Dimitri Lascaris Making Peace with Russia, One Handshake at a Time Tour – Victoria Stop June 27, 2023

Here’s audio of the Victoria Talk, delivered June 27th, 2023

The Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network (CWPJN) is pleased to announce that it has organized a Canada-wide speaking tour for citizen-diplomat Dimitri Lascaris to report back to Canadians about his recent mission of peace to Russia. The title of the tour is “Making Peace With Russia, One Handshake At A Time.”


Date of event Location Contact/registration info
June 19 London Email peopleforpeace.london@gmail.com for info
June 20 Hamilton Registration
June 21 Toronto Registration
June 22 Winnipeg Registration
June 23 Regina Registration
June 26 Vancouver email info@mawovancouver.org
June 27 Victoria Registration
June 29 Montreal Registration
June 30 Halifax Registration
July 2 Fredericton Registration
July 3 Ottawa Registration
July 4 Kingston Canada-wide, free webinar, 8 pm ET
Register: https://tinyurl.com/Dimitri-Kingston

Country-wide tour poster available here.

For security reasons, tickets will be sold at some venues while voluntary donations will be solicited at others. Also for security reasons, the venues of Mr. Lascaris’ lectures will be withheld until 48 hours before curtain time. The concluding virtual lecture (webinar), broadcast from Kingston, ON, will be free. Mr. Lascaris has generously waived any speaking fees so that any funds raised will go to rental and staging costs.

Canada-wide, free webinar, July 4th at 8 pm ET:

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In April 2023, Dimitri Lascaris, Canadian lawyer and journalist, embarked on a self-financed trip to Russia where he lectured to students, presented at a think tank, gave interviews, met officials and peace activists, appeared on Russian media, wrote articles and tweeted daily about what he saw and heard.

For its part, the CWPJN hopes that Dimitri’s tour will move the needle on Canadian public opinion in support of a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine and thus accelerate an end to the conflict.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Stone, Yves Engler June 21, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded June 21st, 2023

Last week, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, Josep Borrell emcee’d the EU’s 7th Brussels Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region. Alert listeners may recall Senor Borrell as the malapropist who in an address last year to the European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges made plain his – and presumably his organization’s – view of the World. It’s worth repeating. The World according to Borrell consists of a garden, (Europe) perennially threatened by the persistent blight of an expanding jungle. Says Josep,

“The jungle could invade the garden… walls will never be high enough in order to protect the garden. The gardeners have to go to the jungle… Otherwise, the rest of the world will invade us by different ways and means”.

Well the European gardeners have been busy in Syria over the last dozen years, slashing and burning and doing their darnedest to cultivate a new nature for one of the planet’s oldest – and most stubbornly recalcitrant – patches of land. And they’ve not been alone; Canada too has inserted it’s green thumb into the Syrian plot.

Ken Stone is an executive member of both the Syria Support Movement International and Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War.

Ken Stone in the first half.

And; as terrible as NATO’s landscaping has been in Syria (and “the region”) it’s small potatoes compared to the planned project for Europe’s bread basket. Canada recently announced more hundreds of millions of Canadian dollars be dedicated to scorching the Ukrainian soil, with nary a word piped up against it in either the House or main media.

Yves Engler is an independent, Montreal-based journalist and author. He’s written twelve books on Canadian foreign policy, including ‘Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority’, co-authored with Anthony Fenton.

His recent article, ‘Canadian ‘progressives’ suffer bad case of war fever psychosis’ recognizes the Green Party of Canada’s thumb in the Ukraine war pie.

Yves Engler and Canada’s deeply rooted war ethos in the second half.

But first, Ken Stone and Europe making the Syria “jungle” bloom.

Song: Work for Peace

Artist: Gil Scott-Heron

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tamara Lorincz, Dimitri Lascaris June 14, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded June 14th, 2023

Over the weekend past, Canada’s prime minister traveled with Chrystia Freeland to Kyiv, and promised, in an address to the parliament there, his undying support for the war’s continuation. Speaking to the Verkhovna Rada, Justin Trudeau pledged $500 million more Canadian dollars, reassuring legislators, “You are the tip of the spear that is determining the future of the 21st century”. Some future – for them and us – war and rumours of war for generations to come! Mr. Trudeau makes it perfectly clear: If the people are to have peace, they’ll have to make it themselves.

Tamara Lorincz is a fellow with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, and member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. As the prime minister was whipping up the Furies in Kyiv Tamara was in Vienna, hammering out the details of the International Summit for Peace in Ukraine’s ‘Final Declaration of International Civil Society‘.

Tamara Lorincz in the first half.

And; as well as spending billions on the US-directed proxy-war against Russia while Canada’s healthcare system crumbles, and tens of thousands live in the streets, the government here has too sacrificed relations with Russia, China, Iran, and others for no apparent benefit. Sadly, the official opposition too has failed to perform its duty, as has the unofficial media opposition. What’s left but individual efforts in both fields in pursuit of peace?

Dimitri Lascaris is a Montreal-based activist, journalist, and lawyer. He served as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada and likewise for the Green Party of Quebec. Dimitri’s interviews for TRNN are at TheRealNews.com, and his articles appear at his website, DimitriLascaris.org among other places.

In April, in an example of DIY diplomacy, Dimitri headed to Russia as a sovereign citizen of our Canada, strong and free to gain firsthand knowledge of the country and its people. Now, starting June 19th, Dimitri’s heading across this country – from Halifax to Victoria – on the ‘Making Peace with Russia, One Handshake at a Time‘ tour.

Dimitri Lascaris, bringing a message of peace home in the second half.

But first, Tamara Lorincz and International Civil Society’s unilateral declaration of peace.

Song: Life in Wartime

Artist: Talking Heads

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/