June 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

Connections 2012: Community Investment Solutions for a Better Ontario

The 2012 CCEDNet-Ontario conference attracted just over 100 participants to the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. A sold-out bus tour visited several social purpose enterprises, and the conference featured speakers looking at strategies for innovation in an age of austerity, generating revenues, co-operative development and growing inequality, along with a variety of workshops.

The conference also hosted the Toronto launch of The Resilience Imperative by CCEDNet founding member Mike Lewis.

Many thanks to the event steering committee and funders.

>> Consult the full program here

(Photo credit: LOFT Youth Centre for Social Enterprise & Innovation)

CCEDNet 2012 AGM: Growing from the Grassroots

CCEDNet held its annual general meeting on June 6. Members in person and attending via webinar and teleconference across the country reviewed the accomplishments of the last year, welcomed new Board member Indu Krishnamurthy, recognized outgoing Board members Victoria Morris and Naomi Adams, and approved two member-sponsored resolutions.

The results of strategic planning process undertaken through the spring were also discussed. These will be shared with members in the coming weeks.
>> Read our Annual Report

Spark Update: Busy as Ever

The summer holiday season is fast approaching, but our Spark team has been as busy as ever. Here is a collection of great matches between professional volunteers and community organizations that Spark helped create last month:

  • West Central Women's Resource Centre and Good Neighours Active Living Centre both received marketing advice from Stage Left Communications
  • A consultant volunteer from KPMG helped Graffiti Art Programming create a business plan
  • Preparations for DMSMCA's greenspace development plan are moving forward thanks to the landscaping expertise of Plain Projects

To become a volunteer, or to find help with your non-profit's latest project, contact Spark today! Also follow Spark on Facebook for regular updates on their great work.

CCEDNet Sends Support for Special Committee on Co-operatives

On May 30, 2012 the House of Commons adopted a motion by MP, Mauril Bélanger, calling on the House to establish a special, non-partisan committee on co-operatives. This committee will consider the role cooperatives play in Canada and identify areas where the federal government may improve and give them greater support. The motion intends to bring greater understanding of Canada’s co-ops and promote the advantages of the co-op model. 

The presence of this Committee will be particularly important given the recent decision by the federal government to terminate the Co-op Development Initiative and make significant cuts to the Rural and Co-operative Secretariat (read more).

In response, several community organizations and co-operatives initiated a letter-writing campaign to each Party Whip, urging them to submit their party's committee representatives (click here to CCEDNet's letter). Fortunately, by June 8, all parties had appointed their representatives to the Special Committee, with the Conservatives holding 7 seats at the table, the NDP 5, and the Liberals 1.

Handout to Habitat: Film Screening & Forum to Change Perspectives on Homelessness

The Canadian CED Network, the SFU Certificate Program in CED, and other partners will be hosting a series of film screenings and forums to bust myths about homelessness and engage people in discussions about finding meaningful and lasting solutions.

The events will feature special screenings of the Homesafe documentaries, created by Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Four events will be held at four different locations through BC, including Abbotsford, Surrey, New Westminster and Vancouver, starting on June 18.
>> Read more

To learn more about how you can host a screening of the Homesafe documentaries in your community, contact Kirsten Bernas at kbernas@ccednet-rcdec.ca or 204.943.0547.

Meet our Regional Committee!

We are pleased to announce the acclamation of all of our Regional Committee Members! Having received no other nominations, we are declaring Janice Goodman (North End Community Renewal Corp.), Vera Goussaert (Manitoba Coop. Association), Roger Guy (Community Futures Westman), Christine Landry (Community Futures Manitoba), and Jamil Mahmood (Spence Neighbourhood Association) elected by acclamation. They will all serve 2 year terms. The remaining members are Dawn Sands, Sandra Carballo, Lisa Forbes, Kemlin Nembhard, and Kreesta Doucette, whose terms will end next year.

The Regional Committee provides an important opportunity for CCEDNet-Manitoba staff to consult and plan our activities with key members of the Network.
>> Read more

Manitoba CED News

BUILD Prosperity Hits Local Bookshelves

BUILD Prosperity: Energizing Manitoba's Local Economy is now available for purchase at McNally Robinson. This new book by Shaun Loney outlines how Manitoba’s fossil fuel tab can be replaced with jobs and justice in the local economy. From Manitoba Hydro to government cafeterias – these bold, practical ideas make a compelling case for change in how our most familiar institutions are organized. Shaun is the founder and Executive Director of BUILD Inc and Warm Up Winnipeg a program that strives to make housing more affordable and environmentally friendly by lowering energy and water bills.
>> Read more 

Food Matters Manitoba Calls for Nominations & Workshop Proposals

The 2012 Golden Carrot Awards are approaching, and Food Matters Manitoba is looking for your nominations for Community Food Champions!  The Golden Carrot Awards are Food Matters Manitoba's annual awards recognizing the tremendous work Manitobans are doing to create a healthy, sustainable food system. >> Read more

Food Matters has also put out the call for workshop proposals for their 2013 Growing Local Conference, Manitoba's premiere food security event. The deadline for nominations and proposals is June 30. >> Read more

First Nations Co-op Project Receives Funding

The Canadian Co-operative Association has announced that the Keewatin Tribal Council, located in Thompson, will be one of three funding recipients of the CCA's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program (FNMI). The Tribal Council will use the funding to study the feasibility of creating a branch of the Med-Dian Credit Union in Thompson. 

The proposed credit union branch in Thompson would serve more than 16,000 KTC members living in Thompson and the surrounding remote and isolated communities which are without banking services.
>> Read more

Assiniboine Credit Union Helps to Build a Better World

Assinibione Credit Union, a CCEDNet member, has recently demonstrated that their commitment to community extends well beyond Manitoba. Last month, ACU contributed $80,000 (over four years) to the Co-operative Development Foundation's Build a Better World Campaign. The Build a Better World Campaign works to support marginalized individuals in Africa, Asia and the Americas who are improving their lives through co-ops and credit unions.
>> Read more 

Help Open Neechi Commons

Now 90% complete, construction of the Neechi Commons site is in its final phase. Now the folks at Neechi are making one last push to raise funds that will help open the doors and cover the operating costs of the new facility. The Neechi Foods Co-op is seeking to raise $500,000 in investment share sales and capital grants or donations to pay for inventory, final equipment purchases and other opening costs. We encourage you to consider investing in the Neechi Commons, and help develop a thriving community-driven retail hub in the North End.
>> Read more 

Transition Winnipeg, Unleashed

The Transition Town Movement has officially arrived in Winnipeg. Dozens of Winnipeggers gathered in April to discuss innovative, meaningful, community-scaled solutions to complex issues such as climate change and economic instability. In a recent Uptown Magazine article, Paul Chorney credits a CCEDNet workshop in June 2010 for introducing Winnipegers to the Movement - which began in the UK in 2006.

Togther, Transition Winnipeg will engage Winnipeggers around innovative projects in areas such as food production, sustainable transportation, energy, art, education, housing, and community economic development.
>> Read more

National CED News

Bi-Partisan Anti-Poverty Caucus Holds First Meeting

A newly minted federal All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APC) held its first event on Parliament Hill on June 12. According to a media release, the APC will bring together diverse stakeholders from all political stripes in order to make systematic and lasting improvements in the lives of Canadians living in poverty. 

In an email sent to the co-chairs (Jean Crowder, MP (NDP); Hon. Art Eggleton, Senator (Lib); Hon. Michael Chong, PC. MP (Cons)), CCEDNet expressed thanks for their role in the formation of the this new Caucus. CCEDNet commended the APC for making a clear statement that poverty is not the issue of any one party, but of all parties, because it is of critical importance to all Canadians.

CCEDNet is particularly pleased to hear that this new bi-partisan caucus will seek to bring together federal government, community and other key stakeholders to develop solutions to poverty. We also indicated our willingness to share the innovative, comprehensive, and community-led models that our members are using across the country to respond to poverty with the APC.

Our Network understands that complex community challenges, such as poverty, require multi-faceted and coordinated responses, and that those responses will be most successful and sustainable when they are community-led.
>> Read more 

CCA Survey Shows Canadians' Support for Co-operatives

The vast majority of Canadians say co-operatives provide better customer service than other types of businesses, treat their employees better, have more environmentally sustainable practices and support community values and the local economy. Those were some of the results of an Abacus Data survey commissioned by the Canadian Co-operative Association and conducted on May 15 and 16.

The survey found that when given a choice between a member-owned community business and a national brand, most of Canadians would choose a co-operative (83%).

>> Read more

Poverty Progress Profiles

Canada Without Poverty has compiled Poverty Progress Profiles to help Canadians keep track of what their provincial government is doing to reduce poverty. The Progress Profiles examine the current status of poverty, plan development and implementation or organizational appeals for a plan, and details on specific thematic areas related to poverty (such as housing, welfare, employment support, and early childhood education and care). Manitoba is one of eight provinces that current have a provincial poverty reduction plan. 
>> Read the Manitoba Progress Profile 

National Right to Food Strategy

After a two-week mission in Canada, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, released his preliminary report on May 16th. The report reflects many voices and concerns that he heard during his mission in Canada, and concludes that Canada is in urgent need of a national right to food strategy. Despite Mr. Schutter's expert advice, the Government of Canada was largely dismissive of the recommendations outlined in the report. In response, dozens of national and local organizations have undertaken a letter-writing campaign to urge the federal government to reconsider their position on the UN's recommendations. 
>> Read the full report

Online Co-op Training Program

The CoopZone Developers' Network Co-operative has recently released updated information for its multi-level on-line training program on co-operative development beginning in September 2012. The first level, called the Foundations Program lasts for one year (September - April). The second level, or the Advanced Program, lasts for two years and both years will be offered starting in September. In addition, we are developing a new, basic introductory course on co-operative development. Each level is designed to take a few hours per week. 
>> Read more 

A Tool-Box for Community Collaboratives

This Tool-Box, created by the White House Council for Community Solutions, includes a detailed guide of key activities and resources to structure and sustain collaborative and effectively generate meaningful community participation in these efforts. It is made up of four primary tools that each includes additional resources to support collaborative towards success. The four tools are: Building or Improving a Community Collaboratives, Community Collaborative Assessment, Community Collaboratives Learning Examples, and Community Collaboratives - The Next Generation of Community Participation
>> Read more 

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