Federal Senator Joins Green Party Leader, Liberal and NDP MPs to Discuss Canada's Role in Peacebuilding

    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
and politicians."

    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
              (Toronto, Trinity/Spadina)

              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.


    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:
h-chilas@rogers.com, National Coordinator, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

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