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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 CEDIn 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 thetyee.ca 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 Commercesolidaire.com, a bulk purchasing and marketing support website exclusively for social economy enterprises.