Spring Newsletter 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

Return of the Ontario CED Event!

CCEDNet-Ontario, with the ongoing commitment and assistance of a steering committee representing broad interests across the province, is currently planning an Ontario CED Event that builds upon the success of last year’s Connections to Revitalize Communities. This will be a one-day event that will take place on June 7th at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto.

The event will seek to explore the systemic shift happening within Ontario's economy that is felt acutely by the communities we live in. More than ever we need an investment strategy that builds on local skills, assets and people to reduce inequality and strengthen communities. Connections 2012 will bring together community organizations, government representatives, researchers, students and social entrepreneurs to focus on innovative solutions for our communities.

>> Stay tuned for further details by visiting http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/OntarioCEDEvent2012.

Have you Renewed your Membership?

Renewal notices were mailed to all members in January. If you didn’t get one and think you should have, please contact Stéphanie Cloutier at scloutier@ccednet-rcdec.ca or 1-877-202-2268.

In order to vote in Board elections and at the Annual General Meeting, the deadline for memberships to be in good standing is April 13, 2012.

>> Click here to renew your membership on line or for more information on membership

Call for Board Nominations and AGM Resolutions

CCEDNet Members are eligible to vote in Board elections and submit resolutions to the Annual General Meeting.

This year, three seats are up for election on CCEDNet’s Board of Directors.

CCEDNet’s Board is the custodian of membership’s vision and leads efforts to build the CED movement in Canada. Any member who wants to be part of that leadership is encouraged to submit their candidacy. The deadline for Board nominations and AGM Resolutions is April 6.

>> Click here for more information and to download the nomination form

Join us for the Annual General Meeting

CCEDNet’s 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Ontario CED Conference, at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. It will be June 6, at 7pm, the evening before the Ontario Conference. Members who cannot attend in person will be able to take part via webinar or teleconference.

>> For more information, watch the 2012 AGM page on our website

Ontario CED News

Building the Social Enterprise Sector in Your Community

March 8, 2012 in Picton, Ontario

There is general lack of awareness about the social enterprise space and opportunity in many small communities across Ontario. Thus, the goal of this mini-conference is to provide aspiring and active not for profit and for profit entrepreneurs, policy makers, politicians and caring consumers the opportunity to learn about the concept and opportunities it presents. Topics include: What is a social enterprise? An update on current initiatives in Ontario, social enterprise financing, and social enterprise in action.

>> For agenda details and speakers updates visit http://www.zugunruhe.ca or the Facebook Event Page at http://www.facebook.com/events/113998062051275/

To register, visit http://buildingsocialenterprisepicton.eventbrite.ca/

You can also obtain tickets from the Regent Box Office on the day of the event.

Webinar: Understanding the New Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (Bill 65)

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is holding a webinar on the ONCA to help you better understand the basic features of the Act, and how it will affect your organization, both with and without our proposed amendments. This session will provide you with a sufficient overview to begin transition planning.

Hosted by the ONN and presented by ONN Policy Advisor, Lynn Eakin, this information is best suited for Executive Directors, Board Presidents, Treasurers and Secretaries, but all are welcome to join. Spaces are limited.



Also, are  you looking to make sense of the recent Drummond Report? ONN has done great work to interpret the implications of the report on the nonprofit sector in Ontario. For more information on this visit http://www.theonn.ca/what-we-do/drummond-commission/.

The Metcalf Foundation is placing an open call for proposals for "Increasing the Viability of the Local Sustainable Food System"

Metcalf seeks to support concrete examples of practices and approaches that provide strong examples of “the how” of enabling long-term viability throughout the local sustainable food system. Proposals should focus on practical demonstrations of proof of concept or the positive results of taking action. Proposals should also include a brief communications plan for identifying and promoting the benefits of the work undertaken.

>> The request for proposals can be found on Metcalf's website.

High quality, safe and affordable child care matters to the future of Ontario.

The Ontario government's new Full-Day Learning program is a great first step but it only focuses on 4 and 5-year-olds. It doesn't address the early learning and care needs of younger children and their families.

Without an immediate funding fix, licensed child care centres in every community across Ontario will close, leaving fewer child care spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers — and leaving families with no options. Fewer licensed child care and home care spaces means longer waiting lists, up to 30% increase in fees, parents forced to give up their jobs and a threat to the success of and investment in full-day learning.

Tell your MPP — before March 31st — to stand up for high quality, licensed child care in Ontario that gives our kids the best start in life. http://www.childcarematterstome.ca/

Innovating Together - The 2012 Communities Collaborating Together (CCI)

Tamarack’s annual CCI event will occur between 1-5 October, 2012 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The 2012 Communities Collaborating Institute - Innovating Together will feature thought-leaders Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, Al Etmanski, Michael Jones and Tim Brodhead and others who will engage participants in the challenge of innovating together for social change.

Details about the 2012 Communities Collaborating Institute will be posted shortly.

>> Visit http://tamarackcommunity.ca/cci.html for more information.

CSI Community Bond Guide Launch Event

Two years ago, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) had the outlandish idea that we could raise $2 million toward the purchase and renovation of a 36,000 square foot building, jam pack that space with world-changing people and projects, all while providing our investors with a triple bottom line return - in the span of a whirlwind 8 months. Well, we did it! And now we want to help others do the same.

Join us for an evening of good conversation, great company and even better memories as we celebrate the launch of our latest publication, The Community Bond: An Innovation in Social Finance. This do-it-yourself book is designed to help guide a range of stakeholders through the process of designing and offering community bonds to fund projects.

>> To RSVP please email grace@socialinnovation.ca.

OSEA Webinar Series: Fixing Municipal Powers in Ontario's Energy System

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) will be hosting a webinar to initiate a conversation around the powers that municipalities have (and should have) when it comes to renewable energy project approvals and developments. This is a must-attend event for elected officials, economic development officers, developers, planners, policy makers and community stakeholders.

When: Thursday, March 29; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST)
Cost: Non-members - $65 + HST and fees

>> Register now!

Also, for those of you in Toronto on March 12, OSEA and CanSIA will be hosting the next Solar Drinks, Ontario's Renewable Energy Mixer; a fun evening of great networking in a relaxed atmosphere. For more details and to register visit: http://solardrinks.eventbrite.com/.

Co-op Enterprise: A Different Way of Doing Business
with Peter Cameron, Co-operative Development Manager at On Co-op

Friday, March 23, 2012, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

With 1,300 co-operatives operating across the province, the co-op sector represents $30 billion in assets and employs 15,500 people in 400 communities across Ontario. The co-operative business model has a proven track record for creating and retaining jobs nationally and internationally.

Come and learn more about this business model and why the United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives!

Join us to find out about:

  • Different types of co-ops
  • Differences between co-ops, private corporations, and non-profits
  • How to incorporate a co-operative
  • Benefits and challenges of co-ops
  • Survival rate of co-ops compared to other business forms
  • Sector opportunities for co-op development
  • Raising capital using an Offering Statement

FORMAT: An interactive workshop with opportunities to ask questions and tailor information to your own organization.

COST: $140 + HST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate is $50 + HST. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

LOCATION: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

TO REGISTER: Complete the online registration form or contact Andrea Chan at secworkshops@gmail.com or 416-978-0022

>> For more information on other social economy workshops, click here.

Co-ops and MPPs Together at Queen's Park

On Co-op hosts its annual Queen’s Park Co-op/MPP Reception on March 20. This date, earlier than usual, allows the Ontario co-op movement to introduce the International Year of Co-operatives. On Co-op, with the support of the co-ops in attendance, will also use this opportunity to present the sector’s key messaging --which can then be followed up by On Co-op and local co-op champions over the year.

Co-ops and credit unions: Make sure to register your board chair, CEO and/or key government relations people. Sending your key people to this informal networking event, ensures that your organization’s key GR messages get mentioned.

On Co-op presents a “Government Relations 101” workshop held at 4.30pm, immediately preceding the Reception - all guests are invited to take part in this extremely useful MPP/communications/advocacy session. Registration for the MPP Reception is here http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb913547020.

National CED News

ANSER-ARES Extends the Submission Deadline for Their Theses Awards

The ANSER awards committee is extending the submission deadline for the ANSER-ARES theses awards/Les Prix Dissertation to March 16th, 2012. Please contact Jorge Sousa, Awards committee chair, at anseraward@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Call for Submissions for 2011-2012 ANSER-ARES Dissertation or Thesis Award ANSER-ARES continues to build greater support of graduate student research and involvement in research related to Non-profit studies and the Social Economy. ANSER-ARES will be offering two thesis awards: one at the Master’s level and one at the PhD. The awards are intended to foster and acknowledge graduate research excellence in the field of nonprofits and the social economy in Canada. Any full-time Landed Immigrant or Canadian graduate student who is focusing on non-profit and social economy research can apply. Dissertations or theses from the last three calendar years are eligible; that is those completed in 2009, 2010, 2011. Applications may be submitted in French or English.

>> For more information

The Dollars and Sense of Poverty - New Report

The report, created by the National Council of Welfare, shows the high dollar cost we are currently paying for the consequences of poverty. The report provides insights into why the costs of poverty are far higher than many people realize, why poverty has persisted in wealthy countries despite many policies and programs for people living in poverty, and many other important issues. It examines why investments to end poverty make better economic sense, and it shows how ending poverty would save money and improve wellbeing for everyone. It concludes with recommendations for the way forward.

>> Read more 

Faith-Based Organizations Engaged in the Social Economy: The Example of Catholic Religious Orders and the Mennonite

New research by Bob McKeon examines the contributions that faith-based organizations (FBOs) are making to the social economy sector in Canada. This study is the second BALTA research project looking at the role of FBOs in the social economy. It looks specifically at the approaches of Catholic religious orders and Mennonite community outreach organizations in their social economy projects.

For more information, contact Bob McKeon at rmckeon@shaw.ca

30 Social Enterprises Worth Following - A Belated Holiday Gift

The Trico Charitable Foundation has compiled a year-end round up of all the social enterprises they tweeted about in 2011. The list of 30 social enterprises are located from coast to coast and are involved in diverse market activities including providing affordable psychology services, a movie theatre, textiles, and the food industry.

>> Read more

Cooperative Conference Calling for Proposals

Organizers of the Cooperating for Change Conference, which will be held in Montreal in June 2012, are calling for proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions. The goal of the conference is to bring together the overlapping communities of researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from academia, professional associations, civil society organizations and government to share knowledge and engage in discussion about policy proposals and strategic directions for the sector, both in Canada and internationally.

>> Read more 

CED Book Club: The Resilience Imperative - Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

The Resilience Imperative will be published in June 2012 by New Society Publishers. The book is co-written by BALTA reseachers, Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty, and draws from BALTA research related to sustainability, economic relocalization and transition to a steady state economy characterized by much lower greenhouse gas emissions. The book will sell for $26.95, a 20% discount is applied to pre-orders.

>> Read more

 CED Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

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