Next in CCEDNet's Webinar Series
Our 2014 webinar series is launching 3 new webinars; make sure you're registered today! The first session, on January 21st, is Looking Back & Looking Forward
, and will explore the reflections and insights of 3 pillars of Canada's CED sector who are entering retirement - Lynne Markell, David LePage, and Walter Hossli. On February 11th, Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
will draw on lessons from the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and the Montréal Community Loan Association in considering how to improve immigrant settlement and integration in Canada. Finally, on April 23rd, former Ontario MLA Tony Martin will share findings from his research into the question Can CED Catalyze a National Poverty Reduction Strategy?
Join the CED Movement for 2014
If your New Year's resolution was to help to strengthen your local economy and community, then why not start by joining the Canadian CED Network. Membership is open to any organisations or individuals that share our values and objectives. As a member, you'll receive free access to CCEDNet webinars and discounts to some events, workshops, and services. Most importantly, you'll be connected hundreds of people and organizations that have already joined our national movement for inclusive and sustainable communities. With three member categories to choose from, a barrier-free membership policy, and an exciting CED-filled year ahead, there's no better time to join! For more information about CCEDNet memberships, contact Sarah Leeson-Klym.
CED Wire Updates
- The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Darcy Penner writes about the rising North American campaign for living wage laws | Read more
- Capturing the Imagination of Future Social Entrepreneurs: Sherman Kreiner explores the potential of anchor institution led development in addressing challenges to enterprise development | Read more
- The Year that Twilight Enveloped the World - A Christmas Contemplation: William Pardy's reflects thoughtfully on a year of twilight | Read more
- Notes from the Road: Brendan's CED Adventure in Saskatoon: Brendan Reimer shares his notes from the road after visiting CCEDNet members in Saskatoon | Read more
Record Number of Sparks Fly in 2013
It was another banner year for the Canadian CED Network's Spark service. In 2013, our expert Spark team matched 51 volunteers with specialized skills with non-profit organizations across the city. These professional connections leveraged more than $275,000 in pro bono services for everything from website design to financial accounting. In total, Spark received 203 requests for assistance in 2013. To learn more about hosting a Spark volunteer, or offering your services follow the link below.
Improve Your Impact Measurement with CanadaMeasures and CCEDNet
If you missed the recent webinar introducing the CanadaMeasures Initiative
(CMI) and their platform for measuring your Social Return on Investment, don't fret. You can still learn about this accessible system and how it combines educational tools and impact measurement software designed for grassroots organizations. Click on the link below to find out more about CMI by watching the recording from the free webinar on January 10 and accessing other resources.
Manitoba CED News
Mondragon Co-op Closing Doors
After 18 years in business, Mondragon bookstore and cafe co-op will be closing its doors for good at the end of January. Mondragon is a longtime pillar of Winnipeg's co-operative community, and was an anchor business in the city's Exchange District. The coffeehouse was a hub of activism, and was well known for its diverse selection of books, vegan plates, and more recently, an organic grocery store. The A-Zone Co-op, which owns the building on Albert St., is currently accepting rental applications for this unique space in the heart of the city (read more below)
Record Number of Workshops at Growing Local Conference
The 2014 Growing Local Conference is fast approaching. This three-day event will feature workshops, displays and discussion about healthy, sustainable and fair food for all. This year's keynote speaker is Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, whose recent book Salt Sugar Fat outlines the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. CCEDNet is once again proud to be a member of the Conference planning team, and will be hosting two workshops that will explore the tastier sides of CED. The Conference takes place from Feb. 28 - Mar. 1 in Winnipeg.
WRENCH Brightens Holidays with Bikes
The holiday season was made much brighter for 250 children in Winnipeg thanks to the small army of volunteers who ran a 24-hour bike building marathon. Now in its third year, the Cycle of Giving event is coordinated by WRENCH, a CCEDNet member. Over 900 bikes were rescued from the landfill to provide parts, and were given a new life as Christmas presents to children in need. The bikes included kids bikes, tricycles, 10-speeds, and mountain bikes. Bicycles not repaired now will be taken to be fixed up by inmates at Headingley Correctional Centre and then distributed across the province.
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The Buy Local Bus
Shopping locally was easier than ever for 26 Winnipeggers this past holiday season thanks to the Social Purchasing Portal's (SPP) Holiday Shopping Bus Tour. On December 11, holiday shoppers hopped on a transit bus to visit and learn about inner-city businesses, co-ops and social enterprises, including Pollock’s Hardware Co-op, Sam’s Place, and Neechi Commons. The SPP online directory is open year-round to help you connect with socially responsible businesses in Winnipeg. The SPP is run by LITE Winnipeg (CCEDNet Member).
National CED News
Labour Market Agreements and the Canada Jobs Grant: Implications for CED
A new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions
details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.
Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act
Industry Canada has launched a 90-day consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Importantly, one of the items under consideration is the incorporation of hybrid enterprises, titled Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs), which are broadly defined as entities who use a “commercial business model to encourage social change.” Submissions are being accepted until March 11, 2014.
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada to Launch in April
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), Canada's new national association representing co-operative and mutual enterprises, will officially launch its operations on April 1, 2014. This new bilingual organization is a result of years of discussion between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) as to how to bring together Canada's English and French-speaking co-operators. CCCM ended its program activities at the end of 2013 but CCA will continue to exist to carry out international co-operative development programming.
CED Tool: Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners
Designed as a practical guide, Revitalizing Rural Economies
serves as a primer to CED, while also allowing those familiar with the field to delve deeper. This book provides ideas and resources to foster the long-term resilience of rural regions at a time when rural communities in Canada are facing a new reality where traditional economic bases such as agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing have eroded.
A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month
Here is a brief sampling of some of our most popular tweets from the past 30 days. Click here
to follow us on Twitter.