In This Issue
- Social Enterprise Summit - San Francisco
- Make Poverty History and Dignity for All
- CCEDNet in the Sault
- Member Meeting in Saskatoon
- CCEDNet urges SK gov to reverse NDO cut
- FCL Finalist for Sustainability Award
- Centre for the Study of Co-operatives to Launch 25th Anniversary Exhibition
- Raj Patel and David Berge to Speak at National Summit
- Blackburn, Ignatieff to Speak at National Summit
- UVic Masters in Community Development
- Carrot Cache Launches Innovation Prize in Organic Farming
- Canada Revenue Agency Fact Sheet for Small and Rural Charities
- The Cleveland Model: A Large-scale Worker Cooperative
- CCA Announces Aboriginal Co-operative Development Program
- Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Metrics
- Hostels-to-Homes Project: Closing Homeless Shelters for all the Right Reasons
- Spanish Government Announces a New Law on Social Economy to Stimulate Labour Markets
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In an effort to contribute to national and international efforts to eliminate poverty, the Canadian CED Network continues to participate in monthly meetings with Make Poverty History and Dignity For All.
Make Poverty History is preparing to launch At the Table - a global campaign engaging citizen voices calling for bold action on poverty, climate change and the global economy in major 2010 summits. Individuals and organizations are being invited through this campaign to “take their place” alongside world leaders when they meet in Ontario this June at the G8 and G20 summits. Individuals can “take their place” through five core campaign actions. For more information about At the Table policy goals, campaign actions and for a toolkit to help you and your organization participate in the campaign, go to www.atthetable2010.org
The Dignity For All campaign is calling on the federal government for 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. The campaign held an event in Ottawa on February 1st called Dish on Dignity: A Discussion about Eradicating Poverty in Canada. The event brought low-income citizens, politicians and social justice representatives together around a table to engage in dialogue on the topic of poverty elimination in Canada. Dignity for All continues to seek new individuals and organizations to join the nearly 5000 individuals, 300 groups, 45 MPs, and 6 Senators that support the campaign to date.
On April 27, 28, and 29 the Canadian CED Network presented at and participated in a policy forum hosted by the Community Economic and Social Development Program at Algoma University as part of the LLL Social Economy Research Program led by the University of Saskatchewan. The forum allowed participants to explore and develop policy recommendations for government on how to strengthen, expand and support the social economy in rural, remote, First Nations and urban centres of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Participants also explored how they have influenced policy change as well as how they could collaborate to further influence policy change. Points that were consistently raised included the need to strengthen partnerships between governments, universities, and communities and the importance of engaging community in research and policy development.
Saskatchewan’s March 24 budget eliminated funding for neighbourhood development organizations. CCEDNet has written to the Premier and Minister of Social Services urging the government to reverse this decision. Read the full text of our letter here.
- taking action to reduce its environmental footprint, which results in a measurable environmental improvement in its own business;
- providing innovative products or services, which has resulted in a footprint reduction and environmental improvement elsewhere and/or;
- actively promoting and engaging in environmental sustainability with its stakeholders.
The winners will be announced at the SABEX Awards Gala on May 18.
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan is about to launch an exhibition of research results from the project titled “Linking, Learning, Leveraging: Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies, and Sustainable Communities”. An important feature of the exhibit is a travelling component that will be sent out to regional museums, schools, and local co-ops and credit unions after its initial run in Saskatoon.
The exhibit will be launched at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre on May 18th and run for six months. It will be the centerpiece of the 25th anniversary celebrations for the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
Interested in starting a non-profit organization? Don’t know how?
Don’t fret! Volunteer Manitoba has created a detailed report on the terminology, necessary start-up information, structural elements of a non-profit and other important issues to consider. This tool is a valuable resource to draw from that will introduce you to the wide range of programs, services and regulations involved when creating and operating a non-profit organization.
The Summit will also feature a presentation by Michael Peck, North American representative of Mondragon International and Ken Delaney of the United Steelworkers, who will speak about their joint initiative to develop manufacturing co-ops in the United States and Canada.
The upcoming National Summit on a People-Centred Economy has been getting the attention of Canadian political leaders.
If you can' t attend the Summit, follow the action on CCA's Summit blog, written by Donna Balkan, CCA communications manager and editor of Co-operative News Briefs. The blog can be accessed from www.coopscanada.coop starting on May 30.
Students join the program in May and courses are offered all year round. For more information on the program, go to http://publicadmin.uvic.ca/macd
Carrot Cache launches its first ever Innovation Prize for organic farmers. The $500 Innovation Prize will be awarded for best, innovative, low cost solution to planting, managing, harvesting, post harvest handling, or processing of food grown on your small Canadian organic urban or rural farm.
The first year’s prize will encourage organic farmers to share creative ways to build their farms’ balance sheet as well as the soil. Click here for more information.
An important new fact sheet is now available that outlines the differences between Related and Unrelated Businesses (only Related Businesses can be operated within a charity), how to treat an Unrelated Business, the pros and cons of each, and the nuances of Social Businesses and Training Businesses.
A new model for large-scale worker and community-benefiting enterprise is building momentum in Cleveland, one of America’s most impacted cities by the 2008 recession. The Evergreen Cooperative Laundry opened its doors last fall, the first of ten major cooperative enterprises to be part an integrated network of large-scale industries geared at environmental and cooperative leadership in the U.S. economy.
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has announced a development program aimed at assisting Aboriginal groups who are interested in exploring the co-op model. Once launched, the program will offer Aboriginal groups the ability to apply for small grants for pre-feasibility studies, visits to established co-ops, hiring of consultants and similar activities.
MaRS Discovery District released a new report on the success of social entrepreneurs in mobilizing both the human and financial capital required to start and expand social ventures. However, unless there is a clear understanding by funders and investors around the importance of establishing and reporting on appropriate social and financial metrics, the amount of capital available to this emerging sector will be limited.
For more information, and to download the report, click here.
The Hostels-to-Homes pilot project is underway as a means of relieving the pressure being put on emergency shelters in Hamilton through funding redirection to support a Housing First-type approach for chronic shelter users. As an end to this, there is hope emergency hostel residents will have access and attachment to affordable, stable, transitional or permanent housing.
The Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, announced that the government is preparing a new Law on Social Economy, consisting mainly of cooperatives, and a business model "that are crucial" to create employment. The new law is intended to reduce bureaucratic hurdles for social enterprises and define channels of communication with the public.
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