Celebrating the Colors of Peace in Western Canada

August 24, 2009

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada - The UPF of Western Canada put together a celebration of peace which simultaneously promoted the goals of UPF and helped the Richmond community celebrate the diverse multicultural nature of Canada in the Vancouver area. The program was led by Mr. Alan Wilding, director of UPF-Western Canada, and Mr. Paul Cheung, CEO of Lions Communications Inc. and organizer of the popular Richmond Summer Night market.


Nepal MP Briefs Ambassadors for Peace in Canada

August 18, 2009

The Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, MP from Nepal and Secretary General of UPF-Nepal, gave a presentation a UPF luncheon in Mississauga, Ontario about UPF activities in Nepal, including a recent ascent of Mt. Everest by a UPF Ambassador for Peace.


UPF-Canada Expands Its Interreligious Focus

July 11, 2009

Toronto, Canada - The ongoing civil strife in Sri Lanka has spilled over into the Sri Lankan community in Canada. In the Toronto area, UPF is reaching out to the Sinhalese and Tamil Sri Lankans of various faiths to narrow the communications gap and help establish common understandings among them, in the hopes that this can have a positive influence on developments in their home country.


UPF Picnic in Ontario, Canada

June 21, 2009

Clearstone, Canada - It is customary for UPF Central District (Toronto) to arrange a family picnic for its members and guests at Clearstone Lodge; Roseneath R2, Ontario, at least once in a year. This time it was different because I have been waiting to attend the occasion with full UPF spirit and fervor. This auspicious occasion was arranged by the joint efforts of Dr. Chae Hee Lee, Chairman of UPF-Canada, and Dr. Hoossen Auckbaraullee, Chairman of the Central District. Of course those who attended made it splendid by their presence.


Conference in Ottawa on Canadian Leadership in the Quest for Peace

May 7, 2009

Ottawa, Canada - The Universal Peace Federation in cooperation with National Capital Peace Council hosted a conference on "Religions Cooperating for Peace" on May 7, 2009. The event had been organized to narrow the gap between different religions and regions which are still separated by barriers such as prejudice, discrimination, intolerance, injustice, and insularity when it comes to existing and letting others exist with dignity


Conférence sur le programme d’éthique et culture religieuse au Québec

March 22, 2009

Le 21 mars 2009, 33 leaders religieux du Québec se sont réunis pour prendre connaissance de l’essence du nouveau programme d’éthique et culture religieuse (ÉCR) enseigné obligatoirement depuis le mois de septembre 2008 dans tous les établissements d’enseignement primaire et secondaire au Québec.


Conference on Quebec's Program on Ethics and Religious Culture

March 22, 2009

Canada, Quebec - On March 21, 2009, 33 Quebec religious leaders gathered to get a deeper understanding of the new Ethics and Religious Culture program taught systematically since September 2008 in all primary and secondary schools in the province of Quebec.


Monthly Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Montreal

March 18, 2009

UPF Montreal held its monthly Interfaith Breakfast on Wednesday March 18. This is the eighth year of regular monthly meetings of English and Bilingual (French and English) meetings.


Inter-Religious Family Festival in Toronto

March 15, 2009

As envisaged earlier by UPF-Canada's Central District, the much awaited Inter-Religious Family Festival was celebrated on March 15 with full fervor and zest, which has sown the seeds of unified action to establish peace within and around. People of different ethnic origins and religious groups gathered to share their common values to contribute towards peaceful co-existence and peace among them. The gathering looked like a unified family under one God. Catholics, Protestants, Assyrians, Muslims, Sikhs, and others could be seen intermingling and sharing their appreciation of each other.


Saudi Scholar Addresses Toronto Chapter

March 1, 2009

Toronto, Canada - The Toronto chapter welcomed Saudi religious scholar, businessman, and writer Sheikh Ali Bin Sa'ad Ashshahrani to their office at Mavety, Toronto. Upon his arrival, Sheikh Ali was received by UPF Central District Chairman Dr. Hoossen Auckbaraullee and other high-ranking UPF officials.


Inter-Religious Family Festival Planned in Toronto

February 14, 2009

Toronto, Canada - The Central District of the Universal Peace Federation in Canada arranged a special gathering on February 14 to plan an Inter-Religious Family Festival in Toronto as a way of promoting harmony among the diverse religious and cultural groups.


Reflections on the Canada Leadership Conference

November 6, 2008

Ottawa, Canada - In his opening speech, Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a retired US Congressman, brought the audience to a standing ovation when he eloquently and effectively detailed his experience with the then-apartheid government in South Africa and his first-hand experiences in the South of the USA.


H.J. Moon: A New Vision of Peace in Canada

October 6, 2008

Excerpts of keynote address at the Global Peace Festival, Ottawa, Canada, October 4, 2008


Canada Conference Recognizes the Interreligious Basis of Human Rights

October 5, 2008

Ottawa, Canada - Canada’s Ambassadors for Peace drew upon their nation’s principal role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and developing UN peacekeeping forces at the Canadian Leadership Conference October 2-5.


H. Sinn: Civilian Peace Service Initiatives

October 4, 2008

Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) began in February 2005, following an International Civilian Peace Service Consultation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Since then, our CPSC Committee has moved forward informed by the experience of our European friends and colleagues, supported by the ongoing work of Canadian peace, human rights, and development NGOs, along with our own particular views and undertakings.


B. Bhaneja: Proposal for a Canadian Department of Peace

October 4, 2008

In the early part of the twenty-first century, the peoples of the world are experiencing an intolerable level of insecurity and violence on the parts of states and non-state actors. At the same time, there has been a re-energizing of the peace movement and citizen initiatives in seeking innovative, nonviolent and enduring resolution of conflict through peacebuilding activities of many kinds. One of those initiatives is a growing international movement for the creation of departments of peace in all nations. Canada, as a middle power with a long history of peacekeeping and negotiated outcomes to conflict, stands in a unique position to become the first country to proclaim a Department and Minister of Peace.


Le rôle du Canada comme puissance moyenne

October 2, 2008

L’idée de faire partie d’un grand rassemblement global pour la paix séduit évidemment dans des pays encore en voie de développement, ou confrontés aux défis de la guerre ou de la violence. Mais qu’en est-il des pays du premier monde, peut-être plus installés, voire satisfaits de la façon dont les choses se passent pour eux ?


Conference to Explore Canada's Role as a 'Middle Power'

September 24, 2008

Ottawa, Canada - The idea of being part of a larger global community of peace is obviously particularly attractive in nations that are still developing, or that are coping with recent challenges of violence and conflict. But what about nations of the First World that are perhaps more settled, perhaps even satisfied with the way things are? These are among the issues to be debated at the Canadian Leadership Conference on the theme “Educating for Peace” October 2-5 in Ottawa.


South Asian Friendship Seminar Held in Vancouver

August 23, 2008

Vancouver, Canada - The Universal Peace Federation in Western Canada hosted the Third South Asian Bridge of Peace and Friendship Seminar on August 23 on the theme of "Interreligious and Intercultural Approach to Resolving Conflicts."


Ambassadors for Peace Attend National Conference in Ottawa

June 7, 2008

Ottawa, Canada - More than 50 UPF Ambassadors for Peace gathered at Les Suites Hotel in Ottawa for a national conference on June 7. Participants came from Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Interest in the conference exceeded the expectations of the organizers.