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An "Art-in" was held on Saturday, March 29 at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park.  After a short, boisterous march around the perimeter of Victoria Park, there were events in the park for participants of all ages.  Activities included drawing Peace messages and pictures in chalk on the parkšs sidewalks, face-painting, music and the creation of Peace banners.

March 15th march
Protestors say their message is being heard
REGINA - Antiwar demonstrators around the world took their message to the streets again this weekend. Around 1,000 people took part in a march around downtown Regina. They carried balloons and banners with slogans for peace instead of war in Iraq.  Allison Kach is part of the Regina Peace Action Coalition. She says their numbers are growing with every protest and they are making a difference.  "I think a month ago, everybody was thinking there was going to be a war in a few days, says Kach. "A month has passed, and we're still marching for peace, and there's still no war, so I think that's a positive thing." "We're definitely getting the voice out there and being heard."

Similar demonstrations were held in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, as well as other cities across Canada. Protests were also held in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  Many demonstrators say it could be their last chance to show their opposition for an American led war against Iraq.


February 15th March and Rally

About 700 people marched in the cold and the wind down Regina's Albert Street.
Organizer Sarah Moar said most people around the world are opposed to a war led by the United States. "I think we need to keep reminding ourselves of that, that most of us are on-side", said Moar. "We all want peace. So let's have peace."
In Saskatoon, hundreds of people attended lectures about Iraq at the University of Saskatchewan. Then they waved flags and signs at motorists driving past the campus.
One participant, Kelly Chessi, is growing more concerned about the prospects of war in Iraq. "in some ways we're a bit closer now to war than we were a few weeks ago.", said Chessi.
The protesters say their marches will continue as long as they still feel the threat of war.

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Grandmother prepares to take to streets with other Canadians to protest war NANCY CARR 

(CP) - At 72, Catherine Verrall says her belief that people her age must keep the peace for children will send her marching in the streets of Regina this weekend against any U.S.-led war in Iraq.

A grandmother of two, Verrall spent Friday painting anti-war slogans like Bombs Kill Kids onto signs protesters will hoist in Regina, one of at least a dozen communities across Canada staging anti-war rallies Saturday. Canadians are expected to turn out in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton and Victoria, in uncertain numbers, in a series of protests that will also sound anti-war cries around the globe.

"I care about my grandchildren and I care about everybody's grandchildren: the children in Iraq or Palestine or wherever," said Verrall.

"Especially as older people, we have a responsibility to take care of the world we are leaving to the next generation."

A retired kindergarten teacher, Verrall who as co-chair of the Regina Peace Action Coalition has been a peace activist for most of her life, said she's astounded by the speed at which the current anti-war sentiment has grown.

"I think it's beginning to hit home to people that war is imminent and people are beginning to think more about what the consequences could be for the whole world."

Verrall estimated about 600 people would join her city's rally Saturday, twice as many as the number of people who turned out for a similar demonstration in January.

The marchers in Regina - bundled in their warmest cold-weather gear - are expected to be joined by like-minded Canadians and millions of marchers in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Antarctica. In Melbourne, Australia, at least 150,000 people took to the streets Saturday to protest the war and their government's commitment of 2,000 troops.

Despite chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix reporting Friday his teams had not found any illegal weapons in Iraq, peace activists all over the country feared Canada was drawing closer to war.

And that concern wasn't diminished despite comments Thursday night in Chicago by Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

Chretien told a meeting of international policy advisors that much of the world was skeptical about America's motives for a war with Iraq and warned Canada's closest ally not to proceed with a war against Iraq without UN backing.

By early Friday morning, a few dozen protesters had already gathered in Ottawa, saying they, too, believed Canada should not go to war unless the United Nations gives the green light.

"It's best if they don't declare war, if they don't support the U.S., unless the UN has their agreement," said Terence Reeves, a university student from New Brunswick.

In Toronto, Pam Johnson, 44, said while she doesn't support Saddam Hussein, she's helping organize that city's peace march because she doesn't think the Iraqi people deserve to suffer.

"These are the same people who have already been suffering under war and 12 years of a sanction regime that has basically left them with no infrastructure, no clean water, road system, sewage, education, medical supplies, and now they're going to be visited by another war," said Johnson, a modern dancer.

"I think the prospect of that is horrifying."

As Johnson was typing informational leaflets Friday to distribute at the protest and fielding calls from people wanting to help her cause, she said she expected about 20,000 people to take part in the Toronto demonstration.

Toronto police scheduled extra officers to be on the streets Saturday, but if the protesters are as well-behaved as they were in January, they may hardly be needed.

"It was a very good peace march," Sgt. Robb Knapper said of the Jan. 18 protest.

"It was very peaceful, moved along quite nicely and the crowds were great."

In Kamloops, B.C., a community of 80,000, Tristan Cavers was eagerly expecting 500 marchers to join his protest - double the number that turned out in January. Following the march, the Kamloops Peace Coalition will screen a video about the condition in which children live in Iraq.

Just as Verrall credits her grandchildren with her interest in peace, Cavers, 21, says his grandfather taught him to love history, and pursue peace.

"My grandpa always taught me the more you learn about history the less like it is to repeat itself," Cavers said. 

Š The Canadian Press, 2003

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January 18th March and Rally:

Anti-war demonstrations held in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON   - Hundreds of people marched in peace rallies in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert on Saturday.

They were part of an international day of action, as people around the world voiced their concerns about a possible war with Iraq.

More than 200 people gathered at Victoria Park in Regina. While some marched, others set up mock graves in the snow with cardboard tombstones.

"We're making a graveyard to represent the deaths of the Iraqi people that will result if Canada participates in the invasion of Iraq," explains university student, Sarah Moar.

In Saskatoon, a chain of about 600 people wound its way through the downtown and into Riversdale.

They carried signs with slogans such as "no war for oil" and "love is the answer".

Lynn Hainsworth helped organize the Saskatoon rally. She says people are looking for a way to voice their opposition to a war in Iraq.

"I think people do want to be with people who share their sentiments," says Hainsworth. "It's kind of scary to be at home watching the television and feeling like there's nothing you can do about it."

After the marches, many people sent anti-war messages to the prime minister.

They plan to hold more protests as long as the threat of war continues.

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