Atlantic Canada CED Connector: November 2013

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November 2013 Newsletter
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Canadian CED Network News

New Research: Mobilizing Community Capital for Co-op Development

The lack of accessible financial tools are one of the largest barriers to co-op development and expansion in Manitoba. Fortunately, there are solutions. New CCEDNet research explores the potential to create a province-wide community development investment fund, expanding on the Province's existing CED Tax Credit, that could raise equity capital for new and existing Manitoba co-ops. The research also makes recommendations for enhancing the existing CED Tax Credit model. Read the full report by clicking the link below.

Youth Employment in the Social Economy
In this age of growing concern for social and environmental conditions, youth are increasingly looking for purpose driven employment opportunities in the hopes of developing mission-related careers. Last week, CCEDNet hosted a webinar titled, Youth Employment in the Social Economy: How a New Generation Can Generate New Opportunities in CED. A recording of the webinar is now available. The session introduces  examples of how youth can take charge of their own careers within the Social Economy, both by creating their own initiatives and by finding ways to integrate themselves into existing programs and projects.

CED Wire Updates
  1. A Visit from Japan's Seikatsu Club to Québec: Yvon Poirer offers highlights from this international collaboration among cooperators | Read more
  2. The Final Reflection of my CreateAction Internship: Chris Thomas shares his experience and learnings as CCEDNet's communications intern | Read more
  3. Meet Charlene Lafreniere: CCEDNet interviews Charlene, a Thompson city councilor, community leader, and 2013 Gathering keynote speaker | Read more

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: 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 Scale

Green 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.

A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

Here is a brief sampling of some of our most popular tweets from the past 30 days. Click hereto follow us on Twitter.

Upcoming Events

Innovative Approaches to Improve the LES of Canada's Immigrants

Webinar >>

Movers and Shakers – Mentors Take Off in Fredericton

Fredericton, NB >>


Ethnocultural Co-operatives
Webinar >>

2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
Kelowna, BC >>

Information Session on Apprenticeship for Aboriginals in NB

St. Mary's First Nation, NB >>

Imagine Canada National Summit: 2 Years Later, Where are we Now?

Webinar >>

Seven Strategies for Sustainable Community Futures

Webinar >>

IDEAS: Powered by Passion
Sydney, NS >>

Healthy Board Governance and Volunteer Management
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL >>

Public Policy & Its Implications

Webinar >>

Registered Charities and Business Activities

Halifax, NS >>

Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>

Community Economic Development Program

Calgary, AB >>

Using Community Capitals to Build Assets for Positive Change

Webinar >>

Unlocking Opportunities in the Collaborative Economy

Webinar >>

Leadership in Fair Trade

Toronto, ON >>

People Matter! Planning Conference

Fredericton, NB >>

Check our website for more event listings.

CED Job Opportunities

Women’s Leadership and Gender Specialist Program Teaching Staff Position
Coady International Institute >>

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