January 2011

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Looking Back on 2011 and Toward the Year Ahead

Canadian CED Network News

Manitoba CED News

National CED News

CED Job Postings

Looking Back on 2011 and Toward the Year Ahead

- A message from Brendan Reimer, Regional Coordinator

As we head into 2012 full of hope and ideas, setting our sights on opportunities we are determined to realize in our communities, it is a good time to reflect on a year gone by. For our Network, it was the first time we surpassed 100 members in Manitoba, which for a member-led network, demonstrates growing strength. We are stronger together, and together we can create change.

It was a busy year politically as both federal and provincial elections were held, and we worked hard to get our priorities heard by all parties involved. But beyond election time, it is notable how many policy changes were instigated by members and achieved by the Network working together with government. We do need to take the time to celebrate success, and recognize our collective accomplishments. And yet, as we look forward to another year, we have another set of Policy Priorities adopted by our membership that we hope to have similar success with.

CCEDNet Manitoba continues to bring people together to celebrate, connect, learn, and work together. The highlight, as always, was the 2011 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering that brought together over 550 folks for 25 workshops, great food and people, and a screening of “The Economics of Happiness.” Last year we also created additional 33 learning events that were attended by 788 people, and partnered with others to create another 12 events that were attended by 1647 people. We know you value these events, which is why we are already busy planning the 2012 Spring Learning Series.

The Spark service of CCEDNet Manitoba also continues to providing a unique and concrete benefit to community organizations and citizens of Winnipeg by bringing together organizations who are looking for someone with a specific skill set with Winnipeggers who use their expertise in a volunteer opportunity that creates change in our communities. In 2011, Spark made over 60 matches between skilled volunteers and community organizations worth over $180,000 in pro bono services.

If you have not already done so, we would welcome you to join CCEDNet Manitoba as a member, for what is sure to be another exciting and busy year ahead.



Canadian CED Network News

Women’s Economic Empowerment Webinar

CCEDNet's International Committee is hosting a free webinar session, Women’s Economic Empowerment: Building Strong Economies and Communities in Canada and Internationally, on January 31.

This session will look at how women’s economic empowerment in Canada and internationally is contributing to stronger economies and communities, and what Canadians can do both here and abroad. Registration closes on January 29.

>> Read more

Spark's New Recruit: Welcome Donna!

Donna is passionate about recruiting and community development, and has applied this passion in her past work as a human resource representative with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Winnipeg; with not-for-profit organizations including the Orioles Bike Cage and Community Heritage Manitoba; and in the public sector where she was a researcher/writer for the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

One of Donna’s most unique experiences was collaborating with local development agencies on speleological (cave) tourism in Indonesia. In 2009, she completed the 1,600km Cycle of Hope, raising funds to build a home for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg. Donna holds a BA Hons in Anthropology and a diploma in Human Resource Management, both from the University of Winnipeg.

To find out how you can be a part of a Spark match, contact Donna at donnaspark@ccednet-rcdec.ca or 837-7275.

CCEDNet's Policy Priorities in Action

CCEDNet Manitoba's member-driven Policy Priorities can be used as an effective tool for communicating our collective policy agenda to a wider audience. This was demonstrated last month when Robert Neufeld of the North End Community Renewal Corporation put our Policy Priority documents forward for consideration at a recent public consultation on the upcoming federal budget.

Achieving our collective mission to make positive change in communities depends on our ability to bring these priorities to policymakers and the general public. In doing so, we can communicate the importance of advancing our collective policy agenda to all stakeholders.

>> Read more

Growing Local 2012

Celebrating 5 years as Manitoba's premiere food security event, the Growing Local Conference will once again bring together consumers, farmers, traditional food harvesters, CED food actors and everyone in between, for 3 inspired days of learning and sharing. The Conference is being held February 23-25 at the Marlborough Hotel (331 Smith Street) in Winnipeg.

As a planning partner for this event, CCEDNet urges all its members and any community members interested in food justice issues to attend.

>> Register here

Meet our Members


 Wolseley Family Place is a welcoming centre where families with small children can access support staff and other parents, on family-related issues. Their programs and services are designed to facilitate growth and develop individuals' skills.

>> Visit their website



The Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) is a community development organization driven by the needs and wants of the residents of Portage la Prairie. The PCRC is works to strengthen the well-being of Portage la Prairie by empowering citizens, enhancing neighbourhoods, fostering community spirit and building the capacity of community organizations.

>> Visit their website

Manitoba CED News

Manitobans Ring in the UN International Year of Co-operatives

Manitobans joined thousands of co-operative supporters across the country to celebrate Canada's official launch of the UN International Year of Co-operatives on January 12. The event took place at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, where Ministers Kerri Irvin-Ross and Gordon Mackintosh paid tribute to the contributions that Manitoba's 400 co-operatives make in our economy and communities.

The objectives of IYC 2012 are to expand public awareness, encourage the growth of co-operatives and strengthen the co operative movement. Stay tuned for news and updates on events that Manitoba's co-operative community is planning for the year.

>> Click here to replay highlights from IYC launch events across the country 

2011 State of the Inner City Report: The Difference a Theory Makes

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives launched its annual State of the Inner City Report examines the impact of neoliberalism on Employment and Income Assistance, housing, and second-chance education program policies in the inner city. The report concludes that neoliberal theories have failed to provide reasonable solutions to complex problems stemming from structural inequality and poverty.

>> Read more

New Credit Union Managed by High School Students in Swan River

High school students in the town of Swan River, MB are getting first-hand experience in managing financial services, thanks to Swan Valley Credit Union (SVCU).

The newest branch of SVCU, called Tigers Credit Union, held its grand opening in December. The branch, located in Swan Valley Regional Secondary School, is operated by 10 students in the high school's Seminar in Business course and provides a convenient way for students and staff to make deposits and withdrawals. 

>> Read more 

(Source: CCA News Brief)

Neighbourhoods Alive! Tax Credit Helps L'Arche Cafe Open its Doors

The first major success for the Neighbourhoods Alive! Tax Credit was recently announced. Casera Credit Union has used the tax credit to invest in L'Arche Cafe, a new social enterprise that will employ people with developmental disabilities. The 30 per cent NA!TC was introduced in the province's Budget 2011. It provides a credit to Manitoba corporations that make a minimum $50,000 donation to an organization with charitable status for the purpose of starting a new revenue-generating enterprise or social enterprise that hires people facing barriers to employment. CCEDNet is particularly proud to see this tax credit in action as our members and staff worked closely with the province to develop the NA!TC.

This news was accompanied by the announcement that L'Arche Cafe (119 Regent Avenue), a CCEDNet member, are hoping to officially open its doors in February.

>> Read more 

Join the Green Economy with Sustainability and Leadership Training

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is hosting a new training opportunity for young professionals in Winnipeg. The Sustainability Leaders Program is an innovative training course designed to develop leadership for the Green Economy by building the skills and knowledge necessary to help businesses improve their operational sustainability and management. 

The course will run from March 2 to June 30, 2012. IISD will be accepting applicants until February 15.

>> Read more 

Upcoming Events

Microfinance - The Illusion of Development
Dr. Milford Bateman, a British economist who specializes in the microfinance programs, will be giving a public lecture on January 24 in Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Bateman has published several articles and books that critique excessive reliance on micro-credit as an economic development strategy. Doors open at 5pm. >> Read more 

Get Strategic With Social Media
This online webinar will be moderated by Dr. Bill Ashton of RDI with a presentation by Mike Kujawski and Joanna Chan on how organizations can leverage social media to help engage with their audiences while achieving strategic goals and results. The webinar will be held at 9:30am and 1:30pm on January 26. >> Read more

CED Tool

Cutting Through the Fog - Why is it so hard to make sense of poverty measures?

The paper is about the challenges facing citizens when presented with statistics on poverty, and emphasizes the need to question the implications and assumptions underlying various poverty measures. The authors look at how we measure poverty levels, the working poor, child benefits, unemployment and Employment Insurance. They provide some basic information about what measures are used and illustrate how different approaches to the data can colour social realities. As Stapleton and Shillington write, “... if we don’t make sense of poverty measures, we will limit our ability as a society to make good decisions about poverty and related issues.“ 

>> Read more 

National CED News

The Dollars and Sense of Poverty - New Report

The report, created by the National Council of Welfare, shows the high dollar cost we are currently paying for the consequences of poverty. The report provides insights into why the costs of poverty are far higher than many people realize, why poverty has persisted in wealthy countries despite many policies and programs for people living in poverty, and many other important issues. It examines why investments to end poverty make better economic sense, and it shows how ending poverty would save money and improve wellbeing for everyone. It concludes with recommendations for the way forward.

>> Read more 

Faith-Based Organizations Engaged in the Social Economy: The Example of Catholic Religious Orders and the Mennonite

New research by Bob McKeon examines the contributions that faith-based organizations (FBOs) are making to the social economy sector in Canada. This study is the second BALTA research project looking at the role of FBOs in the social economy. It looks specifically at the approaches of Catholic religious orders and Mennonite community outreach organizations in their social economy projects.

For more information, contact Bob McKeon at rmckeon@shaw.ca

Meetings with the Regional Development Co-operatives in Eastern Canada

Quebec’s record of co-operative development success is looked to as a model in Canada and throughout the world. A key piece to Quebec’s co-operative development strategy is a system of Regional Development Co-operatives (RDCs), which help co-operative businesses through development steps. This summer, representatives from western provinces went on an exploratory study mission to find out more about how the RDCs in Quebec and New Brunswick work, and to see if the RDC model could be adapted to work in western Canada.

>> Read more 

(Source: Co-operative Spotlight, November)

30 Social Enterprises Worth Following - A Belated Holiday Gift

The Trico Charitable Foundation has compiled a year-end round up of all the social enterprises they tweeted about in 2011. The list of 30 social enterprises are located from coast to coast and are involved in diverse market activities including providing affordable psychology services, a movie theatre, textiles, and the food industry.

>> Read more

Cooperative Conference Calling for Proposals

Organizers of the Cooperating for Change Conference, which will be held in Montreal in June 2012, are calling for proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions. The goal of the conference is to bring together the overlapping communities of researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from academia, professional associations, civil society organizations and government to share knowledge and engage in discussion about policy proposals and strategic directions for the sector, both in Canada and internationally.

>> Read more 

CED Book Club: The Resilience Imperative - Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

The Resilience Imperative will be published in June 2012 by New Society Publishers. The book is co-written by BALTA reseachers, Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty, and draws from BALTA research related to sustainability, economic relocalization and transition to a steady state economy characterized by much lower greenhouse gas emissions. The book will sell for $26.95, a 20% discount is applied to pre-orders.

>> Read more

Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

National | AB | SK | MB | North

Positions to post? Send them to breimer@ccednet-rcdec.ca

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