November 2011

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Fair Trade and CED Webinar

The Canadian CED Network's International Committee is hosting a free webinar, titled Fair Trade and CED: What's the Link? on December 13.

Through an evaluation of fair trade for rural women knitters in Bolivia to the promotion of Fair Trade in Manitoba, and a new initiative to create a Canadian Fair Trade coalition, this webinar will assess the impacts of fair trade and its contribution to economic empowerment.

>> Register here

Meet our Members

The NADC champions the cause of Alberta's northern economies and communities by exploring opportunities for growth, and developing programs and services to facilitate this growth. The Council is made up of nine public members and the Chair is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Alberta.

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Association franco-yukonnaise

Association franco-yukonnaise is the official voice of about 3,550 Yukon Francophones, 1,250 whom have French as their mother tongue. A non-profit organization, AFY seeks to create and develop, with the help of our partners, the services, activities and institutions needed in order for the Yukon's Francophone community to remain viable and dynamic.

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Alberta CED News

Citizen Investment Fuels Rural Turn-Around

Declining enrolment. Low property values. “For lease” signs in shop windows. These are such common sights in rural parts, it’s a relief to hear about a place that is beating the macro-trends. When the place is Sangudo, Alberta, it’s more than a relief – it’s astonishing. Sangudo’s 400 citizens didn’t wait for a town council, regional municipality, financial institution, or government agency to take the lead. They took it themselves.

>> Read the full article in the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal's ejournal, i4.

(Credit: Canadian Centre for Community Renewal - Insight Bulletin)

Money & Mission - Understanding Calgary's Social Enterprise Sector

The City of Calgary’s Family & Community Support Services, The Calgary Foundation and the United Way of Calgary and Area have teamed up in an effort to better understand the impact of social enterprises on the current non-profit sector. The report offers comprehensive and accessible data and should be recommended reading for those who are interested in expanding their understanding of Calgary’s diverse (and growing) social enterprise scene.

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Evaluate to Celebrate: Thrive’s First Annual Community Reflections Gathering

A year into their strategic mapping process, Thrive is asking you: how are we doing? If you have stories or insights to share about the sorts of relationships and resources to have emerged since Thrive began organizing as a network, then join the team on Thursday, December 15th at The Headspace. A detailed look at the event itinerary and registration details is available on Thrive's website.

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Winter Workshops with ACCA

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association are proud to announce three new workshop opportunities. Designed as onsite staff training workshops, this opportunity may be just what your organization needs to thrive in 2012. The three workshops are titled: Co-operative Basics; Financial Analysis and Planning for Non-Financial Managers: Beginner and Advanced; and Parliamentary Procedures. A comprehensive brochure is available on ACCA's website.

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National CED News

SERNNoCa Goes out in Style with its Final Conference on the Social Economy

More than 50 participants came from all across Northern Canada (including CCEDNet's Executive Director, Michael Toye, all the way from Victoriaville, Quebec) for the final conference of the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada (SERNNoCa) in Yellowknife, Nov 21-23. Researchers, community partners and students shared research findings from many of the more than 25 research projects that have been carried out over the last five years. They also discussed current challenges and considered priorities moving forward. A new 7-year research program looking at the impacts of resource development on communities in the North, ReSDA, will build on SERNNoCa’s work to date on the social economy and look at how the social economy can be used to provide greater benefits from resource developments to northern people.

Congratulations to all members of SERNNoCa for very valuable research and learning over the last five years and into the new research program.

Hundreds mobilize for housing rights across the country

National Housing Day, which fell on November 22 this year, commemorates the 1998 declaration by the Big City Mayor’s Caucus that homelessness had reached crisis proportions in Canada. Across the country, people gathered to raise awareness about Canada’s continuing homelessness problem and to call for government action to address the lack of adequate, affordable housing.

According to the Red Tent Campaign, "While this year's National Housing Day will be a time to reflect on lost opportunities like the failure to pass bill C-304, it is also a time for us to look into the future and renew our commitment to making housing a right in Canada."

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National Summit of the Charitable & Non-Profit Sector - November 28 – 30

This national summit has sold out. Thankfully, organizers of the Summit are offering an exciting opportunity to participate online. The Summit is bringing together leaders from across sub-sectors and from across the country. The four themes for the Summit include: 1) Improved conditions for the attraction and retention of paid staff; 2) More diversified and sustainable financing; 3) Better understanding of our work and our impact; and 4) Enhanced support for the engagement of volunteers/external talent.

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Blurring the Lines Between Business and Charity

An up-lifting story of two Manitoban men is at the heart of a recent Globe and Mail article about the pan-Canadian growth of social enterprises. The author recounts Mart Donkervoort’s career trajectory that ultimately led him to the create Inner City Renovation, a still-thriving social enterprise in Winnipeg (and a CCEDNet member). The social enterprise has since employed over 150 people, including Brian Pollock who has proudly worked his way up from labourer to project manager. The article effectively conveys the paradigm shift currently occurring across Canada’s economy without losing sight of the human stories that ultimately propel this crucial shift. 

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2011 Social Finance Forum

The MaRS 2011 Social Finance Forum is to take place December 13-14th in Toronto, Ontario. The two-day event features the latest news in social finance and practical ideas on how to best mobilize capital. Organizers would like to match –or even exceed - last year's impressive turn out of 300 attendees.

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New Publication by the Tamarack Institute: Cities Reducing Poverty

The Tamarack Institute has recently published a new book, Cities Reducing Poverty: How Vibrant Communities are Creating Comprehensive Solutions to the Most Complex Problem of our Times. The book highlights the results of Tamarack's Vibrant Communities project, a ten year "living laboratory" on comprehensive, multi-sector efforts to reduce poverty. Cities Reducing Poverty explores how to tackle the tightly interwoven causes-and-effects of a complex problem through mutually reinforcing activities.

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Assessing Community Information Needs: A Practical Guide

This Guide was developed by the Aspen Institute to help individuals and groups to assess and build what they refer to as "a healthy community information environment." 

The Report suggests that a fundamental shift is needed in how people's information needs are met. This shift, in part, urges the creation of multiple information sources in the community so that people have "many and varied touch-points" to access information. Four important considerations and nine strategies are offered to help communities assess and build a healthy information environment. This is a valuable resource to anyone interested in finding new ways to mobilize people to help strengthen communities.

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(Source: Tamarack Institute Newsletter)

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