Next in CCEDNet's Webinar Series
Our 2014 webinar series is launching 3 new webinars; make sure you're registered today! The first session, on January 21st, is Looking Back & Looking Forward
, and will explore the reflections and insights of 3 pillars of Canada's CED sector who are entering retirement - Lynne Markell, David LePage, and Walter Hossli. On February 11th, Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
will draw on lessons from the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and the Montréal Community Loan Association in considering how to improve immigrant settlement and integration in Canada. Finally, on April 23rd, former Ontario MLA Tony Martin will share findings from his research into the question Can CED Catalyze a National Poverty Reduction Strategy?
CED Wire Updates
- The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Darcy Penner writes about the rising North American campaign for living wage laws | Read more
- Capturing the Imagination of Future Social Entrepreneurs: Sherman Kreiner explores the potential of anchor institution led development in addressing challenges to enterprise development | Read more
- The Year that Twilight Enveloped the World - A Christmas Contemplation: William Pardy's reflects thoughtfully on a year of twilight | Read more
- Notes from the Road: Brendan's CED Adventure in Saskatoon: Brendan Reimer shares his notes from the road after visiting CCEDNet members in Saskatoon | Read more
Improve Your Impact Measurement with CanadaMeasures and CCEDNet
If you missed the recent webinar introducing the CanadaMeasures Initiative
(CMI) and their platform for measuring your Social Return on Investment, don't fret. You can still learn about this accessible system and how it combines educational tools and impact measurement software designed for grassroots organizations. Click on the link below to find out more about CMI by watching the recording from the free webinar on January 10 and accessing other resources.
Saskatchewan CED News
Station 20 Proves its Worth to Community & Investors
In 2009, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses opted to forgive their $250,000 loan to the then-fledgling Station 20 West project. That investment is already paying off dividends, according to a recent Star Phoenix article. Four years later, Station 20 has already had major impacts in the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood, and has served as an anchor for new developments in the area. This innovative community hub describes itself as a "one-stop shop for medical, health, nutrition, employment and housing services."
Local Labels Hitting the Shelves at Good Food Junction
Finding locally grown food in Saskatoon is about to get easier, thanks to an innovative labeling system about to hit the shelves at Good Food Junction at Station 20 West. The grocery store has partnered with Localize, an Alberta company that provides grocery stores with labels for locally grown foods. Localize uses four criteria to give local food a score out of 10 including where the owners are from, and where production and processing happens, where the ingredients are created.
Build Employment Skills With Quint
Quint Development Corporation (CCEDNet member) is off to a busy start in 2014 by offering several programs to build community and individual capacity. Upcoming Mini-Workshops: Need help with job readiness? Quint's Core Neighbourhoods at Work is offering three workshops in January on resume writing, job hunting and interview skills. GED Preparation Program: For people interested in writing a GED exam, and are in of a refresher on the topics. Classes being on Jan. 27 for this free course. WHMIS & TDG Training: Many jobs in Saskatoon require WHMIS & TDG, so Quint is offering free WHMIS & TDG training through Victory Safety and Training beginning Feb. 6.
National CED News
Labour Market Agreements and the Canada Jobs Grant: Implications for CED
A new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions
details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.
Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act
Industry Canada has launched a 90-day consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Importantly, one of the items under consideration is the incorporation of hybrid enterprises, titled Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs), which are broadly defined as entities who use a “commercial business model to encourage social change.” Submissions are being accepted until March 11, 2014.
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada to Launch in April
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), Canada's new national association representing co-operative and mutual enterprises, will officially launch its operations on April 1, 2014. This new bilingual organization is a result of years of discussion between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) as to how to bring together Canada's English and French-speaking co-operators. CCCM ended its program activities at the end of 2013 but CCA will continue to exist to carry out international co-operative development programming.
CED Tool: Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners
Designed as a practical guide, Revitalizing Rural Economies
serves as a primer to CED, while also allowing those familiar with the field to delve deeper. This book provides ideas and resources to foster the long-term resilience of rural regions at a time when rural communities in Canada are facing a new reality where traditional economic bases such as agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing have eroded.
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 here
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