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Ed Fast to outline 'enhanced' corporate social responsibility plan for Canadian mines operating abroad

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes his way from Auckland to Brisbane for a closed-door confab with his fellow G20 leaders,  the ministerial circuit continues to chug along back home.

Later this afternoon, International Trade Minister Ed Fast is slated to unveil the government's new corporate responsibility strategy (CSR) for Canadian mining companies operating abroad, an "enhanced" policy that will, according to the notice, "ensure Canadian companies continue to exhibit the highest CSR standards and best practices."

Also out and about as the Remembrance Week recess wraps up:

    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea hits the former Canadian Coast Guard wharf in Charlottetown, where she'll join the crew of the  CGS Captain Goddard M.S.M., as well as "members of the Goddard family," for a quick tour of the ship before heading to the "grand opening" of The Canadian Red Cross Training and Disaster Management Centre.
    • International Development Minister Christian Paradis launches a "webinar discussion" on maternal, newborn and child health with a speech that will be "broadcast live" from Montreal in conjunction with "satellite events" at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
    • Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will preside over the "official opening" of the Monseigneur-Bourget housing complex in his home riding of Levis.
    • Public Works Minister Diane Finley talks "Canadian innovation and local economies" during a lunch speech at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, while in Sioux Lookout, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford hears from"local stakeholders" before sharing the details of new funding for the area.  
    • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander kicks off his day with a keynote breakfast speech at the 2014 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference before returning to his riding of Ajax with a fresh instalment of federal help for the homeless.
    • Later this evening, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will share his thoughts during the CIBC Team Next Dinner.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover drops by the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Institute Brewery to show her government's support for the sector.
    • Finally,  National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay talks applied research at a BC Institute of Technology-hosted showcase in Burnaby, while in North Vancouver, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong ferries federal cash to the Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre.  

Later this morning, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will make himself available, via teleconference, from the United Arab Emirates, where he has, according to the advisory, "been meeting with senior officials to promote trade opportunities and discuss the regional security situation."

He'll also provide reporters with a preview of what he hopes to accomplish at this weekend's Sir Bani Yas Forum, "an annual high-level international gathering to discuss critical issues of peace and security in the Middle East."

Finally, on the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair brings his party's proposal for accessible, affordable child care to Winnipeg, where a major conference on the issue is already underway.

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