Ottawa Peace Festival 2008 — Sept. 21-Oct. 4th

September 21 – October 04, 2008

The Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), together with the United Nations Association of Canada – NCR Branch and other Ottawa  peace and justice organizations, invites you to take part in a 14-day Festival of Peace.  The Festival with a theme of Peace, Unity and Harmony will mark two important UN International Days of Peace and Nonviolence, September 21 and October 02.

All events are open to the public


* Sept 07- Sept 30: Under the Mushroom Cloud: A Nuclear Disarmament Exhibit at Main Public Library, Metcalfe and Laurier (Murray Thomson, )

* Sept 21- Oct 02: “No War-Paix Conceptual Art” Outdoor Exhibit, 250 Range Road in Sandy Hill (Terry Stavnyck,

*Sunday, Sept. 21: 10.45 am: PACIFEST – Peace groups in Ottawa and Hull-Gatineau mark UN International Day of Peace combined with Peace Walks. In Ottawa, meet at Women’s Monument, Minto Park, at Elgin and Gilmour.   In Gatineau (Hull), meet at Parc Jacques-Cartier Park (Hull) at Alexandra & Laurier near Maurice Richard statue. The two peace walks will converge at the Peace Tower and end at Victoria Island.  (Peter Stockdale (Ottawa),, 613-863-4527 and Daniel Mauro (Gatineau), , 418- 934-2661)

*Monday, Sept 22: 7-9 pm: Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR) and YOUCAN: Empowering Youth to Promote Peace in the Middle East.  Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University.  223 Main Street (Brian Strom,, 613-235-5800)

*Tuesday, Sept 23: 7-9 pm: CDPI Forum : Towards a Nonkilling World: Militarization of Canada and How to Prevent it – Keynote  by Murray Thomson, Member, Order of Canada. Quakers/Friends House, 91 A Fourth Avenue in the Glebe  (Bill Bhaneja,, 613-244-1979);  7–7.45 pm: Meditation for Peace, Ottawa Shambala Centre, 984 Wellington St. West.  The Centre’s regular Tuesday sitting will include introduction to meditation as the basis for peace. (Mark Frutkin,, ,  613-725-9321)

*Wednesday, Sept 24: 7pm : No War- Paix Forum: Human Rights and Foreign Policy, Candidates Debate – Hear Where the Parties Stand.  National Archives and Library, 395 Wellington Street.   (Larry Rousseau, rouslar@gmail.com

*Thursday , Sept 25: 7–9 pm: Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada presents: Afghanistan: A People-centred Approach to Peace, Experiences from the Field – Keynote by Eileen Olexiuk, former Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy, Kabul. 237 Argyle Street, 2nd Floor (Contact Monica Bachmann, , 613-232-1100)

*Friday, Sept 26: 6.30-9.30 pm: Concert for Peace, Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street. (Daniel Mauro,, 418- 934-2661)

*Saturday, Sept 27: 1.30-4 pm: Spirit Painting for Peace, A Group Painting while focussed on Peace. Acrylic on canvas. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Artist Jen will guide the meditation before the painting. 228 Main Street (Call 613-266-8063 to register with Jen, and;  1-5 pm: Exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings, 1390 Clyde Ave. (by Merivale Rd), Room 206  (Shiban Raina, , 613- 224-9179);  6-9 pm: A seminar on “This Precious Life – Our Conscious Creation”.  The importance of the knowledge of the principles of the creative process and their conscious application, a tool that will support us in creation of the peace within ourselves, with others and on the planet. Public Library, Emerald Plaza, 1547 Merivale Road (Vesna Scott, , 613-224-5480)

*Sunday Sept 28: 10 am-2 pm: Spirit Painting for Peace Exhibition – The group spirit painting that was completed the previous day will be offered for silent auction for a donation to Department of Peace Initiative. Participants are invited to exhibit their work.  228 Main Street.  (Call 613-266-8063 to register with Jen, and;  1-5 pm: Exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings; 1390 Clyde Ave. (by Merivale Rd), Room 206 (Shiban Raina , , 613 224-9179) ;  5-6 pm: Peace Meditation, Sivananda Yoga Centre, Centre Professionnel d’Aylmer, Ste 205, 745 Chemin d’Aylmer, Corner of Castelbeau and Aylmer – (Daniel Mauro, , 418- 934-2661)

*Tuesday, Sept 30: 7-9 pm: Spiritual Cinema: Movies with Heart, Movies with Soul.  Saint Paul University, Amphitheatre,  223 Main Street  (Koozma Tarasoff,, 613-737-5778, and Daniel Mauro,, 418- 934-2661) ; 7:30 pm Candle-Light Vigil, Lansdowne Park, main entrance on Bank St, to oppose Arms Bazaar being held in the Salons. Bring candle. Family-friendly event co-sponsored by Coalition to Oppose Arms Trade (COAT), Nowar/Paix and the Ottawa Raging Grannies.  (S.L. Mannion , (613) 594-9128)

*Wednesday, Oct 01: 6-7.30 pm: Rideau Institute Forum:  “Life After Bush” – Keynote by Steven Staples. The forum examines the implications of the American election on Canada . Colonel By room, Ottawa City Hall (Robin MacLachlan, , 613-565-9449);  10:00am- 9:00pm, Lansdown Park, various actions by diverse groups including a Peace Garden by the Raging Grannies and non-violent protests against the Arms Bazaar. (S.L. Mannion , (613) 594-9128)

*Thursday, Oct 02: 6-9 pm:  “Women Building Peace Dinner” – Honouring Canadian Women Peace Champions.  St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave.  A Canadian Voice of Women (VOW) exhibit,  “Building Peace, Making History” will be on site. A Fundraising event, advance tickets required (Theresa Dunn, CDPI, 613-834-5055, )

*Saturday, Oct 04: 10 am-4 pm: 6th Annual Peace Prayer Day, City Hall, Ottawa. Great entertainment, inter-faith action, activist speeches, silent auction, food, and showcase of concerned groups.  ( Ian Prattis: 613 726 0881, .

*October 02-04: The Universal Peace Federation this year is holding a Canada Peace Festival with three main components: Canadian Leadership Conference on “Educating for Peace”, an Award Ceremony, and Faith-In-Action Food Drive for the Food Bank. (Daniel Stringer,

For further information call: Bill Bhaneja (613-244-1979), Theresa Dunn (613-834-5055), and Peter Stockdale (613-863-4527) – and


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