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December 8, 2006

Headlines

  1. Bill C-293 Out of Committee: The private member's bill aimed at focusing aid spending on ending poverty and promoting human rights standards will soon pass through the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. It is anticipated that the Bill will be reported to the House of Commons in December. A third reading and vote is yet to be scheduled but is likely to take place early in 2007.

  2. "No Sweat" Purchasing Policy: Manitoba, on November 22, became the first province to adopt a policy requiring suppliers to meet minimum labour standards in the production of apparel products. The Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG), of which CCIC is a member organization, welcomed the announcement saying that it was a "major step forward toward protecting the most vulnerable workers who produce apparel around the world."

  3. UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Shelved: The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly failed to adopt, on November 28, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Unfortunately, Canada along with the United States, Australia and New Zealand joined forces to block its adoption. The Declaration, 20 years in the making, would have filled a gap in the protection of human rights for Indigenous Peoples and had been endorsed by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration preamble states that "recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples…will enhance harmonious and cooperative relations between the State and indigenous peoples, based on principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights…."

  4. Action-Research in Public Engagement Call for Letters of Intent: As part of its objective to strengthen members' capacity to engage Canadians as active global citizens, CCIC is launching an action research project on innovation in public engagement (PE) and evaluation. Members interested in designing a structured learning initiative, in collaboration with CCIC, to strengthen their understanding of good practice in public engagement and evaluation are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by December 29. The models, methods and tools stemming from this work will be subsequently profiled in a manual or guidebook. For more information contact Michael Stephens at mstephens@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 332.

Setting Our Sites

  1. "Where Credit is Due": A new CUSO radio documentary on microcredit is now available as a free webcast or downloadable pod-cast through the Rabble Podcast Network. Listen and download the documentary at: www.rabble.ca/rpn/files/doc/doc-2006-11-23.mp3. "Where Credit is Due" is a 52-minute documentary on microcredit and the bankrolling of economic hope. It features case studies of village micro-loan programs in Ghana.

Upcoming Events

  1. International Development Week 2007: CIDA invites you to participate in the 17th annual International Development Week to take place February 4-10, 2007 across Canada with a focus on equality between women and men. Soon you will be able to access more information about IDW, download graphics and enter your events into a calendar on the IDW website: www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/idw. Mark IDW 2007 in your own way and show how Canadians are working to improve the lives of people and communities around the world. For more information send an email to idw@acdi-cida.gc.ca.

  2. Forum on migrant workers' rights: To mark International Migrants' Day, a public forum will bring together migrant workers, activists, researchers and government representatives. Inter Pares, Equitas, the Centre d'Études et de Recherches Internationales de l'Université de Montréal and the Chaire de recherche du Canada en études asiatiques are organizing the forum which will take place on December 18 at 6 :00 pm at Université de Montréal (3744 Jean-Brillant St., Côte-des-Neiges metro station). For more information contact Galia Mejia at (514) 343-6111 ext. 1884 or galia.mejia@umontreal.ca.

NOTE: This is the last Flash for 2006. The next Flash will come out on January 19, 2007.

 

 

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