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October 12, 2007


  1. Canadian NGOs Say Throne Speech Must Re-orient Canada's Role in Afghanistan: The coming Throne Speech is an excellent opportunity for the Government of Canada to re-orient Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Better development, more diplomacy and real security for Afghans must become the focus of our involvement. That's the message delivered at a news conference in Ottawa on October 12th by Gerry Barr, CEO/President of CCIC, Peggy Mason, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN on Disarmament, Ernie Regehr of Project Ploughshares and Kevin McCort of CARE Canada. "The debate over whether Canada's troops should stay or go obscures the real reasons for Canada's presence in Afghanistan," Barr said. "It's not primarily about Western security, but about Afghan security - building a lasting peace, strengthening Afghan government, human rights and the rule of law, combating poverty and supporting sustainable development." The Throne Speech is expected in Parliament the evening of October 16th. The release, briefing notes and background data on Canada's role in Afghanistan are available on the CCIC website at

  2. Stand Up, Speak Out Against Poverty 16-17 October, 2007: October 17 is the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Canadians will join millions around the world as they STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to Make Poverty History. STAND UP is an innovative challenge issued by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty ( and the United Nations Millennium Campaign ( Last year, 23.5 million people worldwide, including 49,000 Canadians, stood up against poverty in a 24-hour period, setting a Guinness World Record. This year, participants hope to set a new record. You can show your support for the global fight against poverty and let world leaders know that they are being held accountable for their promises to end poverty by 2015 by joining an event near you. In Ottawa, thousands are expected on Parliament Hill the day of the Throne Speech, October 16th to STAND UP at 12:30 p.m. To find out more about how to organize an event and register your action to be counted, visit the STAND UP page on the Make Poverty History web site at You will find a listing of hundreds of other STAND UP events across the country at

  3. Canada Joins International Health Partnership: The British Government has announced a partnership agreement on health with seven countries - Burundi, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Zambia - involving Canada, along with Norway, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Portugal. The International Health Partnership will help build national health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world. It aims to improve the way that international agencies, donors and poor countries work together to develop and implement health plans, creating and improving health services for poor people and ultimately saving more lives. For more information, visit the DFID site at

  4. New Fellowship Promotes Civil Society and Voluntary Action: The Carold Institute has initiated a new fellowship that will support professional development within the NGO/non-profit sector. The Allan Thomas Fellowship is designed to promote greater public understanding of the significance of voluntary action and to strengthen networks among civil society leaders and social movements. The fellowship, valued at $50,000 for one year, will be awarded to a leader in the NGO/non-profit sector who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. It is intended to facilitate a significant contribution to the sector through research and possible publication. Applications are invited for projects that fit with the broad scope of promoting civil society and voluntary action. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2008. For more information contact Juliet Huntly at The Carold Institute, RR 3, Harrowsmith, ON K0H 1V0 or e-mail You can access a copy of the fellowship brochure at the following link:

  5. International Crisis Group Hands Full Responsibility for ENOUGH to Centre for American Progress: ENOUGH was founded by the ICG and CAP in March of this year, as "the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity". Since then, it has sought to focus the attention of policymakers on what is needed to halt atrocities in Darfur, northern Uganda, and eastern Congo. ICG and CAP have agreed that as of October, the three Crisis Group employees most involved in getting ENOUGH off the ground - John Prendergast, Colin Thomas-Jensen and Julia Spiegel - will work full-time for ENOUGH, and that ENOUGH itself will operate wholly in association with CAP. To receive further information on ENOUGH, visit

  6. New Study Will Examine the Impact of Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is funding a 5-year study by Professors Rebecca Tiessen (International Development Studies, Dalhousie University) and Barbara Heron (School of Social Work, Yoprk University), called "Creating Global Citizens? The Impact of Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs". The research aims to find out; (1) to what extent short-term (3-6 month) student placements, internships, and volunteer programs help to make Canadian participants "global citizens"; and, (2) how Southern organizations and communities that host Canadians and other Northerners on short-term placements experience their impact. The international component will take place during 2007-2008 and will include 150 interviews in 6 countries - Jamaica, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Malawi and Vietnam. Here in Canada, the researchers are looking for Canadians aged 18-30 years and planning a 3-6 month placement abroad to agree to be interviewed about this experience. For further information, contact Professor Rebecca Tiessen, Department of International Studies, Dalhousie University. Tel: (613) 767-6667 or e-mail:

Ethics in a Flash

  1. New Members for the Ethics Review Committee: CCIC is pleased to welcome two new members to the Ethics Review Committee (ERC). The Council is grateful for the contribution of outgoing member Al-Noor Nenshi Nathoo whose term has finished. Charles Cloutier, from CUSO, and Dr.John Williams, adjunct professor at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University are beginning a two-year mandate. They join sitting members, Gail Dalgleish (YMCA), Chuck Masur (CRCID) and Susan Quinn (Mount Royal College). Short bios of the Committee members are available in the Ethics section of CCIC's website ( The Committee is available to respond to members' questions of an ethical nature related to the CCIC Code of Ethics. A question may relate to either a potential ethical dilemma that you wish to avoid, or an existing issue for which you want the ERC's opinion and guidance. The Committee's next meeting takes place October 19-20, 2007 and Committee members can be contacted through
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