By Bill Bhaneja
(Notes for a speech delivered at the “Doing Our Peace” event, September 17, 2011, Providence Renewal Center, Edmonton. The event was organized by Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, Edmonton chapter)
Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) is a non-partisan campaign for the establishment of a Department of Peace in the Federal Government. We have always recognized the importance of the Cities of Peace as a key component of the DoP movement. The cities provide a solid foundation for developing a demand and strategic focus for peace building.
It is in this context I would like to comment on Ottawa’s Peace Festival which is now in its fifth year. The two UN International Days of Peace (Sept. 21) and Nonviolence (Oct02) book-end the 12-day festival. This year we will have 25 events by 19 civil society peace organizations and participants, exceeding our goal of one peace event per day.
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