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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Bus to Ottawa to Protest Weapons Fair April 9


Close Canada's Largest Weapons Fair

CANSEC 2003, "One-stop shopping across the entire warfare spectrum." 
Thursday, April 10, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, 
Ottawa Buses leave Southern Ontario morning of April 9, return Thurs. 
April 10, Overnight accommodation provided. Return trips $40 (if you 
can't go but would like to subsidize a seat, see details below)

Join us for a series of nonviolent direct actions, including 
blockades, sit-ins, die-ins, attempts to conduct citizens' weapons 
inspections, and more.

For further details contact Homes not Bombs, in Toronto at (416) 
651-5800, in Hamilton at (905) 627-2696 or 526-7982, in Montreal at 
(514) 521-5252, Ottawa, at (613) 237-0730 ext. 1,

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)


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. forces.

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 http://www.cdia.ca and click on events for a 
complete list of companies involved at CANSEC and more details.

Stay in touch with Homes not Bombs via tasc@web.ca (and yes, one of 
these days we will have our own website, we're working on it!)

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