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November 24, 2006

Headlines

  1. Last Roundtable on Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility: The final government-led roundtable on mining in developing countries and corporate social responsibility took place in Montreal on November 14-16. The session focused on host country governance and assistance to companies. Participants included representatives from Southern mining-affected communities, members of Canadian civil society, academics, industry, and the public. During the closed expert session, CCIC's President-CEO, Gerry Barr spoke on the role of international financial institutions in undermining host country governance capacities and the contribution of civil society to effective and sustainable governance. John Ruggie, the United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises spoke on CSR trends. A final report by the roundtable advisory committee is expected in December.

  2. Extractive Industries Conference a Success: More than 150 participants attended the recent Montreal conference "Extractive Industries, Destructive Industries: The Social and Environmental Impacts of Companies Operating Abroad." Conference speakers included five representatives from mining-affected communities in the South, as well as civil society experts with the government's roundtable advisory group. Presentation topics included indigenous and human rights, the impact of politics and mining on national economies and local communities, and the government's National Roundtables on Mining in Developing Countries and Corporate Social Responsibility. The conference preceded the final government-led roundtable in Montreal.

  3. Voluntary Sector Forum Survey - Impact of Federal Government Cuts: The Federal Government announced spending cuts worth $1 billion on September 25. It is estimated that about $200 million of the $1 billion in cutbacks will directly or indirectly impact volunteer organizations in Canada. The cutbacks have affected programs such as the Law Commission of Canada, Status of Women Canada, Adult Learning and Literacy, Youth Employment, the Court Challenges program, the Museum Assistance program, First Nations programs, and the Canadian Volunteerism Initiative. The Voluntary Sector Forum is collecting information on the impact of these cuts. If your organization or your particular sector has been affected, fill out the survey available at
    www.vsf-fsbc.ca/eng/newsletters/2006/foruminfo_nov06.cfm.

  4. Stories of Collaboration in the Sector: Do you know of an interesting experience of collaboration within the sector? In preparation for the "Collaboration for Change" retreat this February (see Upcoming Events section), we want to document and profile stories from across the membership. Stories about collaborating for policy influence or for public engagement/mobilization, or about innovation in partnership and alliance building are wanted. The collaboration could be with CCIC members, CSOs in Canada or overseas, other sectors, etc. If you have a suggestion for a story to document (whether it is already written, or needs to be written), contact Anne Buchanan of the Organizational Development team (abuchanan@ccic.ca).

Worth Looking At

  1. Launch of Who's Who online: Who's Who in International Development (www.ccic.ca/whoswho), a comprehensive directory of CCIC members, will be launched on November 27. It's an invaluable tool for anyone interested in understanding the role of non-profit organizations working in Canada and overseas to end global poverty. Who's Who is interactive and user-friendly. For more information contact jloubert@ccic.ca.

  2. New Documents on CCIC's Web Site: Check out CCIC's new briefing notes. CCIC has written a pre-budget briefing note on the next Federal Budget expected to be delivered in February 2007. Also, as Bill C-293 makes it through the House of Commons, read more about why legislation focusing aid spending on ending poverty is urgently needed.

Upcoming Events

  1. CCIC Collaborating for Change Sector Retreat, February 11-13, 2007: 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 an 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? Join us to 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.

  2. Conference on Emerging India: The National Capital Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs is holding a major conference "India Emerging: Implications for Canada". The conference will take place at the Lester B. Pearson Building, Ottawa, on Friday, December 1, 2006. With the rise of major powers in Asia, conditions for peace and prosperity in the world are rapidly being redefined, with India on the main stage. Focusing on India's internal issues, its assets and liabilities, the conference will analyze how this will affect Canadian policy and our economy, while providing policy makers with a broad strategic perspective. The speakers and participants, drawn from the arena of politics, academia, civil society, the business sector, defence, and the media, will provide informed discussion for all who have an interest in Asia's emerging giant. For more information, visit www.ciia.org.

Ethics in a Flash

  1. Dear Ms Ethics' awaits your questions: Do you have an ethical question that you're grappling with? Do you wonder whether that choice you have to make has ethical implications? Does an organizational procedure or practice just not feel right but you're not sure you can put your finger on the problem? Do you find yourself disagreeing with a colleague but you both think you're right and keep circling the issue? The guidance of the CCIC Ethics Review Committee is available for members' questions related to ethical issues about partnership, governance, organizational integrity, finances, fundraising, or human resources. Answers are provided in Dear Ms Ethics in Flash and on CCIC's web site. Send your Dear Ms Ethics question to abuchanan@ccic.ca.

 

 

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