Raj Patel on the Value of Community Solutions
If you missed the 10th Annual CD/CED Gathering in Winnipeg last month - or just need a refresher - you can stream Raj Patel's keynote speech on the 'value of nothing' and the importance of community-based solutions to complex global problems. Raj Patel is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist, and writer of the best-selling books, The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy
and Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System
. This portion of Raj's speech was aired on CKUW radio.
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CCEDNet featured in profile on Weston Wheels
CCEDNet's work in supporting an innovative social enterprise in Etobicoke was recently featured in the National Post
. The article profiles Weston Wheels, a social enterprise trains at-risk youth to perform basic bicycle repair, while also offering them employment and life skills training. CCEDNet supported the Learning Enrichment Foundation (which operates the social enterpise) during the start-up phase and helped facilitate a strategic planning session.
CCEDNet Responds to the 2012 Our Winnipeg Community Report
The Canadian CED Network's Manitoba office has issued a response to the City of Winnipeg's Our Winnipeg Report
to the Community 2012. CCEDNet's analysis includes a series of recommendations that the City can implement to support communities across Winnipeg. The recommendations are organized by our resolution topics, including: Housing, Food Security, Poverty, Ethical Procurement, Community Economic Development Policy Framework and Lens, and the Vibrant Communities Charter.
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Tomorrow Now Environmental Plan - CCEDNet Responds
The Canadian CED Network - Manitoba has weighed in on the Province of Manitoba's new environmental action plan. Tomorrow Now - Manitoba's Green Plan
outlines an eight-year strategy for protecting the environment while ensuring economic prosperity.
In our response, CCEDNet recommends that the plan include a broader definition of the term 'sustainable' to acknowledge the interconnectedness of economic, social and environmental factors. We have also proposed that the province explicitly include community-owned wind energy, support for co-ops and social enterprises, ethical procurement, and strategies to localize our food economy in Tomorrow Now. Despite these shortcomings, CCEDNet recognizes that Tomorrow Now marks a significant step in the right direction towards creating a truly sustainable and robust economy in Manitoba.
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Upcoming Social Enterprise Events
CCEDNet is bring Enterprising Non-Profits' nationally renowned Build Your Social Enterprise
workshop to Winnipeg. This informative and interactive session should be attended by any non-profits looking to enhance their programming and diversify their revenue sources. In Winnipeg on November 21. >> Read more
On November 22, join us for an exciting afternoon event as we launch a new social enterprise development program: Enterprising Non Profits – Manitoba. Come learn how this program will advance the missions of non-profit organizations and strengthen social enterprises in our communities. ENP-MB will be hosted by CCEDNet – Manitoba. >> Read more
Manitoba CED News
Music, CED and Pancakes
Mark your calendars and pick up your tickets! LITE's Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast is on November 23rd from 7-10 am at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre. Funds raised from the Breakfast help support LITE's Alternative Christmas Hamper Initiative, which purchases food from inner-city businesses. Stop by, enjoy some delicious pancakes, listen to fantastic local entertainment (including Fred Penner!), and get some holiday shopping done at the local crafters market.
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Funding Opportunities for Manitoba co-ops
The Manitoba Co-operative Association is currently accepting applications for their Cooperative Development Fund, the Cooperative Development Tax Credit Fund and the Cooperative Assistance. Small grants of up to $2,000 are available in each funding program. Each program is designed to fill a specific need that local co-operatives might have. The next intake date is December 15, so hurry and get your applications in!
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Assiniboine Credit Union & SEED Winnipeg Launch Recognition Counts!
We have all heard the all-too-common stories of highly educated professionals immigrating to Canada in search of better lives, but instead find considerable challenges to employment and applying their skills in the field. To help solve this problem, Assiniboine Credit Union has launched Recognition Counts! Micro Loans for Skilled Immigrants. Through this two-year pilot program, ACU will offer micro loans to new Manitobans meet Canada’s re-accreditation and training requirements. In addition, SEED Winnipeg will be providing qualified newcomers with career and financial counselling.
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Rental Housing Recommendations
The Minister of Housing and Community Development for the Province of Manitoba has released the report of the Rental Housing Roundtable
. The Roundtable is comprised of a variety of housing stakeholders who are working to address the critical shortage of affordable housing in Manitoba. Recommendations outlined in the report include reducing property or income tax relief for rental housing projects and increasing EIA shelter rates.
(Source: Right to Housing Winnipeg)
Winnipeg Co-ops Expand With Help of CED Tax Credit
A recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press examines how two Winnipeg-based co-operatives are expanding their business with the help of the success of the Province of Manitoba’s little-used but very innovative CED Tax Credit. After re-constituting as a co-operative in 2008, Pollock’s Hardware
used the CED Tax Credit to successfully raise $50,000. Their shares are back on the market in an effort to raise funds to establish a contractors' supply division. Peg City Car Co-op
is currently using the tax credit to help them to triple its fleet of cars.
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The Building Blocks of Community
Social capital is a foundation of any strong community. As such, the United Way’s Building Blocks Program assists informal groups of individuals or residents to invest in activity that build social capital in their community.>> Read more
about eligibility and how to apply
The United Way is also accepting applications for its Organization Development fund, which helps non-profits working in the health and social service sector seeking to develop a social enterprise, establish partnerships, or improve their service delivery.>> Read more
National CED News
McKinsey report finds strength in co-operative business model
Co-operatives grow at an identical rate to companies, and those mutuals in the food and agricultural have surpassed their corporate counter-parts. This is the message from the Mckinsey on Co-operatives report unveiled at the International Summit of Cooperatives on October 9 in Quebec City. The report concluded that the co-op sector is well poised for growth, but most pursue opportunities in new and fast-growing markets.(Source: ACCA news
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CED Book Club: Community Economic Development - Building For Social Change
Having made major gains in practice and having built local capacities through innovation, CED now stands at a crossroads. In Building for Social Change
, Eric Shragge, Michael Toye (CCEDNet's Executive Director) and colleagues from across the country offer a timely critical examination of CED practices and debates. This book is designed for CED practitioners, for others working in community-based organizations and those being trained.
>> Read moreVisit our online CED Tool Box to find this and other helpful CED resources.
Unique Position to Focus on Co-ops in University Business Faculty
The Province of Manitoba has committed funding to create a chair in co-operative enterprises for the development and delivery of a co-op business program at the University of Winnipeg. According to Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, the program will “help raise awareness of the benefits of co-operatives to the general public and act as a resource for the business community.” This one-of-a-kind position will be responsible for developing the University’s faculty of business and economics’ concentration in co-operative management.
CED Tool: Community Information Database
The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada. This tool allows community researchers to create custom interactive maps from a wide range of economic, demographic, physical and cultural data.>> Read more