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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Close Canada's Largest Weapons Fair - CANSEC
Close Canada's Largest Weapons Fair
CANSEC 2003, "One-stop shopping across the entire
Thursday, April 10, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel
By Drive, Ottawa
Join us for a series of nonviolent direct actions,
including lockades, sit-ins, die-ins, attempts to
conduct citizens' weapons inspections, and more.
For further details contact Homes not Bombs, Ottawa,
at (613) 237-0730 ext. 1, in Toronto at (416)
651-5800, in Hamilton at (905) 627-2696 or 526-7982,
in Montreal at (514) 521-5252, in Kitchener-Waterloo
at 745-9006, in Windsor (519) 258-1555
A southern Ontario bus will leave on the morning of
Wednesday, April 9, returning the evening of Thursday,
April 10. Return tickets $40 includes food and
overnight accommodation (if you cannot attend but
would like to subsidize a bus seat or two, cheques can
be made out to Homes not Bombs and sent to PO Box
73620, 509 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0)
WHAT IS CANSEC?
CANSEC is the largest annual exhibition of the weapons
of war and repression in Canada, hosted at the Ottawa
Congress Centre in "an informative and entertaining
environment." CANSEC represents the extent to which
Canada profits from war, domestic repression and
inhuman border policies, and how this axis of evil is
used to protect the interests of the wealthy few.
CANSEC exhibitors include the largest weapons firms in
Canada's $5-billion-a-year war industry, including the
branch plants of the U.S.' leading arms manufacturers,
as well as companies devoted to producing ever more
insidious technology of surveillance, infiltration,
disruption and control.
Hence, CANSEC is intended for everyone from warriors
intent on bombing other countries into market
submission to those who would spy on people from
Arabic and/or Middle Eastern background here in
Canada, those who are intent on producing further
intrusive border mechanisms to halt the flow of
immigrants and refugees, and those who would use night
vision equipment, for example, to repress First
Nations at Burnt Church trying to exercise control
over their waters.
Invitees include all NATO nations, as well as CSIS,
the RCMP, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, War Dept.
personnel and Canadian Forces, Transport Canada,
Immigration, Parliamentarians, Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, and Trade Team
members who wish to sell weapons abroad.
CANSEC promises one-stop shopping for "The
requirements of the Canadian Forces, across the entire
warfare spectrum and in recognition of the evolving
battle space," which includes space warfare, hi-tech
command and control systems, and "interoperability"
technology to become further embedded with U.S.
Iraq is the latest testing ground for new generations
of weapons and weapons systems, such as Wescam's
Predator targetting system, slated to be the
"superstar" of the escalation. These weapons dealers
will be eagerly watching what is taking place in Iraq
as part of their sales campaigns for "the next one."
Visit the website at www.cdia.ca and click on events
for a complete List of companies involved at CANSEC
and more details. Details on the show are at
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