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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Spark Winnipeg

Spark is the Canadian CED Network’s capacity building service for non-profits in Winnipeg engaged in community renewal, poverty alleviation and social change using a community development or CED approach. Spark staff work with organizations to define their skill and capacity gaps, and then connect them to relevant resources. The centrepiece of the service is arranging matches between organizations and volunteers with specialized skills (from a wide variety of professions) to provide time-limited but crucial technical assistance.

For more info see or check out some of the recent matches made on our Facebook page

Pictured: Spark match! L'Arche Winnipeg's new social enterprise restaurant in Transcona received lots of great interior design advice and assistance from Spark volunteer Penny M.

Meet our Members

The Red Road Lodge – former Occidental hotel on the corner of Main and Logan – provides transitional housing and skills development programs aimed to integrate those on social assistance back into the society. Since 2002, the main floor has served as Studio 631, a drop in arts center for the resident community.

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The Point Douglas Residents Committee (PDRC) is works towards creating a safe and welcoming neighbourhood by hosting various community events and initiating several neighbourhood beautification and street cleaning efforts. In addition, their Housing Committee has deveoped a 5-year Housing Plan to help improve Point Douglas' housing stock.

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Manitoba CED News

Winnipeggers March 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 Winnipeg, the Right to Housing Coalition (a CCEDNet member) organized a Red Tent overnight camp-out in Memorial Park on November 21. The following day, campaigners marched through downtown Winnipeg, finishing at the Winnipeg Remand Centre where a press conference was held. In honour of the day, the Provincial Government announced that they would be renewing their commitment to create more affordable housing options in Manitoba.

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Congrats to the Golden Carrot Award Winners

The ballots have been cast and the votes are in…..congratulations to all of this year’s recipients of the Golden Carrot Awards. Food Matters Manitoba (a CCEDNet member) recognizes Manitobans doing working to create a healthy, sustainable food system. CCEDNET is especially proud to see so many of its members doing such good work. Visit Food Matters Manitoba's website to learn more about this years nominees.

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Elements Restaurant Now Open

SEED Winnipeg (a CCEDNet member) is pleased to announce its latest joint effort to create meaningful employment in the community. Elements – The Restaurant - opened its door October 28th to serve up tasty dishes at affordable prices. The 83 seat restaurant, housed in the University of Winnipeg’s Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex is only the latest reason to come down and explore the West End Neighbourhood. Hours of operation are Mon-Thurs: 7am - 9 pm, Fri 7am - 11pm; Sat 9am - 11pm; Sun 9am - 4pm.

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2012 Growing Local Conference

Food Matters Manitoba will be hosting its 2012 Growing Local Conference on February 23-25. The event will be held at the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg. This year's line-up of workshops, displays and guest speakers will not disappoint! Registration will follow in the near future. In the meantime, visit Food Matters Manitoba's website for more information.

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2012 Northern & Aboriginal Housing Forum & Tradeshow

The 2012 Northern & Aboriginal Housing Forum & Tradeshow is fast approaching. This year's theme, Building It Right, will offer plenty of practical information, from sawmill demonstrations to composting toilets. Workshops will be held on topics such as Energy Efficient Housing, First Nation Community Planning, and many more. The event is being held on February 21, 2012. Registration will begin on December 1, 2011.

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National CED News

SERNNoCa's 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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