Katelynn Gough – Chronicle Herald (Halifax) – April 15 2013
Halifax groups want military spending cut back
About 30 people gathered by the Spring Garden Road library in Halifax on Monday to mark the third annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending.
The Halifax Peace Coalition and the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace organized the rally, at which passersby signed a petition that will be sent to Parliament.
They want Canada’s defence budget cut in half and the money instead spent on strengthening the economy and on social justice issues.
Alleson Kase, a 14-year member of Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace, said the group is trying to create discussion.
She said the federal government has “cut all the money to those projects like the redefinition of the Canadian International Development Agency and instead plan money for warships and fighter jets and stealth bombers and drones.”
NSCAD University student Megin Peake said she doesn’t usually sign petitions but the group’s lively spirit drew her in and she realized the issue was something she is interested in.
“The energy that the people were giving off when I walked by, it really attracted me in. It felt really genuine,” she said.
“So I read a little bit of what they said and I agreed with it.”
Tamara Lorincz has been a member of both peace groups for more than a decade. She said Ottawa has doubled its military spending in the past decade, despite the number of Canadians going hungry.
“I’m very concerned about the rise of military spending in Canada but also around the world,” she said.
“Especially when we’re facing very serious human security challenges like climate change and a growing inequality between the rich and the poor.”
Carolyn Green, a steering committee member of Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace, said the annual Global Day of Action is also about violence against women.
“I think that one of the twists of today that is poignant for us is that we feel there is quite a direct link around military activity and violence against women.”
The groups will be sending fact sheets to members of Parliament to show their opposition to military spending.
Canada is one of 25 countries participating in the Global Day of Action.