Would the proposed Canadian military propaganda initiative be used to promote the purchase of new fighter jets?

It’s possible (and worrisome) that if new fighter jets were seen as a national interest priority by the Canadian military (as is almost certainly the case), that a proposed Defence Strategic Communications group could seek to influence popular opinion in favour of that $19 billion expenditure and even collect information Read more…

“PBI was a true introduction to the meaning of solidarity”: Justin Mohammed on his time as a PBI volunteer in Kenya

As Peace Brigades International approaches its 40th anniversary in 2021, we are sharing the reflections of past volunteers from Canada who accompanied at-risk defenders in various PBI project countries over the years. Justin Mohammed, who now lives in Ottawa, accompanied defenders through the Peace Brigades International-Kenya Project in 2015-16. Justin Read more…

Opponents of Canada spending billions on fighter jets draw inspiration from Swiss campaign for September 27th vote

Twitter photo by @Anna_Leissing. Opponents of the Canadian government spending $19 billion on new fighter jets are looking to the Swiss campaign opposed to a similar acquisition plan. On Sunday September 27, Swiss citizens will be voting in a binding referendum on whether their federal government can spend CHF 6 Read more…

Export Development Canada finances Calgary-based Parex Resources in Colombia

Earlier this month, Peace Brigades International signed this letter that highlights: “The activities of [public development banks] have repeatedly exacerbated poverty, widened inequalities and fuelled human rights violations (such as reprisals, land grabbing and forced evictions) without access to any useful remedies for affected communities.” United Nations High Commissioner for Read more…

PBI-Canada welcomes the decision of Carleton University’s criminology institute to end placements with police forces and prisons

On August 12, CBC reported: “Carleton University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ) is ending all student co-op placements with police forces and prisons next year.” That article also notes: “Typically, some 80 third-year year criminology students are given co-op placements with Ottawa police, the RCMP, Correctional Service Canada Read more…