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The Canadian CED Network Award
Each year, CCEDNet-MB presents the Canadian CED Network Award to one deserving St. John's High School student to who has demonstrated passion and commitment to their community. This year’s award went to Larissa Jovan. Congratulations to Larissa and we look forward to recognizing another community-driven student in 2013.
CCEDNet Meets With Province to Discuss Energy Savings & Community Renewal Acts
In June, CCEDNet-MB staff met with the Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development to discuss two Bills related to our Network’s policy resolutions
: Bill 7 - the Community Renewal Act
and Bill 24 - the Energy Savings Act
. CCEDNet commended the province for their work on Bill 7, which puts into legislation the Neighbourhoods Alive! model of community development through a community-led and comprehensive approach. CCEDNet also spoke in favour of Bill 24, which will help reduce utility bills for low-income families and will help support local social enterprises who can complete the energy efficiency retrofits. For each bill, CCEDNet included a series of recommendations that we feel will help strengthen the province's new legislation, and ensure that it benefits Manitoban communities.
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Recommendations for co-operative development in Canada
This summer, a House of Commons Special Committee on Co-operatives is studying the situation of co-ops in Canada. As part of the Committee's consultations, CCEDNet prepared a brief that highlights the important contributions co-operatives make to Canadian communities, and makes a series of recommendations for supporting the development of the co-operative sector.>> Read more
Building social infrastructure
Last month, Kirsten Bernas (CCEDNet's Policy Advisor) attended a consultation, representing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - MB
, hosted by the federal government regarding its new long-term infrastructure plan. As a follow up, CCEDNet submitted a series recommendations for investment in social infrastructure, including: childcare, housing, and the use of community benefit clauses to ensure infrastructure projects bring long-term benefits into communities.>> Read CCEDNet's submission
Manitoba CED News
No Place Like Home: Video puts spotlight on housing issues in Manitoba
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a short infographic video that explains why housing is important to the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the province of Manitoba. The video highlights Manitoba's chronic shortage of affordable housing, which has resulted in 1 of every 10 (or 45,000) families currently living in inadequate housing.>> Watch the video
Community Development Grant Opportunities
The Assiniboine Credit Union and Winnipeg Foundation are currently accepting proposals for their grant programs. The deadline for ACU's Sustainable Community Grants Program is September 7. The Winnipeg Foundation
, which offers funding in several community development categories will be accepting applications for their Community Grants until September 30.
Strengthen your local economy by shopping at farmers' markets
Here's a fun fact: Only 9% of supermarket shoppers will have conversation with another customer, compared to 63% of shoppers at a farmers' market. But good conversation isn't the only reason to shop at a farmers' market. New research by Civic Economics shows that for every dollar we spend at a large chain, about 15 cents stays in the area, while locally owned enterprises like farms trap 30 to 45 cents.>> Find a farmers' market near you
West Broadway: A Neighbourhood in Transition
In 1993, Winnipeg Free Press referred to Winnipeg's West Broadway neighbourhood as “Murder’s Half Acre.” Today, West Broadway is a vibrant community that is home to an innovative arts program, a new energy efficient housing co-op, and a diverse and growing population.
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in Transition Winnipeg's latest newsletter
Manitoba youth improve neighbourhoods through co-ops
Sweeping parking lots, cleaning offices, mowing lawns and painting may seem like typical summer jobs for young people. But for the 20 young Manitobans who participated in the Youth Cooperative of Services (YCS) program, these tasks were part of a larger lesson: the value of the co-operatives.
National CED News
Registration for the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering opens September 10!
The CD/CED Gathering, the largest annual CED event in Canada, is taking place in Winnipeg, MB on October 19. This year's event will include a keynote address from internationally renowned author and activist Raj Patel, and over 30 workshops that will explore the theme of Community Economies: Enough, For All, Forever
. Registration opens September 10th, so stay tuned!>> Read more
New Regulations Pave Way for Pan-Canadian Credit Unions
Changes to federal regulation have opened up the option for credit unions to operate across provincial borders. The decision is a major boon for the Canadian credit union system and is being publically welcomed by the Credit Union Central of Canada, the Meridian Credit Union and others. For further coverage of the announcement, click here
or download Canadian Central’s briefing note here
CED Tool: The Choice Matrix
The CED Choice Matrix website - developed by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) - is designed to assist 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. RDI will be hosting a free webinar
on August 28 (2-3pm CST) to educate people about this resource and how it can be integrated into their work.
Something to Bank On: Co-operative Land Banks
The Co-operative Land Bank (CLB) is Shann Turnbull’s innovative idea about how to provide residents with greater control over the urban housing market. Like a land trust, the CLB would purchase land and lease it to commercial, industrial and residential tenants. The goal is to capture future increases in land values, allowing this money to be invested in affordable housing and other community priorities identified by resident shareholders.>> Read more