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May 22, 2009

1. Corporate Social Responsibility Motion


The House of Commons recently adopted a motion (M-283) urging the government to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Group of the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries.  The motion, adopted on May 6, calls upon the government to create an independent ombudsman office with the power to receive and investigate complaints. Although the motion is non-binding, it shows that parliamentarians are expecting a stronger response from the government to the consensus report of the Advisory Group.


2. Financial Crisis and its Impact on Development


CCIC co-signed, along with several other organizations, a Halifax Initiative letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on him to participate in the June 1 to 3 United Nations “Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development”.  While many developing country governments are sending their heads of state to the conference, developed countries (in particular G-20 countries) aren't.

The letter to the Prime Minister called on him to give the “conference the political weight it deserves” by participating as Canada’s Head of Government.  The conference will address the impact of the crisis on development as well as the ongoing international discussion on reforming and strengthening the international financial and economic system and architecture.

Upcoming Events

 

3. Panel on Corporate Accountability in Canada’s Extractive Industries – June 1


A panel and open discussion on corporate accountability and Canada’s extractive industries in developing countries will be co-hosted by four Members of Parliament representing each of the sitting political parties, and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA).  The panel will be moderated by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International (Canada).  Speakers will include: the four Members of Parliament and representatives from CNCA and the Mining Association of Canada. The event will take place on June 1 from 10:30 to 1:30 at 131 Queen Street, room 752 in Ottawa.

Participants must register and arrive by 10:30 to clear security at 131 Queen Street.

RSVP by noon May 28, to Jean Christie.

4. Charity Law Education Project


The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is currently revising its directives for Canadian registered charities with overseas operations.  In order to better understand the updated requirements of CRA and the obligations of the Income Tax Act (ITA), the Canadian Council for International Co-operation will hold a series of workshops across the country in 2009.  The next workshops will be held in Moncton (June 8) and St-John’s (June 9).

For more information on registration for the workshops in your area, visit our website. These workshops are free of charge and are an excellent opportunity for registered charities to learn about their obligations under the ITA and discuss the challenges involved.  

5. Fragile Peace in a Volatile World – What Role for Canada in Supporting Peace Processes?


A CCIC one-day seminar and strategizing meeting with civil society organizations, academics, and conflict resolution practitioners will be held on June 10 to develop a shared policy agenda for strengthening Canada’s role in supporting peace processes.  The day will feature presentations on Canada and track two diplomacy, women and civil society in peace processes, links between conflict resolution and citizenship, and, building mediation capacity.  Plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion and collaborative thinking on how Canada could be more engaged in supporting peace processes.  For more information contact Surendrini Wijeyaratne by email or dial

613-241-7007 ext 320.  Registration, the agenda and background material are available on CCIC’s website.

Worth Looking At

 

6. Women’s Struggles for Justice – A Roundtable on Confronting Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict


This report and reflection paper documents an Inter Pares roundtable that brought together over 20 women’s rights activists, with significant experience working on issues related to sexual violence against women in armed conflict,from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Canada.  This report presents the tensions, dilemmas, and contradictions confronting work on sexual violence against women in armed conflict, as well as the political and institutional challenges and opportunities. The report is available in English, French and Spanish and hard copies are available upon request.

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