April 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

A busy month for housing

It's been a busy month for housing at the CCEDNet office. In March, our CCEDNet-Manitoba office wrote to Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross to express our support for Right to Housing's provincial policy recommendations and added our call for new housing construction to be accompanied by local hiring and training. >> Download the letter (pdf)

CCEDNet-Manitoba also participated in the production of a new report, Bill C-10: The Truth About Consequences, which calls on the Province to invest in crime prevention rather than punishment by dedicating $90M in housing, education and family supports, employment, and mental health and addictions. We also recommend that $24M of the $30M in capital expenditures go toward new social housing.

Through these actions, we have made great progress on our member-adopted policy resolution on Affordable and social housing

Sparking local change

"I wouldn't call it a spark, I'd call it a jolt...it's so empowering to the organization."

Our media darlings over at Spark were recently profiled in the Winnipeg Foundation's new magazine, 'Working Together.' The article covers a recent Spark match between Mediation Services and Kim Champion Taylor, Director of Human Resources at Assiniboine Credit Union, who will lend her high level HR insight as the organization restructures its compensation system.

>> Read the full article

Sustainable Tourism Webinar

Learn how sustainable tourism can improve local economies and environmental outcomes with an upcoming webinar hosted by CCEDNet. Guest speakers Michael Campbell and Clinton Belcher will learn how Indigenous communities in Canada help empower local communities by utilizing an Indigenous approach to tourism.

The free session will begin at 12:00pm ET on May 1st

>> Register here

Reducing utility bills, creating economic opportunities in Manitoba

Approximately 80,000 low-income households in Manitoba have high utility bills due to inefficient furnaces, inadequate insulation, and high-flow toilets and showerheads. To help mitigate this problem, CCEDNet-Manitoba's members adopted a policy resolution which commits us to urge the Province of Manitoba to mandate deep energy retrofits for 40,000 low-income homes. We have also recommended that social enterprises be contracted to conduct the work, thereby improving local employment opportunities.

Last month, CCEDNet-Manitoba sent a letter to Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines to request an update on the Province's progress on this legislation and to offer our assistance in seeing it through. We look forward to the Province's response, and will update our members and readers as we know more.

>> Read the Policy Resolution

Meet our Members

Health in Common
Recognizing that social, environmental, economic and cultural factors collectively create healthy sustainable communities, Health in Common strengthens these connections by: facilitating communication and collaboration within and across sectors, and providing planning and evaluation support to organizations and communities

>> Visit their website

Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation
Established in 2001, the TNRC is a community development organization governed by a volunteer board of directors working to support neighbourhood renewal initiatives by providing assistance to the community through funding and education. 

>> Visit their website 

Manitoba CED News

ACU joins Global Alliance for Banking on Values

Manitoba's Assiniboine Credit Union (a CCEDNet member) is the second Canadian credit union to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), an international network of the world's leading values-based financial institutions. GABV members, which include banks and credit unions from around the world, work to collectively promote positive and viable alternatives to the current financial system.

>> Read more 

(Source: CCA News Brief, March)

Rural Development Institute receives new funding agreement

Congratulations to Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute, a long-time CCEDNet member, for receiving a $545,000 funding agreement with the province. Research done by the institute supports rural economic development and building capacity in rural and northern communities. RDI also publishes the Journal of Rural and Community Development, an open-access journal that makes research available online to members of the public.

>> Read more 

Welcome Winnipeg’s newest social enterprise: L’Arche Tova Café

L’Arche Tova Café, Winnipeg’s newest social enterprise owned and operated by L’Arche Winnipeg Inc., is officially open for business. The Café, located in Transcona, will help combat the isolation and discrimination that often surrounds those with a disability by providing meaningful employment and training opportunities. The overall mission of the café is to build a more compassionate society, one cup of coffee at a time.

>> Read more

(Photo credit: Ken Gigliotti, WFP)

Supporting women’s voices in economic development

Last month, FemNorthNet released a new report, "Women, Economic Development and Restructuring in Thompson," which examines the roles and opportunities that women have in Thompson and Northern Manitoba's economic development.

The organization hopes to encourage and support women to participate in the economic planning that will shape the future of their city and communities. In the near future, FemNorthNet will be offering workshops to help women become leaders in their communities on issues of economic development and more.

>> Read more

Vibrant Communities Symposium

Don't miss your chance to attend the upcoming Vibrant Communities Symposium, April 25 & 26, 2012 at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House.

The Vibrant Communities Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about Health Equity Impact Assessment and its use by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, as well as its utilization at Healthy Child Manitoba. Through a case study and group discussion, participants will learn more about conducting an HEIA; as well as how they might be able to use the tool in their own work.

>> Register here

It's like summer school, but a lot more fun. The Summer Institute in Program Evaluation combines lectures, case studies and group work to introduce the concepts of participatory evaluation focusing on the social, economic and environmental determinants of well-being.

The Summer Institute is also calling on community organizations to submit case studies that will be used to develop evaluation plans. Participating organizations will have the opportunity to work with students and/or evaluators to refine and implement these plans.

The Institute runs from June 11 - 15 at the University of Manitoba.

>> Read more

Capturing Opportunities Workshops

In preparation for the 2012 Capturing Opportunities: The Local Living Economy conference, two workshops will offered: Entrepreneur Boot Camp, taking place April 23-24 will help participants solve key business problems and hone their business sales pitch. A workshop on the International Year of Co-operatives – 2012 will help participants understand how co-operatives operate and what makes a co-operative unique. These workshops are a warm-up to the main event, which is being in Brandon on April 24-25.

>> Read more

St Vital Community Food Assessment Final Report

The wait for The St Vital Community Food Assessment's Final Report is officially over! Check out the full assessment, a brief two-page document, or explore the assessment section-by-section. The Food Assessment, undertaken in partnership with Food Matters Manitoba, CCEDNet and the Winnipeg Foundation, sought to bring people together from across the food system to develop a participatory, evidence-based strategic action plan on food for the St. Vital community.

>> Read more 

CED Tool: Financial Management for CED Organizations

Unlike a private business, a nonprofit usually incurs expenses after it secures revenue. Without that revenue, even the best ideas can’t go forward. What’s more, most revenue must be used as the terms of a contract prescribe. So what’s the biggest financial challenge that we nonprofits face? To generate undesignated revenue that we can allocate strategically, without first having to convince a funder.

This helpful tool, designed by Momentum for CCCR's i4 Journal, takes CED organizations along a 4-step process to attaining greater performance, independence and financial soundness.

>> Read more

National CED News

5 Public policy “tweaks” to support social enterprise

In a recent article for SEE Change Magazine, David LePage outlined minor policy changes that will have large impacts to move the social enterprise sector forward in Canada. Among his suggestions, David proposes that the government acknowledge non-profit incorporations as a legitimate business model and make existing tax credits available to social enterprises.
David LePage is the program manager of enterprising non-profits and a member of CCEDNet’s policy council.

>> Read more 

New research on social enterprises in rural communities

A new report by the Foundation for Rural Living highlights the pent-up demand for social enterprise skills training and capacity-building in rural Canadian communities. The research, which focuses in Ontario, found that there is a lack of capacity-building and knowledge of SE tools, resources, policies and sector supports available to rural nonprofits.

>> Read more 

Disability and Work: Global Strategy for Equity Conference

Registration is now open for this unique conference, which will bring together government, business and community leaders from around the globe to discuss innovative strategies to employment outcomes for workers with disabilities. Participants will explore ways to design policies and programs that are effective and can be used across the world.

The Conference is being held in Montreal, starting on May 5.

>> Read more 

i4 Journal Discusses Real Solutions to Affordable Housing

Last month, the i4 journal published a special edition focusing on affordable housing issues and solutions in Canada. Mike Lewis writes on the importance of implementing housing strategies that seek to improve affordability by controlling market forces. In another article, Mike explains the opportunities presented by two promising strategies, community land trust and mutual home ownership societies.

Both articles are excerpts from The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy, by Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty (forthcoming June 2012). 

>> Read more 

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

While Canada, the United States, and many other OECD countries have grown increasingly unequal in recent years, equality has not been on the political agenda. Yet evidence shows that income inequality is accompanied by a range of significant negative consequences. North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress will examine this growing trend of inequality and consider the option of a basic income to reduce economic disparity. The theme of the conference is: Putting Equality Back on the Agenda: Basic Income and Other Approaches to Economic Security for All.

The Congress is taking place May 3-5 at the University of Toronto.

>> Read more 

CED news in 140 characters: Our best tweets of the month

Think of this as our social media highlight reel. Here's where we list our favourite posts from our Facebook, Youtube and Twitter accounts in the past month.

  • #Cooperative businesses provide a new-old model for job growth: "A fast-growing way to do business better" >> Click here
  • Learn about Wpg’s innovative Social Enterprise Centre. We're proud to be a founding tenant via @themanitoban >> Click here
  • 5 big ideas for a #neweconomy - local investment, DIY job creation, and more. Do you have any others? via @FastCoExist >> Click here
  • Co-op members outnumber shareholders 3-1. New report shows #coop sector is resilient & growing. via @CooperativesUK >> Click here

Job Postings

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