The Honourable Marilou McPhedran, C.M. is a human rights lawyer, professor and activist, appointed as an independent senator in the Parliament of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016. Marilou was one of the most influential leaders of the 1981 Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution conference- the grass roots social movement of women across Canada resulting in stronger equality rights in the constitution.
A CALL FOR MORE AMBITIOUS CLIMATE ACTION NOW In November 1981, a statement signed by 78 prominent Canadians on Canadian foreign policy was sent to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The statement was later published in the Globe and Mail. Since then the Group of 78 has advocated peace, justice and planetary survival through its annual policy conferences and… Read More »
Donald Trump’s repeated calls to “build a wall” and his threat to cut off development assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador overlook the complex causes of Central American migration to the United States and the ways in which the U.S. is implicated in migrants’ decision to leave their homes. In this talk, Laura Macdonald examines the causes of migration and the recent caravans, and the role of the Mexican government. She calls for a regional response, including from Canada, to the overlapping environmental, economic, and security crises faced by the region.
Event Poster (Pdf) Please join us for an evening of dinner and Jazz at Jambo restaurant. Enjoy the “true taste of Africa” and the music of, Stay Tuned / Restez-à-l’écoute. To guarantee your seat call the restaurant and make your reservation, 613-726-9393. Donations are greatly appreciated, and vital to the Group of 78’s work. They help us provide… Read More »
The following open letter was sent to the Prime Minister of Canada today from 167 signatories and 15 Canadian organizations, concerning the crisis in Venezuela. If you would like to add your name to the letter please use the online form provided. Download letter (with the list of original signatories): English and French Pdf French Pdf English Pdf… Read More »
The Coalition for Equitable Land Acquisitions and Development in Africa (CELADA) invites students, faculty, and policy makers to explore the potential for Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy to strengthen Africa women’s access and rights to land. A panel discussion moderated by Christopher Huggins, uOttawa will feature: Nyambura Githaiga, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Lindsay Mossman, Aga Khan Foundation, Shakilla Umutoni,… Read More »
Western countries have been prone to populist rhetoric that is leading to more and more stringent and security-focused policies. If Western media highlighted the Rohingya refugee crisis for a few months, most crises remain underreported and as a result, the gap between humanitarian funding requirements to save lives and donations – from governments in particular – is increasing. Solutions exist though – including in Canada through resettlement of the most vulnerable – although the gap between the needs and the spaces offered is similarly increasing. What is the role of Canada in addressing these challenges and seizing opportunities to do better?