CCEDNet National eNewsletter - Summer 2012

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Connections 2012:  Community Investment Solutions for a Better Ontario

The 2012 CCEDNet-Ontario conference featured speakers looking at strategies for innovation in an age of austerity, generating revenues, co-operative development and growing inequality, along with a variety of workshops.  The Toronto launch of The Resilience Imperative by CCEDNet founding member Mike Lewis was also held. Presentations and resources from the event are now available.

CCEDNet AGM: Growing from the Grassroots

CCEDNet held its annual general meeting on June 6 in Toronto.  Members in person and attending via webinar and teleconference across the country reviewed the accomplishments of the last year, welcomed new Board member Indu Krishnamurthy, recognized outgoing Board members Victoria Morris and Naomi Adams, and approved two member-sponsored resolutions. The results of strategic planning process undertaken through the spring were also presented and discussed.  The AGM presentation and other materials are available here

Raj Patel at the 10th Annual Manitoba Gathering

The biggest community economic development and community development event in Canada will be on October 19, 2012 in Winnipeg.  This year's Gathering will feature a keynote address by Raj Patel, an award-winning writer, activist and academic. Raj has written extensively on the inequalities and opportunities of global food systems and the market economy.  Save the date and plan to join us at the Gathering.  Find out more.

Sustainable Tourism Webinar Now On Line

The latest webinar organized by CCEDNet’s International Committee dealt with Sustainable Tourism.   Exceptional examples of sustainable tourism with First Nations in Québec and eco-tourism in Uganda were shared.  You can watch the webinar on-line

CCEDNet’s International webinars are supported by Uniterra, one of Canada’s largest volunteer placement programs.  With placements from two weeks to two years, there are always opportunities to explore new cultures, share your expertise and support local organizations that are working actively to improve living conditions around the world.  Current postings include a Community Participation Projects Advisor in Peru, and an Economic Empowerment Advisor in Malawi.  See all current postings.

Planning for a 2013 National CCEDNet Conference

One priority identified by the strategic planning process was to revive the national CCEDNet Conference.  We would be interested in partnering with existing events in 2013 to add value for members.  If you have any suggestions or ideas, please email us!

New CED Resources

Canada Revenue Agency Issues New Guidelines for CED

In July, the Canada Revenue Agency issued new guidance for for organizations that have or are seeking charitable registration to carry out community economic development activities.  Read more

Celebrating the International
Year of Co-ops

News from Across Canada
and Around the World

  • For a Change of Economic Logic - The Chantier de l’économie sociale has begun a series of strategic meetings to discuss concrete proposals for a more democratic, fair and sustainable economy.  See the discussion paper (French only)
  • BUILD Prosperity - A new book by Shaun Loney, Executive Director of CCEDNet member BUILD in Winnipeg outlines how Manitoba’s fossil fuel tab can be replaced with jobs and justice in the local economy. 
  • New Women’s Enterprises Clustering Project - CCEDNet member The Women’s Economic Council is launching a new 3-year project supporting women’s CED initiatives through cluster sites in four regions across Canada.
  • Recommendations to Maximize Social Innovation in BC - In April, the BC Social Innovation Council presented recommendations, including some specific to social enterprise, to the Minister of Social Development.
  • Ministry for the Social and Solidarity Economy created in France - In May, the newly elected French President named a Deputy Minister for the Social and Solidarity Economy as part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Economics for the 99% Booklet - The Center for Popular Economics in Massachussetts has produced this resource for activists who are fighting for an economy for the 99% – one that is just and sustainable.
  • Launch of RELIESS - Managed by the Chantier de l’économie sociale in Qubec, the RELIESS is an international reference and networking website with the latest news and resources on public policy for the social and solidarity economy from around the world.
  • The Resilience Imperative – Back to the Future? - The new book co-authored by CCEDNet founding member Mike Lewis was recently profiled on  For people who care about the planet, their children, and the future.  Order your copy.
  • Growing the Market for Social Economy Enterprises in Québec - This spring, the Chantier de l’économie sociale launched, a bulk purchasing and marketing support website exclusively for social economy enterprises.

Coming Events of Interest

2012 Urban Agriculture Summit: Building Capacity for Action
August 15 to 18, in Toronto, Ontario

7th Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities: Leadership for Active Communities: Inspiration to Action
August 22 to 24, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

CIVICUS World Assembly:  Acting Together for a Just World
September 3 to 7, in Montréal

What and Why of Social Enterprise
September 14, by webinar

Colloque annuel du Réseau québécois de villes et villages en santé : Pleins feux sur 25 ans d’action dans un monde municipal en transformation
September 20 to 22, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec

Social Enterprise Legal Issues
September 28, by webinar

2012 Communities Collaborating Institute: Innovating Together
October 1 to 5, in Kitchener, Ontario

Imagine 2012: International Conference on Co-operative Economics
October 6 to 11, in Quebec City, Quebec

Supportive Environment for Social Enterprise
October 12, by webinar

Centre for Civic Governance: Shaping the Future of Our Communities
October 12 to October 13, in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Social Enterprise World Forum
October 16 to 18, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Community Economies:  Enough, For All, Forever – the 10th Annual Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
October 19, in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cando 19th Annual National Conference & AGM – “Building Capacity-Building Communities”
October 22 to 25, in Membertou, Nova Scotia

Social Enterprise Development Path and Resources
October 26, by webinar
Forum pancanadien sur le développement économique en francophonie canadienne
October 31 to November 2, in Gatineau, Québec

Co-operating to Build a Better West
November 1 to 3, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Powering Up!  Food for the Future - Food Secure Canada’s 7th National Assembly
November 1 to 4, in Edmonton, Alberta

2012 Social Finance Forum: Measuring Up
November 8 and 9, in Toronto, Ontario

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