March 27, 2009
1. CCIC Workshops on Charity Law
A new version of the Canada Revenue Agency’s policy for Canadian registered charities is expected at the end of March, 2009. To help make sense of it all, CCIC will be holding a second round of workshops across the country, starting in April. The workshops will focus on clarifying CRA’s updated requirements and obligations under the Income Tax Act (ITA). Visit our website for more information on workshops in your area, dates and registration.
2. Canadian NGOs Express Concerns to PM Re G-20
In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda and all opposition leaders, Canadian NGOs, including (at press time) The Halifax Initiative Coalition, CCIC, AQOCI, Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Canada, Make Poverty History Canada, The North-South Institute, Oxfam Canada, The United Church of Canada and the World Federalist Movement - Canada express concern over the agenda for the coming G-20 meeting in London. The signatories argue that Canada and the rest of the G-20 are addressing primarily the immediate fallout of the financial crisis, while paying scant attention to the impact of the crisis on poor countries. The Canadian organizations underline especially the goals of:
- Ending global poverty and inequality;
- Ensuring decent jobs and public services for all;
- Using stimulus packages to build a Green Economy and tackle climate change;
- Democratizing the governance of the global economy.
Visit The Halifax Initiative to read the full text of the letter.
3. Access to Clean Water - Young Quebecois and Peruvians Create Website
A new website created by young reporters in Quebec and Peru aims to raise public awareness, especially among young people, about the importance of access to safe drinking water and the need to conserve water supplies around the world. When visiting the site you can follow the evolution of a project to provide potable water to the people around the town of Barranca, Peru, put questions to the H2O reporters in Quebec and Peru, learn more about the issue of access to potable water, express your opinion on the subject and propose solutions and courses of action.
4. Environmental Justice briefing papers available
Three discussion papers prepared as backgrounders for the CCIC January 14th policy roundtable, “Reclaiming the Commons: Building a North-South Agenda for Environmental Justice”, are now accessible on the CCIC website. They focus on environmental issues that intersect with CCIC policy work. They are: Brief 1 - Private, Public and the Planet: Global Economic Justice and the Environment, Brief 2 - Financing for Climate Change Adaptation and Brief 3 - Fragile Environment, Fragile State: The Challenge of Violent Conflict and Climate Change. Available on CCIC’s Website.
5. Global Economic Meltdown - Implications in the South - A Roundtable
The School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, is holding a roundtable to discuss the impact of the recent financial meltdown on the South. Media coverage to date has stressed the impact on western banks and consumers ignoring those likely to pay the steepest price: the peoples of the global South. Panelists include Walden Bello (Focus on the Global South), Jacqueline Best and Philippe Regnier (University of Ottawa), Sam Gindin (York University), and Bruce Campbell (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).The roundtable will discuss issues related to world economic crises since the 1980s, and alternatives to the bailouts that have done little, thus far, to halt the deepening global recession. It takes place Tuesday, March 31, 2:30 - 5:00 pm at the Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Rm. DMS 3120 (3rd floor). For more information please call 613-562-5800 ext. 4426, or
confirm attendance by noon, March 30.
6. Public Engagement Forum
A public engagement (PE) forum for CCIC members will take place in Ottawa on May 20 to 21. Circle the date. The Forum provides PE practitioners from across the country an important opportunity to connect, discuss, and share practices and tools. This year’s Forum will focus on 3 primary areas:
- the current context and its implications for Public Engagement in Canada,
- the role and value of PE in the development process, and
- the in-depth exploration of campaigning as a vehicle for influencing policy and engaging Canadians as global citizens.
Details and registration information will be provided in the next edition of Flash. For more information contact Michael Stephens by email or call 613-241-7007 ext. 332.
7. Good Friday Walk for Justice - Toronto
FIRE: Stirring the Embers of Justice – this year’s Good Friday “Walk for Justice” through downtown Toronto, connects this key day in the Christian calendar to critical social choices. Faith-based organizations will sponsor several modern-day “stations of the cross” to highlight contemporary issues. For example, the ecumenical social justice organization, Kairos, will focus its “station” on the impact of tar sands development. The Gateway Shelter, a hostel for homeless men, will focus on the importance of hearth and home for our well-being. Others will call attention to the destructive impact of war on children and the challenges that face people with disabilities in their efforts to develop their full potential. The walk starts at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, near the Eaton Centre. For more information click here.
8. Amnesty International’s Yoga Day – March 28th
Yoga practitioners across Canada are warming up for Amnesty International’s first ever national Yoga Day for Human Rights on Saturday March 28th 2009! On Yoga Day, you can join yoga lovers across Canada to raise awareness, good karma and vital funds for Amnesty's work to stop violence against women. For more info, visit
9. Dying for Drugs in Developing Countries – National Day of Action
Almost five years ago, Parliament responded to the urgent need for medicines in many developing countries by creating “Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime”. Unfortunately, the initiative was, and is, seriously flawed. April 1st marks a National Day of Action and Awareness. Student and community groups in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver will take part in events calling on the Canadian government to end the delay in delivering life-saving drugs to people in developing countries who desperately need them. For more information or to get a free awareness kit and postcards, contact Eowynne Feeney at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
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