September 2010

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Quint’s Challenges and Resilience

Quint’s Challenges and Resilience

From the Summer 2010 edition of QuintEssentials, newsletter of the Quint Development Corporation, an update by Len Usiskin, Manager.

Many of you have heard that Quint has suffered a couple of setbacks this past spring. In March we learned that our core funding was cut in the provincial budget. This was followed with a major fire at one of our apartment buildings in May. Each of these events had huge implications on our organization, but coming so close together created even greater challenges. I want to thank Quint’s dedicated and extremely capable staff that have gone well beyond the call of duty in responding to each of these difficulties. Even though the loss of our core funding has impacted on our capacity, we have been able to successfully restructure our budgets to ensure that most programs and services carry on with minimal disruption. Our staff has assisted the tenants affected by the fire in finding alternative living arrangements and we are working with The Cooperators insurance company to completely renovate the building. We anticipate that this will be completed within the next 6 to 8 months.

Looking Ahead

Despite these challenges, Quint remains stable and is in fact growing. Some highlights to look forward to include:

  • Multi year funding for the Core Neighbourhoods At Work, Pleasant Hill Place and the Male Youth Lodge.
  • The purchase of 8 new townhouses for affordable rentals in the Pleasant Hill Village
  • A new partnership for the construction of an innovative green and affordable infill housing project in Riversdale.
  • Progress on the development of Station 20 West.

Despite the setbacks, the board and staff at Quint are determined to continue a community-led economic development strategy in Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods for another 15 years.

Len Usiskin, Manager

Farmer Direct Receives First Domestic Fair Trade Certification

Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. (FDC), a Saskatchewan organic farmers' co-op, is the first business in Canada and the United States to receive domestic fair trade certification.

"People usually associate fair trade with coffee, sugar, bananas and other crops from the global south, but fair wages to farm workers and fair prices to farmers are just as much a concern in industrialized nations like Canada and the United States," said Murray Horkoff, an FDC farmer-owner from Kamsack, SK. "Now organic consumers can purchase fairly traded, flax, wheat, beans, hemp, peas, lentils and other crops grown in the Northern Hemisphere."

Along with fair prices to farmers and living wages to farm workers. the fairDeal, an organic industry supply chain non-profit and product seal, was founded to incorporate fair trade, pay equity and other additional ethical standards into organic agriculture.

CED Tool

The Co-operators Develop Insurance Tool for the Voluntary Sector

The Co-operators have specifically developed Community Guard for the voluntary sector.

For resources and tools for your non-profit organization, see the Quick Links section of their website.

For more information, contact the account representative in your area who can refer you to one of their specially trained agents today.  

National CED News

The Newly Revised Social Enterprise Guide!

Enterprising Non-Profits is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd Edition of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide.

If you’re a non-profit organization thinking about creating or already developing a new enterprise, or if you are expanding/formalizing your existing revenue-generating programs, then this Guide is for you. As a social enterprise development and planning tool the Guide is valuable for project managers, executive directors, Board members, and staff of a wide range of non-profit organizations. The Guide is also useful for business classes, students, corporate social responsibility businesses, government, industry, consultants/trainers and funders.

Download your free copy on the ENP website:

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Not-for-Profits Making Profits

The Social Enterprise Council of Canada is pleased to present a recording of the first in a series of webinars entitled "Nonprofits Making Profits: Social Enterprise and Legal Issues in Canada".

Social enterprise is emerging in Canada as a powerful tool for nonprofits to affect positive change in our communities. This growth is causing many to consider the existing and potential legal structure options that may best support the development of sustainable, high-impact enterprises.

Susan Manwaring (Partner, Miller Thompson LLP), and Margaret Mason (Partner, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP) put into context the current legal issues surrounding nonprofits and social enterprises, and discussed what types of incorporation structures are currently legal and in use in various parts of Canada. David LePage of the Enterprising NonProfits Program lead a panel discussion, and Anne Jamieson of the Toronto Enterprise Fund moderated the webinar, including a question and answer session with participants.

Watch it on the ENP website

Putting Healthy Local, Sustainable Food on the Municipal Plate

Developed for Winnipeg's 2010 Civic Election by the Winnipeg Food Policy Working Group, this tool could be adapted for anyone wanting to make food an issue in an election. This tool includes:

  • Why is Food an Election Priority
  • Food Issues to Talk about with Municipal candidates
  • Engaging candidates
  • Sample food related questions to ask candidates
  • Planning an event
  • Candidates report card

Download the complete toolkit here

New CWCF Paper Outlines Success Factors for Worker Co-ops

A new research paper prepared by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) shows that successful worker co-ops have a great deal in common, regardless of their size or line of business.

CWCF surveyed successful worker co-operatives, analyzed existing data and conducted interviews to determine what factors made worker co-ops successful. Researchers Peter Hough, David Wilson and Hazel Corcoran indentified five specific factors contributing to a co-op's success:

  • Highly motivated, values-based founders;
  • Business in large economic sectors which provide the necessary opportunity to develop a sustainable market niche based on competitive and quality goods and services;
  • A learning capacity and culture within the organization;
  • Available technical and industry resources to assist with the challenges of business and organizational development and training; and
  • Access to capital and creative financing.

Read the abstract and download the paper.

UN, ICA Launch 2012 Websites

The United Nations and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) have special web pages devoted to 2012, the International Year of Co-operatives.

The UN site contains basic information about the International Year, including the resolution that was adopted by the General Assembly last December. The UN has also launched a Twitter page and is planning a Facebook page as well.

ICA launched a "Countdown to 2012" web bulletin  which will keep co-operators around the world informed about UN and ICA activities related to the International Year.

Canada's two national co-op associations (CCC and CCA) are planning to launch a Canadian 2012 website by January 2011 and are currently developing an action plan for the International Year.

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