June 2010

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Profile: Elmwood Community Resource Centre

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Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association ECRCAA

“Nestled along the bank of the Red River, Elmwood is home to some 17,000 people. Here you'll find a rich cultural and social diversity, a thriving local economy, well-kept homes and streets, and beautiful parks and green spaces. Above all, you will find a caring community focused on the well-being and prosperity of its residents.”
In May of 2002, Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Chalmers Neighbourhood Project and West Elmwood Residents Association amalgamated their three organizations to create the Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association (ECRCAA). On May 27th, 2010  Neighbourhoods Alive!, one of the provincial government's key community economic development initiatives, expanded to the Chalmers community in Elmwood in Winnipeg with $90,000 in funding.  This means one specific area of Elmwood is now eligible for The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund that can be used by neighbourhood organizations, representing residents and other local interests to strengthen local capacity and revitalize urban neighbourhoods through a broad range of locally planned initiatives. 
Elmwood is also the first Urban community in Manitoba (and second in Canada) to be designated a “ Community That Cares” area. “ Communities that Care” is a prevention planning system that promotes positive development of children and youth and prevent problem behaviours including substance use, delinquency, school drops out and violence, through strategic consultations, training and research based tools.
The Elmwood Community Resource Centre is proactively working to create a community hub accessible to local people to replace the services and resources that the area has lost. To meet the needs of the Elmwood community, ECRC offers the following programs:
As well they offer the following services:
  • Public phone/fax service
  • Manitoba Housing Resource Centre for Keenleyside Tenants
  • Assistance with online applications
  • Parenting Support Programs
  • Computer Classes - through GOAL
  • Job Search Strategies - all ages, through EYEE

Canadian CED Network News

Canadian CED Network Asks Premiers for Positions on EU Trade Deal (CETA)

The Canadian CED Network has sent a letter to the premier of each province and territory across Canada requesting their position on granting the European Union unrestricted access to procurement at the sub-national level in Canada through the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Members of the Canadian CED Network and communities across the country have benefited from the policy flexibility sub-national governments currently have to implement purchasing policies that recognize the added social, economic, and environmental value of locally owned businesses, cooperatives, and social enterprises.

Canada is currently negotiating a CETA with the European Union. There is growing concern around proposed procurement rules that would remove the option sub-national governments have to use government purchasing in a way that creates stronger and more inclusive local economies, protects the environment, promotes ethical business practices, creates new opportunities for marginalized groups to gain long-term local employment, and fosters communitiy economic development. If you would like to get involved with others who have come together to challenge the Canada-EU free trade negotiations visit www.tradejustice.ca.

Read the letter.

Saskatchewan CED News

Farmer Direct Co-operative Receives Domestic Fair Trade Certification

Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. (FDC), a farmer-owned business of 70 certified organic family farms is the first business in Canada and the Untied States to receive domestic fair trade certification.  FDC is now both certified organic and fair trade making FDC the first company eligible to carry the fairDeal seal on their members' products.  The fairDeal seal on products assures the consumer all companies involved in the supply chain of a product are fair trade and organic certified - consumers need only look for the one seal, the fairDeal.

For more information, please contact Jason Freeman, FDC General Manager at (306) 352-2496 or jason@farmerdirect.coop.

CED Tool

Community Information Database

The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based tool providing consistent and reliable social, economic and demographic data for all communities and regions across Canada.  Newly enhanced, the CID offers a variety of new indicators on co-operatives, agriculture, rural and urban populations and a host of other valuable information resources from across Canada.

Visit www.cid-bdc.ca to access the CID now!

National CED News

Building Sustainable Local Food Systems: Toronto on the Forefront

Growing concern for local food systems should come as no surprise to the reader.  A cascade of health, social, economic and environmental problems are directly connected to much of the industrialized world's system of food production and consumption.  A new report put forth by Toronto Public Health - a Food Strategy project - calls for a reformation of Toronto's food system to align with a health-focused agenda.  This new report is designed to work as a vehicle towards environmental nourishment, protection against climate change, the promotion of social justice and the creation of local and diverse economic development for the betterment of the community.

Click here to find out how your community can take a "food system perspective".

B.C. Credit Union the First to Sign a Living Wage Agreement

Community Savings Credit Union has become the first financial institution in British Columbia to sign the Living wage Agreement.  The Living Wage for Families campaign calls on employers to meet a higher standard for both their direct staff and major contractors - it reflects what people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living in a specific community.

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Call for More Affordable Housing

Delegates to the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's annual meeting in London, ON are calling on all levels of government to work together to help almost four million Canadians living in core housing need.  Governments have been called upon to find ways to maintain the affordability and security of existing co-operative housing as agreements with government are set to end in the next several years.

SSHRC Social Economy Suite: Policy Frameworks for the Social Economy

Three Master's level scholarships are available for approximately $12,000 for one academic year.  There awards are open to Masters' students studying public policy, Canadian politics, or related fields.  Consult the project website for more information on the social economy, the research team and community partners.

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