Manitoba CED Newsletter: September 2012

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September 2012 Newsletter
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CCEDNet Member Policy Summit 

Our annual Policy Summit will be taking place on November 14th, 2012 from 9am-1pm. By participating in the Policy Summit all CCEDNet members will have an opportunity to directly shape and endorse the policy resolutions that we will collectively advance in order to achieve stronger, fairer, and more sustainable communities in Manitoba. This is also a great chance for the Network to celebrate our collective progress, connect and share with fellow members.
>> Contact Kirsten at for more information

Register now for the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering 

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering, taking place October 19 in Winnipeg. This year's Gathering will feature a keynote address from internationally renowned author and activist Raj Patel, and 30+ workshops. The Gathering is a barrier-free event, with registration based on a pay-what-you-can system. For those that are able or willing, we graciously accept registration payments of $10, $20, $100 and $130. 
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Understanding the importance of policy

What does policy really mean, what are the processes involved? Why does it matter to your work or community and how can we influence policy changes? Brendan Reimer (CCEDNet, Regional Coordinator) helped answer these questions on September 19 during a presentation on policy at Brandon University. If you are interested in having Brendan speak to your organization on the importance of policy and the value of CED solutions, contact our Manitoba office at or 204-943-0547.
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Spark's Strengthening Non-Profits Workshops 

Build the capacity of your non-profit organization by registering for one of our upcoming Strengthening Non-Profits Workshops. These learning events offer expert advise from field-leading presenters on important topics to non-profit organizations in Manitoba. Registration is now open for the first workshop - Effective Proposal Writing - which takes place September 27. The workshops are hosted by Spark - A Service of the Canadian CED Network.
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Upcoming Webinars: A Very Handy Multi-Purpose Tool and a Roadmap to Resilience 

CCEDNet will be hosting two webinars in the coming weeks.
Co-ops: The 'Swiss Army Knife' of Community Economies will discuss how co-ops are catalyzing economic development in Canada and around the world. September 24 with free registration.
The Resilience Imperative: Remaking the CED Agenda? will include a conversation with with Mike Lewis on Resiliency – a next step for local economies in the transition to a low-carbon future. October 14, free for CCEDNet members. 

Manitoba CED News 

Save the date for a LITE pancake breakfast 

Mark your calendars, and save room in your stomach for LITE’s 16th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, taking place on November 23. The community partner-catered breakfast is a celebration of CED in Winnipeg’s inner city. Come to the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre between 7-10am to taste delicious pancakes, enjoy local entertainment and shop at the local Crafters Market.
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MCA Announces Co-op Award Winners 

The Manitoba Co-operative Association has officially announced the recipients of the 2012 Co-operative Awards. Among the winners is Natural Cycle Co-op (CCEDNet member) who received the Youth Leadership award. The recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony in October. Congrats to Natural Cycle and all other award winners!
>> Contact for more information about tickets.

Adequate Housing Grows Less Accessible for EIA Recipients: MPHM Press Release 

Make Poverty History Manitoba (of which CCEDNet is a supporting member) is asking the Province to increase the rental allowance to 75% of median market rent to catch up to the realities of Manitoba's current private rental housing market. The coalition issued a press release earlier this month in response to the province's announcement that rent guideline will increase by 1%, thereby increasing the housing affordability gap for Manitobans relying on EIA. 
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Co-op to provide fresh and affordable food to Winnipeggers

Eating healthy, local, and sustainably grown foods is about to become more convenient, affordable, and delicious in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg FoodShare Co-op will begin delivering 'good food boxes' with a mixture of fresh and local produce, and recipes to neigbhourhoods across the city, including Spence and Daniel Mac-St. Matthews.
>> Click here to learn more, sign up for bi-monthly pick-up, or register your organization as a depot site

Neechi Commons Update 

Construction of Neechi Foods Co-op's exciting new facility, Neechi Commons, at 865 Main St. is nearing completion, with a grand opening slated for late fall.  To help easy the financial burdens of the project, Neechi Foods is currently seeking for people to purchase investment shares with a potential 30% provincial tax credit.The innovative facility will include a neighbourhood supermarket, restaurant, bakery, fish market, seasonal farmers market, and more.

Growing Local 2013

You’re invited to save the date to join Food Matters Manitoba for the 2013 Growing Local conference behind held February 28-March 2, 2013.  Come learn a new food skill, meet other people passionate about food, or discuss the food issues that matter to you.  Watch for registration coming later this fall.
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National CED News

A Canadian Definition of Homelessness 

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network has developed a definition and typology of homelessness intended to improve understanding, measurement and responses to homelessness in Canada. According to the definition, "The problem of homelessness and housing exclusion refers to the failure of society to ensure that adequate systems, funding and support are in place so that all people, even in crisis situations, have access to housing."
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Update on the Special Committee on Co-operatives 

Parliament's Special Committee on Co-operatives ended its week of hearings in late July, having heard from a total of 62 witnesses representing 46 organizations across the country. Committee submissions from representatives of Canada's co-operative sector can be found here. A recent article about the committee in the Ottawa Business Journal is accessible here. The committee is expected to release its report in September. 
(Source: CCA News Brief)

Nonprofit Applied Research Grants - Institute for Nonprofit Studies 

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University is once again presenting an opportunity for researchers in Canadian Universities to apply for an applied research grant. Two grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded. In related news, registration to the school’s Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada forum, taking place October 16-18, is now open. Contact Peter Elson at for more information or visit

New eBooks illustrate how Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World 

From small shops to global organizations, co-operatives are building a better world, and a new series of eBooks intends to show how they're doing it. So far, the Co-operative News has released two books: The first provides examples of co-ops building a better world through food, and the second, released this month, shows how co-ops build a better world through finance.
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CED Tool: seToolbelt

The seToolbelt is a one-stop shop for social enterprise resources. Its content—over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates—comes from practice and spans regions, sectors, industries, and business functions. seToolbelt’s community focus is intended to connect and engage social enterprise practitioners around the world to work together on strategic, managerial, operational, and leadership issues related to social enterprise. 

Upcoming Events

Effective Proposal Writing Workshop
Winnipeg, MB >>

Introduction to Social Enterprise Webinars
Hosted by enp >>

Imagine 2012: Conference on Co-operative Economics
Quebec City, QC >>

Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association Conference
Winnipeg, MB >>

Check our website for more event listings.

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