Manitoba CED News: January 2013

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Canadian CED Network News

CCEDNet Supports Community-Oriented Budget Recommendations 

The Canadian CED Network recently wrote to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to express our support for three recommendations in the Standing Committee on Finance's report on their pre-budget consultations. The report, Jobs, Growth, Productivity and Demographic Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada, included recommendations that highlight the need to foster growth in co-operative and social enterprise sectors, and to support minorty language communities.

Youth Leading Change: Report from the WUSC International Forum 

In November 2012, the World University Service of Canada held its 2nd annual International Forum. The theme was Youth Leading Change – Aspiration to Action, which prioritized the voices of youth in the discussion of global issues. Among the attendees was Sandra Babcock, co-chair of CCEDNet's Emerging Leaders Committee. In a recent blog post, Sandra wrote about her experience at the Forum, which she described as an inspiring event, and valuable opportunity to make connections with other young community leaders from around the world.

Following Up on the OurWinnipeg Report 

On December 11 CCEDNet-MB met with Patti Regan (Manager of Urban Planning, CoW) to follow up on our recommendations for the OurWinnipeg Report to the Community. During the meeting, CCEDNet discussed the value of adopting a comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategy, a municipal CED Policy Framework and Lens, and an ethical procurement policy. Our representatives also spoke about strategies to create and preserve affordable housing while providing employment development. Finally, CCEDNet-MB emphasized the importance of creating a Food Policy Council. 

Rally to Raise the Rates

Premier Greg Selinger received some unusual gifts over the 12 days of Christmas this year. Every day at noon starting on Christmas Day, a pair of shoes was left on the steps of the Legislature by people who are calling for the provincial government to raise the rental allowance received by those on employment and income assistance. The campaign, which was organized by Make Poverty History MB, culminated with a rally on January 4, which attracted over two hundred people. The goal of the campaign is to convince the provincial government to commit to increase rental allowances to 75% of the market median in the 2013 budget.

Social Impact Bonds: Beyond the Hype - Feb. 25 Webinar

Community agencies are facing funding reductions. Governments are looking to cut spending. Can social impact bonds help? If you’ve heard of social impact bonds and want to know what they are and their potential application to fund innovative community services, this webinar is for you. This upcoming CCEDNet webinar will begin with presentations by Christian and Margie, followed by an interactive question and answer period facilitated by CCEDNet Executive Director Mike Toye. Registration is open now.

Manitoba CED News 

Manitobans! It's time to Dig In 

Food Matters Manitoba is challenging citizens to eat local this year with the 2013 Dig In Challenge. This fun and engaging program gives Manitobans an opportunity to connect with local farmers, cook from scratch, grow your own food and enjoy made-in-Manitoba food dishes. Those who sign up will be able to to attend food skill workshops, share local food recipes, and win prizes.

Grant Opportunities: LITE Up Your Community 

LITE is currently accepting applications for its 2013 CED Grants. If you are a non-profit hoping to run or continue a project that is focused on creating employment for those facing multiple barriers in our inner city, you are encouraged to apply! The deadline is January 31, 2013. 

Brandon University Outreach Service is also accepting proposals for new collaborative projects. Organizations, individuals and faculty members are encouraged to submit a research proposal. The aim is to encourage collaboration within the community and provide opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in a real life setting. The deadline is February 22.

IRCOM Housing Expansion

Late last year, the federal and provincial governments announced that renovations are underway for 60 apartment units at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) building on Isabel Street. IRCOM is a long-time member of CCEDNet. The redesign of a former apartment complex will enhance housing quality and accessibility for newcomers to Winnipeg. IRCOM offers secure, affordable apartments to newcomer families for up to three years after their arrival. In addition, the organization provides onsite supports and services including an after-school program for children and youth

Start 2013 With a Spark

Our Spark team has been off to a busy start for 2013. Spark has recently connected a volunteer providing mentoring and advice to the Momentum Centre, a training centre for Aboriginal and New Canadian youth. Another Spark volunteer is helping Abilities Manitoba - a coalition of agencies supporting people with intellectual disabilities - to identify communications opportunities. Finally, a unique double-Spark match has brought two volunteers together to help the Thunderbird House on communications and fundraising challenges. Follow the link below to find out how you can get involved.

National CED News

CED Tool 

The Digital Leaky Bucket (DLB)  is an online version of a tool that Coady graduates have been using with communities for more than 15 years. The leaky bucket is a popular education tool that helps people at the grassroots better understand their local economy. It enables them to identify and quantify the main flows of money coming into and out of their community. In turn, this process may reveal economic opportunities, which can help community members improve their household and community well-being.

Oil, Global Food & New Community Systems

Michael Lewis, Director of the CCCR and long-time CCEDNet member, delivered a stirring keynote speech at Food Secure Canada's 2012 Assembly. In his address, Michael discusses the global food system's addiction to oil, and its extravagant use of energy. When we start to discuss the sustainability of our food system, Michael Lewis wants us to look at Teikei, Food with the Farmer's Face on It, Japan's pioneering (1965) efforts in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Follow the link below to watch Michael's speech in full.

Co-op Challenge Winners Announced 

Twelve co-ops from across Canada will share in $220,000 in prize money as winners of The Co-operators National Co-op Challenge. The challenge was created by The Co-operators as part of its celebration of the International Year of Co-operatives. The winners were determined by a nation-wide online vote. Here are the winners from the West Region:
1st Prize: Good Food Junction Co-operative ($30,000)
2nd Prize: Cortes Natural Food Co-op ($15,000)
3rd Prize: Peg City Car Co-op ($10,000)

Top Tweets of the Month

Here is a sampling of CCEDNet's most popular social media offerings in the last thirty days:
  • Enough Is Enough: A primer for achieving genuine prosperity & a hopeful future for all #neweconomy
  • To grow #SocEnt must play by business rules. Social ventures earn their stripes the same way private businesses do
  • There’s No GDP in “A Better Economy.” Shifting the focus away from GDP would lead to real economic progress
  • On the Impact Investing Horizon: Six impact investing initiatives to watch for in 2013. By @AdamSpence  
  • The Year Co-ops Became a Global Movement. IYC built a global #coop movement whose strength is still being understood

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