Oxfam Canada Blogs
Oct 23 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Sarah Lyons, Oxfam Canada's National Public Engagement Officer, writes "GROW Week showed the World Bank that this campaign is global and growing. In Canada, almost 1,000 people sent a message to Minister Jim Flaherty asking him to call on the World Bank to commit to the freeze, and this number is still rising."
Oct 18 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Bill Hynd, Oxfam Canada's Atlantic Outreach Officer, writes, "It is absolutely shocking to think every second, poor countries lose an area of land the size of a soccer field to banks and private investors. The result is many small-scale farmers, women and men, along with their families are being forcibly evicted from their farmland, without proper compensation. It is equally shocking that the majority of land acquisitions take place in poor countries that have their own serious hunger problems."
Oct 17 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Kelly Bowden, Oxfam Canada's Youth and Campus Outreach Coordinator, writes "As our campaigns team continued our petitioning adventure, I swelled with pride – for the people who share their time to take to the streets with us, for the silent supporters who are the financial backbone of what Oxfam is able to do around the world, and for the citizens willing to engage in this immensely important conversation."
Oct 17 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Lauren Ravon, Oxfam Canada's Policy Advisor, writes "The issues surrounding land acquisitions, land grabs and the global land rush are complex. But one thing is simple: the rights of local communities should always be respected, and investments should never lead to more hunger and poverty."
Oct 16 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Ideologically the Jan Satyagraha 2012 March is based on the Gandhian Salt Satyagraha of 1930, known as the Dandi March. It is an uplifting event with a carnival atmosphere; it is the combined effort of people to stand up for basic rights and speak on the way to build more equity in the governing structure.
Sep 17 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
In a new GROW campaign report, The Hunger Grains, Oxfam warns that Europe’s growing appetite for biofuels is pushing up global food prices and driving people off their land, resulting in deeper hunger and malnutrition in poor countries. Read the full report.
Sep 12 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Toronto teen Mona Sharari swam the English Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, in 13 hours and eight minutes on Saturday, Sept. 8th. James Bremner, software engineer and sailor, tracked her amazing swim of over 40 kilometres and wrote this blog post. Mona has dedicated her swim to raising funds for children through her wishlist on Oxfam Canada’s Unwrapped gift program. She has already raised over $2,250.
Aug 29 2012 | sarah.lyons | General
Fusing art, conversation and social justice, heART of Justice coloured outside the lines to paint a vivid picture of the unjust conditions in which people live, work, and fight to find a solutions.
Aug 14 2012 | Oxfam Canada | Drought / Food Crisis
The world's largest commodity traders are a powerful, unique and poorly understood sector. The major traders, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, collectively known as the ABCD traders, share a significant presence in a range of basic commodities, controlling, for example, as much as 90 per cent of the global grain trade. Other emerging market trading companies such as Olam, Sinar Mas and Wilmar are also quickly establishing a global presence.
Aug 10 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Every one of us on this planet is descended from shared but distant ancestors. Whether from those who stayed, or from those who made those tentative steps out of the continent millennia ago, we are all African. Together we can make an African future where ‘charity will have become unnecessary’.
The final week of negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty ended without agreement. A draft full treaty text was presented for the first time early in week four, leading to intense negotiations as supporter states and campaigners pushed to strengthen weaknesses and close potential loopholes.
Jul 26 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Ishmael Beah was a young boy when the war reached him. At the time, it was evident that he had no other choice but to take part in the fighting because that guaranteed living for a few more hours, another day, or even weeks. Around the world, children grow up watching movies that present a false depiction of violence, but when Ishmael found himself living in a violent situation, actually seeing the suffering these weapons cause, he lost any fascination he might have had about weapons and war. In his words, "It’s time to make the world a safer place by forging a treaty to regulate the global arms trade."
Jul 25 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam’s work in Cuba, which started in 1993, contributes to gender equality, capacity building, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian aid. Oxfam also maintains a research and development fund to support documentation of relevant Cuban experiences to share with Oxfam partners, and a south to south fund to promote the exchange of these experiences.
Jul 23 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
The third week of the Diplomatic Conference was a very busy one with many bits of new text released by the Chair. Sadly, these seem to be strongly influenced by the skeptics, although it is clear that many States won’t have it. A strong statement delivered by Malawi on behalf of 74 States emphasized that “…an ATT will be judged by the strength of its criteria (and also its scope)".
Jul 19 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Humanitarian Coalition's joint appeal for the 2011 drought in East Africa, the images of vulnerable communities struggling to find food are still fresh in our minds. So are the lessons we learned from our concerted efforts.
Jul 18 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Your food choices can make a difference. Oxfam’s GROW campaign is working to help repair the broken food system. To do so, we need to involve everyone. Every time we open our fridge and food cupboards, we step into the global food system. We each play a part through the food we purchase, cook and put on our tables.
Jul 17 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Week two of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations saw half of the discussions move behind closed doors. A worrying sign. There is still no complete draft treaty text on the table, although elements of text - on goals and objectives and the scope of the treaty - were circulated by the Chair on Friday. The talks are moving more slowly than we would like to see and again we are seeing new text suggestions being watered down substantially from the original Chair's draft papers. Supporters must step up their game if a strong treaty is to be achieved.