Against All Wars: Protest the CANSEC Arms Show


Hundreds strong, we blocked access to all entrances to CANSEC in solidarity with everyone killed and displaced by the weapons sold there. Together, we made it impossible for anyone to attend their weapons fair without directly confronting the violence and bloodshed they are complicit in.

Check out the media coverage of our protest in the National Observer, Common DreamsMedia Co-op, City News, CTV, Radio Canada (TV), Radio Canada (article), and WBAI (radio). Press release and additional photos here.

Wednesday June 1 2022. Starting at 7:00am. At the EY Centre (4899 Uplands Drive by the airport) in Ottawa.
Against All Wars: Protest the CANSEC Arms Fair

CANSEC is North America’s largest arms show and “defense industry” event.

The presenters and exhibitors list doubles as a Rolodex of the world’s worst corporate criminals. All of the companies and individuals who profit most from war and bloodshed will be there.

The world is run (and ravaged) by people who wake up early. On June 1st we need to wake up earlier than them to beat them to their fair. Join us at the convention bright and early as it begins to ensure everyone showing up knows they are NOT welcome in Ottawa or to continue their deadly business as usual.

It’s time to show up in force to oppose CANSEC and the profiteering from war and violence it is designed to support.

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Exhibitors this year include General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (that makes the Light Armoured Vehicles implicated in human rights violations in Yemen), L3Harris Technologies (now bidding to sell armed drones to Canada) and Lockheed Martin Canada (the world’s largest military contractor now in negotiations to sell their F-35 warplanes to Canada).

There will be banners and signs for you to hold at this action. We will meet at the entrance to the EY Centre on Uplands Drive.

CANSEC, and our protest, is taking place at the EY Centre which is located at 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa, ON K1V 2N6.
The parking on site is reserved for ticketed conference attendees, so people attending this protest will need to park elsewhere. Here are two parking options:
1) Park at one of the nearby hotels due south of the EY Centre, such as Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport, 2400 Alert Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 1S1, then walk over to the protest (approximately 10 minute walk)
2) Park at South Keys Shopping Centre, at the south side of the parking lot (2210 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J5) then take the 6:30am or 7:00am bus #97 or #99 (direction Airport) from South Keys to the EY Centre (get off at stop Airport / Uplands). It is a 5 minute bus ride, and costs $3.75 in cash.

The #97 or #99 bus (direction Airport) will take you directly to the EY Centre (the bus stop name is Airport / Uplands) from various spots in Ottawa. For example, the #97/99 bus passes through Hurdman station at 6:20am or BIllings Bridge around 6:25am on it’s way to the EY Centre in time for the protest. 

For folks in the Montreal area — carpooling is being organized! Sign up here.

Hosted by the No CANSEC coalition, World BEYOND War, Anti-Imperalist Alliance, and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. This protest is happening on unceded Algonquin territory.

Come back to the EY Centre from 4:30-6:00PM on June 1 to Protest Lockheed Martin!

Lockheed Martin is hosting CANSEC’s evening reception titles “Welcome to the Future.” Join us to demonstrate that we reject the world’s biggest weapon’s  manufacturer’s vision of the future!

The day before CANSEC – join a webinar from wherever you are!
Learn about the arms fair, Canadian arms exports, and the militarization of territory at a free webinar at 2:30pm ET on Tuesday May 31.
The day after CANSEC – join a downtown Ottawa rally and gathering
Join a downtown rally and march to CADSI (the industry association that puts on the arms fair) and a community gathering.
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