December 2011

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Canadian CED Network News

CCEDNet Manitoba's 2012 Policy Resolutions

CCEDNet Manitoba hosted its annual Policy Summit last month to determine our policy directions and priorities for the coming year. Over 40 CCEDNet Manitoba members attended the Summit to discuss, debate and vote on our collective policy agenda for 2012. CCEDNet members approved ten Policy Resolutions on areas including co-operative housing, support for social enterprise and reducing utility bills for low income Manitobans. 

CCEDNet will partner with its members in the coming year to advance the Resolutions that were identified through the Summit process. CCEDNet also remains committed to working towards achieving our 2011 Policy Resolutions that are at varying stages of progress.

Click here to visit CCEDNet Manitoba's 2012 Policy Resolution webpage.

A Spark in the Media

Spark, the volunteer/non-profit matchmaking service of CCEDNet, was recently profiled in two widely-circulated news sources in Winnipeg. On Manitoba, the alumni magazine of the University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Free Press both featured articles on Spark's work in connecting non-profit organizations in Winnipeg with volunteers who have specialized skills. 

The On Manitoba article includes a profile on Spark's program coordinator Geoff Ripat, who is a graduate of the U of M. In the Winnipeg Free Press, Matt Prepost highlights a match that Spark made between a new social enterprise cafe and an interior designer.

>> Read more

Register Now for Growing Local 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Growing Local Conference being held Feb. 23-25, 2012 at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg. The event is being hosted by Food Matters Manitoba (a CCEDNet member), with CCEDNet acting as a planning partner.

Celebrating 5 years as Manitoba's premiere food security event, this year's conference will once again bring together consumers and farmers, and everyone in between, for 3 inspired days of learning and sharing. This conference sells out every year, so don't miss your chance to be part of the growing healthy, sustainable and fair food movement in Manitoba. Take advantage of early-bird pricing, which ends Jan. 20.

>> Read more

Co-ops on the Radio

Three CKUW radio shows have recently featured on-air appearances by leaders in Manitoba’s co-op community. Brendan Reimer, CCEDNet's Regional Coordinator, was featured in two of them. Follow the links below to download each segment:

  • Brendan Reimer (CCEDNet) and Vera Goussaert (Manitoba Coop Association) talking about National Co-op Week onMud and Water with Josh Brandon (October 17th show). 
  • Jamie Campbell (ParIT Worker Coop) and Judith Harris (FrontStep Research Coop) talking (and singing!) about their co-ops and National Co-op Week on Inner City Voices with Joan Hay (October 17th show). 
  • Brendan Reimer speaking on People of Interest on CKUW (October 19th show, 2nd half) about Coop Week, CED, and CETA. 

Meet our Members





The Housing Training Initiative (HTI) is a partnership between several non-profit organizations in Winnipeg that are working to build stronger communities by improving access to adequate housing in the inner-city. The program holds in-community workshops on various self-help home renovation topics for community homeowners and renters.

>> Learn more

Careet Trek's mission is to provide Manitobans with a wide range of experiences and information designed to develop the knowledge, skills, relationships, and values consistent with career and educational success. They work to accomplish this by offering a wide range of educational programs and services to Manitoba's youth.

>> Learn more

Manitoba CED News

Apply Now for LITE's CED Grants Program

LITE is now accepting applications for its CED Grants program, which provides grants of up to $10,000 for employment programs/projects that support the creation of skill building opportunities and/or direct work experience for those facing multiple barriers to employment. The program application form must be submitted in addition to a project budget showing how the funds from LITE would be spent. Applications are due Friday, January 20th, 2012.

>> Read more

Pollock’s Hardware Co-op in the News

An excellent editorial by Mike Wolchuk, General Manager of Pollock’s Hardware Co-op, was recently published in the Winnipeg Free Press. Wolchuk traces the ‘David v. Goliath’ story of Pollock’s Hardware’s success, which has seen the co-operative grow to 2,000 members since 2008. And business is good, with sales doubled since their opening year. Pollock’s has also been an instrumental partner (along with BUILD and Manitoba Green Retrofit) in purchasing and renovating a large warehouse on Sutherland Avenue, which will soon become the new home of CCEDNet’s Manitoba staff.

>> Read more 

MAFRA Calls for Community Proposals

MAFRA will be awarding a total of $60,000 to 2012 community projects that are building community capacity and contributing to community education around the topics of food justice and alternative food systems. Successful applicants will be selected in the following categories: Rural, Northern, Urban and Cross Regional/Broader Topics. Applications are due by January 15, 2012. Contact MAFRA with any questions at: or 204-297-0100

>> Read more 

Green Team Grant Applications are Now Available for Summer 2012

Provincial Green Team grant applications are now available for not-for-profit groups, universities, colleges, school divisions, schools, hospitals and rural municipal governments to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 for summer jobs in Manitoba. Participating employers provide a variety of community development projects that improve neighbourhoods, promote community involvement and help develop young leaders. The first deadline for applications is on January 16, 2012.

>> Read more 

Workshop on multistakeholder legislation now being offered

Learn about Manitoba's newest co-operative, the multistakeholder co-op, at an upcoming workshop session being hosted by the Canada / Manitoba Business Service Centre (CMBSC) on January 11. CCEDNet is particularly excited about this learning opportunity as it relates to our 2011 Policy Resolution to urge the Province to create multistakeholder legislation.

Come explore what a multistakeholder co-op would mean for board governance, share structures for different classes or just to hear whether this may be a model that could work for your co-op. This workshop is one of three sessions on co-ops being offered at the CMBSC in January.

>> Read more

(Source: Manitoba Co-operative Association Newsletter)

National CED News

On Air With Social Enterprise Researchers

To celebrate ANSER’s 2011 Conference, the Atlantic social economy research network ran two days of radio broadcasts on Fredericton community radio. These episodes are now available to download. In one program, Mike Lewis of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal speaks about his BALTA research which looks at community-level strategies for dealing with climate change and peak oil from across the country.

>> Read more 

Demonstrating Value Webinar Now Available

Engage Your Audience: An Introduction to Dynamic Performance Snapshots using SAP Crystal Dashboard.

In this half hour webinar held and recorded on November 9, 2011, you will learn the basics of how to develop an Interactive Performance Snapshot using SAP's Crystal Dashboard Design and learn about SAP's software donation program through Tech Soup.

>> Read more 

(Source: Enterprising Non-Profits Newsletter)

Nova Scotia's Premier Announces Support for Social Enterprise at CCSE4

More than 250 social enterprise practitioners and thinkers were in attendance for the Fourth Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise, which was held last month in Halifax. The event was a great success with many valuable learning events and networking opportunities. Nova Scotia's Premier Darrell Dexter provided a highlight of the Conference with a speech which called for greater support for non-profits starting social enterprises and improving access to capital for social enterprises. Premier Dexter also voiced his support for provincial procurement policies that could support local social enterprises.

>> Read the full speech 

CED Book Club: America Beyond Capitalism

Gar Alperovitz's America Beyond Capitalism is a blueprint for a new economy, rooted in communities and a decentralized vision of a sustainable and truly democratic future. Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, shows how thousands of local experiments across the country are rising to meet the economic and ecological challenges of our era, laying the foundation for a new system more attuned to the needs of people and planet, and not just profit.

>> Read more 

ANSER the Call for Conference Submissions

Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) is inviting submissions and proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtable discussions for their Fifth Annual Conference - The Changing Role of Nonprofits and the Social Economy in an Uncertain World. Submissions will be welcomed on topics related to nonprofits, co‐operatives, social enterprises, community economic development, and the social economy in Canadian, comparative, or international contexts. The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2012.

>> Read more

A New, Co-operative Issue of ANSERJ

The latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ) is now available online. In honour of the International Year of Co-operatives 2012, the issue features an editorial by Peter Elson which highlights the importance of IYC 2012. This edition also includes new research on the co-operative sectors in Quebec, Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as articles on multi-stakeholder governance in co-op organizations, public private partnerships and public interest, and several book reviews.

>> Read more 

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