CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

February 5, 2010

1. Halifax Initiative Commends Call for Haiti Debt Cancellation

The Halifax Initiative, in a letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon, commends the Canadian government for speaking to the urgency and importance of debt cancellation for Haiti. Haiti remains burdened with over $650 million in multilateral debt, the vast majority of which is owed to the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). The Halifax Initiative is calling on Minister Flaherty to ensure continued Canadian leadership in pursuing rapid multilateral debt cancellation without conditions for Haiti at the Bretton Woods Institutions and the IADB. The Halifax Initiative is a coalition of Canadian organizations including CCIC, the Canadian Labour Congress, the North South Institute, KAIROS, Results Canada and others.

2. Anti-Poverty and Environment Groups G8-G20 Media Briefing

Representatives of Canadian anti-poverty and environment groups called for poverty, climate change and financial reform to be on G8-G20 agenda. CCIC’s President and CEO, Gerry Barr was at the media briefing held in Ottawa last week. Poverty, climate change and the economic crisis are issues threatening the lives of millions around the globe and must be tackled at the G8-G20 Summits. Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that maternal and child health would be on the G8 agenda when world leaders meet in Canada later this year.

Upcoming Events


3. Canadian Consultation on CSO Development Effectiveness

What measures are Canadian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) taking to respond to challenges to improve their own development effectiveness?  Register today to ensure participation in the March 16-18, 2010 Canadian Consultation for the Open Forum on Civil Society Development Effectiveness.  Join representatives of other Canadian civil society organizations and government departments, all of whom play a role in effective development practice.  Discussions will examine principles, guidelines, accountability mechanisms and the necessary enabling environment for strengthening CSO development effectiveness.  Find out about early bird registration rates and get more information.

4. Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable

An informal roundtable discussion with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the International Extractive Sector, Marketa Evans will take place Tuesday February 16 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Engineers Without Boarders offices at 366 Adelaide St. in Toronto. Evans took up her role in October 2009, appointed as a result of the Government of Canada’s new CSR Strategy for Canadian extractive industries operating overseas. This informal roundtable will be an opportunity for NGOs to meet the Counsellor, learn about the government's CSR Strategy and have a voice in shaping the agenda and workplan for the Counsellor's Office as it gets established.  The emphasis will be on dialogue and Q&A. Space is limited. RSVP to Genevieve MacIntyre by February 10. 

5. UN Climate Meeting Debrief

CCIC will be hosting a debriefing session on February 17 to better understand the outcomes of the UN Climate negotiations and the Copenhagen Accord. The debrief will also identify opportunities for learning, engagement and action on the issue in the coming year, including in the context of the upcoming G8/G20.  Members working on environmental justice, climate change or simply interested in attending can contact Dana Stefov at or 613-241-7007 ext. 357.



6. Code of Ethics and Operational Standards Booklets

By now all CCIC member organizations will have received hard copy booklets of the revised Code of Ethics and Operational Standards for distribution to staff and Board members.  Your organization is encouraged to promote, in your communication and fundraising materials, its commitment to these ethical principles and standards.  Electronic versions are available on the CCIC web site at for easy access to link it to your web site.  If you have not received the booklets, or if you wish more copies, contact

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