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June 9, 2006

Headlines

  1. Afghanistan Expert Briefing on Parliament Hill: An expert briefing on Afghanistan for Members of Parliament and journalists was convened earlier this week by CCIC. Ernie Regehr from Project Ploughshares, Lauryn Oates from Rights and Democracy, and Barbara Shenstone from CARE presented on issues ranging from Canada's military presence, to the situation of women in the country, to the challenges of humanitarian action. The event was well-attended by MPs and journalists alike. Contact Erin Simpson at esimpson@ccic.ca for more information.

  2. Hearing on Canada Central America Four Free Trade Agreement: The Standing Committee on International Trade will be holding a hearing on the Canada Central America Four Free Trade Agreement (CA4FTA) in mid June. CCIC's Americas Policy Group's (APG) has called for public and parliamentary debate on this agreement. The APG will be presenting before the committee and public events, timed to the hearing date, will take place in Ottawa and Toronto. The APG will be delivering an open letter to the Canadian government demanding the release of the draft text and public and parliamentary debate on the agreement. The letter has over 150 signatures from organizations in Canada and Latin America. To sign the letter or for more information, contact Nadja Drost at ndrost@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 333.

  3. International Cooperation Minister Speaks before UN Meeting on HIV/AIDS: Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation said that " the promotion and protection of gender equality and human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights must be at the core of an effective response to HIV/AIDS." She made these comments on June 2 when she appeared before the UN High-Level Meeting and comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the targets set out in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. To read the speech go to www.international.gc.ca/canada_un/ottawa/statements/unga-en.asp?id=6722&content_type=2

Upcoming Events

  1. Tšepong - A Clinic Called Hope: The Canadian International Development Agency is holding a free public screening of the award-winning film Tšepong. The documentary follows a group of Canadian health professions as they administer life-saving drugs to patients in AIDS-ravaged Lesotho. The screening will take place on June 15 at the Uptown Stage and Screen 612- 8th Ave. SW, Calgary. A discussion with Dr. Philip Berger, team leader of the AIDS initiative at the Tšepong clinic, will follow the screening.

Ethics in a Flash

  1. Dear Ms Ethics: The last Dear Ms Ethics dealt with a letter submitted to the Board about Board-staff relations. It mentioned the importance of balancing transparency and privacy. That's all well and good, but what should we actually do with the letter - append it to the minutes? Mention it but not append it? Practically Speaking.

    Dear Practically Speaking: Regardless of how transparent an organization is, certain information can be deemed confidential. As the Code of Ethics outlines in 3.3.1 "the activities of the organization shall, upon request, be open and accessible…, except for personnel matters, legal matters and proprietary information, including anything specified by provincial or federal laws". A staff-board relations letter could fall into this category, as could certain legal matters such as lawsuits, major land purchases and liability discussions. For these discussions, boards can go in-camera and keep a separate set of approved in camera minutes. More general public minutes can indicate that a letter relating to Board-staff relations was circulated and discussed leading to a decision (e.g. asking the Executive Director to review policies and application to staff). While Dear Ms Ethics loves a confidence as much as anyone, organizational integrity is about finding ways to respect transparency and privacy. That's why ethics and innovation go hand and hand.

 

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