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October 27, 2006

Headlines

  1. Guinness World Record Set as over 23 million STAND UP to Make Poverty History: In over 80 countries 23,542,614 stood up against poverty and set a Guinness world record. The STAND UP action was supported by both the United Nations Millennium campaign and Make Poverty History. United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan announced the final tally. In Canada, more than 49,000 people participated in over 200 STAND UP actions. There was a STAND UP moment at the start of the Toronto Marathon, 300 people came out to the ByWard Market in Ottawa, a STAND UP Yoga class was held in Vancouver and over 500 people gathered in St. John's Newfoundland (see news release www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/media/news.php?WEBYEP_DI=33).

  2. Renewal of CCIC's 10-point agenda: CCIC's 10-point agenda, which was built with the members in 1997, is a comprehensive statement of our sector's vision for a progressive international agenda for Canada. Over the next eight months, CCIC will work with members and other colleagues to review and refresh agenda to end global poverty. Jean Christie, a consultant working on this process, will be contacting members and researching materials to update the agenda starting in late October. In January 2007, an on-line consultation process will be launched. For more information, contact Erin Simpson at esimpson@ccic.ca or Gauri Sreenivasan gauri@ccic.ca .

  3. Motion to Release the Text: At the Standing Committee on International Trade hearing on the on the Canada-Central America Four Free Trade Agreement (CA4FTA) last week, a motion was passed calling for the release of the draft text of the agreement, the development of mechanisms for public debate, and further study of the potential impacts of the CA4FTA. The Americas Policy Group (APG) welcomes this motion. The APG has been monitoring and raising concerns over the CA4FTA for several years and is still pushing for greater transparency and parliamentary debate on this bilateral trade agreement. For more information contact Nadja Drost, Americas Policy Group, at (613) 241-7007 ext.333 or ndrost@ccic.ca .

Upcoming Events

  1. P.E.P. Talk! Workshop - Evaluating Public Engagement Practices (P.E.P.): CCIC will be holding workshops on evaluating the impact of our public engagement initiatives using a participatory evaluation and action research approach. The P.E.P. workshops will be held on November 16-17 (in Winnipeg) and November 24-25 (in Ottawa). The workshops are open to CCIC members and their partners. For more information or to register contact Michael Stephens at mstephens@ccic.ca  or (613) 241-7007 ext. 332.

  2. International Cooperation Days - Working Together for Effective Aid: CIDA International Cooperation Days (October 30 to November 1) participants need to register in advance for the conference and dinner. The keynote speaker, now confirmed, is United Nations Assistant Secretary General Carolyn McAskie. The conference is free for registered participants and the dinner is $48. An updated program listing the workshops and panelists is available at www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/JUD-1069644-KQR .

  3. Corporate Accountability Conference: "Extractive Industries, Destructive Industries? The Social and Environmental Impacts of Canadian Companies Operating Abroad" will be held in Montreal on November 13 to coincide with the Government's National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility. Panelists include Diana Bronson, Rights and Democracy; Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch Canada; José de Echave, Cooperaccion, Peru; and Dorval Brunelle, GRIC, UQAM. The conference will take place at the Université du Québec a Montréal. French and English interpretation will be available. Registration is free. For more information contact Sara Kemp at (613) 241-7007 ext. 316, or skemp@ccic.ca.

  4. Cancelled - NGO Dialogue on Corporate Accountability and Canada's Foreign Policy: "Moving Beyond Voluntarism? A Civil Society Dialogue on Corporate Accountability and Canada's Foreign Policy Options" which had been scheduled for November 14th is now cancelled. For information contact Sara Kemp at (613) 241-7007 ext. 316 or skemp@ccic.ca .

  5. Information Sessions on Financial Transfers Overseas Rescheduled: The Vancouver and Winnipeg information sessions dates on the Income Tax Act and financial transfers to overseas partners have been changed. The Vancouver event will now be held on Nov. 27 (SPEC, 2150 Maple Street) and the Winnipeg meeting will be on Nov. 29 (Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith Street). All of the other events will continue as planned: Nov. 15 - Toronto, Nov. 17 - Ottawa, Nov. 20 - Halifax, and Nov. 21 - Montreal (Auberge Universel, 5000 Sherbrooke Street East). The sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Sessions are free to CCIC members, but space is limited. For more information contact France Joncas(fjoncas@ccic.ca).

  6. New Dates - CCIC Collaborating for Change Sector Retreat, February 11-13, 2007: Mark your calendars. The Collaborating for Change retreat will be a chance for CCIC members and invited international civil society actors to reflect on how we work and organize ourselves as part of the international movement for change. What changes have we made to increase our relevance? Are the models guiding our sector's work relevant, and are there other models we can learn from? Are we prepared for regeneration that will allow our sector to stay stable and strong? Join us to reflect on these questions and discuss how Canadian civil society organizations can continue to be key players. Registration materials will be available soon. For more information contact od@ccic.ca .

  7. Sustainable Development Meeting: First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development will be held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, December 4 and 5. This meeting marks the 10th anniversary of the 1996 Santa Cruz Summit on Sustainable Development. The Organization of American States and Environment Canada have invited NGOs and First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups to participate in the Virtual Consultation Forum (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/environment/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=1441?id=1441&id=144  . For more information contact Sarah Heiberg, RCEN National Caucus Coordinator, at (613) 728-9810 ext. 224 or at sarah@cen-rce.org .

Worth Looking At

  1. Ploughshares E-Newsletter: Project Ploughshares has launched the Ploughshares E-Newsletter. This monthly online newsletter will keep readers current with new Ploughshares publications, research and program updates, and special events. The first issue (October 11, 2006) featured news on an international Arms Trade Treaty, including a sign-on petition, the release of the new Space Security 2006 report, and the plans for the upcoming Ploughshares 30th anniversary events on November 9 and10. The read E-Newsletter or to subscribe go to www.ploughshares.ca/libraries/PloughsharesNews.htm .

Media File

  1. Poverty Issues Highlighted in Toronto Star: CCIC and Make Poverty History issues were recently highlighted on the editorial pages of the Toronto Star. On October 9, the editorial Ottawa's Global Aid Test called on the Harper government not to forget Africa. CCIC's Federal Budget Estimates analysis provided the background for the article. The Toronto Star also printed a letter to the editor by Gerry Barr in response to a Senate Defence Committee report stating that development money has to give Afghans a reason to side with Canada against the Taliban. Barr reminded the Committee that aid cannot take sides. (www.ccic.ca/e/004/commentaries.shtml). On October 14, another Toronto Star editorial, Let's Stand Up to Fight Poverty, looked forward to the International STAND UP events and outlined measures needed to help end poverty at home and abroad (www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1160689837355 ).

 

 

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