January 2010

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  • Intern Reflection: Mike Williams

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Intern Reflection:

Supporting the Local: Building Stronger Communities

Farm, a restaurant in Calgary, uses produce from local suppliers as well as suppliers from around Alberta.

Supporting the Local: Building Stronger Communities

The success of local economies is rooted in the strength of communities to support locally owned businesses. When painting a picture of a strong local economy, it is clear that for every dollar spent in the local marketplace, a community will benefit 2-4 times more than from an investment in a global business. This happens thanks to the circulation of money within the local economy. Take for example a local restaurateur who purchases produce from a local farmer, meat from a local butcher, financial services from a local accountant and plates from a local artisan. Each of these businesses can then invest in other local goods and services that are needed to support their own work such as: art supplies, IT help, banking or advertising. This cycle keeps money circulate in a community, helps to build a strong local economy and creates neighborhood jobs where living wages can be paid.

The benefits of local investment reach further than just the economic benefits of the equation. Supporting local businesses also paves the way for an environmentally and socially sustainable future. When communities embrace such things as: local produce, local beer and local car-sharing programs, they cut down on their ecological footprint. Locally active communities also provide support, companionship, personal vitality and social capital to their members, which all build a sense of human dignity and social well-being- key to the Neechi Principles.

Creating a local economy is possible for all communities and the economic and social gains are evident. What may have been thought of as limited to the vibrant streets of Vancouver and the popular Kensington neighborhood of Toronto has become enthusiastically embraced throughout cities in the prairies. By continuing to embrace this movement, cities will continue to build sustainable and resilient neighborhoods.

Mike Williams is a CCEDNet Intern, working at Momentum and Thrive in Calgary

Canadian CED Network News

2010 Membership Renewal

As newspapers announce that Canada appears to be emerging from the economic downturn, economists don't seem to be distinguishing between Bay Street and Main Street. The impacts of the downturn, felt most severely by those most vulnerable, will not be undone overnight.

Active promotion and initiation of forward-thinking activities that combat poverty are what sow the seeds of community development and lighten the burden of economic insecurity. Through these activities, our aim remains supporting our members and creating a national vehicle for collective action to strengthen communities.

Your membership is essential to our success as a movement. Click here to renew your CCEDNet membership now for the 2010 calendar year.


CCEDNet Staff Update

We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Bernas will be continuing as our policy assistant here in our Prairies & Northern office.  Kirsten started in August as a Create Action intern and since then has made a huge contribution to our policy work. She has represented our network at regular meetings of Make Poverty History, the Dignity for All campaign, the CCPA’s Alternative Federal Budget Steering Committee, and the Winnipeg Food Policy Working Group.  She has also participated in meetings with Members of Parliament, MLAs, and City of Winnipeg staff to ensure our policy priorities are discussed at all levels of government.  We are very happy to have Kirsten's valuable skills and excellent understanding of CED on our staff.


Karin Kliewer, who has been doing superb job of writing for our CED profiles project, as well as making contributions to almost all of our other work, will be continuing here in our Prairies & Northern office. In the coming months Karin will be facilitating an organizational evaluation, speaking with members about how they connect with the Network. Please contact her if you would like to participate. Karin will also be working on a research project on collaboration and participation in neighbourhood planning.

CEDTAS - Building Connections in the Community

In 2009, CEDTAS brokered matches that led to community organizations developing strategic plans, deal with legal issues, apply for charitable status, and draw up the plans for building expansion, among many other things. We also helped train 15 local organizations in developing their own financial sustainability plans, by organizing a workshop series on this theme that ran over the course of a few weeks in the spring and fall.

CEDTAS  is a service of the Canadian CED Network that works to strengthen community organizations and community economic development projects in Winnipeg, mainly by matching them with volunteers who have specialized skills. If you are a Winnipeg-based community organization who would like some assistance in making your dreams a reality or a volunteer with specific professional skills who would like to help build a better community, contact CEDTAS by email at cedtas@ccednet-rcdec.ca, or phone us: Geoff at 949-1463 or Julio at 949-1449.

Growing a Manitoba Local Food Economy

Food Matters Manitoba & the Canadian CED Network recently hosted a learning and discussion session with farm and food economist Ken Meter. The afternoon included local food economy success stories, interactive dialoguing on strengthening Manitoba’s local food economy, and more. The afternoon was of interest to those working in Community Economic Development and Municipal Planning especially, and many local food enthusiasts attended. The Canadian CED Network and Food Matters Manitoba co-hosted the event, with support from Heifer International Canada, the Farmers' Market Association of Manitoba, Community Futures, and Health in Common. We extend our appreciation to all event partners and presenters.

Manitoba CED News

The Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance - New Funding 

The Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance (MAFRA) was ecstatic to find out it will be part of a 5 year funding project totalling $1 million dollars.  MAFRA is run to be a transparent and accountable, inclusive, and highly effective and productive organization that does justice to the many, diverse food related needs across rural, urban and northern Manitoba, and indeed Canada as a whole. CCEDNet-MB was happy to support the application and look forward to working with this initiative in the future.

For more information visit the MAFRA website or tune in to their weekly radio show titled "Shaking the Trees" every Wednesday afternoon on UMFM 101.5 FM.

LITE Welcomes Applications for 2010 Community Organization Grants

Non-profit organizations are encouaged to apply for the 2010 Community Organization Grants offered by LITE.  Through the grants, LITE supports and partners with selected non-profit initiatives who are working to establish sustainable employment in their community.  In particular, initiatives that train residents in employable skills and offer them their first jobs are principal targets of the grants program.

The deadline for submissions is February 5, 2010.  Applications are downloadable here.

Applications Now Available for Urban Green Team Grants

Applications are now available for grants to hire youth for summer jobs in Manitoba through provincial Green Team programs.  The Green Team programs were introduced to create employment opportunities for youth aged 16 to 24. Participating employers provide a wide range of community development opportunities that improve neighbourhoods, promote community involvement and help develop young leaders.

Organizations can hire up to four youth between May 1 and Aug. 31. The application deadline for jobs that begin in May is Feb. 16, while the deadline for jobs that begin after June 14 is April 6.

Volunteer Manitoba Winter and Spring Training Calendar is Now Online

Volunteer Manitoba offers workshops and events throughout the year to provide information, training and resources to build strong communities with working partners.  Since its inception in 1978, Volunteer Manitoba has expanded programs, services and partnerships to help non-profit groups and individuals enhance their capacity to anticipate, understand and meet community needs throughout the Province.

Food Matters Manitoba's Growing Local 2010 Food Security Conference

February 19 - 20, 2010

The conference will showcase existing food security projects and help to develop new skills, as conference participants work towards greater food security in Manitoba.  The two-day conference will have 30 workshops and presentations including sucess stories from small farmers, a farm to cafeteria forum, and a food justice and democracy issues discussion just to name a few.

The conference takes place at the University of Winnipeg. Registration is now open, visit the Manitoba Food Security Website for more information.

Province Announces Community Places Grant Applications Now Available

Grant applications from Manitoba's Community Places program are now available and will be accepted until February 15th.  The Community Places initiative provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects.  Non-profit organizations can apply for assistance for critical building repairs, energy-saving initiatives and user-related improvements.

Neighbourhoods Alive! Has New Intake Dates for Proposals

  • April 15 deadline for projects beginning between July 1st to December 30th
  • October 15 deadline for projects beginning between January 1st to June 30th

CED Tool

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.

The CID was developed by the Government of Canada’s Rural Secretariat in collaboration with the provinces and territories, other government departments, and community groups.

The CID provides:

  • Access to over 500 pieces of data about your community or region, including: population, education, income, employment, families, and much more
  • An interactive map for displaying and accessing data
  • A tool for you to learn more about rural Canada


National CED News

2010 National Summit on a People-Centered Economy

May 30 - June 1, 2010

In 2008, several networks and organizations began to discuss the possibility of holding a National Summit on a People-Centred Economy in 2010. Building a people-centred economy has long been at the heart of cooperative, credit union, social economy and community economic development (CED) movements, along with a broad swath of the non-profit world. All these sectors grew out of the historical struggle against want, impoverishment and deep inequalities.

Read more about the Summit, it's central proposition and our planning team


Climate Change & Peak Energy: Improving Your Community's Resilience

Feb 12 2010 - 08:30 - 16:30

Lister Centre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton

Is Your Community Ready?

Higher prices for oil and gas will impact the price of most goods and services, and municipal budgets. Increased reliance on unconventional fuels will also increase environmental pollutants, while contributing to climate change and human health problems. Add increasing concerns over safe water supplies, and sharp rises in natural gas prices; municipalities can expect to take the brunt of the impacts of climate change and peak energy.

This event is for rural and urban planners, staff, councilors, economic development officers and community organizations who want to develop action plans that will allow their community to innovate and thrive in an age of uncertainty.

Cost: $250/person for the 1st person, $200/ each additional person, includes lunch & refreshments.

Due to demand, registration limited to 3 people per organization.

For more information, or to register contact Paul Cabaj, Canadian Centre for Community Renewal at paul.cabaj@gmail.com, or call (780) 716-4475.

Presented By the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and the Environmental Research & Studies Centre

UN General Assembly Proclaims 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives

Since 1959, the UN has designated International Years in order to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance.  The proclamation for 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives was part of a larger resolution entitled "Co-operatives in Social Development" adopted by the UN General Assembly.  The full text document can be downloaded here.

Certificate Program for Community Economic Development Professionals

Simon Fraser University's certificate program is for professionals working in community economic development who want to increase their skills and knowledge in the field.  Eight courses are offered and organized to provide opportunities for thoughtful exploration and practical learning in the critical elements of CED values and principles, enterprise development, financing, planning and research, community participation and sustainability.

Why Social Housing Policy Matters

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), in partnership with the Social Housing Services Corporation (SHSC), has just released six comprehensive papers that address a wide range of social housing policies in Canada. The papers are authored by graduate student interns as part of the Housing Internship and Scholar Program with foundational support from SHSC and funding from other organizations in cooperation with CPRN.

Federal Finance Committee Endorses Co-operative Investment Strategy

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has endorsed the co-operative sector's call for a Co-operative Investment Strategy, which would provide much-needed financing opportunities for Canadian co-operatives.  Committee members from all political parties endorsed the recommendations.

Investing in Aboriginal Education Benefits Everyone

Improving educational outcomes for Aboriginals in Canada is the most effective means to alleviate Aboriginal marginalization and poverty, argue the authors of two technical papers on the issue commissioned by Canadian Policy Research Networks. Investing in Aboriginal education would also have a positive and long-lasting effect on the Canadian economy as a whole, the authors conclude.

Capital for Communities

The Canadian Centre for Community Renewal is a pre-eminent source of expertise and resources in starting and strengthening CED organizations, revitalizing communities, developing community-minded businesses, CED curriculum design and delivery, and publishing - including the quarterly CED magazine Making Waves.

The new Making Waves special edition titled "Capital for Communities" addresses the catalytic role capital can play for the community, including papers on "The Financial Ecosystem of Canada's Social Economy" and "Equity Tax Credits as a Tool of CED".

Canadian CED Network Endorses “Dignity For All Campaign”

Dignity for All is a multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign. This campaign’s vision is to make a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada a reality by 2020. The conviction behind this campaign is that Canadians must respect and defend the right of every person to dignity and security.

The campaign has three goals:

  1. A comprehensive, integrated federal plan for poverty elimination:
  2. A federal Act to eliminate poverty, promote social inclusion and strengthen social security:
  3. Sufficient federal revenue to invest in social security:

Please add your name and/or your organization’s name to the list of more than 4000 individuals and 270 groups (including the Canadian CED Network) who have signed the Dignity for All call to action.  Another way you can support the campaign is to speak with your local Member of Parliament about the campaign and encourage him/her to join the list of 30 MPs with representation form all federal political parties who have endorsed the campaign.

Read more about the Campaign, and sign up yourself and/or your organization in support of Dignity For All.

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