UN agency set to open up new safety corridor for Sudanese refugees

The refugees will move from two villages on the border, near Birak, to the new camp at Kounoungo, 70 kilometres inside Chad. Nearly 4,300 refugees have already been moved to the first two camps since the operation began in mid-January. Some 110,000 people have crossed the border into Chad to escape the conflict between rebel movements, militias and the Government of Sudan, while an estimated 1 million people have been displaced inside Darfur. The daily convoys to Touloum are on hold for a few days to allow the registration of the dozens of refugees who have come to the site on their own in recent days, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told a news briefing in Geneva. The refugees walked to Touloum as information quickly spread of a transit centre where they could feel secure and have access to water and food. With lack of water is still a major challenge throughout the region, a UNHCR emergency airlift continues bringing some 256 tons of relief supplies for the refugees. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners, meanwhile, are also trucking water to camps and constructing wells there. Today, UNICEF chief Carol Bellamy issued a strong call for an end to fighting in Darfur, saying the Sudanese Government must “enforce the rule of law and take aggressive steps to protect civilians.” She also called on the warring parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire and ensure safe access for aid agencies helping the displaced. UNICEF’s representative in Sudan, Joanna Van Gerpen, said those who have fled their homes are living in “shocking” conditions marked by insufficient food, poor sanitation, scarce water and crowded conditions which can foster the spread of disease. read more

Brock will honour John McCall MacBain at Fall Convocation

John McCall-MacBainA businessman, philanthropist and Niagara Falls native will receive an honorary degree at Brock’s Fall Convocation.John H. McCall MacBain, who with Trader Classified Media helped grow the Auto Trader and numerous classified businesses, will receive the honour on Saturday, Oct. 22, when Convocation takes place over two ceremonies.“We are extremely pleased to honour John for his outstanding accomplishments in business and his distinguished humanitarian work,” said President Jack Lightstone.“John is a gifted businessman and a devoted philanthropist who understands the value of investing in people and their well-being around the world and in his own backyard. He is an inspiring local, national and international success story and we are delighted to be honouring him in this way.”McCall MacBain, who grew up in Niagara Falls and lives in Switzerland, is the founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital SA, its investment arm. Since its formation in Geneva in 2007, the foundation has made tens of millions of dollars in grants to fund projects related to health, education and the environment in countries from Canada to Liberia.From 1987 to 2006, he was the founder, president and CEO of Trader Classified Media. Starting with three small publications in Montreal in 1987 at age 29, he grew the Auto Trader and Buy and Sell businesses across Canada. He also developed classified businesses with more than 350 print titles and 50 Internet sites in countries like Argentina, China, France, Hungary, Russia and Spain. In 2006, he sold Trader Classified Media and set up the McCall MacBain Foundation.McCall MacBain is a Rhodes scholar with an MBA from Harvard, an MA in Law from Oxford and an Honours BA in Economics from McGill, as well as an LLD from Dalhousie University.McCall MacBain is also:the Faculty of Business Distinguished Leader in 2008a trustee of the Rhodes Trust (Oxford), which funds and oversees Rhodes scholarships worldwidefounder and chair of the European Climate Foundationfluent in English and French, with a working knowledge of Spanishan avid skier and hockey player who has completed four marathonsa commercial land and seaplane pilota husband to Marcy and father of fiveHis parents are Al and Vi MacBain of Niagara Falls. His father was a federal MP for Niagara Falls from 1980 to 1984.McCall-MacBain has given back to his hometown with a $1-million donation to the MacBain Community Centre and $750,000 to the Shelley MacBain Centre of Family and Children’s Services.Convocation ceremonies will be in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium. Tickets are not required and all guests are welcome. McCall MacBain will be honoured at the 10 a.m. ceremony. read more