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  • Title: Mines Action Canada
    Descriptive info: .. I HAVE 5 MINUTES.. I HAVE 30 MINUTES.. I AM COMMITTED.. I HAVE EXPERTISE.. YOUTH.. Standing still is not an option.. It's time for you to make a move.. With your help, Mines Action Canada (MAC) can continue supporting efforts to forever put an end to the human suffering caused by landmines, cluster bombs and explosive remnants of war.. This can happen in our lifetime, but only with your help.. VIDEO.. Connect with MAC via Twitter and Facebook!.. During the final weeks of the election campaign MAC wants to continue to connect with as many of our supporters on facebook and twitter as possible.. Please join with us and be a part of this exciting dialogue on these two distinct platforms that have had such a large impact on this election campaign.. If you are  ...   training and will be heading to their placements over the weekend.. I would like to introduce to you Mohammed, Katie and Cynthia.. They each wrote a short bio to introduce themselves to you.. READ MORE.. MAC Launching New Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.. We’re excited to announce that Mines Action Canada is involved with the new Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.. To learn more about this campaign check out the Canadian website at:.. www.. stopkillerrobots.. ca.. Seven MAC YPs Deployed!.. The first seven of MAC's Young Professionals (YPs) have arrived in their placements and have begun work with their host organizations.. You can follow along as they gain new skills and contribute to the valuable work our partners do through their blog or on Twitter.. Canadian Government Supporting Landmine Survivors in Colombia.. © 2010 Mines Action Canada..

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  • Title: I HAVE 5 MINUTES
    Descriptive info: Home.. > I HAVE 5 MINUTES.. LEARN.. ACT.. GIVE.. GET INVOLVED.. About MAC.. Contact MAC.. Media Centre.. Tools.. Privacy Policy.. Sign Up for Newsletters.. In less time than it takes to make a pot of coffee or shut down your computer, you can make a big impact.. Here  ...   support of our goals:.. Make a donation.. Buy a T-shirt from our e-store.. Sign the People’s Treaty.. Become a.. Mines Action Canada Facebook Fan.. or Twitter subscriber @.. MinesActionCan.. Watch the “.. Take the Next Step.. ” video and follow the links to forward it to friends family..

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  • Title: I HAVE 30 MINUTES
    Descriptive info: > I HAVE 30 MINUTES.. In less than a half an hour, you have an incredible ability to raise awareness about the impact of cluster bombs and landmines and increase the engagement of others.. Here are a few actions you can take in less than 30 minutes that will have a long lasting impact:.. Write to your government officials using our.. Write Now! E-tool.. Look at and  ...   local newspaper supporting a Mines Action Canada 'call to action'.. Use our “.. Guide on How to Engage the Media.. ” to learn more!.. Download.. the factsheets.. Forward to your friends and family.. the How-To Kits and learn what more you can do.. and print 5 MAC posters and put them up in your office, classroom or community.. Find all of these tools and more, by clicking.. here..

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    Descriptive info: > I AM COMMITTED.. Thank you for making a commitment to making an impact.. Here are a handful of activities that actively raise awareness, educate others and directly contribute toward a concrete change for good:.. Organize a fundraising event.. Give a presentation.. in your local community, to workplace colleagues, neighbors or family members.. Teach others about the issues and help them develop crucial skills.. Organize an educational event.. Visit our.. Tools and Resources.. section for more ideas..

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    Descriptive info: > I HAVE EXPERTISE.. Real change is the result of participation and collaboration.. What expertise and energy can you bring to the table?.. Volunteer opportunities.. Employment opportunities.. Internship opportunities..

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  • Title: YOUTH
    Descriptive info: > youth.. We need your help! We can’t walk this alone!.. MAC is committed to engaging the next generation of social justice advocates — the global leaders of tomorrow.. If you are an active youth ready to take the next step, to roll up your sleeves, use your voice and start to make a positive impact on this global issue, welcome!.. You know the incredible impact that happens when we stop being silent and start taking action.. That’s why you’re here.. If you are a young change leader, we invite you to join us.. Help us shape how we interact with one another.. Help raise awareness of the important role that we each play in putting an  ...   resources that you can use to educate, activate and engage.. The quality of life for every human being is important.. Do your part to start taking action today.. Get connected, get involved.. A simple way to start today is to become a MAC fan on.. Facebook.. or.. Twitter.. Youth to Youth Action Network.. International Youth Leader Forums.. Small Grants Program.. Young Professional Internship Program.. Take the Next Step for Survivors! Campaign.. Are you an organization or person interested in working with youth for social justice? If so,.. download.. our manual -.. Working with young people for a mine free world: how to engage young people in campaigning.. The manual is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian..

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  • Title: LEARN
    Descriptive info: > learn.. Landmines, cluster bombs and explosive remnants of war still kill 4,000 new, innocent people each year.. These victim-activated weapons are a threat to daily living and the plague of wars that are long over.. This threat is a haunting reality for hundreds of thousands of innocent women, men and children as they walk through their communities and through life.. This must change.. This.. can.. change.. By working together, we can continue to make tangible progress and concrete change for good.. Together, we can solve this problem in our lifetime.. But MAC can’t do it  ...   and people of influence.. Take the next step.. Because you can.. Get educated on the realities still facing innocent civilians around the world.. Explore and educate yourself and those around you.. LEARN today about:.. Landmines.. Cluster Bombs.. Explosive Remnants of War.. FAQs.. What we do.. Youth Leadership, Education Action Program.. The Landmine Cluster Munition Monitor.. Stop Explosive Investments! Campaign.. Advocacy.. Young Professional Mine Action Internships.. One step after another.. Let’s keep moving forward.. Take the next steps.. :.. Real change for good is within reach.. It takes just one step.. Make it yours.. Make it today..

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  • Title: ACT
    Descriptive info: > act.. The last casualty was only 26 minutes ago.. How many steps did you take in that time? Imagine if each of those steps were taken not knowing if when you placed your foot down you would face life, death or dismemberment.. It’s a terrifying way to walk through life and a harsh reality faced by innocent people and communities around the globe each day.. Atrocities created by victim-activated explosives are solvable in our lifetime.. But we can’t do it alone.. Take it today.. Take it right now.. It’s time for you to make a move.. Learn more about some simple acts that you can do to make a world of difference:.. Start a petition.. to your MP asking them to fix Bill S-10 and ensure that no Canadian is ever involved in the use of cluster munitions.. Download the petition online in.. English.. or en.. Français.. and once you have 25 signatures submit the form to your Member of Parliament with a request that they present the petition to the House of Commons.. Finally, let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sign.. the.. People’s Treaty.. banning cluster bombs! Together  ...   passion using our social media tools which you can use to jump off to our.. page, our.. friends’ blogs.. ,.. Flickr.. galleries and our new.. Youtube.. gallery.. Please stay awhile, talk with us, we want to hear from you.. Join.. our community or.. become a member.. Help us build an explosion of interest in the safety and security of the victims and survivors of these insidious weapons.. Formalize your involvement as:.. If you are a Canadian non-governmental organization or association, by registering as a full, associate, observer status member and reaping its benefits.. If you are an individual or group, by signing up receive action alerts or our.. monthly Enews.. and be alerted to easy calls to action that you can take!.. Raise.. funds.. Your support helps us implement programs here in Canada and around the world, and moves us closer to our goals – the eradication of landmines and cluster bombs from our world.. Host a Bomb Appetit! Dinner party or choose one of the many other ways to raise funds fundraise and.. give to MAC.. including signing up to our monthly donor program online or donating without a dime doing your online shopping with.. igive.. com.. !.. Take the next steps:..

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  • Title: GIVE
    Descriptive info: > give.. Today, there are over half a million living survivors of these weapons and 70 countries and areas that are still contaminated with landmines, cluster bombs and explosive remnants of war.. But with your support, we can end this atrocity within our lifetime.. MAC is committed to building global movements with an unwavering determination to put an end to this ruthless violence.. With MAC’s support, efforts to remove unexploded mines, monitor impact, strengthen coalitions and offer victim support remain strong.. MAC is also  ...   opportunities they need to continue the momentum.. So when you support MAC, you are also supporting public education and training for tomorrow’s leaders.. By working together, we are building a mine-free world.. Do your part.. Take the next step and GIVE today:.. Money.. Time.. Expertise.. We have some more work to do.. But we can — and will — reach our goal.. A goal that we set together — as humanity.. An attainable goal: to build safe communities so that we can all walk freely..

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  • Title: Breaking News and Press Releases
    Descriptive info: > media centre.. Breaking News and Press Releases.. The May YPs.. Name.. : Mohammed Omar.. Hometown.. : Ottawa, Ontario.. Placement.. : Lusaka, Zambia with the Zambian Campaign to Ban Landmines.. A little about yourself.. : I am a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Political Science Program.. I am a Canadian citizen born in Abu Dhabi, UAE to Somali parents.. My background and time abroad helped inspire a keen interest in issues of development and advocacy.. What are you most looking forward to?.. Meeting the various campaigners attending the intersessionals.. I’m also relishing the opportunity to take part in the preparation and organization of the 4MSP in Lusaka.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action?.. General awareness of the important role Ottawa played in the creation of the landmine ban treaty piqued my initial interest in mine action.. Knowledge of the continued impact of landmines and cluster munitions as well as the integral contributions we could make to help rid the world of the weapons motivate my involvement today.. : Katherine (Katie) McGregor.. : Kathmandu, Nepal with Ban Landmines Nepal (NCBL).. : A recent grad from the University of Ottawa with a B.. S.. Sc in International Development and Globalization.. Professionally, I have worked/volunteered in public and international affairs, child and youth advocacy and various forms of mentorship/tutoring/education.. I love discovering new music, outdoor concerts, hiking and my dog – among other wonderful things that make life worth living.. I am thrilled to be joining such a strong and impactful grassroots movement and reading to immerse myself in a new culture and new home in Kathmandu.. I am also looking forward to work at local and community levels where I will no doubt meet some amazing people.. The right to life.. It doesn’t get any simpler or more straightforward than that, but unfortunately we live in an imperfect world that demands creativity and cooperation to end human suffering.. I am inspired and motivated by the resilience and courage of survivors and campaigners working around the world, and honoured to soon be part of this movement.. : Cynthia Brassard-Boudreau.. : Québec City, Québec.. : I am originally from Québec City.. I have studied Public and International Affairs (MA) and hope to start a career in humanitarian action and/or diplomacy.. I have lived, travelled and worked abroad before including in Italy, Thailand and Burkina Faso.. I’m very much looking forward to my next destination – Zambia.. Looking forward to be part of a global network of people working on such a fundamental issue.. As far as I can remember I have been motivated by humanitarian values and wanted to work on humanitarian issues.. The campaigns’ accomplishments are impressive and encouraging.. The issue/cause is solvable in our lifetimes.. I want to be part of the solution.. You might remember that there are already seven YPs working with host organizations in Colombia, Uganda, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam.. You can follow along as they gain new skills, work with their hosts and learn all about the campaigns through their blog.. http://ypimap2013.. wordpress.. com/.. or their posts on Twitter (.. https://twitter.. com/MinesActionCan/yps-2013.. - they use the hashtag.. #MACabroad.. ).. You can follow along as they gain new skills and contribute to the valuable work our partners do through their blog.. or on Twitter (.. or using the hashtag.. Let's meet the YPs!.. Name: Rhian Williams.. Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia.. Placement: Medellin, Colombia with Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas.. A little about yourself: I was born in Ottawa and grew up in Vernon, BC.. I have a BA in International Development and Spanish from Dalhousie University.. I have lived and travelled in West Africa, Central America and Cuba.. What are you most looking forward to? I really look forward to working with CCCM and familiarizing myself on the ground with the situation in Colombia.. I also look forward to gaining essential field experience to be able to launch a career in humanitarian work.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? In the particular case of Colombia, my motivation stems from past research I have done on youth affected by the Colombian internal displacement crisis and vulnerability encountering landmines being a major issue.. Name: Kalina McCaul.. Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia.. Placement: Kathmandu, Nepal with Ban Landmines Nepal (NCBL).. A little about yourself: I am a motivated, outgoing humanitarian.. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games, talking global politics, and taking daytrips along Canada’s beautiful Atlantic coastline!.. What are you most looking forward to? I am excited to learn from leaders in this field.. I am a life-long learner so I appreciated formal and informal opportunities to learn from experts and people with first-hand experience in this area.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? I have a personal interest in conflict-related issues because of my family experience with conflict.. This has directed my academic and professional interests.. Through my volunteer and professional experience with the Canadian Red Cross, I have broadened my understanding of the importance and impact of mine action and become further motivated to work on this campaign.. Name: Olivia R.. Fernandes.. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario.. Placement: Project RENEW, in Dong Ha, Vietnam.. A little about yourself: I was born in India and lived in Kuwait for 13 years and in Canada for 15 years.. I’ve studied Health Science and International Development and I love sports.. What are you most looking forward to? I look forward to working in the area of Mine Victim Assistance and with the Education and Awareness team.. I’m ready to tackle any surprises that come my way.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? It’s a cause with huge implications and when things get done properly (which is happening) the weapons are banned, there is a huge payoff for society.. This campaign could also (eventually) lead to the end of war.. Name: Philip Martin.. Hometown: Elmira, Ontario.. Placement: Norwegian People’s Aid, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.. A little about yourself: I’m from a small Mennonite community in Ontario, am passionate about peacebuilding and disarmament and am hoping to become more involved in the humanitarian section in the future.. I studied political science and international affairs in Guelph and Ottawa.. What are you most looking forward to? Learning more about the logistical work of demining and disarmament organizations and about Central Asian politics.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? I am personally motivated by the cause of humanitarian activism, particularly harm against civilians as a result of armed conflict.. Name: Marie-Josée Hamel.. Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec.. Placement: Bogotá, Colombia with Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas.. A little about yourself: I just completed a master’s program in international studies from the University of Montreal.. What I love most in life is meeting new people, making connections and travelling to share others’ culture as well as my own.. What are you most looking forward to? I am looking forward to meet my future co-workers in Colombia and contribute to their work with my skills and motivation to make a small difference.. And am looking forward to enjoy all the music, people and food Colombia has to offer!.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? I believe this is a really important issue because it affects innocent people forever and this is something on which civil society can actually have a real impact.. I think I must use my advantage (being born in a non-affected country) to the benefit of directly affected populations.. Name: Graham Milner.. Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario.. Placement: Uganda Landmine Survivors Association in Kampala, Uganda.. A little about yourself: I have an MBA in International Development as well as an undergrad in public policy focused on human rights.. I have used this background to work with social justice organizations on causes ranging from water and sanitation to F-35 fighter jets, to the exportation of asbestos.. What are you most looking forward to? Contributing to a partner organization in a meaningful way that helps build their capacity and provides meaningful support to landmine survivors.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? I have grown up with the belief that war has many unintended consequences and should be avoided at all costs.. Joining the landmine movement is the next step in working to eliminate the consequences of conflict.. Name: Devin Morrow.. Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba.. Placement: Jesuit Refugee Service/Cambodian Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs in Siem Reap, Cambodia.. A little about yourself: From Winnipeg originally, I’ve spent the last year and a half doing my MA at York University in Toronto.. I love the outdoors, eating new food, middle-distance running and exploring new places.. What are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to working with an organization with such a successful history that have been so effective in this campaign.. I’m also looking forward to returning to a country I’ve been lucky enough to work in before; I continue supporting and promoting human rights there.. What motivates you to get involved in mine action? While working on a reintegration project for former child combatants in Sri Lanka, I was able to witness first-hand the devastating results of landmines and cluster munitions.. It motivated me to understand the long term effects of violent conflict on individuals, families and communities and made me realized how peacebuilding practices and non-violent direct action can affect positive, tangible change.. Mines Action Canada welcomes the Canadian government’s support of victim assistance programs in Colombia.. This week Minister Ablonczy announced almost $3 million in funding for Handicap International’s programs in Colombia.. “We hope this announcement marks a return to Canada’s traditional leadership on mine action funding.. In the past, Canada has been a leader in ending the use of landmines and in supporting the victims of these banned weapons but recently the government’s commitment has wavered,” said Paul Hannon, Executive Director.. “Through supporting victim assistance projects like this one in Colombia, Canadian funding can have a lasting impact on the lives of landmine survivors garnering the kind of immediate and long term results that all Canadians want to see.. ”.. Handicap International Canada will be responsible for implementing this project.. A member of Mines Action Canada and a world leader in supports to persons with disabilities, Handicap International is uniquely qualified to bring about change in the lives in Colombian landmine survivors.. With one of the highest rates of landmine casualties in the world, Colombia is working hard to provide services to the over 7,600 people injured and the families of the over 2,000 killed.. “This funding announcement indicates that CIDA agrees with Mines Action Canada’s assertion that landmines are lethal barriers to development.. Landmines add an additional burden to families and communities who are working to lift themselves out of poverty.. Landmine survivors often face challenges returning to work and providing for their families, contaminated land cannot be farmed and landmine injuries put pressure on overstretched health systems.. Mines Action Canada encourages CIDA to support mine action around the world and to increase Canada’s contributions to $1 dollar a day per Canadian,” added Hannon.. For more information on the project please see Handicap International’s website:.. http://handicap-international.. Internship Opportunity for Canadian Youth.. Mines Action Canada is currently recruiting for ten positions in our Young Professionals Internship Program.. The positions consist of five-month overseas placements that focus on building the capacity of partner organizations in the international movement to ban landmines and cluster munitions.. Eligible Canadian youth are encouraged to apply.. For more information please see.. http://www.. minesactioncanada.. org/youth/young-professional-internship-program.. Senate passes flawed cluster bomb bill without amendment.. Ottawa:.. Mines Action Canada is very disappointed that the Senate of Canada has passed the severely flawed draft implementation legislation on the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Bill S-10, without amendment.. It is now up to the House of Commons to review the legislation and amend it to protect not only the spirit and the intent of the Convention, but also to protect innocent lives and Canada’s reputation as a protector of civilians in armed conflict.. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade heard from numerous expert witnesses from Canada and around the world who pointed out many significant flaws in the legislation and suggested a variety of ways to strengthen the Bill.. Despite amendments being proposed in both the Committee and during Third Reading, the Senate voted to maintain the flaws in the legislation and send it to the House of Commons unchanged.. “The vote in the Senate means that Canada could have the weakest legislation in the world unless MPs are willing to make some much needed amendments.. As a country that has never used or produced cluster munitions, Canada can and should have the best legislation in the world.. Mines Action Canada and its colleagues in the Cluster Munition Coalition hope that all Members of the House will work to ensure that Canada is a leader in protecting civilians, as well as ,ensuring that no Canadian will ever use this banned weapon for any reason, anywhere, at any time, for anyone” said Paul Hannon, Executive Director.. As the legislation moves into the House of Commons, citizens across Canada and cluster munition victims around the world call on Members of Parliament to ensure that the legislation lives up to the spirit and purpose of the Convention on Cluster Munitions which is to end for all time the suffering caused by cluster munitions.. ENDS.. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:.. Erin Hunt, Program Officer, Mines Action Canada, tel.. 613-241-3777, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact.. Publication Celebrates 15 Years of the Ottawa Treaty Banning Landmines.. Mines Action Canada today launched a new e-book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines.. On December 3, 1997, the world came to Ottawa to sign a landmark treaty that banned antipersonnel landmines.. The Ottawa Treaty is considered one of the most successful treaties and a significant addition to international humanitarian law.. Fifteen years after it opened for signatures the global community continues to work together to end the suffering caused by these indiscriminate and inhumane weapons.. Much of the success achieved over the past 15 years can be linked to the ordinary people who were the driving force behind and now are the foundation of the treaty.. Ordinary people suffer the most from landmines.. It was ordinary people including landmine survivors who started the campaign to ban landmines, ordinary people from civil society and from government departments that created the treaty and ordinary people who have implemented it.. The Ottawa Treaty proves that ordinary people can have an extraordinary impact.. The publication, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact: Personal Reflections on 15 Years of the Ottawa Treaty” contains personal reflections from a sampling of these ordinary people.. From over a dozen countries, contributors provide insights into the groundbreaking Ottawa Process that brought governments and civil society together in negotiations for the first time; the challenges faced to implement the treaty; and, into what is needed in the next 15 years to truly achieve the goals of a world free from landmines.. “Much has been written about the Ottawa Process and the Mine Ban Treaty in the past 15 years, but rarely has the immensely personal impact of the Treaty been examined.. Mines Action Canada has collected the personal reflections of small number of campaigners, survivors and government officials to share the heart and passion at the root of the Ottawa Treaty – from a campaigner who met his wife through community awareness activities to a survivor dedicated to speaking out against the weapon that cost him his legs, from students who turned outrage into action to officials who took a risk and created a new framework for diplomacy.. ” said Paul Hannon, Executive Director of Mines Action Canada.. Contributors include civil society members from Brazil, Pakistan, Kuwait, Germany, France and Poland; youth from Burundi, Canada, Georgia, Uganda, Yemen, and Kosovo; and landmine survivors from the United States, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Senegal, plus the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Ottawa Process.. Editor Colleen McGrann said “I hope that this publication inspires others to get involved in the landmine issue or other social justice or humanitarian issues that speak to them.. Each entry in.. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact.. is proof that each of us can have an extraordinary impact on our global community no matter how small we may feel.. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact: Personal Reflections on 15 Years of the Ottawa Treaty Banning Landmines.. is available online at:.. org/learn/15th-anniversary.. Landmine use by governments at low point, Canadian funding declines significantly; assistance to landmine survivors still a challenge.. Ottawa, 29 November 2012:.. Only one government - Syria - has used antipersonnel landmines in 2012, matching the lowest point since the signing of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, according to.. Landmine Monitor.. 2012.. Four governments used antipersonnel mines in 2011 (Israel, Libya, Myanmar, and Syria).. The number of governments rejecting antipersonnel mines continues to grow, with three new countries - Finland, South Sudan, and Somalia – joining the Mine Ban Treaty since July 2011.. The succession of South Sudan and accession of Somalia means that all sub-Saharan African countries have joined the Mine Ban Treaty.. Globally, 160 countries are party to the treaty, more than 80 percent of  ...   both the ICBL and the Cluster Munition Coalition.. and related documents will be available after 10am GMT on 6 September at.. org/.. Ends.. Kate Wiggans, ICBL-CMC Media and Communications Manager, London (BST), Mobile +41-78-685-11-46 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Kathryn Millett, Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Coordinator, London (BST), Mobile +41-79-455-55-27 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Paul Hannon, Executive Director, Mines Action Canada, London (BST) Mobile 1-613-851-5430 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Canadian Government Urged to Promote the Ottawa Treaty in Myanmar/Burma.. Mines Action Canada welcomes the news that Canada will be opening a mission in Myanmar/Burma.. This new embassy and the recent political changes in Myanmar/Burma have created new opportunities to promote the Ottawa Treaty in one of the few countries where there has been widespread and consistent use of landmines.. To make the most of this opportunity MAC has written to the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, and asked them to promote the global ban on landmines during their dealings with the government in Myanmar/Burma.. View the letters here.. Summer Internship Opportunity with Mines Action Canada.. Mines Action Canada (MAC) is seeking applicants for an unpaid summer internship.. Working with the Program Officer, the intern will coordinate the drafting, editing and design of an e-book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines.. The position is part time at approximately 20 hours a week during July and August with the possibility of extension.. Ideally, the intern will be based in Ottawa but working remotely may be an option.. The intern will:.. Work with the Program Officer and Executive Director to identify potential e-book contributors involved in the campaign to ban landmines in Canada and overseas.. Draft questions and guidelines for e-book contributors in collaboration with MAC staff.. Distribute questions and guidelines to potential contributors.. Liaise with contributors from around the world to support their writing process.. Monitor deadlines and collect two page written submissions from up to 60 contributors.. Edit written submissions for clarity and comprehension.. Find relevant photographs from MAC and International Campaign to Ban Landmines photo caches or from other sources, write captions and obtain permission for their use.. Compile written submissions and relevant photographs.. Design the e-book layout.. Desired Qualifications.. Current student with a focus on journalism, writing, communications or English preferable.. Excellent editing and writing skills in English, additional languages an asset.. Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills.. Interest in international development, humanitarian issues or related fields.. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to manage projects.. Experience with publication design and layout preferred.. Flexibility, discretion, creativity, a sense of humour and persistence.. To apply please send your resume, cover letter and a one page writing sample to Erin Hunt, Program Officer, via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Application deadline is July 5, 2012.. This internship is unpaid.. Stop funding cluster bomb producers Global report shows progress made but billions still invested in companies producing weapons banned by most of the world.. (Ottawa, 14 June 2012):.. Mines Action Canada (MAC) is calling on the Canadian government to ban investments in companies producing cluster bombs, following news that billions of dollars are still being invested in producers of these weapons.. Mines Action Canada is the Canadian member of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and shares the CMC’s view that countries that have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions have a legal obligation to halt such investments.. The “Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions, a shared responsibility” report by CMC members IKV Pax Christi and FairFin, launched today in Berlin, shows that since 2009 banks and other financial institutions from 16 countries have invested more than $43billion (USD) in companies making cluster bombs.. The bulk of these investments come from states that have not yet joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), the global ban that prohibits the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster bombs, as well as assistance in any of these acts.. “It is encouraging that an increasing number of banks are pulling funds from cluster bomb producers, and that countries are legislating to prevent this practice, but this report clearly shows that more needs to be done,” said Laura Cheeseman, Director of the CMC.. “Most of the world has banned cluster bombs because of the severe and long-lasting impact they have, but even some countries that have joined the Convention are still allowing money to be invested in their production.. The only way to prevent this is to explicitly legislate against it,” Cheeseman added.. Today campaigners in Canada are joining CMC colleagues in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and elsewhere to urge their governments to take this step.. They are also urging banks and financial institutions to recognize that their customers do not want their money being invested in deadly, indiscriminate weapons that have been banned by most of the world because of the devastation they cause.. Under the legal obligations of the Convention, states that have joined are not only legally bound to cease making cluster bombs themselves but also never to assist, encourage or induce anyone else to do so.. While some States Parties to the Convention have enacted national laws that prohibit public or private financial institutions from providing such assistance, many others have not yet taken this step.. The Hall of Shame in IKV Pax Christi and FairFin’s report contains information about 137 banks and financial institutions that invest in producers of cluster bombs.. Of these, three come from Canada which has signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions and is now in the process of ratifying the international treaty, A further 24 banks and financial institutions come from the following eight other states that have joined the CCM: States Parties France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK, and signatories Australia, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.. Mines Action Canada is today calling on the federal government to amend its draft national legislation to ensure that it would explicitly make this activity illegal.. Three Canadian financial institutions Manulife Financial, the Royal Bank of Canada and Sun Life Financial have made the “Hall of Shame” in the IKV Pax Christi and FairFin report.. “It is clear from this report that the Canadian government needs to make it very clear in its national legislation that investing in producers of cluster munitions, which are a banned weapon, is a form of assistance which is prohibited by the international treaty Canada is about to ratify.. Although today’s report contains disconcerting news, it also shows that progress is being made – both by states and financial institutions – to work towards a world where no more cluster bombs are produced.. Most recently Italy has joined Belgium, Ireland, Luxemburg and New Zealand as countries that have national legislation in place making it illegal to invest in companies that make cluster bombs.. This year The Netherlands and global banking capital Switzerland have also begun the process to enact similar legislation, showing that with political will these investments can be banned.. In further promising moves, 21 other states have made statements saying they deem investment in cluster bomb producers to be banned under the Convention, but have yet to follow these statements up with concrete law.. “There is still far too much money being invested in companies that make cluster bombs, but we are also pleased to see the positive steps being made.. We congratulate both the states and the financial institutions that have cleaned up their act to make the world a safer place for innocent civilians this year and are hopeful that this trend continues, with Canadian institutions joining the “Hall of Fame” in the near future.. ” said Hannon.. Paul Hannon, Executive Director, Mines Action Canada.. Phone: +1 613 241-3777.. Cell: +1 613 851-5430.. International Concern Grows Over Canadian Legislation.. Civil society around the world is speaking out against Canada’s weak cluster munition bill.. (May 30, 2012 – Ottawa) Today, civil society organizations in more than 15 countries from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom are starting to meet with and write to Canadian representatives abroad to share their concerns about Canada’s weak draft cluster munition legislation.. Canada’s allies, cluster munition victims and other civil society organizations are concerned that the draft legislation will undermine the humanitarian purpose of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and damage International Humanitarian Law.. These global voices will be joining Canadians from across the country who are asking Parliamentarians to amend this legislation to protect the lives of civilians during and after conflicts.. The Canadian government recently tabled draft legislation in the Senate to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty Canada signed in 2008.. The treaty is first and foremost about ending the harm caused by an indiscriminate and imprecise weapon – cluster munitions.. The Convention is a total ban on cluster munitions with no exceptions and no reservations in order to protect innocent civilians.. The priority must always be to end the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions and to support the survivors of these inhumane weapons.. However, Canada’s legislation falls short of this worthy goal by creating loopholes and exemptions.. The current draft legislation may inadvertently allow Canadians to assist or be involved in the use of a banned weapon.. Civil society organizations in the international Cluster Munition Coalition believe that with its loopholes and exceptions Canada’s draft legislation will undermine the Convention on Cluster Munitions and is contrary to the spirit and intention of the treaty.. “These weapons are outlawed because of their indiscriminate nature and devastating consequences for civilians," said Laura Cheeseman, director of the CMC.. "In its current form, this legislation leaves open the possibility of Canadian Forces personnel using cluster bombs and isolates Canada among other States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions especially its NATO allies.. Buckling under pressure from the US is unnecessary and runs counter to the purpose of the treaty," Cheeseman added.. Canada was widely expected to be a global leader on this issue but the draft legislation has been seen as a disappointment.. Global civil society wants Canada to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions and officially ban a weapon whose casualties are 98% civilian, but they are calling on Canada to do so in a manner that does not jeopardize International Humanitarian Law or undermine the strength of the Convention.. “Canada never used or produced cluster munitions and we have a strong history of protecting civilians during and after conflict as shown by our leadership in the creation of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines, so it is difficult to imagine why Canada could have the worst legislation in the world on cluster munitions,” said Paul Hannon, Executive Director of Mines Action Canada.. “This action by civil society across the globe shows that the world is watching Canada’s actions on this issue very closely and hoping that it will return to a position of leadership on humanitarian issues,” Hannon added.. Canadians can make their voices heard as well by signing a petition online at.. http://bit.. ly/fixthebillca.. et en français.. ly/changerleprojetdeloi.. Contact:.. Paul Hannon, Executive Director.. Mines Action Canada.. Phone: +1 613 241-3777.. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Interview opportunities with campaigners participating in this action overseas are available.. Notes to editors:.. About cluster bombs:.. A cluster munition (or cluster bomb) is a weapon containing multiple - often hundreds - of small explosive submunitions or bomblets.. Cluster munitions are dropped from the air or fired from the ground and designed to break open in mid-air, releasing the submunitions over an area that can be the size of several football fields.. They cannot discriminate between civilians and soldiers.. Many of the submunitions fail to explode on impact and remain a threat to lives and livelihoods for decades after a conflict.. About the Convention on Cluster Munitions:.. The Convention on Cluster Munitions bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions and requires countries to clear affected areas within 10 years and destroy stockpiles of the weapon within eight.. The Convention includes groundbreaking provisions requiring assistance to victims and affected communities.. Signed in Oslo in December 2008, the Convention entered into force as binding international law on 1 August 2010.. A list of countries which have signed and ratified the treaty can be accessed here.. stopclustermunitions.. org/treatystatus.. About Mines Action Canada:.. Formed in 1994 Mines Action Canada (MAC) is a coalition of Canadian non-governmental organizations concerned with the human and socio-economic impacts of landmines and other weapons causing similar humanitarian impacts.. It is the Canadian partner of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the 1997 co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and is also a founding member of the Cluster Munition Coalition.. Mines Action Canada (MAC), has launched a new video to teach Canadian youth about the impact landmines have on their peers around the world and to inspire Canadians to help close the book on landmines.. The video can be found online at:.. youtube.. com/watch?v=B3qsRVdKOZg.. New video calls on Canadian youth to take action and close the book on landmines.. The video was created in partnership with Not Your Average Communications and Kicker Productions both based in Calgary with funding from the Government of Canada.. "Kicker is thrilled to have produced this important web video for MAC,” said Paul Bzeta, managing director with Kicker Productions.. “Our team really dove into the project, learned a lot about the devastating impact of these mines and unexploded devices.. And we came away hopeful that this project can help raise awareness of the terrific work MAC is doing around the globe.. Originally previewed to Members of Parliament on April 4, International Mine Action Day,.. The Ripple Effect.. depicts one of the saddest chapters in the human story and shares the triumph of one young man in Cambodia who has made the transition from landmine victim to confident anti-landmine campaigner.. “We wanted to paint a clear picture of how landmines have a ripple effect on entire countries that are contaminated by these indiscriminate weapons,” said Jo Williams, principal at Not Your Average Jo Communications.. “We did this by highlighting the dangers of landmines through the true story of one Cambodian boy,” said Williams.. “But we also took a broader look at how these weapons reach beyond the individual, impacting families, communities and a country’s entire GDP.. Our goal is to increase understanding of solutions that exist today, and translate that knowledge into action.. ”.. Canada and Canadians from all walks of life have a long history of leadership on the landmine issue and with the 20th anniversary of the campaign to ban landmines approaching, MAC is issuing a call to action for Canadian youth to finish the job and ensure that the landmine problem is solved in their lifetime.. “In the past twenty years, landmines have been banned and the number of casualties each year has dropped from over 20,000 to 4,200, but the job is not yet finished.. Young people are the key to keeping the landmine issue in the spotlight and ensuring that Canada continues to be a world leader in the movement to ban landmines,” said Paul Hannon, Executive Director of Mines Action Canada.. By sharing this video, learning more and volunteering with MAC, young Canadians can be part of the solution and make landmines history.. To learn more visit.. org.. to see how you can help with 5 minutes, 30 minutes or a larger time commitment.. A Big Thanks to All Bomb Appetit! Pub Night Supporters!.. Mines Action Canada’s Ottawa volunteer chapter recently hosted a fundraising/awareness-raising pub night as part of the numerous events that the chapter staged across the city to help mark Canadian Landmine Awareness Week.. The event, held at The Standard Tavern on Elgin Street, included a special mine action-themed drink menu to help set the tone and raise additional funds.. This event was very well attended by both new and old supporters of Mines Action Canada, and brought in more than $700 in entrance tickets alone.. The most exciting part of the night was the prize draw.. The volunteer chapter obtained some wonderful donations from a wide range of merchants from across the Ottawa area.. Mines Action Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the night’s diverse sponsors.. First, and foremost, a heartfelt thanks to The Standard Tavern, which served as the backdrop for the fundraiser.. The Standard team really got behind this event, and their efforts were fundamental to making the night so memorable.. We would of course also like to thank all of the local businesses that donated items for the prize draw, including: Starbucks, Life of Pie, Taylor’s Genuine Food Wine Bar, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Credible Edibles, Heavens to Betsy Nic Nac Bonanza, Empire Cinemas, The Flour Shoppe, Tennessy Willems Wood Oven Pizza, Sisters’ Sweets Bakery, the Mud Oven and Kunstadt Sports.. Mines Action Canada would like to pay special thanks to Condoasis who kindly donated our grand prize for the draw - a weekend condo rental at Mt.. Tremblant.. Lastly, and most importantly, the entire team at Mines Action Canada would like to extend both a huge thank you and congratulations to the Ottawa volunteer chapter for creating such a tremendous event!!..

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