February 21, 2010
1. Reactions to the Bev Oda Controversy
Last week's news were filled with comments and analysis following International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda’s admission in Parliament that the decision to defund Kairos had, in fact, come from her. This is in direct contradiction to what she had claimed for over a year, namely that the defunding had come from CIDA's analysis and rejection of Kairos' proposal.
For CCIC, this only confirms the doubts previously raised about the reliability of funding criteria at Canada’s national aid Agency. According to Gerry Barr, now that it is clear that political standards have interfered with public standards in the attribution of millions of dollars of aid spending, very strong measures must be taken to restore credibility and a healthy relationship between the sector and CIDA.
In the News
In defending Oda, Harper stands alone, The Toronto Star, Chantal Hebert, February 18, 2011
Kairos does important work; we should all support it, The Toronto Star, Catherin Porter, February 18, 2011
Pm's Tactic: Ignore, Hope It Goes Away, The National Post, Kathryn Blaze Carlson, February 17, 2011
Opposition steps up pressure for Oda resignation over altered document, John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail, February 16, 2011
In wake of Oda controversy, Ottawa must explain why aid decisions are made, The Globe and Mail, Campbell Clark, Febuary 16, 2011
Bev Oda must go, The National Post, February 16, 2011
Bev Oda’s serious transgression, Globe Editorial, The Globe and Mail, Febuary 15, 2011
CBC interview of Jennifer Henry (Kairos) (Video)
CBC, Power and politics, Feb 15, 2011 (Video)
MP’s reaction to Bev Oda’s admission. Contains a clip from an interview with CCIC's Gerry Barr.
MPs asking Speaker to take another look at Oda's handling of funding decision, Winnipeg free press , February 15, 2011
The curious case of Bev Oda and the noteworthy ‘not’, The National Post, Adrian MacNair February 15, 2011
Bev Oda is trying SO HARD, McLeans, Scott Feschuk, February 15, 2011
CIDA memo doctored on Oda's orders, The Toronto Star, Bruce Campion-Smith, 15 February 2011
See more news on this story in the French version of Flash
2. Preparing for the Coming Federal Budget
The upcoming Federal Budget will be the first of an expected four-year freeze of the International Assistance Envelope at $5 billion. In order to help members get ready for this event, CCIC prepared a pre-budget analysis and will post suggested key-messages on the website. Contact François Demers for more information.
Click here to read the pre-budget analysis
3. Second consultation of Finance Canada under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act
The Department of Finance proceeded with a consultation under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act. This is the second occasion under which a Department has consulted with groups explicitly in relation to the Act. The CCIC and the Halifax Initiative made a submission in which they made a number of proposals suggesting improved processes for responding to the procedural provisions of the Act as well as policies that better reflect the Act’s substantive requirements.
- Improve transparency, with accessible and accountable due process, in relation to the implementation of the Act by Finance Canada.
- Create a more coherent link between Finance’s consultation on its implementation of the Act and the annual Report on Operations Under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act (the “Annual Report”).
- Apply and report on the Act and Finance’s activities with the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) in such a manner that the Government builds a coherent approach to development finance.
- Undertake activities that more explicitly focus on the ODA Accountability Act’s provisions in Canada’s priorities at the BWIs.
The detailed submission will be posted on CCIC's website.
4. Friendly New Faces at CCIC
As many of you know, CCIC has undergone many changes over the last year. The Council went through successful restructuring that involved the hiring of a few new employees. We're happy to introduce them:
5. Americas Policy Group Meeting
The Americas Policy Group (APG) is holding one of its tri-annual meeting next February 22-23, 2011. These meetings are an opportunity for APG members to exchange on various crucial issues affecting Latin America and on decisions and actions taken by the Canadian Government on those issues.
APG members attending the February meeting will have the opportunity to exchange with Pablo Heidrich, Senior Researcher (Trade and Development) at the North-South Institute, on Canada’s Strategy for the Americas. Heidrich characterizes Canada’s policy towards the region as rather “low-cost” and “unambitious” in its approach, noting that, “just as in previous Canadian government ventures in the region, a lack of depth in understanding of current affairs is leading to perilous dependency on fairly narrow Canadian business interests, with investment or trade opportunities defining Canadian policy”.
The next APG meeting will be held May 2011 and is open to AGP members only.
6. Reminder: CCIC Cross-Canada Members’ Meetings
Leaders of CCIC member organizations are invited to CCIC’s member meetings during the next two weeks. The meetings will be an opportunity to discuss issues of interest and concern for the leadership of our community. The meetings will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Monday, February 21: Vancouver, at The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181, Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific) (click here to see the map);
- Tuesday, February 22: Winnipeg, at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, 393, Portage Ave, Suite 400 (click here to see the map);
- Thursday, February 24: Montreal, at CECI, 3000, Omer-Lavallée St. (click here to see the map);
- Friday, February 25: Halifax, at Oxfam Halifax, 2099, Gottingen Street, Suite 209 (tbc) (click here to see the map);
- Monday, February 28: Toronto, at Canadian Crossroads International 49 Bathurst Street, Suite 201 (click here to see the map);
- Tuesday March 1st: Ottawa, at the CANADEM Conference Room, 1 Nicholas Street, 10th Floor (click here to see the map).
Please confirm participation with Jack Lister firstname.lastname@example.org, Interim Administrative Assistant.
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