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

Learning Enrichment Foundation

The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) offers a wide range of programming, driven by the needs of their community. LEF offer employment services, skills training, language training, childcare services and supports for children and families, newcomer services, youth programs and community enterprises programs.

>> 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

Northern CED News

Pathways to Prosperity: Northern Governance and Economy Conference in Yellowknife

This conference, being held in October 2012, will bring together Indigenous and Northern business leaders, policy makers, and social activists with academics working on Indigenous and Northern issues for information exchange and networking. Participants will engage in discussions and strategic visioning on how political institutions could change to better accommodate shifting governance authorities (land claim, self government, devolution) to create social and economic stability.

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Regional Anti-Poverty Gatherings

The Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction will be hosting regional gatherings throughout the North this spring to discuss community poverty reduction initiatives. They know that the community has great ideas for reducing poverty, but the challenge will be in implementing the initiatives. Meetings are planned for Rankin Inlet, May 17; Cambridge Bay, June 6; and, Iqaluit, June 21.

These gatherings also provide an opportunity for communities to review The Makimaniq Plan, and discuss whether it reflects previous community dialogues and how can it be implemented. To participate in one of these regional meetings, contact the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat.

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(Source: The Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction Newsletter)

Yukon First Nation Learns to Excel at Change

A recent article published in the i4 Journal tells the story of Teslin Tlingit First Nation in the Yukon, and their journey of accepting and learning to excel at change. The article traces the local government's decision to develop a 5-year strategic plan to address the urgent and overlapping community challenges of a plummeting birth rate, rising unemployment, and a housing shortage. Through their decision to adopt a long-term strategy, Teslin Tlingit has demonstrated that 'planning' does not have to substitute action, but rather, can help local governments achieve their objectives and build a stronger community.

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Arctic Co-ops Receives Funding to Deliver Co-op Funding

Arctic Co-operatives Limited (ACL) will receive close to $3.7 million from the federal government to train co-op employees in such areas as retail and hotel management, tourism and technical trades. The funding from the government's Skills and Partnership Fund will go to to ACL's Strategy for Training Arctic Technicians project.

"This partnership with the Government of Canada demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the co-op system to the training and development of co-op employees and co-op leaders across the Arctic," said Andy Morrison, CEO of ACL. "This new training program will result in important benefits to the communities served by the locally owned co-ops in the north, including improved services, empowered employees and strengthened leadership."

(Source: Co-operative News Brief, May 10)

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 program features a "Co-op Main Street" where users can pay virtual visits to a variety of real-life co-operatives and credit unions, as well as links to information about virtually every aspect of the co-operative movement.

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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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