Halifax rally calls on Ottawa to re-direct military spending

Report shows world spending reaches new high

Heidi Verheul and Rob White with sign showing federal spending

Heidi Verheul and Rob White with sign showing federal spending
  • Heidi Verheul and Rob White with sign comparing federal spending levels

A quintet of “Raging Grannies” belted out Give Peace A Chance in the bright sunshine outside the Spring Garden Library at noon today as part of a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. About 40 demonstrators held up signs and waved placards calling on Canada’s politicians to re-direct military spending to health, education, children and the environment.

“We don’t feel that so much money should be spent on the military when people are homeless,” said Julia Creighton, one of the organizers of the rally. Creighton, a member of the Halifax Peace Coalition, added that governments should have other priorities partly because of Canada’s aging population.

“Every day we see that Alzheimer’s is going to be skyrocketing in the next generation. There aren’t enough beds for long-term care so that this is where the money needs to go rather than to the military,” Creighton said.

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