TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - On April 4, 2008, a public forum will be held
with Hon. Douglas Roche featuring Elizabeth May, Olivia Chow and Borys
Wrzesnewskyj, in a lively multi-party political roundtable discussion on how
Canada can be a peacebuilder in the world and how Canadians can play a
positive role in Afghanistan in peacebuilding and development efforts.
Hosted by the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), a
non-partisan organization with a combined support base of over one million
Canadians, its National Co-Chair, Dr. Saul Arbess underlines CDPI's goal: "We
aim to reinvigorate Canada's role as a global peacemaker and peacebuilder by
promoting a Federal Department of Peace via dialogue with the Canadian public
WHAT: Public Forum: The Human Right to Peace: Full-Time Work with
Keynote Presenter, Hon. Douglas Roche in an Interactive
Multi-Party Political Roundtable with Questions from the
WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2008 at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WHERE: Toronto - Church of the Holy Trinity
10 Trinity Square (behind the Toronto Eaton Centre at Dundas
St. W. and Bay)
WHO: Douglas Roche, Officer of the Order of Canada, Federal Senator
(1998-2004), Member of Parliament (1972-1984), United Nations
Canadian Ambassador for Nuclear Disarmament (1984-1989) and
author of the award-winning book "The Human Right to Peace".
Elizabeth May, Federal Leader, Green Party of Canada
Olivia Chow, Canadian Member of Parliament, NDP Party of Canada
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Canadian Member of Parliament, Liberal
Party of Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke Centre)
Dr. Saul Arbess and Dr. Bill Bhaneja, National Co-Chairs of the
Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI) and founding
member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of
Peace totaling 29 countries
Moderator: Lyn Adamson, Mediator and Trainer in conflict
resolution. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Ontario Co-
WHY: CDPI is calling for a Department of Peace to stand equal with
National Defence and Foreign Affairs on matters of
peacebuilding and peacekeeping.
FACTS: Canada's military spending in Afghanistan will reach
$7.2 billion dollars this year while aid efforts in Afghanistan
total only a small fraction of Canada's military Afghan budget.
Nepal and the Solomon Islands have established Federal
Ministers of Peace with Costa Rica expected to declare its
first Federal Department of Peace this year.
No Canadian Federal Minister has the "peace portfolio," and no
one is authorized to coordinate the peacebuilding efforts of
the various Canadian governmental branches.
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Call the number below to pre-book interviews. All keynotes will be
available before & after public forum. Contact information for speakers &
experts will be provided during event.
(*) Photo/video opportunities during & after public forum.
(*) Limited space available for live media crews.
(*) All media are asked to please RSVP.
To learn more about CDPI, please visit online: www.departmentofpeace.ca
For further information:
For further information: Helen Chilas, Cell: (416) 473-8238 or Email:
email@example.com, National Coordinator, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace