Some lessons from Canada's military mission in Afghanistan
Just days before the third and final vote in the House of Commons on Bill C-300, the Government of Canada officially launched its Review Process, a dispute resolution mechanism intended to mediate between aggrieved communities and Canadian mining, oil, and gas companies.
Staff from MCC's advocacy offices in Ottawa, New York, and Washington gathered in Akron, Pennsylvania on October 28 and 29.
Since its very narrow defeat at third reading last Wednesday, Bill C-300 has continued to receive attention both in Canada and beyond.
The Advocacy Research Intern is part of a team that provides expertise and assistance for MCC Canada’s advocacy efforts.
The Ottawa Office typically offers two unpaid internship terms each year. The start and end dates for each are flexible and depend on the selected intern’s availability, and the time commitment can range from half-time to full-time.
- Fall Term (September-December): applications will be reviewed starting July 2, 2013
- Winter/Spring Term (January-April): applications will be reviewed starting November 4, 2013
For further information and to apply for this position, please contact Maria Figueroa with a cover letter and resume.
Jennifer Wiebe, a policy analyst in the Ottawa office, had the privilege of participating in a two-week leadership academy on nonviolence and peacebuilding, conducted by the Centre for Global Nonkilling (CGNK).
Despite months of active lobbying by a wide range of churches, civil society organizations, and concerned Canadians, Bill C-300—The Responsible Mining Bill—failed to pass the final vote in the House of Commons.
"Spending more money on bricks and mortar will not create safer communities,” said James Loewen, coordinator of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) restorative justice programs in Canada. “It is people supporting people that reduce crime—it is not bricks and mortar.”
The Ottawa Office invites its constituents, friends and supporters to join in advocating for legislation that will hold mining companies to specified human rights and environmental standards.
As part of our Christian life, advocacy takes many forms:
- praying for government officials
- writing letters to policymakers
- meeting with elected representatives
- raising awareness of issues through the media
- participating in public events
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Speeches at a public rally on Parliament Hill this earlier today stressed the importance of continuing to actively campaign in support of Bill C-300 as a final vote in the House of Commons approaches.