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A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


October 26, 2007


  1. CCIC Reacts to the Throne Speech, October 16, 2007: The federal government's Throne Speech claims that "Canada is back as a credible actor on the international stage" but many Canadians might say, "Not yet." Unfortunately, on the day before the UN's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the speech remains silent on the government's plan to meet its international aid commitments. Many crucial details on aid, trade, development and peace are missing from the Throne Speech. CCIC hopes this is not conclusive. We will be looking for evidence that the Throne Speech means what it says about Canada's return to its values in its foreign policies. For the full release summing up CCIC's reaction go to

  2. CCIC Calls For Broader Mandate for New Advisory Panel on Afghanistan: The PM's independent advisory panel is a welcome opportunity for Canadians to reconsider our goals in Afghanistan. But to achieve that end, it will need to broaden its purview. The Advisory Panel, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Manley, has been asked by the government to consider four options. All four focus on military deployment or withdrawal. "We would like to see the panel add peace-building and development to its options" say's Gerry Barr, President and CEO of CCIC. "And we can't wait until 2009 to start talking about peace, Afghans need peace now." CCIC and its members are calling on the Panel to consult Canadian and Afghan NGOs fully in their research, deliberations and recommendations. For more, go to

  3. Darfur Conference at University of Ottawa: On Nov. 9-11, 2007,The Canadian Centre for Genocide Education, STAND Canada, STAND Ottawa, Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan, WUSC, Armenian National Committee of Canada, Genocide Watch, the U of O Department of History and Faculty of Law, and Students Helping Others Understand Tolerance are hosting a conference on the continuing crisis in Darfur. It brings together genocide scholars, Africanists and Sudanists, and Canadian humanitarian workers and activists who are working on Darfur. Among the speakers are Major Brent Beardsley, operations manager for Lt. Gen. Dallaire in Rwanda, Nigel Fisher, Pres./CEO of UNICEF Canada, author Robert Collins, Dr. Gregory Stanton, Pres. Of Genocide Watch, and Prof. Samuel Totten, a member of the Darfur Atrocities Documentation Team of the US Dept. of State. For more info: or e-mail

  4. PM Announces New Parliamentary Secretaries: Of interest are Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East AB) as P.S. to Min. of Foreign Affairs, Brian Pallister (Portage-Lisgar MB) P.S. to Min. of International Trade and to Min. of International Cooperation, Ed Komarnicki (Souris-Moose Mountain SK) P.S. to Min. of Citizenship and Immigration, Guy Lauzon (Stormont-Dundas ON) P.S. to Min. of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ted Menzies (MacLeod AB) P.S. to Min. of Finance, Mark Warawa (Langley BC) P.S. to Min. of Environment, Sylvie Boucher (Beauport-Limoilou QC) P.S. to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women,
    Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South MB) P.S. to the Min. of Indian Affairs and for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre AB) P.S. to Min. of National Defence.

  5. Canadian Council of Refugees Fall Consultation: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2007 refugee and immigrant rights advocates from across Canada will be gathering in Ottawa for CCR's 2007 Fall Consultation on the theme of 'Breaking the Barriers to Refugee and Immigrant Rights'. Information about the consultation and online registration forms are available at: . Register before 9 November to take advantage of the reduced fees. Prior to the Consultation, on Wednesday Nov. 28, the CCR is organizing a National Lobby Day on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. CCR members will meet with MPs to raise issues relating to family reunification, temporary workers, and the protection of trafficked persons in Canada. Interested in receiving more information about the National Lobby Day? Please check the appropriate box on your CCR Fall Consultation registration form or email Colleen French at

  6. Southern Perspectives on Global Development Finance Conference: The Halifax Initiative Coalition, in partnership with CCIC, the North-South Institute and the Reality of Aid Network, is planning a conference on February 1-2, 2008 to hear Southern perspectives on "The Changing Shape of Global Development Finance - Impacts and implications for aid, development, the South and the Bretton Woods Institutions", and to explore what this means for Canadian and international civil society. Details to follow in November at For more information, please contact

  7. Oxfam Report on Conflict Costs in Africa: Africa suffers enormously from conflict and armed violence. For the first time, IANSA, Oxfam, and Safeworld have estimated the economic cost of armed conflict to Africa's development. Since 1990, around $300bn has been lost by Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda. This sum is equivalent to international aid from major donors in the same period. Armed conflict costs Africa around $18 billion per year, seriously derailing development. If this money was not lost in armed conflict, it could solve the problems of HIV and AIDS in Africa, or it could address Africa's needs in education, clean water and sanitation, and prevent tuberculosis and malaria. The most commonly used weapons are Kalashnikov assault rifles, the vast majority from outside Africa. To protect lives and livelihoods, the 2008 UN Group of Governmental Experts working on the Arms Trade Treaty must ensure swift progress towards a strong and effective Treaty. For more, see:
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