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September 15, 2006

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  1. Aid Legislation - 2nd Reading and Vote: Bill C-293 is set to go back to the House of Commons for its second reading on September 19 with the vote scheduled for September 20. The Bill will then go to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. A Make Poverty History Action Alert, calling on supporters to write to the Minister for International Cooperation and their MPs in support of Bill C-293, has already generated over 15000 e-mails. CCIC members are encouraged support the Bill by writing a letter to the Standing Committee, contacting their local MPs and forwarding the action alert to other contacts. A CCIC briefing note on Bill C-293 is available at www.ccic.ca/e/home/index.shtml. The action alert is available at www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/take-action/e-alerts/2006-09-08.html.

  2. Make Poverty History Brief to Budget Consultations: Make Poverty History is calling for a "Budget to Make Poverty History" in its submission to the Finance Committee pre-budget consultations. In its brief, Make Poverty History notes that the next federal budget could make a significant contribution to ending poverty by increasing Canadian aid by 18% annually through to 2015 in order to meet the internationally agreed to target for aid spending of 0.7% of Gross National Income. To help end child poverty in Canada, the next budget should raise the annual Canada Child Tax Benefit (or equivalent benefit) to $4900 per child and ensure that all low-income children receive full benefit of the program. The brief is available at http://makepovertyhistory.ca/e/resources/budget-brief-9-2006.pdf.

  3. Finance Committee Hearing Dates Set: The Standing Committee on Finance has announced dates for its cross-Canada pre-budget consultations. The consultations start in Ottawa on September 18 through to September 29 and continue in Ottawa October 16 to 20 and October 24 to 27. The hearings also take place on October 2 in Whitehorse, October 3 in Vancouver, October 4 in Fort McMurray, October 5 in Saskatoon, October 6 in Portage La Prairie, October 23 in St. John's, October 24 in Halifax, October 25 in Quebec City and October 26 in Toronto. CCIC and Make Poverty History have both registered to appear before the Committee. Make Poverty History supporters and CCIC members are also encouraged to submit and present briefs.

Worth Looking At

  1. 2006 Reality of Aid Report Now Available in French: CCIC has translated the political, global aid trends and the Canada chapters from the 2006 Reality of Aid Report. These chapters will soon be available on the CCIC web site (www.ccic.ca). The full report in English can be ordered from CCIC for $30 for members and $35 for non-members, plus taxes and shipping. An order for can be downloaded from CCIC's website at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_aid_order_form_reality_of_aid_2006.pdf.

  2. Partnerships for Development Conference Report Available: A short report summarizing the key issues and recommendations from CCIC's May Conference "Partnerships for Development: A CCIC-CIDA Dialogue" is now available on CCIC's website (www.ccic.ca). CCIC will be working closely with members and CIDA during the coming months to develop a policy framework for renewing CIDA's partnerships with civil society. The May dialogue provided excellent content on issues relevant for this continuing work.

Upcoming Events

  1. Global Day for Darfur Time is Running Out: The Global Day for Darfur, on September 17, will to show world wide support for the Darfuri people and pressure governments to protect civilians. In Canada, events are planned for Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver with speeches from Justin Trudeau and Sen. Romeo Dallaire in Toronto and Sen. Mobina Jaffer in Vancouver. See the Canadian NGO network Unity Statement on CCIC's website and visit www.dayfordarfur.org for more information.

  2. COP-12 Development and Adaptation Days Call for Papers: Development and Adaptation Days, part of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention, is issuing an open call for abstract for presentations. The presentation should look at the linkages between climate change, development and/or adaptation, and one of the following themes: Energy and Sustainable Development; Agriculture and Food Security; Water; Science, Tools and Adaptation; Community-based Adaptation; Experience with National Adaptation Programs of Action. The conference is taking place on November 11 and 12 in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for abstracts of no more than 200 words is September 22. For more information visit: www.iisd.org/climate/ or contact Jo-Ellen Parry at jparry@iisd.ca.

  3. Who Cares? The Human Dimension of Global Health: Human resources represent the most critical and precious assets in the struggle to achieve global health. The 13th Canadian Conference on International Health, October 15 to 18, will be exploring this issue. Visit www.csih.org/en/ccih/index.asp for information on registration, keynote speeches and the continuing education day. On-line Registration is now available and the early bird deadline is September 20.

  4. Africa-Canada Forum Symposium 2006: The Africa-Canada Forum 3-day symposium, Civil Society Taking Leadership in the face of the New Aid Regime, is an opportunity to better understand the new dynamics of official development assistance policies and practices. The symposium will be held from October 1 to 4 at Cammac Music Center, North of Montreal. For more information or to register, before September 20, contact Sylvie Perras at sperras@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 321.

Ethics in a Flash

  1. Understanding and Promoting CCIC's Code of Ethics: CCIC members are part of a council-wide commitment to ethical practice within organizations. Understanding the Code of Ethics and the program that supports it is one of the first steps to ensuring this commitment extends throughout organizations and across the sector. Anne Buchanan, Coordinator of the Organizational Development Team will be visiting CCIC members this fall to explain the ethics program and the benefits of the Code of Ethics. To arrange a session for staff and/or volunteers (including Board members) contact od@ccic.ca.

  2. Ethics Review Committee Meeting: The Ethics Review Committee (ERC) next meets on October 3 and 4 and ethical questions for the ERC should be submitted by September 22. The CCIC Ethics Program offers support to members through the ethical expertise of the ERC. This Committee responds to members' questions of an ethical nature related to the CCIC Code of Ethics. The question may relate to either a potential ethical dilemma to be avoided or an existing dilemma on which the opinion and guidance of the ERC is sought. To help the ERC respond fully to questions, contact Anne Buchanan at (613)241-7007 ext. 315 for guidance on the information required. Send questions to the attention of the Ethics Review Committee c/o abuchanan@ccic.ca.

  3. Ethics Review Committee Call for Nominees: Due to a resignation, nominations for one member of the Ethics Review Committee are being sought from the CCIC membership. The nominee can be a Board member, staff, or a volunteer. Committee members do not represent their organization, but should be able to speak from the realities of members' experiences. For more information see the Ethics section of our web site at www.ccic.ca. If you have a nominee, or questions about the committee, including desired skills and attributes, contact Anne Buchanan at (613) 241-7007 ext. 315 or e-mail abuchanan@ccic.ca. Nominations accepted until September 29.

 

 

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