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November 11, 2005


  1. Presentation to Parliamentary Standing Committee: In the context of growing concerns about the blurring of lines between humanitarian assistance and military action, CCIC President-CEO Gerry Barr presented on November 3 before the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veteran Affairs about Canada's 3D approach. CCIC made three key points: (1) Humanitarian action must be independent from military action (2) The rights of those affected by armed conflict must come first in international interventions in conflicts and (3) The Canadian aid program must be focused on ending global poverty. CARE Canada and the Canadian Red Cross also presented to the Committee. For more information contact Erin Simpson at

  2. Research Project on Effectiveness in Social Justice Influencing and Advocacy: How do you know that your organization is being effective in its work? This is a question few organizations have time or resources to examine. Funded by a special Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, a team of researchers from the Universities of Carleton and Calgary are studying this question. They are seeking participation from organizations doing advocacy on social justice issues. For selected organizations, participation will include interviews with key stakeholders in the organization, followed by one or more facilitated workshops. The goal is to make the process and the results useful to participating organizations. Other than time, there will be no cost. For further information contact Dr. Elizabeth Whitmore at

  3. Summit of the Americas: Leaders from the Americas discussed Hemispheric issues and Prime Minister Paul Martin expressed Canada's commitment to negotiating a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas at the 4th Summit of the Americas November 4 and 5 in Mar de Plata, Argentina. This Summit's theme was 'Creating Jobs to Fight Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance'. Parallel to this political forum, the 3rd Peoples' Summit of the Americas ran from November 1to 5. Over 40,000 people took to the streets rallying for an alternative America. The march concluded with a reading of the Declaration of the 3rd Peoples' Summit of the Americas which called for an immediate and definite suspension of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. For more information, visit the web sites of the Canadian Labour Congress, Common Frontiers, and KAIROS, or contact Nadja Drost at (613) 241-7007 ext. 333 or

Upcoming events

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha: World Literacy of Canada is hosting a benefit event, on December 1 in Toronto, in conjunction with Random House of Canada and Sony Pictures. The evening will be a unique experience illuminating Japanese culture and the history of the Geisha. There will be Japanese cuisine, music and screening of "Memoirs of a Geisha". Arthur Golden, the author of the international bestselling book from which the film is adapted, will be interviewed prior to the screening. All proceeds will support World Literacy of Canada's programs in Canada and overseas. The Gala Ticket (includes post-screening sushi and sake gala party, complimentary signed copy of novel and reserved-section seating or film) is $125 with a tax receipt for $100. The Benefit Premier Ticket is $50 with a $35 tax receipt. For more information or to buy tickets call (416) 977-0008.

  2. Habitat Jam: Imagine tens of thousands of people around the world connecting in real time over the internet to discuss and debate some of the most urgent and controversial issues that face a rapidly urbanizing planet. Imagine world-class thinkers leading the discussions. This is Habitat JAM. As part of the preparations for the third session of the World Urban Forum, the Government of Canada in partnership with UN-HABITAT is sponsoring this 72-hour internet event from December 1 to 3. The six forum topics to be discussed are: improving the lives of slum dwellers; sustainable access to water; environmental sustainability; safety and security; finance and governance; the future of our cities. For more information go to or contact Micheline Lesage at

  3. Development and Adaptation Days at COP-11: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is co-hosting Development and Adaptation Days at COP-11, (the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). This workshop addresses development and climate change while facilitating greater collaborative links between climate change and development communities. The event takes place at Guy Favreau Complex on December 3 in Montreal. Visit Development and Adaptation Days at COP-11 for more information.

  4. APWG Forum: This is a reminder that the APWG Forum will take place on November 21 and 22 in Cantley, Quebec (20 minutes from Ottawa). The main topics covered will be peace and conflict impact assessments and militarized commerce. If you have not received a registration package, contact Sara Kemp at or (613) 241-7007 ext. 316. Registration forms must be returned to Sara Kemp as soon as possible.

  5. PPP AGM - November 28: The Pacific Peoples' Partnership is hosting its Annual General Meeting in Victoria on November 28. Papuan human rights activist Yan Christian Warinussy, the winner of the John Humphrey's Freedom Award, will give the keynote. For more information contact Randall Sach at or at (250) 381-4131.

  6. John Humphrey Freedom Award Recipient to Speak in Canada: Papuan human rights activist Yan Christian Warinussy, recipient of the 2005 John Humphrey Freedom Award (Rights & Democracy), will be speaking in several Canadian cities in late November and early December. For more information contact Anyle Coté at (514) 283-6073 ext. 230 or visit Rights & Democracy's web site:

Worth Looking At

  1. SIDPD Reports: Two reports on Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development (SIDPD) are now available. "Trends in Collaboration: Lessons Learned from Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development (SIDPD) and Beyond"( provides an analysis of what was learned from the SIDPD projects particularly partnerships and collaboration. "Trends in Collaboration" was the basis for a workshop in March 2005, convened by the Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Affairs Division (Social Development Canada) and the Voluntary Sector Forum. The workshop report, "Moving Policy Forward through Collaborative Practice" ( is also now available.
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