[Kosova / Kosovo] !Stop the War! Events in Ottawa May & June 1999 [Peaceweb Home Page]

Ottawa Events to Stop the War

Organized or Publicized by: Coalition to Stop the War Against Yugoslavia (C-SWAY)

Join the thousands in Ottawa who have come to oppose Canada's role in NATO's war against Yugoslavia:

More information on C-SWAY events: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

Carleton Roundtable Debate on the war in Kosovo

Date: Friday May 7, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Carleton University
          Robertson Hall, Sixth floor, Senate Room

Carleton's Institute for European and Russian Studies and the Department of Political Science will be hosting a roundtable, entitled 'The War in Kosovo: Regional and Global Consequences,' to discuss possible consequences of the current crisis in Yugoslavia. Carleton's specialists in the field of Central, East European, and Russian Area Studies will each make short introductory comments. Then the floor will be opened for informal discussion among the participants. The discussion will focus on the medium and long-term consequences of the conflict, particularly relating to: the Balkan states; the Central and East European countries, including Russia; and the broader implications for Europe, NATO, and North America.

Organized by: Carleton University's Institute for European and Russian Studies and the Department of Political Science

C-SWAY Planning Meeting

We need your help! Please attend this meeting.

General Meeting of C-SWAY

Date: Thursday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Place: St. John's Anglican Church
          154 Somerset St. West
          (the entrance is just east of Elgin St.)

C-SWAY Protest work group meetings

Date: For further information, contact Len Bush (231-4270)

Public education work group meetings

Date: Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Place: St. John's Anglican Church
         154 Somerset St. West
         (the entrance is just east of Elgin St.)

For further information, contact: Mark Marshall (562-2437)

(Please note: The purpose of these and other planning meetings is to organize efforts, activities and events to oppose Canada's participation in NATO's war. These meetings are NOT meant to provide opportunities to discuss detailed news, information or analyses regarding the war. Such public discussions are however essential. Indeed, one of the goals of these meetings is to plan and organize public events and activities where such discussions and information sharing can take place.)

The beginnings of the C-SWAY Coalition

On April 21 and May 5, activists came together in Ottawa to plan opposition to Canada's participation in NATO's war in the Balkans. Members of peace, labour, religious, human rights, environmental and students' organizations formed the Coalition to Stop the War Against Yugoslavia (C-SWAY). A program of educational activities, such as public talks and leafletting, was initiated.

Stop the War! Protest and Peace March

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m.
Place: Confederation Park (at Elgin St. and Laurier Ave.)

After gathering in Confederation Park the peace march will proceed from the Department of "National Defence" (i.e. war) to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Organized by: C-SWAY

Endorsed by: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
         OPIRG - Carleton,
         International Affairs Committee of CUPE District Council.

Stop the War! Teach-in

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1999, 7:30 p.m.
Place: St. John's Anglican Church
          154 Somerset St. West
          (the entrance is just east of Elgin St.)


Each speaker will make a brief presentation. There will then be a opportunity for questions/comments from the audience.

Organized by: C-SWAY

Public talk by George Lakey

"Non-violent Resistance War: Learning from the Past, Taking Action Now"

Date: Monday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Place: PSAC Headquarters
          233 Gilmour St.
          (between Elgin St. and Metcalfe St.)

George is the Director of Training for Change. He has led over 1,000 workshops on five continents since his start while teaching at the Martin Luther King School of Social Change.

Author of six books, he has designed workshops for groups of various cultures and backgrounds including: coal miners, people of wealth, mental health consumers, homeless individuals, professors, teenagers, British anarchists, Russian gays, Taiwanese neighborhood organizers, Burmese guerrilla soldiers, Dutch pacifists, Thai farmers, Uzbekistani youth workers, Mohawk leaders, South African anti-apartheid activists, and others.

Organized by: C-SWAY and People's Global Action.

For more information, contact: Brian Edgecomb Tel.: 613-237-6278 Email

Public talk by Svend Robinson, M.P.

A Report from a Trip to Belgrad

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Place: St. John's Anglican Church
          154 Somerset St. West
          (the entrance is just east of Elgin St.)

Svend Robinson is a Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby-Douglas in British Columbia. Since June, 1997, he has been the international affairs critic for the New Democratic Party caucus.

He will be speaking just after his return from a trip to Yugoslavia and other Balkan countries.

Robinson's plans were arrive in Belgrade for high level meetings on Monday, May 17th. The next day he will try to travel to Kosovo to visit Pristina and other parts of the embattled land. His next stops were planned for Albania on May 20, and then to Macedonia before his return to Canada on Saturday, May 22.

In an article published on the NDP caucus website [ http://www.ndp.ca/ ] Robinson said he hoped to "examine all options for a negotiated, diplomatic solution to the conflict". To hear their positions on the war in Yugoslavia, he planned to meet directly with senior Yugoslav government officials, Members of Parliament from both the government and opposition parties, journalists and others.

The NDP, which originally supported NATO's air strikes, recently called for an end to the bombings.

"We must do everything in our power to help find a peaceful solution to this terrible tragedy," Robinson said. "NATO’s strategy of continuing to expand air strikes, with more civilian casualties and non-military targets, and its insistence on an international peacekeeping force with a core of NATO combatants, is a human, environmental and military disaster."

"We must suspend the bombing immediately and give diplomatic negotiations, under UN auspices, a chance," he said.

Organized by: C-SWAY

Protest Rally and Peace March

Date: Saturday, May 29, 1:00 P.M.
Place: Parliament Hill
          Peace march past US Embassy & British High Commission
          Proceed to Dept. of National Defence (i.e., war) on MacKenzie King Bridge

C-SWAY's educational activities will build towards a large Rally/March in Ottawa on Saturday, May 29. We are inviting as many people as possible to attend this event. Please help in anyway that you can to begin spreading the word to those who oppose Canada's participation in NATO's precedent-setting war. The plan is to rally on Parliament Hill starting at 1 p.m. We will then proceed past the U.S. embassy, the War Memorial, and the British High Commission in a peace march to the Canada's Department of "National Defence" (i.e. war). The main entrance to this department is at the MacKenzie King bridge which spans the Rideau Canal. The symbolism of walking to this bridge not only directs our attention towards the headquarters of Canada's military establishment, it also demonstrates our solidarity with the citizens of Yugoslavia who have occupied city bridges to protect them from NATO's daily bombing attacks.

A sister group, C-MAW, the Coalition of Musicians Against the War, is being organized by a C-SWAY member, Michael Cass-Beggs, to bring together folk, classical and other musicians to hold their first performance on the Mackenzie King Bridge as part of the C-SWAY rally on May 29. Interested artists can send an email to mcb@magma.ca to contact Michael.

Why May 29?

NATO warplanes will be "performing" in Ottawa!

Saturday, May 29 was chosen as our rallying day because it is the weekend of the National Capital Air Show. This year, the Ottawa war/air show is "A Celebration of Excellence Honouring the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force." Canadian military aircraft, of the variety now bombing Yugoslavia, will be roaring through the skies over Ottawa on that weekend! Also "performing" in Ottawa skies and displayed on the tarmac at the air show, will be numerous U.S. and other NATO warplanes which are bombing Yugoslavia and/or are designed to carry nuclear weapons. (Besides using Ottawa skies to promote and advertise military aircraft, the National Capital Air Show is also organizing a trade exposition to showcase the products of many military-related aerospace and high technology companies.)

This year, Ottawa's war/air show will feature at least the following NATO war planes which are being used against Yugoslavia:

Tornado IDS   F/A-18 Hornet
E-2C Hawkeye   F-117A Nighthawk
P-3 Orion   C-130 Hercules
AV-8B Harrier II   KC-135 Stratotanker
A-10 Thunderbolt II   B-1B Lancer
B-52 Stratofortress   CT-114 Tutor
F-16 Fighting Falcon   CF-18

This year's Montreal Air Show was recently cancelled because organizers felt that to use military planes for family entertainment during this war would not be advisable. Please encourage the Ottawa air show to follow suit. Please send a polite email to Ottawa's Air show organizer at John Issenman at

For more information on these war planes visit the web sites of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) or the National Capital Air Show

Other Ongoing Anti-War Protests

Protest NATO's War

Date: Every weekday, 6:00 p.m.
Place: Starting from Parliament Hill

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Parliament Hill

Organized by: Ottawa's Serbian Community

This page written May 6, 1999 by R.S.
Revised May 8, 1999, by C.T.S.