EnviroCentre Edition - Spring 2016
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Catherine Mageau-Walker (SustainLowertown Coordinator), Annie Mercier (LCRC Community Developper), Mathieu Fleury and Angela Palma Herriot at a Good Food Market in Lowertown.
Photo courtesy of SustainLowertown
Coming Up: Ottawa Peace Festival
The Canadian Peace Initiative and City of Peace Ottawa, together with Ottawa's peace and social justice groups, will be holding the annual Peace Festival from September 21 to October 2. These dates mark the United Nation's two International Days of Peace and Nonviolence. This will be the sixth year of this popular festival celebrating Ottawans' activism in building a culture of nonviolent peace in the nation's capital. Over 15 groups are planning activities this year.
Highlights of the Festival include a special photo exhibit on the late Algonquin leader, Grandfather William Commanda, who passed away last year. The photo exhibit, organized by Circle of All Nations, will be at the Ottawa Public Library throughout September.
On September 22, there will be a special Peace Walk and Paddle for Peace ceremony at Victoria Island. The ceremony will inaugurate the festival with prayers for Mother Earth, communal harmony, social justice and peace, and indigenous wisdom.
Peace lanterns mark this summer's commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The commemoration, hosted by Physicians for Global Survival and the Ottawa Quakers, was held August 9 in Ottawa. Photo: Koozma J. Tarasoff.
The gala finale will be held at Ottawa City Hall, where Friends for Peace will host a day-long program of festivities. This year's special Friends for Peace Award is being posthumously awarded to the late NDP leader, Jack Layton. It will be received by his wife, MP Olivia Chow, on Saturday, September 29.
Other festival events include: proclamation of Ottawa as a City of Peace, photo and art exhibits, music concerts, and panel discussions. For more details, watch the community calendar closer to the festival period.
"With a different kind of peace event every day throughout the 12-day festival period, every citizen has an opportunity to get out and participate, and to reflect on how peace, unity, and harmony can be achieved in today's world," say the festival convenors, Bill Bhaneja and Peter Stockdale. "We hope these fun and friendly events will give folks a chance to know what's happening in Ottawa to build community peace and be convinced that there are alternatives to violence and war in Canada and abroad."
Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) and City of Peace Ottawa aspire to involve communities and citizens to work towards building cities of peace, to enhance women and youth participation in peace-building, to promote inter-faith dialogue, and to explore ways of resolving conflicts through nonviolent means.
For more on CPI, visit departmentofpeace.ca; for City of Peace Ottawa, mycityofpeace.com
Koozma J. Tarasoff is active in peace activities in Ottawa.
PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.
Thank you to Envirocentre for sponsoring the Spring 2016 edition of the PEN.