Atlantic CED News
Halifax on the International Co-op Stage
Halifax was in the global co-operative spotlight in September as the city hosted the International Co-operative Governance Symposium. The Symposium was a gathering of governance practitioners who discussed the challenges and opportunities for co-operative governance at a global scale. In advance of the Symposium, Pauline Green, President of the International Co-op Alliance, stated that "Good Governance is vital to the trust and confidence in which business is held in today's world...congratulations to Saint Mary's for this governance symposium which will highlight a key ingredient in helping us build this co-operative decade."[ Source: CWCF News, September 2013 ]
Nova Scotia Co-ops Win National Challenge
Two co-operatives in Nova Scotia were recently named the winners of the National Co-op Challenge. Acadian Crafts and Cuisine (Chéticamp) and Valley's Best Co-operative Limited (Wolfville) each received $25,000 to support the growth and development of their businesses. The competition, hosted by The Co-operators, invites co-ops from across the country to submit online videos. Thousands of Canadians then vote for their favourites. Six other co-ops across the country were also awarded.
Cafe Serves Up Courage & Opportunity
Thyme Cafe offers more than fresh coffee - it provides fresh opportunities and courage for women facing a mix of barriers to employment. The Halifax-based social enterprise has helped 165 women gain and practice employment skills related to the culinary arts since opening in 2007. Enterprising Non-Profits explains how this innovative business, operated by
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia - See more at: http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en/newsroom/service.prt?svcid=enp_newsroom1&iddoc=335709#sthash.xI4TZgbR.dpufThe Elizabeth Fry Society, has thrived in a full-length article (follow link below).
the Elizabeth Fry Society has built partnerships and thrived in its community.
National CED News
A Year to Remember: Relive Canada's IYC 2012
Feeling nostalgic for last year's International Year of Co-operatives? Relive the fun and excitement with the Canadian Co-operative Association's Final Report on IYC 2012 in Canada. The report includes photos and stories that evoke the creativity and celebration from coast, to coast, to coast. The report highlights the hundreds of events that reached thousands of people, dozens of new programs aimed at educating members and thousands of co-ops rallying around the IYC theme.
Co-operative Education Opportunities
The Canadian Co-operative Association has compiled a list of Canadian university and colleges that offer post-secondary education opportunities on co-operatives. The list includes programs from coast to coast that cater to both students and co-operative professionals already active in the field. This is an ongoing project so if you know of any programs that should be added to the list, contact Erin Hancock
Poverty in Canada: The Good News & Bad
There is both good and bad news to be found in the Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013 report. Poverty Trends Highlights finds that Canada's poverty rate is at a record low, although that depends which measure is used. Despite this dip, the poverty gap continues to widen, and the rates of poverty are still climbing for lone-parent families. The report, released by Citizens for Public Justice, concludes that we can effectively reduce poverty if governments make it a priority, but the evidence shows further action is needed.
CED Tool: Green Economy at the Community ScaleGreen Economy at Community Scale
is one of the first research-based explorations of the green economy at the local level. The report is drawn from the authors’ original analysis of the flow of natural and financial assets at the national level. It analyses conceptual foundations, and provides empirical evidence, for more sustainable community-based economic activities. The final section of the report draws together findings and identifies positive steps towards the creation of green local economies.