Canadian Peace Initiative AGM 2014
Canadian Peace Initiative will be hosting their National AGM in both East and West regions this year. Teleconferencing and Skype will be used to join sessions simultaneously on Nov. 2, 2014 and on October 26,2014 Western Chapter Representatives will meet in Vancouver for work on National AGM actions. More details to come.
Bertha Von Suttner: A Life for Peace Exhibit at U of A
Exhibit: “Bertha Von Suttner: A Life for Peace”
25 August - 30 September: Rutherford Library South: Exhibition: “Bertha Von Suttner: A Life for Peace”. Introductory Program with remarks from Dr. Joseph F. Patrouch and Dr. Helga Mitterbauer 12 September, 12:30pm.
Exhibit made possible by the generous support of the Austrian Canadian Council. Sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.
Where Rutherford Library South, University of Alberta (map)
Bertha Von Suttner Papers http://www.berthavonsuttner.com/PAPERS/index.html
NEW Book Read by Edmonton Women's Political Book Club
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
One prevailing theme of most First World War histories is the inevitability of conflict: Europe wanted a war in 1914 and was waiting for the perfect excuse.
In her wonderful book, Margaret MacMillan takes a different approach. Why,she asks was Europe unable to keep the peace as it had done so many times before?
For entire book review>> or to join Edm Women's Bk Club discussion on Sept. 17, 2014 email Irene at CDPI@shaw.ca
Romeo Dallairie on The War That Ended Peace
“That MacMillan's research is both thorough and of the utmost quality goes without saying; however, the relevant lessons she draws out of the "puzzle" that precipitated the Great War bear repeating again and again. Above all she reminds us that, even in an increasingly interconnected world, nothing is inevitable and there are always choices to be made that can lead us to achieve conflict prevention.”
General Romeo Dallaire
Paul Maillet Ottawa Chapter Chair at Peoples Social Forum
It was a different type of day than yesterday, which ended with a march on Parliament Hill. Today was an indoor day, with delegates going to dozens of workshops on topics of all kinds.
Here's Victoria Fenner's summary of her day, which was full of workshops, conversations and lots of recording.
1:42 - Aaron Doncaster is an activist from Alberta. He compares what it is like to be an activist in Alberta and in Nova Scotia, his home province.
8:05 Paul Maillet - Ottawa chapter of an organization which is lobbying the federal government to create a Department of Peace. What would happen if we had a Minister of Peace at the cabinet table when deliberating whether or not to go to war?
13:42 - Media and movements -- an excerpt from a panel discussion sponsored by rabble about independent media in Canada today.
27:09 - Rights of Mother Earth -- ending the program with a quote by Margaret Atwood, read by Mike Desautels of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.