Summary by Jeff Piker
The 9th annual Ottawa Peace Festival will be held Sept. 21 through Oct. 2.Its theme this year is “Peaceing Together the Canada We Want”.
It bridges the United Nations International Day of Peace with the United Nations International Day of Nonviolence. Organized by the Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) and Ottawa’s peace community, the festival will feature 25 free events hosted by 22 organizations at 19 locations around the capital.
Topics will address peace, security, development, disarmament, reconciliation and climate change. Events will include documentary films, music, dance, discussion panels, photo exhibit (about Leo Tolstoy), and peace awards. “With friendly events taking place throughout the 12-day festival, we hope to give folks a chance to know what’s happening in Ottawa in building a community of peace,” say festival co-convenors, Bill Bhaneja and Peter Stockdale.
The festival is a civil-society-supported event and does not receive funding from any government sources. More information (including festival program and interactive map) are at the festival’s website: http://ottawapeacefestival.