June 2010

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Profile: Elmwood Community Resource Centre

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Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association

Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Nestled along the bank of the Red River, Elmwood is home to some 17,000 people. Here you'll find a rich cultural and social diversity, a thriving local economy, well-kept homes and streets, and beautiful parks and green spaces. Above all, you will find a caring community focused on the well-being and prosperity of its residents.”
In May of 2002, Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Chalmers Neighbourhood Project and West Elmwood Residents Association amalgamated their three organizations to create the Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association. On May 27th, 2010  Neighbourhoods Alive!, one of the Manitoba government's key community economic development initiatives, expanded to the Chalmers community in Elmwood with $90,000 in funding.  This means one specific area of Elmwood is now eligible for The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund that can be used by neighbourhood organizations, representing residents and other local interests to strengthen local capacity and revitalize urban neighbourhoods through a broad range of locally planned initiatives. 
Elmwood is also the first Urban community in Manitoba (and second in Canada) to be designated a “ Community That Cares” area. “ Communities that Care” is a prevention planning system that promotes positive development of children and youth and prevent problem behaviours including substance use, delinquency, school drops out and violence, through strategic consultations, training and research based tools.
The Elmwood Community Resource Centre is proactively working to create a community hub accessible to local people to replace the services and resources that the area has lost. To meet the needs of the Elmwood community, ECRC offers the following programs:
As well they offer the following services:
  • Public phone/fax service
  • Manitoba Housing Resource Centre for Keenleyside Tenants
  • Assistance with online applications
  • Parenting Support Programs
  • Computer Classes - through GOAL
  • Job Search Strategies - all ages, through EYEE

Canadian CED Network News

Canadian CED Network Asks Premiers for Positions on EU Trade Deal (CETA)

The Canadian CED Network has sent a letter to the premier of each province and territory across Canada requesting their position on granting the European Union unrestricted access to procurement at the sub-national level in Canada through the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Members of the Canadian CED Network and communities across the country have benefited from the policy flexibility sub-national governments currently have to implement purchasing policies that recognize the added social, economic, and environmental value of locally owned businesses, cooperatives, and social enterprises.

Canada is currently negotiating a CETA with the European Union. There is growing concern around proposed procurement rules that would remove the option sub-national governments have to use government purchasing in a way that creates stronger and more inclusive local economies, protects the environment, promotes ethical business practices, creates new opportunities for marginalized groups to gain long-term local employment, and fosters community economic development. If you would like to get involved with others who have come together to challenge the Canada-EU free trade negotiations visit www.tradejustice.ca.

Read the letter.

Transition Towns Workshop in Winnipeg

On June 17th and 18th CCEDNet, along with Food Matters Manitoba and the Rural Development Institute, organized a two-day workshop on Transition Towns.

The workshop discussed the need for communities to begin organizing in the face of climate change, peak oil and the economic insecurity that these may bring. As part of this discussion the group examined the external challenges – media and popular cultures glorification consumption - as well as internal resistance to change, in ourselves and in our communities.

Coming out of the workshop, some participants have already met again to talk about the work of Transition in our communities.

For an introduction to Transition check out these videos:

From Member Idea to Premier’s Commitment

It doesn’t always work this well, but when it does we sure want to celebrate success! A few years ago, Cindy Coker of SEED Winnipeg had an idea that we could learn something significant about co-op development from Spain and Italy. CCEDNet Manitoba was able to find a PhD Student studying co-op development in Saskatoon with an MBA and Law Degree from Spain, and worked with SEED to get the research dollars from the Social Economy Research Initiative. Working with Vera Goussaert of the Manitoba Co-op Association as an additional partner, Monica Juarez Adeler’s research identified a model that has now become legislation in Manitoba – A Co-op Development Tax Credit.

Thanks to all of our hard work, the partnerships, and the Province of Manitoba’s leadership, we now have a mechanism for co-ops and credit unions to self-finance co-op development in Manitoba!

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announces his commitment to create a co-op development tax credit in from out Pollock's Hardware in Winnipeg - via The Winnipeg Free Press.

Meet Our Members

Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation

The Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC) is a not-for-profit organization which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in Brandon's core residential neighbourhoods. www.bnrc.ca

Child Care Coalition of Manitoba

The Child Care Coalition of Manitoba is a public education and advocacy organization working for a fully accessible, publicly-funded, non-profit system of comprehensive and high quality childcare, with worthy wages and good working conditions for childcare staff. childcaremanitoba.org

Daniel McIntyre / St. Matthews Community Association


Daniel McIntyre / St. Matthews Community Association is a not-for-profit community organization whose mandate is to plan and coordinate neighbourhood renewal efforts through Community Development and Community Economic Development. www.dmsmca.ca

Manitoba CED News

New Winnipeg Regeneration Strategy Designed to Support Inner-City Revitalization

The new Winnipeg Regeneration Strategy will be the blueprint for provincial efforts to revitalize the city of Winnipeg.  The new five-year plan will concentrate on Aboriginal capacity-building, downtown renewal and inner-city development, guided by the principles of community economic development.

Supporting Local Food

Le Marché Saint-Norbert Farmers' Market Co-op, a non-profit co-operative, first opened in 1988 and now includes more than 130 full-time vendors and approximately 50 casual vendors. In addition, there are currently 40 members located throughout the province as part of The Farmers' Market Association of Manitoba.

It is estimated that farmers' markets in Manitoba generate approximately $2.3 million in annual sales with an estimated economic impact in excess of $10 million. Take the time this summer to support our local producers, knowing that this will decrease the carbon footprint of our food that usually travels thousands of miles to our plates, and that this is another way to re-localize our food economy.

Read more about the efforts made by the Province of Manitoba.

A CED Video Update from Thompson

The Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is one of 12 NRCs operating under community leadership throughout Manitoba.



Read about 16 different CED initiatives recently funded by LITE (Local Investment Toward Employment) in the 2010 annual LITE Newsletter including:

  • The Good Food Club;
  • The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg;
  • The Canadian Muslim Women's Institute; and
  • 13 more job creation initiatives in Winnipeg's inner-city.

Manitoba's Photovoice for Community Development Guide

Photovoice is a method that organizations and communities can use to identify and discuss issues that lead to taking action.  It is an approach that has proven to be a powerful method for community members to identify community strengths, issues and opportunities.  Using pictures, and involving a wide range of community members, Photovoice is a tool that any community can easily use to encourage community discussion and planning towards a more vibrant future.

Read the report.

Ram Wools Yarn Co-op

For more than 30 years Ram Wools Yarn has worked to established itself as an international mail-order shop and large retail store in Winnipeg.  Around a year ago, Ram Wools Yarn was reformed as a worker co-op and has since carried on as a member-driven organization.  Interested shoppers should not fret, no membership is required to shop.

Visit ramwools.com



Canada Learning Bond Workshop

The Canada Learning Bond Workshop, sponsored by SEED Winnipeg, includes information on the Canada Learning Bond, SEED's saving programs, an opportunity to apply for Birth Certifications and more!  Bus tickets, snacks and child minding available.

Canada Learning Bond Workshop
SEED Winnipeg 80 Salter Street
Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, call (204) 927-9947.

On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works

Mark your calendar, the 2010 Rural Development Institute and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation annual national policy conference, On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works, is fast approaching.  Early bird registration ends August 20th, 2010.  Read more.

On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works
October 14-16, 2010
Brandon, MB

CED Tool

Community Information Database

The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based tool providing consistent and reliable social, economic and demographic data for all communities and regions across Canada.  Newly enhanced, the CID offers a variety of new indicators on co-operatives, agriculture, rural and urban populations and a host of other valuable information resources from across Canada.

Visit www.cid-bdc.ca to access the CID now!

National CED News

Building Sustainable Local Food Systems: Toronto on the Forefront

Growing concern for local food systems should come as no surprise to the reader.  A cascade of health, social, economic and environmental problems are directly connected to much of the industrialized world's system of food production and consumption.  A new report put forth by Toronto Public Health - a Food Strategy project - calls for a reformation of Toronto's food system to align with a health-focused agenda.  This new report is designed to work as a vehicle towards environmental nourishment, protection against climate change, the promotion of social justice and the creation of local and diverse economic development for the betterment of the community.

Click here to find out how your community can take a "food system perspective".

B.C. Credit Union the First to Sign a Living Wage Agreement

Community Savings Credit Union has become the first financial institution in British Columbia to sign the Living wage Agreement.  The Living Wage for Families campaign calls on employers to meet a higher standard for both their direct staff and major contractors - it reflects what people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living in a specific community.

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Call for More Affordable Housing

Delegates to the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's annual meeting in London, ON are calling on all levels of government to work together to help almost four million Canadians living in core housing need.  Governments have been called upon to find ways to maintain the affordability and security of existing co-operative housing as agreements with government are set to end in the next several years.

SSHRC Social Economy Suite: Policy Frameworks for the Social Economy

Three Master's level scholarships are available for approximately $12,000 for one academic year.  There awards are open to Masters' students studying public policy, Canadian politics, or related fields.  Consult the project website for more information on the social economy, the research team and community partners.

Job Postings

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