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


Myths for Profit

March 25, 2012

Myths for Profit is an award-winning documentary by Montreal filmmaker Amy Miller that challenges the popular conception that Canada is a global good guy by reviewing our dismal record in international development, national defence policy and peacekeeping. Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers screened this video and hosted a panel discussion at the Millennium Library Feb. 18, 2012. Moderated by Glenn Michalchuk, chair of Peace Alliance Winnipeg, the panel was composed of:

  • Dennis Lewycky: Dennis is the Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, with extensive experience in community development in several countries including Belize, Botswana, Colombia, Tanzania, Israel, various Caribbean islands, Pakistan and Uganda.
  • Roger Annis: Roger chairs the Canada-Haiti Action Network and has decades of experience in international solidarity work.

Because we were only able to license the documentary for broadcast, this program will not be available on YouTube.

Broadcast Information

Shaw TV Channel 9
Length: 89 minutes
Thursday, March 29, 2012: 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2012: 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2012: 4:30 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2012: 12:30 p.m.

Note: broadcast dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Cameras: Ken Harasym, Harold Shuster, Dwayne Crowe
Editor: Paul S. Graham

Upcoming on Shaw Cable 9: How Canada lost its bid for a UN Security Council Seat

June 10, 2011

Length: 60 minutes
Broadcast date and times: Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Broadcaster: Shaw Cable 9, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Speaking at a forum, Jan. 23, 2011, sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers, author/activist Yves Engler explores Stephen Harper’s foreign policy and how it cost Canada its bid, in 2010, for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.