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Ottawa arms show: "It was 20 years ago this May..."

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In 1989, during a high-profile COAT campaign, Ottawa's City Council passed a near-unanimous Motion banning all future arms exhibitions from municipal property. As a result, no such shows have been held at Lansdowne Park, or any other City facility, since ARMX '89. (ARMX, Canada's biggest ever weapons extravaganza, is now defunct but it has been replaced by CANSEC.) Many veteran peace activists will remember the late-May 1989, COAT rally led by Marion Dewar when thousands took to Ottawa's streets to peaceful protest against ARMX and Canada's role in the international arms trade.

City Staff now maintain that the 1989 ban no longer applies to Lansdowne! They claim that due to a legal technicality arising from the 1999 transfer of Lansdowne to the RMOC, the ban applies to all City facilities except this one.

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