CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

August 28, 2009

1. Activist Muriel Duckworth Dies


Social justice activist Muriel Duckworth, who helped establish the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, has died at age 100. Duckworth was a peace activist and defender of human rights, particularly women’s rights. She was both a Member of the Order of Canada and a Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal recipient. Ursula Franklin, friend and senior fellow at Massey College, said that Duckworth would be “remembered as somebody who demonstrated that it’s possible to change one’s society.”

Upcoming Events


2. Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Panel, September 8


CCIC’s Americas Policy Group (APG) is hosting a panel on “Everything you need to know about Human rights and the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA): And why it must not be ratified prior to a human rights impact assessment.”  Gauri Sreenivasan, CCIC’s Trade Analyst, will highlight the importance of a Human Rights Impact Assessment of the FTA and ongoing concerns about the impact of Canada’s trade and investment policy in the Americas.  Colombian human rights lawyer, Dora Lucy Arias Girardo, of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective will address the impacts of transnational corporations on the human rights situation in Colombia.  The panel discussion will take place September 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. at the University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall, room  317, 75 Laurier Ave. E. Ottawa. For more information, contact APG coordinator Fiona Meyer Cook.

3. Human Rights in Colombia Brown Bag Lunch, September 9

Dora Lucy Arias Girardo, of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective, will also be the keynote speaker at a Lawyers Without Borders Brown Bag Lunch on September 9. Arias will discuss the challenges of practicing human rights law in Colombia. The Brown Bag Lunch will take place from 12:00 to 1:15pm on September 9 at the CCIC office at 450 Rideau St. Suite 200 in Ottawa. Confirm your participation with Fiona Meyer Cook

4. CSO Consultation on Aid Transparency, September 14


The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI),a donor-led initiative to establish standards and a code of conduct for official donor transparency on aid disbursement, will be holding CSO consultations on September 14 in Washington.  The IATI was launched by donors and developing country governments in September 2008 at the Accra High Level Forum. The IATI now has17 donors signed up, however CIDA has not yet signed-on to the initiative. CCIC is a CSO member of an IATI Steering Committee along with CIVICUS, Publish What You Fund, and Transparency International.  IATI has been holding consultations with CSOs in Europe and in the South.   The North American consultation, hosted by Interaction and Oxfam America, is opportunity for CCIC members to participate directly in the IATI and to join with CCIC in encouraging CIDA to sign-on to the Initiative.  For more information or to confirm participation, contact CCIC’s Brian Tomlinson.

NOTE: The next Flash will be sent out on September 11. The deadline for submission of articles is Friday September 4.

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