Virtual Events

The Agenda – Should Canada Spend Billions More on the Military

April 11, 2022

On 11 April 2022, TVO’s The Agenda hosted a lively debate between RI President Peggy Mason and other experts on the subject of Canadian Defence spending.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition – Ukraine Canada Weapons

February 16, 2022

n 16 Feb 2022 RI President Peggy Mason joined Carol Off to discuss why Canada seems to have abandoned the diplomatic path to avert a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Project Ploughshares: Ukraine, NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Security

February 1, 2022

On 1 Feb 2022 Project Ploughshares hosted RI President Peggy Mason and other guests to discuss the Ukraine crisis.

At a crossroads: Canada-China relations in 2022 and beyond

January 26, 2022

On 26 Jan 2022 RI President Peggy Mason took part in a Carleton University, student-organized, iAffairs Canada panel to explore our evolving relationship with China.

RI webinar on Economic Sanctions: Legal and Policy Implications

December 24, 2021

On 18 Jan 2022 we held a timely discussion of non-UN authorised economic sanctions, an increasingly favoured – and controversial – foreign policy tool.  

IPD: East Asia Strategy Forum 2021

November 18, 2021

On 17-18 Nov 2021 the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy (IPD) invited leaders and experts, including RI President Peggy Mason, to discuss current emerging issues in East Asia and the Pacific.

IPD: China’s place in Canada’s vision of a “rules-based order”

November 1, 2021

On 1 Nov 2021 RI President Peggy Mason participated in an Institute for Peace and Diplomacy (IPD) panel discussion on China’s place in Canada’s vision of a “rules-based order”.

CPG: International Cyber Security: Threats and Opportunities for Canada

October 19, 2021

On 19 Oct 2021 at the Canadian Pugwash Group Policy (CPG) Conference, RI President Peggy Mason joined cyberspace experts to explore how Canada should address the militarization of cyberspace.

CIC Roundtable on Canadian Disarmament Diplomacy

July 14, 2021

On 14 July 2021 the Canadian International Council (CIC) hosted RI President Peggy Mason and two other former diplomats to discuss key disarmament diplomacy challenges and opportunities for Canada.

IPD: Middle East Strategy Forum 2021

May 20, 2021

On 19-20 May 2021 the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy’s inaugural Middle East Strategy Forum brought together experts, including RI President Peggy Mason, to discuss ways to manage non-proliferation in the Middle East.

CIC hosts a conversation with Mid-east expert Dr. Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute

February 23, 2021

On 23 February 2021 RI President Peggy Mason moderated a discussion on current events in the Middle East, featuring expert Dr. Trita Parsi.

RI co-hosted Grand Finale G78 UN Peacekeeping webinar

January 27, 2021

Event date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
We are delighted to announce our grand finale webinar in the Group of 78 six-session series of Webinars on: The Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Transition to a More Peaceful World: Why UN peace operations are critical and need to be expanded.
Focusing on conclusions and recommendations, it is co-sponsored by the Rideau Institute and the World Federalist Movement-Canada.

Videos now available for RI co-hosted February 2021 Arctic Security Webinar Series

January 25, 2021

Videos are now available of this exciting series featuring leading Canadian experts, is co-hosted by the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), Canadian Pugwash Group and the Rideau Institute.

RI President on TVO Panel discussing 2021 Foreign Policy Challenges

January 12, 2021

On 11 Jan 2021 RI President Peggy Mason joined two other panelists and host Steve Paikin to consider major foreign policy challenges in 2021.

Foreign Affairs Committee hears virtually from Rideau Institute and other Civil Society groups on regulating Canada’s arms trade

December 15, 2020

On Thursday 10 Dec 2020 the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development heard virtual testimony from leading civil society organizations including RI President Peggy Mason as part of its new study into how Canada regulates its weapons exports.

Unpublished Café Podcast features RI President Peggy Mason on N95 Mask Controversy

April 7, 2020

Veteran Ottawa journalist Ed Hand interviews University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran and Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason on the implications – domestic and international – of the shocking Trump administration decision to block the export of N35 medical-grade masks destined for Canada.

RCI Podcast features Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason

January 27, 2020

For a timely discussion of key foreign policy challenges facing Canada in 2020, see Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 7: Rebuilding Canada’s global leadership by journalist Levon Sevunts, wherein he interviews Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason.

Time for Canada to stand with Yemeni civilians, not Saudi war criminals

January 23, 2019

In this interview on CTV’s Power Play with Don Martin, RI President Peggy Mason discusses some of the many reasons why it is long past time for Canada to do the right thing and end our arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Update: More fallout from Trump violation of Iran nuclear deal

May 14, 2018

As we highlighted in our previous blog post, Trump violates Iran Nuclear Deal, on May 8, 2018 President Donald Trump announced his decision to unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran, despite its full compliance with the agreement. RI President Peggy Mason discusses the repercussions with host Don Martin on CTV’s Power Play: Since then, experts have sought […]

RI President on CBC Power and Politics

March 12, 2018

On Tuesday March 6th Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason was interviewed by Terry Milewski on CBC’s Power and Politics about yet another Canadian failure to respond to a UN request for Canadian peacekeepers. To watch this interview click: RI President interview on Power and Politics (CBC, 6 March 2018). Mason describes three key factors at […]

RI President testifies against BMD at National Defence Committee

May 12, 2016

On Thursday May 5th, Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason gave testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence, during its hearings on the defence of North America. Her are some of her arguments against Canadian participation in ballistic missile defence (BMD): The American BMD system (called GMD or ground-based mid-course missile defence) […]

CTV Power Play with May and Mason

February 11, 2016

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason discuss the new Liberal plan for countering ISIS with Don Martin of CTV Power Play.

Peggy Mason on Canada being shut out of the anti-ISIS coalition meeting

January 26, 2016

Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason discusses the reasons behind Canada not being invited to the anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris on 20 January. An anti-ISIS coalition meeting took place in Paris on 20 January. Defence ministers from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands joined U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter to discuss the future […]

“Unfinished business of the most serious kind. ” – Peggy Mason

November 24, 2015

  Describing it as “unfinished business of the most serious kind”, Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason, in an interview on CBC Radio’s The Current, renews the call for an independent public inquiry into allegations of Canadian complicity in the transfer-to-torture of Afghan detainees (see Fighting ISIS: Canada’s role renews calls for Afghan detainee inquiry, CBC […]

End of Canadian bombing mission in Iraq and Syria!

October 24, 2015

  Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason participated in a CBC radio panel discussion this morning on the decision of Prime Minister Elect Justin Trudeau to pull Canada out of the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (The Current, CBC, 23 October 2015). The other panelists were Bessma Momani, a senior fellow at the Centre for […]

On the 70th Anniv of Hiroshima: a history of the atom bomb

July 30, 2015

In a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, this groundbreaking PBS  series details how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives.

Peggy Mason on the extension of the military mission in Iraq and Syria

April 2, 2015

Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute,  was interviewed on the extension and expansion of the Canadian military mission in Iraq and Syria on CTV News, hosted by Todd Van Der Heyden, on Thursday March, 30,2015. Watch the full interview here: CTV News Channel Here’s the transcribed and edited text of the interview. Todd Van […]

Watch: Peggy Mason on the roots of the growing conflict in Iraq

August 12, 2014

  Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason appeared on CTV News live on Tuesday, August 11 2014 to discuss the conflict in Iraq.  “At the root of the terrible problems in Iraq right now are very serious political grievances. Extremist groups exploit local grievances to get support, and that’s what ISIL is doing.” Mason notes,  “Prime […]

Rideau Institute calls for release of the KPMG report on the F-35

December 10, 2012

Rideau Institute President Steven Staples and Visiting Research Fellow Stewart Webb held a press conference on Parliament Hill, calling for the release of the KPMG report on the F-35.

Video: “Search and Replace”, Michael Byers and Stewart Webb

June 21, 2012

Steven Staples, Michael Byers and Stewart Webb present the Rideau Institute and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sponsored report: “Search and Replace: the Case for a Made-in-Canada Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Fleet”

Video: “The F-35 is a costly mistake” Michael Byers and Stewart Webb

February 13, 2012

The Rideau Institute presents researchers Professor Michael Byers and Stewart Webb as they share the results of their study of the F-35 stealth fighter, which will be published in the esteemed Canadian Foreign Policy Journal in February 2012.

Steven Staples on privacy violation of immigrant by Gatineau officials

December 14, 2011

“The intention of the [values guide] was to inform new Canadians that we live in a democracy,” said Steven Staples, president of the Rideau Institute (video), “But I think they should be handing out copies to the bureaucrats at city hall because I think they think we live in a country like Iran, to be doing this kind of thing.”

Steven Staples discusses $35B shipbuilding contracts on The Lang and O’Leary Exchange

October 21, 2011

Steven Staples speaks to Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary about the October 19th announcement from the Government of Canada on the shipbuilding contracts. The Government announced that it would spend $35 billion to build new ships and replace part of its aging fleet.

Asbestos Press Confrence

January 21, 2011

Solidarity Delegation, from Asia to Canada, Press Conference Parliament Hill Ottawa, December 9th 2010. This delegation representing asbestos victims, trade unions, and Asian health organizations, called on the Canadian Government to close the asbestos mine in Quebec and ban the exportation of asbestos. Press Conference included asbestos activists Kazumi Yoshizaki from Japan and Omana George […]

Steve Staples and Canadian Submarines

May 18, 2010

Steve Staples is interviewed for a piece by CBC Halifax on the aging submarines of the Canadian Navy.  

Negotiating with the Taliban

January 18, 2010

The idea of negotiating with the Taliban is not a new idea, but is becoming increasingly viable as the complexity of the war in Afghanistan and the diversity of the opposition comes to light.  

CBC Inside the Mission: The Next Steps

February 23, 2008

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