National Newsletter - September 2012

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Registration Opens Sept. 10th for 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.  Register Sept 10th.
 

Webinar on Co-ops: The "Swiss Army Knife" of Community Economies

2012 is being celebrated far and wide as the International Year of Co-operatives.  Why celebrate?  One of the reasons is because co-ops are changing people's lives everywhere.  How has an oregano co-op managed to reverse the migration of rural Bolivian families to the city?  Why are 'differently-abled' people in the Philippines able to create their own jobs?  How have Inuit and Dene members of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. gained local control in key economic sectors?  Find the answers in our September 24 webinar.  Find out more or Register Now

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 an Employment Training Advisor in Botswana, and an Advisor on Gender-Focused projects in Peru.  See all postings.
 

Webinars on Resiliency, Charitable Status, Financial Management for CED Organizations, and more

CCEDNet is offering a new national webinar series starting this fall.  Following the session on co-ops (above), we'll be looking at Community Resiliency, the Canada Revenue Agency's new guidelines for charitable status of CED activities, and the financial management of CED organizations with some of the leading experts in the country.  Registration will be announced shortly. 

Are there other topics we should cover?  Tell us.
 

Three Free e-Books Conclude the National Social Economy Research Program

The six-year national social economy research program created by the federal social economy initiative has now wound up, and the Canadian Social Economy Hub has published three e-books that analyse what was learned.  Assembling Understandings presents a thematic analysis of the more than 400 research projects carried out.  Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy brings together the major policy publications that were produced.  Community-University Partnerships examines the challenges and successes of the partnership research model.  All books can be downloaded for free, or purchased from the University of Victoria bookstore.  CCEDNet is maintaining the CSEHub website as an ongoing resource from the research program. 
 

It was a 'Brief' Summer

CCEDNet's Policy Council and policy staff had a busy summer preparing briefs for the federal government.  Our 2013 Pre-Budget brief makes specific recommendations how the federal government can support community enterprises that contribute to job creation and economic productivity.  Our brief to the federal Special Committee on Co-operatives highlights the important contributions co-operatives make to Canadian communities, and makes recommendations to strengthen co-op development.  Finally, our brief to joint provincial-territorial hearings on infrastructure renewal emphasized the importance of social infrastructure, including childcare centres, social housing, and the use of community-benefit clauses to enhance impacts in communities.  Find out more about CCEDNet's Policy work.

 

CED News and Resources

  • CED Tool: The Choice Matrix - Developed by CCEDNet member the Rural Development Institute, this website is designed to help community development practitioners and stakeholders find CED tools that suit their needs and projects. Unlike most resources, the Choice Matrix website provides users with multiple navigation and searching options. Check it out>>
  • CED Charitable status: "Grey is Okay" - The first of a new series of blog posts by CCEDNet member enterprising non-profits examines the CRA's new guidelines on charitable status for CED activities.  Read more>>
  • Eleven Proposals for a Social and Solidarity Economy in Québec - During the recent Québec election campaign, CCEDNet partner the Chantier de l’économie sociale presented a series of proposals to all parties in order to encourage debate on the role of the social and solidarity economy in a plural economy.  Read more>>
  • New Social Innovation Fund - The McConnell Foundation has launched a new national social innovation fund.  Read more>>
  • Trademarking "Social Enterprise"? - CCEDNet is supporting the Social Enterprise Council of Canada's move to oppose efforts by a private company in the UK to trademark the term "social enterprise"  Read more>>
  • BC Ideas: Funding for Innovative Ideas in BC - A collaborative on-line competition is awarding over $250,000 in investments to support creative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges.  Deadline: Sept 12.  Read more>>
  • Local Ownership Make Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser - this article from the US Institute for Local Self Reliance, cites a number of recent studies that make the case for the democratic value of dispersed ownership, and its benefits for health, citizen engagement and social capital.  Read more>>
  • $17million for Local Revitalization in the US - the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced funding from the federal government to support their comprehensive approach to making life better for people in hard-hit neighborhoods by bringing good jobs, stronger schools, new businesses and better health to low-income communities.  Sounds like CED?  Read more>>
  • Funding for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-ops - CCEDNet member the Canadian Co-op Association is accepting applications for funding of between $5,000 to $10,000 to support the development of Aboriginal co-ops.  Deadline Sept. 15.  Read more>>
  • New Regulations Pave Way for Pan-Canadian Credit Unions - Changes to federal regulations now allow credit unions to operate across provincial borders. The decision is being welcomed by the Credit Union Central of Canada.  Read more>>

Fall Calendar

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

Getting Back to Maybe:  New Thoughts on Social Innovation
Sept 18 in Victoria and Sept 25 in Toronto

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

Co-ops:  The 'Swiss Army Knife' of Community Economies
September 24, by webinar

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

Creating Rural Connections 2012:  Regional Realities and Approaches
October 11 to 12, in Olds, Alberta

Supportive Environment for Social Enterprise
October 12, by webinar

Social Finance and Innovation for Adult Basic Learning:  Opportunities and Challenges
October 14 to 16, in St. John, New Brunswick

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

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