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.

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Meet our Members

Street Culture Kidz Project Inc.

Street Culture Kidz Project Inc is a Regina-based organization that works with young people dealing with barriers to employment, education, and social development. Street Culture uses the avenue of social entrepreneurialism to employ otherwise often unemployable youth between the ages of 15 and 30. Through these activities, young people are engaged in meaningful work and have the opportunity to become more involved in the community in a healthy and positive way.

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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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Saskatchewan CED News

Regina Marches for Housing Rights

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.

In Regina, the Social Work Students’ Society organized a day of action that began in Victoria Park. Campaigners marched to the Legislative building where leaders in the university, government, and non-profit communities spoke about the urgent need for solutions to Canada’s housing crisis.

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Co-op Postcards

Participants of the past year’s Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program have created eye-catching postcards depicting a set of co-operatively themed images. The young artists are selling the postcards in sets of ten for $5.00. All proceeds go towards making the 2012 IYC Youth event possible.

Contact to place an order.

Give the Gift of Community: the Station 20 West gift card

This holiday season, choose a great alternative gift idea for family and friends that will help shape Saskatoon's future—the Station 20 West gift card. In the spirit of giving, you can support core neighbourhood revitalization and help make Station 20 West a reality.

For a minimum $10 donation, Station 20 West will send your designated recipient a card on your behalf, thanking them for their help in building Station 20 West, and in building community. At the same time, Station 20 West send you a receipt for income tax purposes.

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Building Community Exhibit in Melfort

On October 19, Melfort became the first community outside Saskatoon to host the Building Communities Exhibit. The Exhibit highlights the history and impact of co-operatives and features several specific social enterprises and co-operative initiatives that are contributing to the well-being of people in this province and some other Canadian locales.

An official opening of the exhibit and a reception was held on October 19 and was very well attended. A more portable version of the exhibit will be back on the road to other Saskatchewan communities to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives.

An online version of the exhibit is also available for your viewing and can be found here.

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(Source: U of S Centre for the Study of Co-operatives)

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.

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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CED Tool

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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