of a much larger military trade event called “Secure Canada 2008.” This exhibition is actually three separate arms shows in one. It promises to be the biggest, international war-industry exposition in Ottawa since ARMX ’89.
Learn about “Secure Canada 2008”:

Sponsors: This gross manifestation of the military-industrial complex is being sponsored by the U.S. government, large U.S. weapons exporters and two Canadian military-industry magazines crammed with government war propaganda and glossy ads for expensive weapons systems.
Learn who is sponsoring Secure Canada: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/SC2008sponsors.htm

Exhibitors: Secure Canada 2008 has 160 booth spaces for showcasing products and services. Organizers have so far released a list of 50 exhibitors.
View an annotated exhibitors list here: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/sc-list.htm

What can we do?

Online Petition!
COAT will pressure the City of Ottawa to live up to its 1989 motion banning the use of municipal property for all future military trade shows.
We will soon be launching an online petition telling the City that arms bazaars still aren’t welcome anywhere in Ottawa, least of all at publicly-funded facilities. (A print version of the petition will also be available for those who don’t have access to the internet.)

If we can’t stop this arms bazaar from coming to Ottawa, we will rally to protest it. Please join us!

Spread the word!
Please post this message to websites, list serves, and make announcements at events and in print publications. The URL for this email is:

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Keep informed
We’ll notify the “COAT list” with breaking news about the arms bazaar and the campaign to expose and oppose it. If you aren’t already on the “COAT list,” you can join here:

The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)


4 Responses to U.S. Embassy plans Arms Show in Ottawa despite 1989 ban!

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  2. skdadl says:

    Gah! Please keep me updated. This is an outrage. I’ll see what I can dream up at our place today.


  3. verbena19 says:

    Thanks, skdadl, and I definitely will keep you updated. (btw, I have a family emergency that came up, so if I’m not on here, please keep checking the COAT website and links above for updates. Then please post it on your blog. thx and much appreciated.) ~annamarie


  4. […] arms show CANCELLED! Campaign continues! A couple months ago I put up a post from COAT about the Arms Show scheduled to take place in Ottawa this month. Well, I am happy to report that […]


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