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Ottawa Peace Festival (September 21 - October 2)    Fri Sep 21 to Tue Oct 2, 2012, Ottawa, ON

September 21 - October 02, 2012

Together with civil society groups in the nation’s capital, the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CPI) invites you to take part in a 12-day Festival of Peace. The 6TH Annual Peace Festival with its theme of Peace, Unity and Harmony marks the two important UN International Days of Peace and Nonviolence, September 21 and October 02.

All events are open to the public, admission is free. Events are subject to change due to weather/unforeseen circumstances.

Art Exhibitions

September 01 to September 30:

• "Algonquin Chief Grandfather Dr. William Commanda-- A Culture of Peace Visionary: A Commemorative Photo Exhibit", Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier (Circle of All Nations: Romola Trebilcock, 613-599-8385,

September 21 - October 02: : Outdoor Peace Installations, 250 Range Rd., Sandy Hill (Terry Stavnyck, 613-565-1915,


Friday, Sept. 21

• 11.45 am – 12.15 pm: International Day of Peace Proclamation by Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches, City of Ottawa at noon at L'Ange Cafe, 109 Sparks Street with Latin musical event (City of Peace Ottawa: Peter Stockdale, 613-852-4527,

Saturday, Sept. 22

• 10 am-11.00 am: Path of Peace Walk from Parliament Hill to Victoria Island , and 11:00 -3:00pm: Peace Proclamations and Paddle for Peace at Victoria Island (Circle of All Nations: RomolaTrebilcock, 613-599-8385, and City of Peace Ottawa: Peter Stockdale, 613-852-4527,

• 1.00-4.00 pm: Participate in Spiritpainting for Peace workshop, Manotick. No fees but registration is required. (Call or text Jen Jones: 613- 266-8063, or email: jenniferjones2828 (at),

Sunday, Sept. 23

• PM - Opening of "Seeds of Hope: An Exhibit on Sustainable Development" -- A joint initiative between the SGI and Earth Charter International, at SGI Ottawa Center, 237 Argyle Street. (SGI Ottawa: John Callahan, Monica Bachmann, 613-232-1100, )

Monday, Sept. 24

• 7.00-9.45 pm: Peace Musical Concert, Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street (Sacred Initiatives: Daniel Mauro, 613-204-5229,

Tuesday, Sept. 25

• 7.30 am: Breakfast Speaker series on a Peace Issue, Carlingwood Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Mall, Free breakfast (National Capital Peace Council: Daniel Stringer, 613-792-1431)

• 7:30 pm: "WUSC Student Refugee Program" by Asnaketch (Asni) Mekonnen, Student Refugee Program, World University Service of Canada (WUSC), St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, (Ploughshares Ottawa: George Neville, 613-729-0579)

• 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm: Presentation on the Legacy of Late Elder Dr. William Commanda, Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier (Circle of All Nations: Romola Trebilcock, 613-599-8385, 819-449-2668, )

Wednesday. Sept. 26

• 7.00 - 9.00 pm: “Panel on Peace, Youth Activism and Social Media", 233 Gilmour St. (No War Paix: Larry Rousseau, 613-565-1915,

Thursday. Sept. 27

• 6.30-9.00 pm: COUNTDOWN ZERO: Award winning film on nuclear disarmament, Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier (Canadian Dept of Peace Initiative: Iman Ibrahim, 613-276-6764, and Physicians for Global Survival: Andrea Levy, (613) 233-1982,

Saturday. Sept. 29

• 11 am-5.00 pm: 10th Anniversary celebrations of Friends for Peace Day: A day of music, silent auction, and peace awards, Ottawa City Hall (Friends of Peace: Ian Prattis, 613-726-0881,

Monday. Oct. 01

• 7.00 pm: Peace Songs Sing-Along, Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive (Physicians for Global Survival: Jason Bailey,, and Canadian Dept of Peace Initiative: Iman Ibrahim, 613-276-6764, )

• 6.00 – 8.30 pm: Film and discussion on “Climate Change and the Global Refugee Crisis” – a forum of ‘climate fasters’ ( Ken Billings, 613-715-9474, )

Tuesday. Oct. 02

• 6:30-9.00 pm: Panel on Women, Violence and Human Rights, Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier (Dialogue with Democracy: Qais Ghanem , 613-265-4654,

For further information, please contact Festival convenors: Bill Bhaneja, billbhaneja (at) , 613-244-1979 and Peter Stockdale, globalbridge (at), 613-863-4527 Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CPI), and for individual events, respective contacts listed in the program. Program also posted on,, and other websites.


For more information:

Contact Name: Andrea Levy
Phone: 613-233-1982
E-mail: pgsadmin (at)

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