CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


September 29, 2006


  1. Security Focus of Prime Minister's First Major International Speech: In his first major speech on the international stage, before the United Nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper focused on the Afghan mission, security issues, and UN accountability. CCIC President-CEO Gerry Barr, appearing on CTV Newsnet and quoted in the Toronto Star, expressed disappointment with the speech. "What about the other global issues?" asked Barr. "What about environment, health and HIV-AIDS for heaven's sake? What about development?" The speech was overwhelmingly focused on security issues, and framed Canada's Afghanistan mission as a United Nations priority. The Afghan mission is, in fact, a NATO mission, sanctioned by the UN on an annual basis. The Prime Minister's comments on UN reform focused on accountability to tax payers and demands for improvement in management, pointing to a shift in Canada's role at the UN from team player to "share-holder". The Prime Minister appeared before the United Nations on September 21. For more information, contact Erin Simpson at or (613)241-7007 ext. 320.

  2. Bill C-293 Passes Second Reading: CCIC and Make Poverty History welcome the passing, at second reading, of Bill C-293. The Bill calls for Canadian foreign aid spending to focus on ending poverty. Make Poverty History has been campaigning for such legislation as part of its "More and Better Aid" platform. Over 15000 messages encouraging Members of Parliament to vote in favour of the Bill were sent by Make Poverty History supporters in the lead-up to the vote on September 20. MPs from all parties supported the Bill which passed 159 to 108. The Bill now goes to the Foreign Affairs committee before it comes back to the House for its third reading.

Make Poverty History

  1. Stand Up to Make Poverty History: Join forces with people all over the world on October 15 for the Stand Up challenge to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people ever to Stand Up Against Poverty. Within a 24-hour period, a minimum of 10,000 people must physically and symbolically "Stand Up" to let world leaders know that we are holding them accountable for their promises to end poverty. A Stand Up event can be almost anything - a concert, vigil, picnic. It can take place at work, in the streets, at the family dinner table, a church service or a conference. For more information on how to organize a Stand Up moment and to report on the number of people participating go to the Millennium Campaign web site at

Upcoming Events

  1. CCIC Trade Reference Group Meeting: The CCIC Trade Reference Group meets on October 4 from noon to 4:00 pm in CCIC offices. The suspension of the WTO talks significantly changes the entry point for our work on trade globalization and human rights issues. This meeting will provide an opportunity to share institutional approaches in this context and provide input to CCIC future priorities. The Trade Reference Group is an informal network regrouping members and select non-members active on trade and development issues. For further information contact Gauri Sreenivasan in the Policy Team at

  2. Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtables: The Canadian government is holding a series of national roundtables on corporate social responsibility in the mining, oil and gas sectors and their operations in developing countries. The roundtables will try to identify ways for Canadian extractive sector companies operating in developing countries to meet or exceed leading international corporate standards and best practices.The next roundtable is set for Calgary on October 10 to 12. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to attend the public forum. Online registration is available at the government website at For more information contact Andrea Botto at or (613) 789-9368.

  3. Shopping, Eating, and Doing Good: SalvAide will be hosting its 9th Annual Dinner and Auction. The meal, included in the ticket price, is a feast of authentic Salvadoran flavours. Entertainment will be provide by the band Colores Andinos, performing a blend of native-Andean rhythms. The live and silent auctions contain over 150 items. The dinner/auction will take place Thursday, October 26 starting at 5:30pm at the Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa. Tickets are $32 in advance and $35 at the door. To buy tickets, call (613) 233-6215 or e-mail

  4. International Cooperation Days - Working Together for Effective Aid: More than a thousand representatives from the non-governmental, voluntary, public, and private sectors will meet with international development experts and front-line workers to exchange knowledge and ideas at this year's International Cooperation Days. Plenary sessions include: Strengthening Aid Effectiveness; Successful Partnership Models; Building Support for Development; Accountability for Results; and a CIDA Senior Management Roundtable. International Cooperation Days will take place October 30 to November 1 at the Ottawa Congress Centre. Online registration will be available soon at

  5. Celebrate with Coady: Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa will be the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Coady Celebrates. Coady Celebrates will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax. Tickets are $125 ($75 tax deductible). All proceeds will go towards helping international participants attend Coady community development leadership education programs. For more information contact Christina Edwards at (902) 867-5264 or

  6. Youth Speaking Out: Horizons of Friendship is hosting two youth from their Nicaraguan partner, the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Community Centre (CCOAR). Márvin Antonio Bustos López and Éliette de los Ángeles Mejía will be in Canada November 5 to 20 and will be speaking in Guelph, Waterloo, London, Peterborough, Cobourg, as well as in Quebec. CCOAR works with women, youth, and cooperatives, providing technical and financial support to existing collectives and cooperatives and by promoting community projects and youth leadership. For more information contact Michelle Switzer at or (905) 372-5483 ext. 24.

  7. IDRF Gala Evening: Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be the keynote speaker at the International Development & Relief Foundation (IDRF) GALA 2006. The speech will be followed by dinner and musical entertainment. The gala evening starts 6:00 pm on Saturday November 4 at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Tickets are $100 and advance registration required as seats are limited. For more information contact Penny Fancy at (416) 497-0818 Ext 26 or For online reservations visit



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