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February 2, 2007

Headlines

  1. CCIC and Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) at World Social Forum: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the ACF participated in the 2007 World Social Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya from January 20 to 25. CCIC and ACF collaborated with the Reality of Aid network on a full-day workshop on the 2006 Reality of Aid Report focusing on peace, conflict and development. Brian Tomlinson, CCIC policy coordinator, presented an overview of the report and Caroline Boudreau, from Inter Pares and ACF co-chair participated in a panel on Civil Society Perspectives on Sudan. ACF members were also involved in activities related to key issues for Africa such as extractive industries and corporate responsibility, access to water, health, aid policies, food sovereignty, and migrants rights.

  2. Discussion papers on "failed states": A new series of CCIC discussion papers on Canada and "failed states" will soon be available at www.ccic.ca. The first piece, "Failures of the 'Failed States' Framework", provides a critical analysis of the "failed states" orientation. The second piece, "The Whole-of-Government Approach in "Fragile States" moves into a critique of current "Whole of Government" practices. The policy recommendations are based on a review of related research and practice in the three current applications of Canada's approach to fragile states in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Haiti. The final piece "Human Rights and Fragile State Policy" explores human rights approaches to Canada's engagement with conflict-affected states and makes some practical proposals to strengthen Canada's policy and strategies by putting human rights at the core of policy and programming.

Worth Looking At

  1. New Antiterrorist Financing Law: Canadian charities face an escalating compliance burden as result of Canada's domestic and international anti-terrorism initiatives. The "Anti-Terrorism and Charities Law Alert - No. 12", produced by Carter & Associates, describes in great detail the direct impact of the new anti-terrorism financing law (Bill C-25). The act aims to increase the monitoring and oversight of the charitable sector. This can have a significant negative impact on charities that transfer funds internationally.

Media File

  1. Toronto Star Commentary on Federal Budget: As part of the Toronto Star's ongoing series "War on Poverty", Gerry Barr, CCIC's President and CEO and Co-chair of Make Poverty History had a commentary published on January 27. The commentary "Target poverty in next budget" calls on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to show that this government is ready to act to end poverty at home and abroad. The next federal budget should set a timetable to reach the United Nations target for aid spending of 0.7% of Gross National Income by 2015. On the domestic poverty front, the next federal budget should increase the maximum Canada Child Tax Benefit to $5100. The commentary is available at
     www.ccic.ca/e/004/oped_2007-02-01_budget_to_make_poverty_history.shtml.

Upcoming Events

  1. CCIC Members Meetings: Mark your calendars for the up coming CCIC members meetings. Discussions will focus on: a) the current political environment and its impact on our sector, b) the input of our community on the process leading to CIDA's plan of action for effective partnerships with civil society and c) an up-date of CCIC's 10-point agenda to end global poverty. The dates and locations for the meetings are: February 19, in Toronto at the Christian Children's Fund; February 20 in Montreal at CECI; February 22 in Winnipeg at the Marlborough Hotel and February 23 in Ottawa in the CCIC Boardroom. For more information contact France Joncas at fjoncas@ccic.ca.

  2. International Development Week: This year, International Development Week focuses on equality between women and men as fundamental to sustainable development. CIDA's Office for Democratic Governance is holding a storytelling session on gender equality and its importance in governance. Four panellists (Honourable Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court Judge of Canada between 1987 and 2003, Alison Crosby, Inter Pares, Francine Mault, municipal counsellor Clarence-Rockland and Linda Ehrichs, the Office for Democratic Governance) will share their experiences and lessons learned with gender equality initiatives in judicial education, peace building, media and local governance. The session takes place February 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at 200 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, room 870. Space is limited. RSVP to danielle_lessard@acdi-cida.gc.ca.

  3. Reel Food Film Festival: The Reel Food Film Festival, Ottawa's first mini-film series dedicated to food and food security is presented by USC Canada, Just Food, the Good Food Box and World Inter-Action Mondiale. Screenings will take place March 1st, 8th and 15th at the Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch (120 Metcalfe St.) from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Each night will have a feature length film, a few shorts and a small presentation from a guest speaker. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of screening the films. Munch on some organic popcorn and enjoy great films portraying the state of our food system and what we can do about it. For more information go to www.usc-canada.org or contact Heather Hossie at USC at (613)234-6827 ext. 230.

 

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