Oxfam Canada Blogs
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.
Jul 16 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam India and the Institute of Development Studies in the UK have joined hands to bring together the joint special IDS Bulletin, ‘Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India’ the best collection of academic, expert and practitioner voices on food justice, food security and food systems in India. Given India’s rising power and leadership in achieving food security through the courts, this publication will have a unique global resonance. It will be launched at a dedicated two-day event at New Delhi’s Constitution Club on the 17th and 18th of July 2012.
Jul 09 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
On the ninth anniversary of his son’s death, Mr Grimason will be at the United Nations in New York to push for tough, legally binding controls on the weapons trade. The two-year-old was asleep in his stroller when an argument broke out at a nearby table in a cafe in Turkey and a man opened fire, killing the toddler.
Jul 06 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
This post was written by Bryce Wylde, alternative medicine expert, clinician, television host, educator, author and philanthropist. Bryce and Team Wylde About Health want to complete Oxfam Canada Trailwalker in 24 hours or less and raise $20,000 for Oxfam.
Jun 12 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Arms Trade Treaty comments made to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of the Canadian members of the Control Arms coalition: Mark Fried of Oxfam Canada, Hilary Homes of Amnesty International, Lina Holguin of Oxfam Quebec and Ken Epps of Project Ploughshares
Jun 07 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
In July, leaders from 195 countries will gather at the United Nations in an attempt to negotiate a new International Arms Treaty. Canada has yet to take a position on the inclusion of ammunition specifically, instead stating simply that the Treaty should not infringe on the rights of lawful gun-owners.
Jun 04 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
"Governments don’t function well in isolation. They do better when they consciously create mechanisms for tapping into the knowledge and wisdom of public-minded citizens. The portion before you would close two key mechanisms for citizen input: the National Council of Welfare and the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. These provide a crucial function – not just independent expert advice, but a focussing of public thinking on issues of import – functions which cannot be replicated by privately funded bodies, be they Oxfam or the Fraser Institute. We urge you to retain these valuable advisory groups."
Jun 01 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
While food security and the right to food is of paramount importance for millions of people globally, not to mention for those in the Sahel region of Africa who are currently in the midst of a devastating food crisis, the Canadian government seems pay them little or no regard.
May 31 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI), we brought together Oxfam Executive Director Robert Fox with three local experts: Marie Burge of the Cooper Institute, organic farmer Reg Phelen, and Ian MacPherson of the PEI Fisherman's Association. What emerged from the conversation was that fair trade for farmers and access to nutritious food for all are common issues affecting Canada and developing countries alike.
May 11 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
“I don’t have a goat,” Mom hinted. That made my mind up for a Mother’s Day gift. Then I started looking through Oxfam’s archives from the last few years to find mothers who had received a goat or benefitted from an Oxfam program paid through Unwrapped funds. I hope you enjoy my favourites.
May 09 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam Canada believes that our food system is broken, and that in order to fix it, we must have the largest conversation in the history of the planet about food. That’s why this spring we hosted public dialogues on women’s rights and the food system. People want to talk about food, and we want to talk with them.
May 09 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
This year for Mother's Day, think globally, and give your mom a gift that crosses boundaries and makes a lasting impact on the lives of people around our planet. Visit OxfamUnwrapped.ca for all the details.
May 07 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
An alarming number of women and girls around the world experience sexual violence. From Congo and Kenya to Burma and Colombia, rape is used as a weapon to humiliate people and tear apart communities. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict unites us together into a coordinated civil society effort for change. Take the Pledge to stop rape and gender violence in conflict.
May 03 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Wednesday, April 25 was World Malaria Day, and there is news about a disease that afflicts 225 million people and killed about 650,000 in 2010. First the good tidings: In the last decade, deaths from malaria have been cut by one third in Africa and the number of at-risk people contracting the disease globally has fallen by 17 per cent. The worrying news is rumours of an about-face in Canadian policy that would divert millions in scarce aid money to a risky experiment, while proven strategies go unfunded.
Apr 16 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
Rachel is the new tour coordinator for Oxfam on Tour with Coldplay. She is blogging her journey through Canada, US and Europe, discussing all the wonderful things that come with a Coldplay tour and joining up with hundreds of campaigners and fans to talk about the injustices in the food system and how they affect millions around the world, as well as the food we all love.
Apr 12 2012 | Oxfam Canada | Conflict & Emergencies
Since the first warnings of drought and poor harvests in Africa’s Sahel region in late 2011, communities in many areas have been threatened by a looming food crisis
Apr 05 2012 | Oxfam Canada | GROW
The last year’s events have demonstrated the immense power that grassroots organizing, social media, and collective power can have in creating change. We’ve seen revolutions and protests, campaigns and online actions, resonating with greater impact than ever before. Women, and women’s rights organizations, have remained an essential part of the momentum of these movements and activities.
Mar 26 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam ambassador Helena Christensen, a supermodel and photographer, recently returned from her third trip with Oxfam, this one to document the toll that climate change has had on the women of rural Turkana in northern Kenya. Read an excerpt from the article from Hello!Canada.
Mar 12 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam Canada policy coordinator Mark Fried blogs on the successful campaign to get the International Monetary Fund to invest more than $1 billion of windfall profits in small-scale farming, education, health care and other needs of the world’s poorest countries. Nearly $1.6 billion in gold windfall is still up for grabs, so we cannot rest easy, he writes. “But here is a victory to be celebrated.”
Mar 09 2012 | Oxfam Canada | General
Oxfam Canada policy coordinator, Mark Fried, blogs on the possibility of achieving a conventional Arms Trade Treaty with bite. After years of lobbying, Oxfam and other members of the Control Arms Campaign say a final breakthrough is in sight. Is Canada helping or hindering?