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November 23, 2007

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  1. The Canada/Colombia Trade Agreement - No Deal: Canadian faith, labour and development groups active in Colombia, led by the CCIC, the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Frontiers, held a news conference on Parliament Hill on November 20th to call for a halt to trade talks between the two countries. Bishop Juan Alberto Cardona, leader of the Methodist Church in Colombia, who took part in the event argues a trade deal today would amount to a "stamp of approval" for a government that has done little to end murders by army and paramilitary groups, return illegally seized lands to small farmers and to bring about the rule of law. The Canadian groups point to the fact that 98% of the more than 550 murders of trade unionists under the current Uribe government remain unsolved as indicative of the continuing high level of human rights abuses and the climate of impunity. They call for an open debate in Parliament and among the public at large about the advisability of trade negotiations with Colombia at this time, about a new approach to trade, one that respects human rights, and for a human rights impact assessment before signing any deal. The news release, a briefing note on the trade negotiations and a fact sheet on Colombia can all be found on the CCIC website at www.ccic.ca/e/003/apg.shtml.

  2. CCIC analysis of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Peer Review of Canada's development co-operation program: Brian Tomlinson, Co-ordinator of CCIC's Policy Team, has completed an analysis of the DAC peer review. The document has not yet been translated, but is available in English on request. A French version will be available in December and both will be posted on our website at that time. For a copy of the English version, send Brian an e-mail at btomlinson@ccic.ca.

  3. Government Responds to Report of the Commons Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development: In its response to the Eight Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (Advancing Canada's role in International Support for Democratic Development), the government announces its strategy on democratic development. The document, entitled A New Focus on Democracy Support, states that the government intends to develop a "Whole-of-Government Policy Statement" within six months for the specific area of Democracy Support. Furthermore, there will be a new CIDA "Annual Report on Development Results" and a new "Annual Report on Democracy Support." For the entire document, go to: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=216092

  4. Shifting Tides: Indigenous Responses to Global Climate Change: The Pacific Peoples' Partnership is proud to sponsor a delegation of Aboriginal Canadians and Maori Cook Islanders to travel across Canada to bring attention to the impacts of global climate change on their communities. The commonalities of indigenous peoples in the North and South are highlighted as Canadian Aboriginal and Maori elders, scientists, and journalists share their stories. The Canadian delegation will include a Coast Salish elder, a Cree scientist and a young Inuk woman. The South Pacific delegates come from Rarotonga and the Cook Islands. Their experience will demonstrate that climate change is more than an environmental issue. It threatens to undo progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. Please join us for an intimate discussion on Tuesday November 27, between 1 -3pm, in the CCIC Staff Room. Numbers are limited, please rsvp to surendrini@ccic.ca. For more information about the project, contact Stephanie Peter at climate@pacificpeoplespartnership.org.

  5. A World of Women - Jody Williams to Speak on Canada's Place in the World: The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and the Nobel Women's Initiative invite you to hear Jody Williams, the winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the campaign she founded - the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The organization ultimately achieved its goal in 1997 with the signing of the Ottawa Treaty banning antipersonnel landmines. Most recently, she led the UN High-Level Mission on the human rights situation in Darfur and the needs of Sudan in this regard. The Mission issued its report in March of this year. Jody Williams will address Canada's current conduct in international forums as well as the recent effort to establish a new UN Women's Agency. She will speak on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 7 pm at the Ottawa Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, contact kwilkinson@fafia-afai.org or, (613) 232-9505 x229

  6. Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: An International Conference: The University of Ottawa's Faculty of Social Sciences, International Development and Globalization is organizing a conference designed to take stock of the current situation in Afghanistan, six years after the fall of the Taliban, and to look ahead. A number of experts from Canada and around the world will explore such themes as "The Insurgency: Is There An Endgame?", "Governance and the Rule of Law: What can be Achieved?", "The Opium Problem: In Search of a Workable Strategy", "Reconstruction and Development: Untold Success Story, or Good Money After Bad?", "Looking Ahead: Prospects and Strategies for Success", and "What Should Canada Do?". The conference takes place at the Chateau Laurier Hotel, December 10-11, 2007. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by December 1. For more information contact marie-eve.desrosiers@uOttawa.ca

  7. Dr. Amir Attaran to Speak at Group of 78 Luncheon on Afghan Detainees: Dr. Amir Attaran, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa will speak on "Afghan Detainees in the context of Canadian foreign policy" (working title). Dr. Attaran is by training both a lawyer and a biologist, whose research covers the gamut of both fields to explore the functional linkages between public policy, technology, and human well-being in the world's less developed countries. The luncheon will take place on Tuesday November 27, 2007 at 12 noon in the Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George Street, Ottawa. The cost is $25 for the lunch and presentation and $5 for the presentation only (presentation begins about 12:45 pm). Reservations required. Please email group78@web.ca or call 613-230-0860 by Friday November 23 to reserve a seat.
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