April 2011

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Profile: Community Micro Lending Society

The Community Micro Lending Society in Victoria provides loans up to $5,000 to entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional credit. Loans are pooled from members of the community. Similar to kiva.org, lenders can choose who to lend to from profiles on the society’s website, making loans as small as $100.

In This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence, Alan Durning writes that "the world is so big a place it may as well be no place at all ... If this is true it means that to seek durable answers to global challenges, the conscientious must without losing sight of the universal – begin with place, and specifically, with one place."

By starting with one city, Victoria, British Columbia, and working neighbourhood by neighbourhood, Community Micro Lending aims to build real wealth. Local investment by local people in local people changes everything. It connects people right here. It creates the possibility that as a community, we move beyond demands for basic employment, adequate housing, and sufficient access to food.

Check out the website, find out how to apply for a loan and meet the society’s current borrowers:


Canadian CED Network News

Vote for Communities with CCEDNet’s 2011 Election Resource Guide

CCEDNet has created a one-stop-shop for federal election resources. This accessible Guide includes fact sheets, blogs, articles and questionnaires from nearly a dozen organizations across the country to help inform you of the issues that matter to Canadian communities this election. You will also find letters for candidates and a list of questions that we encourage you to submit to your local candidates to see where they stand on building fair, strong, and sustainable Canadian communities.

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The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

VIRCS is a non-profit organization founded in November 1989 to help immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. The multicultural staff annually serve an average of 3,000 clients from all over the world. VIRCS provides a wide range of services to its target group, assisting them with everything from settling in Victoria to finding a job.

Visit their website

Trade Works Training Society

Tradeworks Training Society helps foster sustainable independence by providing job-related skills training, counseling, and work opportunities. Tradeworks offers both training programs and employment services in support of those seeking sustainable employment. Tradeworks is also nurturing social enteprises that can offer real entry-level employment to those who have modest recent work history, seriously limiting their ability to locate employment.

Visit their website

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HAVE Culinary Training Video

H.A.V.E. Culinary Training is a social enterprise in the downtown eastside of Vancouver that is dedicated to developing job and life skills in its students. Students are selected based on need and put through an 8-week culinary training curriculum. For practical experience, students prepare the meals served to the customer at H.A.V.E. Café.

Watch the video

British Columbia CED News

Community Economic Development Summer School with SFU

Simon Fraser University will be offering a Social Enterprise Development Course as part of its Certificate Program for Community Economic Development. The Course will run from May 6 to 7 in Victoria. Cost of registration includes orientation for enterprising nonprofits grant program.

SFU will also be hosting a Framework & Applications in Co-operative Development course on June 3 and 4 in Vancouver.

To register contact certced@sfu.ca

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Community Economic Development Webinar

The RuralBC Secretariat is hosting a free five-part Community Economic Development Webinar Series, which focusses on the fundamentals of CED in small rural communities. As part of the RuralBC Secretariat CED Tool Kit, the CED webinar series will link participants with CED experts, feature tools that work for small communities, and provide a forum for communities to discuss good practice in CED.

This webinar takes place on April 21 at 1:30pm.

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Council of the Federation Literacy Award Now Accepting Nominations

The annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. This is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of people from all walks of life who are contributing to increased literacy across British Columbia.

Nominations are welcome from all areas including: early childhood, school-age, family, Aboriginal, adult, health, workplace, immigrant and community literacy. Possible recipients include: educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses.

The deadline for nominations for the 2011 COF Literacy Award in BC is May 16, 2011.

More information and nomination forms

BC Food Systems Network's 13th Annual Gathering: Resilience and Diversity

The time for the 13th Annual Gathering of the BC Food Systems Network is fast approaching! The gathering will take place July 7-10, 2011, in the community of 100 Mile House in the central interior region of the province.

Contact Dawn Morrison, Gathering Coordinator at gathering@bcfsn.org for more information

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CED Opportunities

CED Tool: The Community Tool Box

 The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement. The page linked to below lists 46 Chapters through which you can reach nearly 300 different sections providing practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills. Other tools can be located from the purple tabs at the top of the page.

Visit the Community Tool Box

National CED News

A Budget for Communities: The 2011 Alternative Federal Budget

The 2011 Alternative Federal Budget was launched today, containing proposals for a federal CED Policy Framework, a People-Centred Economy national roundtable, a national neighbourhood revitalization fund, and a division of the proposed Canadian Development Bank focused on social enterprise, micro-credit, CED and co-operative initiatives.
The document shows how sound fiscal and policy choices can create jobs, reduce poverty, turn Canada into an environmental leader and strengthen Canadian communities.
For more information and to download the AFB 2011, go to: 

Public Policy Profiles Profile Paper Series

The Canadian Social Economy Hub and the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships have produced a Public Policy Profile Paper Series. Each Profile highlights a federal, provincial, or municipal policy, describes how it contributes to building a people-centred economy, and provides analysis of the policy’s strengths and weaknesses. Three of the ten Profiles include:

  • Manitoba’s CED Policy Framework (pdf): Commits the Government of Manitoba to sustaining a political structure, a policy framework and lens, and a funding program dedicated to CED.
  • The Montreal Social Economy Plan (pdf): Consolidate actions and increase the City’s support for Social Economy enterprises, in particular by calling on their services or involving them more regularly.
  • Ontario’s Social Venture Fund (pdf): Designed to help “find innovative solutions to difficult social problems and improve social outcomes” by improving access to new sources of capital for entities doing ‘social purpose’ work

The Keg Thanks a Million Anniversary Donation

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the Keg is giving away $1,000,000 in 40 x $25,000 grants to support community-based projects in cities where Keg restaurants are located. They are currently accepting applications for projects that are directly helping local communities.

Submission dealine for applicaitons is April 30th, 2011. You can vote for your favorite project until May 16th, 2011

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Social Enterprise: Another Tool, Not the Solution!

Vantage Point’s recent ‘Policy Change and the Non-Profit Sector’ themed newsletter includes an excellent article by enp’s David LePage, titled ‘Social Enterprise: Another Tool, Not the Solution!’ In the article, David offers a sobering analysis of the burgeoning social enterprise sector. Rather than replacing government-led community development or charity models, David sees social enterprises as “a tool for non-profits” that must be used through collaborative efforts with other stakeholders to create healthy and sustainable communities.

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North American Worker Co-op Conference Co-operation Without Borders

On October 13-15, 2011 the first ever North America-wide Worker Co-op Conference, "Co-operation without Borders," will take place in Quebec City. Confirmed presenters include Amy Goodman, well-known New York-based investigative journalist and founder of Democracy Now!, Bruno Roelants of the international Federation CICOPA, Melissa Hoover, Executive Director of the US Federation, and Mikel Lezamiz of Mondragon.

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(Source: CWCF April Newsletter)

Finance Minister for a Day

From corporate tax cuts to seniors benefits, everyone on Parliament Hill seems to think they know what should be in the budget. But can you do better? The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has developed an interactive budget tool based on their Alternative Federal Budget where yoou can choose the programs you think are important. Watch out though, budget choices have consequences. With every program or taxation change comes an effect on the deficit and unemployment.

How will your budget look? Once you've perfected it, you can share your budget with friends on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

Start budgeting

CED Book Club - Good Places to Live: Poverty and Public Housing in Canada







Cities across Canada have used negative stereotypes on public housing projects to justify their demolition, without providing an affordable alternative for displaced residents. In Good Places to Live, Jim Silver argues that the problems with which it is so often associated are not inherent to public housing but are the result of structural inequalities and neoliberal government policies. Silver contends that public housing projects can be good places to live — if the political will exists.

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