CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

January 16, 2009

1. New Look for New Year

Flash has a new look. Although the look has changed, Flash still strives to give you the latest news, upcoming events and ethical deliberations. And, of course, it continues to be a tool for CCIC members. So if you have an item you’d like to place in Flash, be sure to send it to Katia Gianneschi. The deadline for submissions for the next Flash is January 23.

2. Federal Budget Brief

In advance of the federal budget expected January 27, CCIC sent a letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty calling on him to ensure that “measures to help end poverty are included in the upcoming budget.” CCIC’s budget brief, prepared for the pre-budget consultations of the Standing Committee on Finance, was also sent to Flaherty. The brief sets out a 10-year timetable for Canada to reach the internationally agreed to target for aid spending of 0.7% of Gross National Income.

Upcoming Events


3. Informal Working Group on Women's Rights

An informal group of CCIC members interested in women's rights is meeting to discuss ways to strengthen the focus on the women's rights agenda in international cooperation (CIDA and CSOs) and to consolidate and support a “Community of Practice”.  This group is open to any CCIC member active in the women's rights agenda.  The group is currently meeting a morning every two to three months with a rotating chair.  The next meeting will be chaired by Oxfam Canada and is set for February 23, 9:30 to noon in the CCIC boardroom at 1 Nicholas St. Suite 300, Ottawa.  To be added to a Google group for more information, contact Dana Stefov ( 613-241-7007 ext. 357).

4. Northern Youth Abroad Volunteers Needed

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is seeking experienced, motivated, and responsible volunteers to act as Group Leaders for its 2009 summer program. Successful applicants will form two pairs who will each lead a group of six youth on their International placement. The placement will run from approximately July 8 to August 17 in Botswana with orientation and reorientation programs in Ottawa preceding and following the placement. Group leaders’ involvement is needed before and after the field placement. For more information, and full posting see NYA website or contact NYA Program Director Rebecca Bisson.

5. Global Development Studies Master’s of Arts

The department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University will be offering a new Master’s of Arts degree starting September 2009.  Global Development Studies is an interdisciplinary department offering a wide range of course and degree options on campus while at the same time allowing students to participate in hands-on learning in locations around the world.  For information on the program visit the Queen’s University website. Application deadlines are January 31 2009.

Setting Our Sites


6. CCIC Web Site Update

CCIC is updating the “Take Action” section of its website. Take Action profiles members’ public engagement campaigns and actions. Members interested in promoting their current and upcoming campaigns can complete the online form. For more information contact Karine Girard (613-241-7007 ext. 339).

Ethics in a Flash


7. Leading the Way – Ethics and Governance Toronto  Workshop

Although Board Directors and senior management must promote ethical principles throughout the organization, individuals don’t always know how best to do that.  Decision-making at the governance level can be difficult and time-consuming when people are faced with conflicting ethical values.  Are your leaders well equipped to make the kind of sound decisions expected of civil society organizations in today’s climate?  CCIC is offering the workshop “Leading the Way: Ethics and Governance”.  Jane Garthson, a Canadian specialist on ethics and governance, will guide workshop participants through scenario discussions and presentation so that they will become more comfortable applying ethical principles to decision-making.  Sessions will be held in Toronto in February. Further information is available on CCIC website.

8. Staying True – Governance and Change Toronto Workshop

Internal and external change impacts organizations at many levels.  Program, structural or staff changes are most often dealt with, but what does change mean for Board operations? Will Boards need different ways of ensuring their accountability to communities, partners, donors, funders and regulators? When is it time to review a governance framework? What criteria might be used for such a review?  CCIC is offering the workshop “Staying True: Governance and Change” led by Jane Garthson, a Canadian specialist on ethics and governance.  Garthson will discuss how to set directions during periods of rapid change and will assist workshop participants through discussions and exercises in how to stay true to ethical principles even during chaos and conflict.  This workshop will be offered in Toronto in February. Further information is available on CCIC website.


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