Media Coverage

  • September 1, 2016

    Canada, Philippines Relaunch Youth Exchange Program

    Rita S Karakas, President  & CEO of Canada World Youth and Leoncio B Evascco Jr., Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines, agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The Philippines National Youth Commission and Canada World Youth to resume Youth Exchange programmes. The goal is to launch the exchange program in 2017.

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    Source: Philippine Canadian

  • August 26, 2016

    Humanitarian with incurable cancer ponders a life spent helping those in crisis

    In more than 25 years of humanitarian work, Alain Lapierre has lived among refugees in the Central African Republic, the only white man in a camp of 30,000; delivered a jumbo jet full of food into the middle of a war zone; steered his truck down streets littered with bodies left to rot in the sun; and even lost his office and all his possessions to a volcanic lava flow.

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    Source: Ottawa Citizen

  • May 27, 2016

    How Canada should rethink international assistance

    Article written by Mr. Colin Robertson, Chair of Canada World Youth’s Board of Directors

    The Globe and Mail,  Thursday, May 26, 2016

    As the federal government rethinks its international assistance policies, it should heed the call from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for transformative change to global humanitarian relief.

    This week’s Istanbul humanitarian conference has put the spotlight on the current state of the global relief system and the effort to reform how the world responds to humanitarian crises.

    Disasters, natural or man-made, are increasing. So is the number of conflicts as well as failed and failing states. And the current system of international aid is underfunded and overstretched. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief. The need for smarter relief and development assistance is urgent and immediate. Rethinking our international assistance is timely and sensible.

    Officials at the Istanbul conference pointed to the breakdown of international norms on asylum, the need to localize aid and frictions between those who provide relief and those who do not. The conference will provide some much-needed context for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Group of Seven leaders, who are looking at aid accountability as part of their broader summit discussions this week in Ise-Shima, Japan.

    While the UN is often criticized as nothing more than a talk shop, in recent months it has concluded a global climate accord and set new sustainable development goals – all of which will factor into Canada’s assistance review. The review, running from May to July, promises broad consultation with planned events around governance, pluralism, diversity and human rights as well as peace and security.

    The future direction of Canadian assistance is clearly stated in the government’s discussion guide. International assistance is to advance the UN 2030 Sustainable Development agenda while applying “a feminist lens” to help “the poorest and most vulnerable people.” But to expect more money would be “unrealistic … in the current fiscal context.”

    While the overall direction has yet to be determined, the differences between the previous Conservative government’s approach – an emphasis on environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance – are likely to be more tonal than substantive.

    Nor is former prime minister Stephen Harper’s framework – with its emphasis on untied aid and a selective country focus – likely to change. The Liberal government has also decided, wisely, to maintain the consolidation of diplomacy, trade and development.

    Much of Mr. Harper’s signature program, to improve maternal, newborn and child health, also fits into the Liberal paradigm. The government will continue supporting this initiative, but with more support for family planning and greater attention to the root causes of maternal and child mortality.

    The success of the government’s development review will hinge on a number of factors.

    First, investing more money. Canada currently sits in the bottom half of the members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development when it comes to development assistance. While the Liberal government is right to oppose “throwing buckets of money indiscriminately,” more money, well-spent, makes more impact.

    As a recent report assessing Canada’s engagement gap put it, we meet the definition of “free riders” when it comes to development and defence. If Britain can devote 0.7 per cent of its gross domestic product to development assistance and 2 per cent to defence (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization standard), shouldn’t we at least aspire to this goal?

    Second, Mr. Harper was right when he underlined the importance of accountability in development. But let’s do it with a lighter touch, practise risk management and recognize that civil society organizations (CSOs) need multiyear commitments to demonstrate results. Governments insist that CSOs bring their overhead down, yet they drown them in paperwork.

    Third, we can’t boil the ocean so we need to focus. Our projects will always reflect our values, but there is nothing wrong with choosing those that also complement our trade and investment interests. In Africa, for example, our development assistance should work in tandem with our resource industries’ investment to demonstrate best-in-class corporate social responsibility.

    Fourth, we need to improve and develop Canadian expertise by investing in Canadian CSOs and in youth exchanges. Programs like Canada World Youth gave generations of Canadians their first international experience while giving their foreign counterparts an appreciation of Canada that has opened doors in diplomacy, trade, education and migration.

    Finally, donors – especially in the West – are fatigued and skeptical about aid’s effectiveness. The Liberal government should use these consultations to reassure Canadians about the efficacy of development assistance.

    A former diplomat, Colin Robertson is vice-president and fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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  • March 10, 2016

    The active role of civil society in Canada and the Philippines

    Canada and the Philippines both benefit from a tremendous reservoir of talent, energy and initiative in our respective civil society or not-for-profit sectors.  Civil society organizations (CSOs) continue to flourish in the Philippines and are active across a range of sectors.  Canada too, has a strong base of CSOs active both at home and abroad. Many Canadians relish the opportunity to volunteer and work overseas through such organizations, helping those less fortunate than themselves.


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    Source: The Philippine Star

  • November 17, 2015

    Canadian doctor saw scenes of tragedy, human strength while treating migrants on Mediterranean

    When he climbed aboard the rickety wooden ship, Dr. Simon Bryant had no idea what awaited him below deck.

    Dozens of bodies, half-submerged in dirty bilge water, floated in and out of the small circle of light from his headlamp.

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  • September 18, 2015

    AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates 30 years of service

    Khaled Salam wasn’t yet 10 years old in July 1985 when a handful of gay activists formed the AIDS Committee of Ottawa. Thirty years later, it’s time to celebrate those founders and what they accomplished, said Salam, now the ACO‘s executive director.

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    Source: Ottawa Citizen

  • August 24, 2015

    Newfoundlander to be Recognized with Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

    A Newfoundlander will be nationally recognized this fall for his exceptional volunteer work. Tyler Colbourne, who now lives in Halifax, will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The ceremony takes place in Quebec City October 6th.

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  • Local youths travel to Colombia

    Two youth from Nipissing First Nation are part of a delegation that will travel to Colombia for a four month internship.

    Nipissing First Nation will welcome and host ten Aboriginal youth this weekend as they prepare for this experience.

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  • Nipissing First Nation youth off to Columbia

    Nipissing First Nation (NFN) will welcome and host 10 Aboriginal youth this weekend as they prepare for a four month internship experience in Colombia.

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  • August 17, 2015

    Rita S. Karakas on BTMontreal

    Watch Rita S. Karakas, President and CEO of Canada World Youth, discuss youth civic engagement on the television morning show BTMontreal.


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    Source: BTMontreal