Winnipeg Lanterns for Peace 2013

September 9, 2013

August 9, 2013: Winnipeggers held their annual commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Lanterns for Peace ceremony is sponsored, each August in Winnipeg, by the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Clint Curle of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Links

Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
Project Peacemakers
Peace Alliance Winnipeg

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Winnipeggers oppose military intervention in Syria

September 9, 2013

Sept. 7, 2013: For the second time in a week, Winnipeggers rallied in solidarity with the people of Syria and in opposition to a US led attack. After a brief gathering on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature, the demonstrators took to the streets to hand out literature and talk with their fellow Winnipeggers.

Aug. 31, 2013: About 50 Winnipeggers rallied at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights Saturday afternoon to express their opposition to foreign military interventions in Syria. The rally, organized by Winnipeg Alternative Media, was one of many held on Saturday across Canada, and was part of an international campaign to prevent the Syrian crisis from escalating into a world war.

More information on this issue:

Peace Alliance Winnipeg


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Paul S. Graham


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.


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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.


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Earth Day with Maude Barlow

June 1, 2011

Recorded in Winnipeg on Mother Earth Day!

Maude Barlow speaks to a packed hall on the international campaign for the Rights of Nature and the need to retake “the Commons” from corporate predators.

Lynne Fernandez speaks out for the Boreal Forest and explains the intelligent decision for a west side BiPole 3.

Bill Blaikie, Minister of Conservation champions a UNESCO designation for the last remaining intact boreal forest in North America on east side of the province and exposes the real cost of the east side versus west side BiPole 3.

… and the Raging Grannies rage!!!

Originally broadcast: May 29, 2011
Broadcaster: Shaw Cable 9, Winnipeg
Length: 117 minutes

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and she chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the former President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Warm thank-you to the Fort Garry Hotel for all their support.
Presented by the Boreal Forest Network with co-sponsors the Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.