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May 25, 2007

Headlines

  1. Giant 0.7% Sign on Parliament Hill: Hundreds took to Parliament Hill on May 11 to form a giant human 0.7% sign. The sign was a message to Prime Minster Stephen Harper calling on him to announce a timetable, while at the G8 meeting in Germany this June, to reach the internationally agreed to target for aid spending of 0.7% of Gross National Income. A photo of the sign was picked up by Canadian Press and articles appeared in the St. John's Telegraph and Embassy. For information go to www.makepovertyhistory.ca.

  2. Better Aid Bill Slowed in Senate: There is uncertainty about the fate of Bill C-293, or the "better aid bill" as the upcoming break in the legislative calendar may cause a set back for the Bill. A letter sign by a number of CCIC member organizations was sent to both Senator Marjory LeBreton, Government Leader and Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, Leader of the Opposition calling on the Senate to ensure expeditious consideration of Bill C-293 as it would be a "great public shame if the many years of work that have gone into the development of this Bill and its core ideas were squandered not because of voted opposition to the Bill but because the legislative calendar had run out." A commentary ,on this same issue, by CCIC President and CEO Gerry Barr appeared in the May 16 issue of Embassy-Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly.

  3. Inter Pares Counterpart Attacked in Guatemala: A staff member of Inter Pares' long-term counterpart Project Counselling Service (PCS) was attacked and assaulted on May 7, 2007. The same person received a phone call on May 17 referring to the assault and threatening to kill the entire PCS team. Inter Pares is calling for broad support for PCS and other national and international organizations in Guatemala under attack for promoting respect for human rights and justice. In particular letters should be written to both the Guatemalan authorities and to the Canadian government letting them know that Canadians are extremely concerned about attacks clearly aimed to intimidate the PCS as it works on the issue of sexual violence against women in the context of armed conflict. For more information and a list of addresses go to www.interpares.ca.

Upcoming Events

  1. Conference on International Health: The Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research will hold its 14th Canadian Conference on International Health from November 4 to 7 in Ottawa. The theme is "Global Change and Health: Who are the Vulnerable?" The call for abstracts is posted at www.csih.org/en/ccih/index.asp and the deadline is May 30. Registration will open at the end of May, but preliminary program is already posted at www.csih.org/en/ccih/index.asp. For more information email conference@csih.org or visit www.csih.org/en/ccih/index.asp.

  2. Managing Change - Imagine Canada 2007 Policy Summit: Open to all charities and community nonprofit organizations, the agenda of the Summit will focus on both the opportunities and the need for change in response to some important challenges facing Charities and Not-for-Profit sector in Canada. Topics to be addressed include: New Ideas on Financing the Sector; Administration and Operating Challenges for Charities and Not- for- Profit Organizations; and Policy Development and Advocacy Activities. To register contact Jennifer Proulx at jproulx@imaginecanada.ca by Tuesday June 5.

  3. Travel Grants: The Partnerships for Tomorrow Program Phase II, funded by CIDA and administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), is a small travel grant mechanism designed to contribute to the democratic and economic reform process in the Balkans, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The program supports small projects, up to a maximum of $10,000 and is open to all sectors including institutions, educational institutions, non governmental organizations, professionals, businesses, individuals, youth (ages 18-30) and government. All activities must have a capacity building component and must be compatible with CIDA's programming priorities. Applications must be received by AUCC by 5:00 pm EST on the 28th of each month and there must be 60 days between the end of the month in which the application is submitted to AUCC, and the start date of the project. For more information go to www.ptp2.ca.
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