GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MILITARY SPENDING (GDAMS
Held annually in April, NSVOW joined thousands of people around the world in calling for reallocation of Military budgets to social and humanities needs.
The local event was held outside the Central Library and provided the public with an opportunity to choose where they want their tax dollars spent by placing a provided quarter in the jar of their choice. Here’s how people voted:
Health & education: 31%
Women & Children 18%
Arts & Culture 11%
Since 1997, the Canadian military budget has climbed from $8 billion to $23 billion. The federal government spends more on DND than any other department. (See Public Accounts graph below.)
Source: Public Accounts of Canada, 2015: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/recgen/cpc-pac/2015/pdf/2015-vol2-eng.pf
See more event photos in Gallery.