January 2010

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  • Intern Reflection: Mike Williams

Canadian CED Network News

Saskatchewan CED News

CED Tool

National CED News

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.



Saskatchewan CED News

Sustainable Saskatchewan Conference

Sustainable Saskatchewan: Building Sustainable Connections with a focus on Sustainable Business,  Food and Farming and Sustainable Community

Featuring 15 breakout sessions and three Plenary Speakers:

Receive Conference Registration Fees Discount if Registered Prior to February 2, 2010

Complete Conference Info - click here!

Register Online - click here!

Hosted by Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and SaskMade





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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