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Mine treaty public events across Canada

Public Events for the Landmines Ban Treaty Signing
21 November 1997

International Campaign to Ban Landmines Call for Posters
To celebrate the treaty signing, the International Campaign to Ban
Landmines is calling  for posters from children and young people around the
world. The theme is "Help us to create a mine free world". Posters received
in this call will be exhibited and judged by a panel of experts during the
treaty signing ceremony from 2-4 December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada. Deadline
21 November 1997.
more information:
International Campaign to Ban Landmines  c/o Vietnam Veterans of America
2001 S Street, NW Suite 740, Washington, D.C. 20009

24-28 November Ottawa University Display: Focussing on the Future
Landmines Awareness Display, University of Ottawa, Pavillon Jacques-Turcot
(Unicentre). Information on the treaty and the current mine situation in
the world.

25 Nov "Medicins sans frontieres Fight Against Antipersonnel Mine Disaster"
- Montreal
Information session featuring Dr. Vincent Echave (surgeon), Dr. Michael
Schull, and Michel Cote, nurse.
18:00 at St. Suplice, 1680 rue St. Denis.

26 and 27 November Landmines Simulation - Toronto
World Vision is hosting a mine simulation in Hyde Park. For information,
phone 1 800 268 5863.

28 Nov - Living in a Minefield - Toronto
Medecins sans frontieres hosts an information session by Dr. Julius Toth,
Surgeon, (former missions in Chechnya and Rwanda) at the Metropolitan
Toronto Reference Library 10:30 am - 11:30 am in the Beeton Auditorium
East.  Slides and talk on medical impact of landmines.

27 November to 28 January  Robert Semeniuk Photography Exhibit
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography will host an exhibit of the
work of Robert Semeniuk on landmines.

28 November  International Film and Video Festival on Landmines
Films and videos from around the world highlighting various aspects of the
landmines problem and the campaign against landmines will be screened from
1 pm to midnight. Campaigners will be available to answer questions during
University of Ottawa's Alumni Auditorium, Pavillon Jacques-Turcot

29 November Address "The Minds behind the Mines - Lessons to be learned
from the International Campaign to Ban APM's"
Chris Giannou, war surgeon with ICRC speaks at Ottawa University' Montpetit
Hall, room 202. 5:00 to 6:00 pm

29 and 30 November  International Campaign Ban Bus - Montreal
Six landmines campaigners from around the world will arrive in Montreal on
November 29th in the last leg of an awareness-raising bus tour which will
have taken them across the United States. They will take part in public
activities on the 29th and 30th in Montreal before leaving for Ottawa.

1 December Arrival of Ban Bus in Ottawa
The ban bus will arrive on the 1st of December with Jody Williams at the
Conference Centre, 12:30.

1 to 4  December Humanitarian Demining Display
International Centre for Indigenous Demining will host a humanitarian
demining display, including table displays, pictures, slides and videos
depicting areas of mine-affected communities, stockpiles, people internally
displaced by mines, demining, victim rehabilitation and a mock mine field.
The display will open to the public at 12:00 on 1 December. War Museum, 330
Sussex Drive.

2 to 7 December  Ban Signing Conference Displays
During the treaty signing conference, exhibits of photography, art work,
interactive displays, videos, international youth poster contest,
demonstrations, and international campaign advocacy materials will be open
to the public in the main foyer of the Conference Centre (Rideau Street
entrance) and in a heated tent outside the conference centre. Information
on the treaty, the mine problem, and groups involved in the treaty process
will be available.

3 and 4 December  People's Treaty signing in Ottawa, across Canada
Members of the public will endorse the treaty in the main foyer of the
Conference Centre at the same time as the governments are signing it. The
event underlines grassroots support for the ban and the need for ongoing
public monitoring of implementation. Signatures collected will be used to
increase pressure on non-signatories and non-state actors. Simultaneous
events will take place in over twenty cities across Canada, in Asia, and
elsewhere. Opens 12:30 on the 3rd with a special ceremony.

3 December  Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne, Chude Mondlane Benefit Concert
Jackson Browne and Bruce Cockurn, Chude Mondlane, and one other special
guest will perform at the Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, starting at
8:15 pm. Special tickets will allow people into a private reception
following the concert where they can meet the performers. Regular tickets
are available at ticketmaster, "golden circle" tickets are available by
calling 1 800 466 9326. Proceeds of the Benefit Concert will go towards the
work of Mines Action Canda and Operation Landmine (USA).

4 December  Interfaith Service
Leaders of diverse spiritual groups will lead the public in a celebration
of the treaty banning mines and focus on the work ahead of ensuring that
the ban makes a difference in the lives of mine victims.
Basilica Cathedral Notre Dame, Sussex Street, 7:30 pm


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