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Sarah Leeson-Klym's picture
Posted: Wed November 25 2020
By: Sarah Leeson-Klym
At EconoUs2017, I hosted Dave Mowat from ATB Financial in a fireside chat about what’s needed to grow the good work of community economic development and the social economy across Canada. He raised an idea during that final plenary that has continued to ring in my mind – that in this alternative...
Michael Toye's picture
Posted: Mon August 31 2020
By: Michael Toye
Ten days ago, Juan Tellez was charged with sedition, terrorism and crimes against public health in Bolivia.   I first met Juan 20 years ago in the early days of CCEDNet. He hosted CCEDNet’s first national conference in Halifax, and was the first Chair of CCEDNet’s Membership Committee. I...
Roger Peters's picture
Posted: Tue August 11 2020
By: Roger Peters
CCEDNet member Roger Peters is an engineer and policy analyst with over 40 years experience in co-operatives, clean energy, and local economic development. He is a founding member of the Ottawa Renewable Energy and CoEnergy Ontario Co-operatives. The virtual shut down of the World’s...
Victor Beausoleil's picture
Posted: Wed June 17 2020
By: Victor Beausoleil
Victor Beausoleil is the Executive Director of Social Economy through Social Inclusion (SETSI) and a CCEDNet Board member.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been fascinated by reports of African Americans dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of their...
Ms. Wendy Keats's picture
Posted: Mon May 25 2020
By: Ms. Wendy Keats
Note: this piece was originally published on the Co-operate Enterprise Council website by CECNB's executive director Wendy Keats. This piece is a follow-up to an earlier post Wendy wrote on the CECNB blog entitled Becoming the Society We Want. At the time of writing the first post,...
Raissa Marks's picture
Posted: Thu April 2 2020
By: Raissa Marks
This is a test.  And like any good test, it lays bare both our strengths and our weaknesses.  Here’s how we’re measuring up so far… This crisis had revealed some real, critical problems with our society.  Collapse of the global economic system seems possible, if not likely.  Those living...
Kosisochukwu Nnebe's picture
Posted: Wed November 6 2019
By: Kosisochukwu Nnebe
How do you create inclusive communities through innovation? That question brought together more than 400 leaders from across Canada’s social innovation landscape for EconoUs2019 in September.  Guided by Indigenous advisors, organizers asked eight members of a Witness Panel to share their...
Caroline Shenaz Hossein's picture
Posted: Fri November 1 2019
By: Caroline Shenaz...
As a researcher and advocate of social finance, I welcomed the news that the Canadian federal government invested $800 million last year towards social innovation and social finance (known as #sisf on social media). This good news followed the Ontario government’s allocation of almost $4 million to...
Michael Toye's picture
Posted: Fri August 30 2019
By: Michael Toye
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate to be among 100 decent work advocates gathered in Montréal for My Labour Our Future, an event highlighting the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and discussing the future of work and fair economies.   Many moons earlier,...
Matthew Thompson's picture
Posted: Thu July 25 2019
By: Matthew Thompson
Our dominant models for economic development are failing us. The extractive economy, as Ted Howard and Marjorie Kelly of the Democracy Collaborative call it in their forthcoming book The Making of the Democratic Economy, is “designed to benefit the wealthy, to enable the financial elite to extract...


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