May 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

Community Economies and Jobs to Suffer with Federal Cuts to Co-operative Development

Earlier last month, the federal government announced the termination of the Co-operative Development Initiative along with drastic cuts to the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. In response, CCEDNet prepared a brief commentary, highlighting the significant impacts that these decisions will have on the development of new co-operative businesses, jobs, and services for communities throughout Canada. These cuts will ultimately result in a negative economic impact that will surely outweigh the short-term 'savings.' CCEDNet's response calls on the government to reverse their decision, for the sake of Canada's economy and communities.

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Bill C-10: The Truth About Consequences

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the John Howard Society of Manitoba and CCEDNet - Manitoba along with other partners worked together to create a report, which highlights the costs of the omnibus crime legislation, Bill C-10.

The report, titled Bill C-10: The Truth About Consequences, calls on the Province of Manitoba to invest in crime prevention rather than punishment by dedicating funds to housing, education and family supports, employment, mental health and addictions. Although The Truth About Consequences is focused on the Manitoba context, the evidence it provides for addressing the underlying root causes of poverty and crime can be applied across the country.

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The Impact of International Trade Agreements on Impact Purchasing Policies

Canada and the European Union are in the process of negotiating a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This agreement would eliminate most tariffs between Canada and the EU and change some non-trade related government policies such as those related to labour, health, farming, public safety, and environmental rules and regulations.

If achieved, CETA could significantly reduce or even eliminate provincial and municipal purchasing policies that encourage local development, or set performance requirements obliging foreign suppliers to purchase locally, train local workers, or reinvest a portion of profits into local communities.

>> Click here to read CCEDNet’s full commentary on CETA

Meet Our Members

Housing Strategies Inc.

Housing Strategies Inc. is a Calgary-based consulting company dedicated to fostering healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities. They believe that improving housing affordability and choice is the key to helping communities stay economically viable, promote greater sustainability, and help residents respond to the changes life brings.

>> Visit their website

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers

CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) is a federally registered, non-profit society that is Aboriginal controlled, community based, and membership driven. CANDO is directed by a national regionally represented volunteer board of elected EDOs representing region of Canada.

>> Visit their website

Alberta CED News

Minding Our Own Business: Cooperative Approaches to a New Economy

From growth to resilience, communities around the globe are exploring cooperative transitions to our future economy. What does an economy look like that is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable? What role can social enterprise, cooperatives, and credit unions play? What role can we play?

Join Mike Lewis, author of The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy, and community partners for a discussion of his new book and a celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives. This free event will be held on May 29 in Calgary from 6-9pm.

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Building a Financially Sustainable Nonprofit

Join the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and Thrive in welcoming Momentum Executive Director Walter Hossli for a presentation and facilitated dialogue on building a financially sustainable organization that is able to thrive through all economic cycles. This learning and networking event will be held on May 23 in Calgary. Tickets are available in advance for $40, with discounted rates available for CCVO and Thrive members.

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ACCA Tells Co-op Tales

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) is partnering with Axiom News to spread the word about co-operatives in Alberta in celebration of the International Year of Co-operatives. Their first batch of co-op tales focuses on the Unleashing Local Capital initiative, a $1.2-million project that supports rural communities in establishing a local community investment fund that people can invest.

The first edition includes inspiring and informative stories from Westlock Terminals NGC, Battle River Railway NGC and Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-operative, which formed community investment co-ops to turn the potential loss of an economic infrastructure into a lucrative local investment.

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CED Tool

Lighting the Road to Success: A Handbook for Non-Profit Executive Directors

This Orientation Manual, written by Heather Block and Suhad Bisharat, has been developed to make Executive Directors' jobs easier and to give them a guide to the many priorities and tasks of the position. The authors have included background information, suggestions, checklists, and charts that readers can use. The manual has been written so that Executive Directors can easily find the resources that they need, when they need them.

The manual is divided into five sections: 1) Running an Organization  2) Finances 3) Programming 4) Board of Directors and 5) Human Resources.

>> Download the Handbook

National CED News

Three New eBooks from the Canadian Social Economy Hub

The Canadian Social Economy Hub has produced three final publications building on the results of their national, 6-year research program. The publications are available to download on CCEDNet's website. Epub versions of the publications will be coming soon. You can also order printed copies from the University of Victoria bookstore. Follow the links below to learn more about each publication:

Registration now open for the CCA/CCCM Congress!

This year's joint national Congress between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) will center around the theme of the International Year of Co-operatives, Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World.

The 2012 Congress will take place from June 27-29 in Montreal. The event provides a unique opportunity to share best practices and exchange information across Canada's co-op sector through the objectives of raising awareness of the co-op model and building capacity for the co-op community.

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Tipping the Scales: Canadians with Disabilities and the Right to Work

Hundreds of service providers, professionals and community members will be heading to Winnipeg in June for the 17th Annual National Supported Employment Conference. The theme of this year's event is: Tipping the Scales: Canadians with Disabilities and the Right to Work.
Each year, the Conference provides an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders and interested community members to engage in meaningful dialogue, experience valuable exchanges of learning, provide mentoring, and collectively develop gateways to establishing national best practices.

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Discover the Co-op Difference

Discover the Co-operative Difference is an online orientation program developed by the Canadian Co-operative Association, and is designed to teach users about the size, scope and impact of co-operatives and credit unions in Canada and around the world. It is an easy-to-use resource that teaches users about virtually every aspect of the Canadian co-operative movement.

The also program features an interactive "Co-op Main Street" where users can pay virtual visits to a variety of real-life co-operatives and credit unions.

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A Plan, Not a Dream How to End Homelessness in 10 Years

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness has been formed to build a national movement to end homelessness from the community up. To kick-off their campaign, the Alliance has recently released a 10-year plan, which maps out how Canadian communities can end homelessness in a decade or less by prioritizing community needs, galvanizing local action, and creating innovative partnerships. The report provides a comprehensive, practical, community-based approach that shifts the focus from managing homelessness to a system that addresses the root causes of Canada's housing crisis.

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Job Postings

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