Northern CED News: November 2012

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Raj Patel on the Value of Community Solutions

If you missed the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering in Winnipeg last month - or just need a refresher - you can stream Raj Patel's keynote speech on the 'value of nothing' and the importance of community-based solutions to complex global problems. Raj Patel is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist, and writer of the best-selling books, The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy and Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System. This portion of Raj's speech was aired on CKUW radio.
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CCEDNet featured in profile on Weston Wheels 

CCEDNet's work in supporting an innovative social enterprise in Etobicoke was recently featured in the National Post. The article profiles Weston Wheels, a social enterprise trains at-risk youth to perform basic bicycle repair, while also offering them employment and life skills training. CCEDNet supported the Learning Enrichment Foundation (which operates the social enterpise) during the start-up phase and helped facilitate a strategic planning session.

Northern CED News 

Taking Action to Address Food Security 

Acting on a pledge made in The Makimaniq Plan: A Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction (November, 2011), government departments and Inuit organizations are collaborating under the banner of the Nunavut Food Security Coalition to identify strategies to improve access to nutritious foods in the communities. The coalition is organizing a symposium in January, 2013, to look at which programs, policies, and initiatives are most likely to impact on the food security of Nunavummiut. The aim of the coalition is to arrive at a food security strategy for Nunavut by March, 2013.
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(Source: Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction)

Nunavut Premier Signs Memorandum of Understand on Poverty Reduction 

A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak and the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated Cathy Towntongie.
The MOU recognizes the importance of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction to inter-organizational collaboration in the implementation of The Makimaniq Plan.
At the signing, the Premier also reaffirmed the Government of Nunavut will continue to be a partner in the Nunavut Food Security Coalition, which is developing a Food Security Strategy for the territory. 
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ACL’s Success Story Shared in New Publication

The success of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. (ACL) may be widely known in Northern Canada, but now the entire world can learn from its achievements. The ACL is featured as one of the co-op success stories in Building a Better World: 100 Stories of Co-operation, new publication by the International Co-operative Alliance. According to the Alliance, ACL demonstrates “the power of the co-operative business model to turn around threatened communities and local economies.”

National CED News

McKinsey report finds strength in co-operative business model 

Co-operatives grow at an identical rate to companies, and those mutuals in the food and agricultural have surpassed their corporate counter-parts. This is the message from the Mckinsey on Co-operatives report unveiled at the International Summit of Cooperatives on October 9 in Quebec City. The report concluded that the co-op sector is well poised for growth, but most pursue opportunities in new and fast-growing markets.(Source: ACCA news)
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CED Book Club: Community Economic Development - Building For Social Change

Having made major gains in practice and having built local capacities through innovation, CED now stands at a crossroads. In Building for Social Change, Eric Shragge, Michael Toye (CCEDNet's Executive Director) and colleagues from across the country offer a timely critical examination of CED practices and debates. This book is designed for CED practitioners, for others working in community-based organizations and those being trained.
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Unique Position to Focus on Co-ops in University Business Faculty 

The Province of Manitoba has committed funding to create a chair in co-operative enterprises for the development and delivery of a co-op business program at the University of Winnipeg. According to Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, the program will “help raise awareness of the benefits of co-operatives to the general public and act as a resource for the business community.” This one-of-a-kind position will be responsible for developing the University’s faculty of business and economics’ concentration in co-operative management. 

CED Tool: Community Information Database

The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada. This tool allows community researchers to create custom interactive maps from a wide range of economic, demographic, physical and cultural data.
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