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A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


March 16, 2007


  1. Third and Final Reading for Bill C-293: The Better Aid Bill (Bill C-293) is ready for third reading and final vote in the House of Commons on March 22. Passage of this Bill will help to achieve the "Better" part of the "More and Better Aid" demand of the Make Poverty History campaign by making poverty reduction the focus of Canadian foreign aid spending. The Make Poverty History campaign sent out an action alert encouraging supporters of the Bill to contact their MPs encouraging them to vote in favour of the Bill at third reading. The action alert is available at  and background briefing note on Bill c-293 is available at

Upcoming Events

  1. Green Revolution - Whose Revolution?: A public forum, "Green Revolution", looking at whether industrial agriculture and genetic engineering benefit African farmers will be held Monday, March 26 at 7:30pm at the Ottawa Congress Centre. The Bill Gates and Rockefeller Foundations plan to invest US$150 million into Africa's agricultural development. Find out what African and Canadian farm leaders and scientists think. The forum host will be CCIC's President and CEO, Gerry Barr and it will feature speakers Pat Mooney, Assétou Samaké, Mamadou Goïta, Ibrahim Ouédraogo, Dr. Melaku Worede and Colleen Ross. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information call (613) 241-0817 or go to

  2. Illusions of Security: A book launch for Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World, by Maureen Webb will be held Thursday March 29 at 4:30pm at the Amnesty International boardroom at 312 Laurier Avenue East in Ottawa. Maureen Webb is the Co-Chair of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) and the book grew out of one of the ICLMG's projects on international surveillance. For more information contact Hilary Homes at (613) 744-7667 ext. 247

  3. The Red Cross Film Festival - "Exploring Humanitarian Values": March is Red Cross month and the Humanitarian Issues Committee of the Canadian Red Cross - Ottawa Branch is organized three film screenings at the Alumni Auditorium at Ottawa University. The films will highlight the crisis in the Middle East, conflict and gender issues, and reconstruction in Rwanda. "Syrian Bride will be shown on March 11, "Crimes of War" on March 18 and "Women and War" on March 25. For more information contact Liz Tyrwhitt at (613) 560-7220 ext. 301 or or visit

Ethics in a Flash

  1. CSO/Private Sector Partnerships: Members are invited to join the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) for a presentation and discussion by Brenda Plant, co-founder of The discussion will focus on questions that organizations need to consider when looking at private sector partnerships; issues that need to be considered as policies and procedures are developed; and an overview of resources currently available to CSOs. After the presentation members are encouraged to stay for a dialogue with the Ethics Review Committee to share experiences and ethical issues dealing with private sector relationships. The presentation will take place at CCIC on Wednesday, April 4, from 12:00 to 2:00pm (a light lunch will be provided). Space is limited. Register by March 28 by contacting Anne Buchanan at


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