Project Peacemakers celebrates International Peace Day

September 22, 2012

Sept. 21, 2012: Actors Gord Tanner, Sara Constible and Tricia Cooper (l-r) in performance at International Peace Day at the Free Press Cafe in Winnipeg. The evening was sponsored by Project Peacemakers. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Winnipeg’s Project Peacemakers marked International Peace Day 2012 with skits and musical performances at the Free Press Cafe. Performing sketches written by Geoff Hughes and Diane Cooper, actors Tricia Cooper, Sara Constible and Gord Tanner provided a comedic response to the Harper Government’s military spending policies in general and its decision to spend $28 million celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

With skillfully performed covers of songs by Pink Floyd, John Lennon and the Weavers, Tom Penner and Jill Cooper closed out the evening with ballads beloved by peace activists everywhere.

International Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 and first celebrated in September 1982. Since then it has been observed in countries around the world.

Project Peacemakers is a church-based organization that has been active in Winnipeg since 1983. It conducts educational forums, and publishes  educational materials on such issues as child soldiers, war-affected children, and violent video games and toys.

Video Production: Paul S. Graham


Seeking Sustainablity in South Osborne

September 17, 2012

As oil consumption continues to outpace oil discovery and production, energy prices will continue to rise. Because every aspect of our food system, from production, to processing and transportation depends on oil, the prices on our global menu will continue to grow, and they will grow beyond the reach of most citizens.

Simply put, our existing globalized food system is not sustainable. The sooner we begin to make the transition to a more rational system the better.

While governments appear to be largely unaware of this looming threat, small groups of citizens have recognized the problem and are beginning to look for solutions.

One of these is the Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op, located in Winnipeg, MB. In June 2012, WCTV joined a walking tour of projects the co-op has going in its neighbourhood.

Hold Hands Across the Land – Winnipeg #S17

September 14, 2012

Monday, September 17th at 5:00pm TUNE IN LIVE

September 17th is the day Parliament re-opens after summer recess and the 1st Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. People across Canada will unite in solidarity to stop Harper’s agenda and work together to create true democracy.

The event will start at 5:00 PM, gathering at the Manitoba Legislature. There will be a few short addresses, and then we will take to the streets. The ‘casserole’ will head to Portage Avenue, up to Main Street and then head over the Queen Elizabeth Parkway, ending at Shelley Glover’s constituency office.

Participants are encouraged to bring your pots and pans, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbours, work mates, house mates, class mates. Facebook event.



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Winnipeg CHALK 4 Peace 2012

August 26, 2012

Aug. 25, 2012: A message of peace from CHALK 4 Peace in Winnipeg’s Vimy Ridge Park. Photo: Paul S. Graham

The underlying premise of CHALK 4 Peace might best be summed up in a statement attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

CHALK 4 Peace is an annual event that has spread to hundreds of communities world-wide since its inception in 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. The objectives, according to CHALK 4 Peace  are:

  • To promote the arts by coordinating assemblies of young artists of all ages to draw their vision of peace in public and private spaces with sidewalk chalk as a scheduled worldwide event;
  • To advocate for peace in a non-partisan manner such that all people may share their visions and messages of peace without regard to their nationality, ethnicity, or political beliefs;
  •  To encourage relationships between municipalities and artists so that communities around the world become united in supporting the expression of peace.

Winnipeggers celebrated their 6th annual CHALK 4 Peace on Saturday, raising funds for War Child Canada, and bringing sidewalk art, music, and laughter to Vimy Ridge Park.

Performers included Ras Tamils, the Flaming Trolleys and Lindsey White & Mitch Dorge.

Kisa MacIsaac, one of the organizers of the Winnipeg event, explains how this coming together of arts, music and people contributes to a more peaceful world.

You can find find CHALK 4 Peace Winnipeg on Facebook.

Video Production: Paul S. Graham

On to Ottawa: SOS and Taking a Stand Across the Land Winnipeg

July 12, 2012

Welcome “On to Ottawa: SOS” to WinnipegOn to Ottawa S.O.S.

Friday, July 13th at 5:00 pm TUNE IN LIVE
The On to Ottawa trekkers could use a pots and pans, wake up the town welcome to Winnipeg. Parade right down Portage Avenue (if enough come out) to the noisiest Portage and Main Rally since the Jets came home.
Facebook event

Taking a Stand Across the Land: Winnipeg

Saturday, July 14th at 9:00 am TUNE IN LIVE
A diverse group of people, speaking on a diverse range of subjects but in those differences we recognize we are all the same. The issues are all connected as we are all connected and we will come together as one community to join the No Stone Unturned Concert which supports the families of those missing and murdered.
Facebook event


note: USTREAM’s free service has let me down before. If I am unable to stream I will shoot clips and upload them to Youtube on the go.
If live stream doesn’t work for you please check my Youtube channel for updates

JOYCE HAS A CHOICE – Information Picket and Rally

June 13, 2012


Manitobans Against the Budget Bill C-38
Wednesday, June 13 (National Day of Action) – 611 Corydon Ave, 4-6 PM. Let Joyce Bateman know she can do the respectable thing and refuse to vote for the budget or demand it is split up into many smaller bills.
Facebook event

Broadcast information:
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

UPDATE: Streaming signal not established. Short video below.

Winnipeg – Pots and Pans Solidarity for Quebec Students!

May 31, 2012

Pots and Pans protests are spreading across Quebec, echoing the revolts of Argentina when they overthrew multiple federal governments by taking the streets. It’s time to join them in solidarity.

Winnipeggers will meet just south of Young and Broadway at the West Broadway Community Centre field at 7:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring pots and pans and noise makers!

Broadcast information:
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 7:00pm