The following are three upcoming events in the Ottawa area that are of interest to local humanists.

Ninth Annual Ottawa Peace festival

Thursday, Sept. 24th, 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
McNabb Community Centre
180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa (on-site parking)

We live in a conflict and violence-prone world. In 2014, 58.5 million people were displaced worldwide because of wars, conflicts and persecution (UNHCR). A number of social, political, economic, security and cultural factors lead to conflicts. But, regardless of the causes of conflicts and whether a conflict is within a country or between or among countries, the impact of conflicts on the development of affected countries and communities is devastating.

The Conflict and Development Panel will focus on the impact of conflicts on the development of Tanzania, Egypt and Burma and review the effects of land mines and cluster munitions on affected countries.

* Paul Maillet. Paul Maillet Centre for Ethics
* Fatma El-Mehelmy, Human Concern International
* Kevin Malseed, Inter Pares
* Paul Hannon, Mines Action Canada
* Gordon Breedyk, Civilian Peace Service Canada (Discussant)
* Navin Parekh, CanUgan Disability Support (Moderator)

For info and RSVP: 613-224-8174

Film screening of The Price We Pay

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The Price we Pay, by Harold Crooks screens at the MayFair Theatre in Ottawa on Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM. This documentary film about the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance is a VFCC Best Canadian Documentary Winner and VIFF Impact Award Nominee. The film screening will be bilingual.

This event is co-presented by Canadians for Tax Fairness, Inter Pares, Publish What You Pay Canada, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, Oxfam Canada, and MiningWatch Canada.

Harold Crooks goes behind the scenes to show how multinationals and the super-wealthy game the system to avoid paying tax. There is at least $199 billion in officially reported Canadian corporate funds in the top ten tax havens – part of the $38 trillion diverted internationally. The dollars involved are staggering and could go a long way to solving the world’s problems. Crooks’ previous work includes The Corporation and Surviving Progress which was produced by Martin Scorsese.

There will be a short conversation after the screening with Dennis Howlett (Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness), David Bruer (Inter Pares) and Brittany Lambert (Oxfam Canada). Information will also be provided on how you can get involved in the Vote for Tax Fairness campaign, leading up to the federal election.

Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. More information about the film can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Kady Seguin at or Dennis Howlett at


Canadian Mining and Criminalization in the Americas

With guest, Esperanza Salazar, from Colima, Mexico
Tuesday, October 6th, 7-9pm @ the PSAC Building, 233 Gilmour St, Ottawa

Esperanza Salazar will share the experience of the Mexican Network of Mining Affected Peoples (REMA) after which Jen Moore, Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, and Monia Mazigh, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), will share a major new report, In the National Interest: Criminalization of Land and Environment Defenders in the Americas, and facilitate a discussion.

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Esperanza Salazar is a member of Bios Iguana, an environmental organization in Colima, Mexico that forms part of the Mexican Network of Mining Affected Peoples (REMA). In recent years, Bios Iguana has accompanied struggles of Nahua Indigenous communities in Colima to declare their territory free of mining. As a result, Esperanza and Bios Iguana have been criminalized by state authorities for their work in defence of land and life, forcing members of the organization to spend months out of state and making it difficult to continue their support of mining affected communities. Esperanza will talk about her recent experiences and discuss REMA’s approach to preventing mining harms before they start through strategies to establish territories free of mining.

MiningWatch Canada and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) have just released a new report entitled ‘In the National Interest? Criminalization of Land and Environment Defenders in the Americas’, which documents the intensification of criminalization related to Canadian economic interests in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador, making connections with recent trends to heighten measures for repression and social control in Canada. The report is available in both a full version and as a summary (also available in French).

Organized with support from the Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund, ICLMG, and MiningWatch Canada.