CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


October 13, 2006


  1. STAND UP to Make Poverty History: Make Poverty History supporters across Canada are joining with thousands world wide on October 15 and 17 in a call to end poverty. STAND UP is a United Nations Millennium Campaign and a Make Poverty History challenge to set an official Guinness World Record. To have the greatest number of people ever to STAND UP against poverty on October 15. Make Poverty History supporters will also be marking the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. A Make Poverty History rally highlighting the tragedy of child poverty in Canada will take place at Queen's Park in Toronto. For more information on the STAND UP challenge go to . For more information on Canadian Make Poverty History events go to

  2. STAND UP PSA: A Make Poverty History public service announcement features supporters Steve Nash, Mary Walsh, Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, June Callwood, The Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, David Usher, Margaret Atwood and George Stroumboulopoulos calling on Canadians to join the STAND UP action. It is available on-line at

  3. CCIC Backgrounder on the 2007 Federal Budget: The Standing Committee on Finance is currently holding hearings to advise the government on priorities for the 2007 Federal Budget. The next Federal Budget is expected to be delivered in February. The schedule of Committee hearings was set out in the September 15th Flash. CCIC has prepared a budget backgrounder now available on our web site at

  4. Foundation Support for International Development: The Philanthropist, a journal of information and issues relevant to the Canadian philanthropic sector (, will be publishing an article by CCIC on Canadian foundations and their support of international development. The article will compare the performance of Canadian foundations to other countries' foundations. It will draw some conclusions based on research and interviews to gather members' and foundations' experience and views. Recommendations aimed at enhancing the potential for support from foundations to international work will also be provided. Examples, anecdotes or lines of enquiry can be offered by contacting Esperanza Moreno ( ) or Betty Plewes ( ) by October 31.

  5. The 2007 Betty Plewes Fund Award: The second $15,000 award of the Betty Plewes Fund will be offered in the spring 2007. The Fund was created by CCIC to honour the contribution made by Betty Plewes while she was CCIC's President-CEO. The Fund is to provide an award to an African non-governmental organization engaged in research and policy development on issues of priority to women. Nominations must be submitted to the Selection Committee by November 30. For more information go to  or contact Sylvie Perras at .

Upcoming Events

  1. MP/Member Meeting Days: CCIC is organizing meetings with its members and Members of Parliament on November 1 and 2. The topic of the meetings will be the aid budget and a legislated mandate for aid spending (Bill C-293). The meetings are scheduled following the CIDA International Co-operation Days in Ottawa (October 30-November 1). If your organization would like to participate or for further information, contact Kristen Ostling at

  2. Attention all Public Engagement Practitioners: Trying to prove and improve the impact of your public engagement work? On November 16-17 (in Winnipeg) and November 24-25 (in Ottawa) CCIC will be holding workshops on evaluating the impact of public engagement initiatives using an action research approach. The workshops are open to CCIC members so circle these dates and contact Michael Stephens to register ( or (613) 241-7007 ext. 332).

  3. Information Sessions on Financial Transfers Overseas: Come and learn about the Income Tax Act and financial transfers to overseas partners. CCIC, with the support of a specialist in charity law, will be holding six sessions in November (Nov. 15 - Toronto, Nov. 17 - Ottawa, Nov. 20 - Halifax, Nov. 21 - Montreal, Nov. 27 - Winnipeg and Nov. 28 - Vancouver). All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Sessions are free to CCIC members (one participant per organization) but space is limited. In addition, the Charities Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is reviewing its guidelines for charities working in the international context. CCIC will summarize key ideas, on how to improve the guidelines, emerging from our Tax Act session and share these with CRA. (See for the current guidelines.) For more information on the sessions contact France Joncas (

  4. The Overseas Experience -- A Passport to Volunteerism: Since the early 1960s, approximately 65,000 Canadians have packed their skills into a suitcase and traveled to the developing countries to volunteer on international development projects. But are they active as volunteers once they return home? Did the overseas experience spark the volunteer spirit - or was it there before they traveled abroad? A free workshop by CUSO and the Knowledge Development Centre will explore these questions. The workshop will take place November 2 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the CUSO headquarters, 44 Eccles Street, Ottawa. A light lunch will be served. To register go to the Knowledge Development Centre web site ( and select "Fall 2006 Workshop Registration" or call 1800 263-1178 ext. 351.

  5. Street talk - Connecting Canadians with Street Youth Issues Globally: Street Kids International is holding a series of audio conferences on issues confronting youth around the world. Each conference will have, at its core, an interview with a field expert from one of four international regions where Street Kids International works. First listen to the interview then send questions/comments by email or phone. The first conference, on Octber 27 at 12:00pmEST, features Edith Ng'oma a social worker from Zambia who will discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on marginalized youth. On November 30 at 12:00pm EST, Lena Vinogradova of Kazakstan speaks about effective responses for supporting street youth through the challenges of migration and accessing the informal economy in the former Soviet Union. Register at , by email at , or call (416) 504 8994 ext.10.

  6. Corporate Accountability Conference: The conference "Extractive Industries, Destructive Industries? The Impact of Canadian Companies Operating Abroad" will be held in Montreal on November 13. Panelists from North and South will discuss the Canadian government's national Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility, the role of transnational corporations, the social and environmental impacts of Canadian companies operating overseas, corporate social responsibility and the role of decision-makers, and public engagement. CCIC's three regional working groups (Asia-Pacific Working Group, Africa Canada Forum, and Americas Policy Group) and a Montreal coalition of NGOs and students, are hosting the conference. French and English interpretation will be available. For more information contact Sara Kemp at
    (613) 241-7007 ext. 316, or

  7. Corporate Accountability and Canada's Foreign Policy: "Moving Beyond Voluntarism? A Civil Society Dialogue on Corporate Accountability and Canada's Foreign Policy Options" will be held in Montreal on November 14. Topics include the government's Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility, the impact of Canadian extractive companies (eg. mining, gas, oil) in developing countries, host country governance, foreign policy options for the Canadian government, and the role of NGOs during and after the roundtable process. This session is open to CCIC members and their southern partners, as well as non-member organizations and individuals. Organizations with partners in Southern countries that are directly affected by Canadian extractive companies are encouraged to attend. CCIC's Asia-Pacific Working Group, Africa Canada Forum and Americas Policy Group, are hosting the dialogue. For registration information contact Sara Kemp at
    (613) 241-7007 ext. 316 or .



All Rights Reserved 2009 Canadian Council for International Co-operation |