CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


April 18, 2008


  1. Donors Fail to Deliver on Aid Promises: The Development Assistance Committee of the OECD recently released its Official Development Assistance (ODA) figures for 2007 and the news was not good for the world's poor. Overall ODA fell from US$104.4 billion in 2006 to US$103.7 billion in 2007. In Gleneagles, Scotland in 2005, G8 leaders pledged to reach an aid spending target of US$130 billion by 2010, unfortunately, in order to reach that goal the DAC says that donors must now "make unprecedented increases". Canadian ODA increased from US$3.7 billion in 2006 to US$3.9 billion in 2007. However, when the increasing value of the Canadian dollar and inflation are factored into the 2007 ODA figure, Canadian aid was less than US$3.6 billion or a decline of 2.7%. CCIC estimates that Canadian ODA performance fell from 0.32% in 2006/07 to 0.28% in 2007/08. This is far from the conservative government's election promise to reach the DAC average country effort of 0.45% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2010. The government has also failed to set a timetable to reach the United Nations target for aid spending of 0.7% of GNI. To find out more go to

  2. End Impunity in Colombia: CCIC's Americas Policy Group (APG) is calling for an end to impunity as threats against human rights defenders and grass roots community leaders increase in Colombia. In an open letter, sent on April 14, to Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier, the APG expressed grave concern after more than 28 human rights defenders, civil society organizations and community leaders received death threats after participating in commemorative events for the victims of violence in Colombia. In the same month, (March 2008) five trade unionists were assassinated. A high ranking advisor to Colombia's government further incited violence and compromised the security of NGO workers and human rights defenders when he linked them to terrorist organizations. The APG is calling on Canada to urge Colombia's government to ensure prompt investigation into the threats and to comply with the UNHCHR recommendations to apply disciplinary action against public servants whose declarations endanger human rights defenders. To read the APG letter go to

  3. CRA Fundraising Policy Consultation Paper: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has posted on its web site its "Consultation on proposed policy on fundraising by Registered Charities" document. The paper addresses proposed guidelines for CRA's Charities Directorate on fundraising activities by registered charities. CRA is seeking feedback before June 30 from charities, individuals involved in charitable work, government departments and the public on how the guidelines can be streamlined or made more useful for charities assessing their fundraising practices. The paper can be downloaded at Submissions should be sent to

  4. Lobbying Act Set for Summer 2008: The new federal Lobbying Act, part of the federal Accountability Act, is likely to come into effect this summer. The new Act will have an impact on charities and nonprofits, including workload implications and constraints on sector-government policy dialogue. To illustrate, many sector personnel who work closely with the federal government are likely to be considered "lobbyists" and to be "lobbying" when meeting with political and senior public service staff. "Lobbying" is defined as "a communication with a designated public office holder about a decision". All such meetings must be reported monthly in detail and in writing and filed in the public registry maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Information on the scope of the pending regulations is posted at


  1. CROPS, CARS and the CLIMATE CRISIS: A six-city speakers' tour (April 28 to May 1) will look at the global impacts of growing biofuels on food, farmers and human rights. The public forums will bring together panels of speakers from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mali, Mexico, Paraguay, the Philippines, the UK and the US. The public forums will take place April 28 (in Charlottetown and Saskatoon), April 29 (in Winnipeg and Halifax), April 30 (in Ottawa) and May 1(in Montreal). The speakers' tour is presented by Beyond Factory Farming, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Food Action Committee-Ecology Action Centre Halifax, ETC Group, Inter Pares, National Farmers Union, Partnership Africa Canada, P.E.I Coalition for a GMO-Free Province, The Ram's Horn, USC Canada and Union Paysanne. Save the date and visit or call (613)241-2267 to find out more.

  2. Global Strategies - Improving the Labour Conditions of the Working Poor: The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) will host Global Strategies: Improving the Labour Conditions of the Working Poor on May 1 and 2. This conference will gather leading academics, policy makers, labour, non-governmental organizations and international experts to consider key issues related to labour conditions among the working poor worldwide and the links to public health. The conference will also explore effective policy solutions for Canada and other governments. To register or for more information go to

  3. World Press Freedom Day: Last year, 102 journalists and media workers were killed just for doing their jobs. There were several thousand attacks against free expression - around the world, and in Canada. To mark World Press Freedom Day, Friday May 2, join in a discussion of the challenges to free speech and celebrate the champions of the past year. Patrick Brown, CBC Asia Correspondent, will discuss "China's Firewall around the Media." Meet winners of the 2008 Canadian World Press Freedom Award and the 8th Annual International Editorial Cartoon Competition. The winning and runner-up cartoons on the theme "Re-writing History" will be on display. The luncheon event takes place noon Friday May 2 in the Panorama Room at National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Cost $40. For tickets call (613) 237-3575 or download a registration form at

  4. Gender Equality - Promise to Practice: A study of the progress toward gender equality of CCIC members is underway. The study is being led by Rieky Stuart and David Kelleher, two experienced consultants in this area. A joint session on gender for AQOCI and CCIC members was held in Montreal. Focus groups are planned for Ottawa and Toronto and a telephone survey is also being conducted. The Ottawa focus group will take place Tuesday, May 13 from 1:30-4:00 in CCIC's boardroom at 1 Nicholas St. The Toronto session will take place Thursday, May 15 from 1:30-4:00 at Canadian Crossroads International, 317 Adelaide Street West, Suite 500.The focus groups will explore best organizational practices on gender equality, progress over the past number of years and promising new initiatives. To participate in the focus groups or phone survey contact Ronna Mogelon at
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