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October 2013 Newsletter
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What is CED? Photo Contest: Enter Today!

CCEDNet is preparing a ‘What is CED’ video for our website and social media, and we want to hear from you! Send us a photo illustrating CED in action or what CED means to you with a short description, and you will be entered in a draw for a visit by a senior CCEDNet staff member to deliver a “What is CED” community workshop. Raise your profile, share your story, and be part of the growing movement for inclusive and sustainable communities in Canada! The deadline for submissions is November 12.

A Check In With the Bustling CCEDNet Blog

  1. Beyond the Lifeboat: Fresh from the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary, Brendan Reimer looks at social enterprise as one part of our socio-economic restructuring [ Read more ]
  2. Build a Global Agenda: Our Executive Director Mike Toye checks in from the International Meeting of the Social Solidarity Economy in Manila [ Read more ]
  3. The CED / Food Connection: CCEDNet interviewed Stefan Epp-Koop of Food Matters Manitoba in advance of the 2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering [ Read more ]

Atlantic CED News

Report Calls for Urgent Anti-Poverty Action

If residents of the Nova Scotia’s second-largest municipality want a secure, stable economic future, they must take immediate action on root problems such as poverty and economic development. That was the key message delivered in a recent report released by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. The report examined a host of topics, from environment to health to arts and culture, and gives snapshot of the area's current state of affairs. Being described as a 'reality check,' the report notes that the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has a 20.8% poverty rate, which is nearly 40% higher than the national average. Among its recommendations, the report suggests the municipality adopt a community economic development model that focuses on the spirit of entrepreneurs.

Stories from the International Development Front Lines

Canadian volunteers are involved in inspiring international development projects around the world. That's why the Canadian Co-operative Association conducts monthly interviews with their volunteers. The CCA recently interviewed Roméo Cormier, a talented photographer from New Brunswick who volunteered with CCA in 2009 as a technical co-operant to Rwanda. Roméo will be returning to Rwanda in the near future to continue supporting the Agriculture Co-operative Development project. In the interview, Roméo discusses his 15-year career with Co-op Atlantic, and shares highlights from his time abroad.

CEDIF Model Put into Action

A group of volunteers in Nova Scotia is hoping to convert an unused church into a community asset by using a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF). The group's vision is to repurpose a new library and conference centre, which would be called the Kentville Knowledge Centre. The CEDIF would be used to finance the acquisition of the church building. The for-profit CEDIF model has been utilized successfully by both Just Us Coffee and The Port Pub as mechanisms to acquire property and start new ventures.

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National CED News
Social Economy Framework Adapted in Québec

Québec's National Assembly unanimously adopted a proposed law on the social economy earlier this month. Quebec is now part of the global movement that recognizes the social economy by adopting a legislative framework dedicated to it. The framework law recognizes two key civil society partners who will be instrumental in its implementation: the Chantier de l'économie sociale, and the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. The Chantier de l’économie sociale’s Nancy Neamtan responded by saying: "This is a great day for Quebec! Recognizing the social economy as an important component of the Quebec economy, along with the private and public economy, gives us hope."

A Week to Celebrate: Co-op & New Economy Week 2013

Thousands - if not millions - of people around the world dedicate 52 weeks of their year to helping build stronger, fairer, and more sustainable communities. This week has been a special time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations in the co-operative sector and those participating in the new economy movement. It has been a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done by co-operatives and new economy initiatives around the world so that we can build their capacity and maximize their impact.
Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way takes place from October 13 -19. In a Co-op Week address, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commended Canada's co-operative sector for its work in helping to “build social cohesion, trust and equity" in our economy and communities.  New Economy Week 2013 occurs from October 12 - 18.

[ CED Book Club] What Then Must We Do?

In What the Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz speak directly to the reader about why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like -and where we can see its outlines already taking shape. He propose a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely - Alperovitz calls for a evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

[ CED Tool ] The Guide to Going Local

Produced in collaboration with our partners at the Center for A New American Dream, the Guide to Going Local is full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.
With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Going Local provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on projects in your community in four key areas: 1) Building Pride in Your Local Place 2) Fostering Local Entrepreneurship 3) Buying Local (and Sustainable) and 4) Investing Locally

A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

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Upcoming Events

Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way
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Enterprising Non-Profits Nova Scotia @ Liverpool
Liverpool, NS >>

Enterprising Non-Profits Nova Scotia @ Dartmouth
Dartmouth, NS >>

Co-operative identity and branding
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GONE!? Where'd It Go?! Online Backup Solutions
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Enterprising Non-Profits Nova Scotia by Webinar
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2013 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering
Winnipeg, MB >>

Social Enterprise Atlantic Conference
Halifax, NS >>

Co-operative Use of Agricultural Equipment and Labour
Webinar >>

It's Got to be Good, It's Free! | Free Tools for Non Profits
Webinar >>

Fostering Conditions for Social Innovation & Community Engagement Workshop
Fredericton, NB >>

Ethnocultural Co-operatives
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Ethnocultural Co-operatives
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Living the New Economy
Victoria, BC >>
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