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Sunday, 21 August 2005 16:00
Community Economic Development In BC Newsletter

1. Moving Beyond Evaluation: Building Knowledge About Community Change
2. Child Poverty Rates On Their Way Up in BC, but stats may not show full problem in Burnaby
3. Study: Urban and Provincial Income Disparities - 2001
4. Social Entrepreneurs Making Waves in Business World
5. Quality of Life CHALLENGE In Victoria Invites Low-Income Canadians to Speak for Themselves
6. Multi-Sectoral Collaboration
7. Women's Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap
8. Global Health Watch 2005/06 Report
9. New Investment in Western Canada's Community Futures
10. A distorted mirror: The media's first impressions, no matter how inaccurate, often become lasting impressions.
11. Red Tape Throttles Charities


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CED in BC- AUGUST 2005 e-newsletter

This monthly newsletter is published by the BC Community Economic Development Network (BC CEDNet) a regional network of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network www.ccednet-rcdec.ca

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The Social Economy: Finding A Way Between The Market and The State

2006 National Conference on CED and the Social Economy- Call for Proposals


1. Moving Beyond Evaluation: Building Knowledge About Community Change

2. Child Poverty Rates On Their Way Up in BC, but stats may not show full problem in Burnaby

3. Study: Urban and Provincial Income Disparities - 2001

4. Social Entrepreneurs Making Waves in Business World

5. Quality of Life CHALLENGE In Victoria Invites Low-Income Canadians to Speak for Themselves

6. Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

7. Women's Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap

8. Global Health Watch 2005/06 Report

9. New Investment in Western Canada's Community Futures

10. A distorted mirror: The media's first impressions, no matter how inaccurate, often become lasting impressions.

11. Red Tape Throttles Charities


1. Food and Human Rights Symposium

2. Aboriginal Policy and Research Dialogue Conference

3. Community Economic Development on the Street- CED Caf?

4. BC Non-Profit Housing Association Conference

5. Capital Change: The New Return on Investment Conference


1. Green Building Grant Program

2. Voluntary Sector Perspectives from the McGill-McConnell Program

3. Infrastructure Canada's Research, Knowledge & Outreach Funding Program

4. New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program

5. CitizenSHIFT

6. Voluntary Sector Awareness Project

7. From Poverty to Empowerment: A Research Report on Women & CED in Canada

8. Third National Rural Conference Report

9. Knowledge Development Centre/Canada Volunteerism Initiative Funding Program


1. Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's spring 2006 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

2. Tamarack Learning Initiative: Movements for Change

3. Courses in Co-operative Studies - University of Victoria

4. Small Business BC Seminars

5. SFU Certificate Program for CED Professionals


1. Theo BC - Job Developer


1. Join the Canadian CED Network- building stronger communities together




The Social Economy: Finding A Way Between The Market and The State

In this article, Nancy Neamtam describes an emerging cohort of young social entrepreneurs who are combining social goals and entrepreneurial strategies with brio. In Quebec, the social economy accounts for over 10,000 organizations, employs over 100,000 workers and has sales of over $4.3 billion. Yet public policy has a way to go to fully embrace this diverse sector, which is still seen largely as philanthropic and outside the economic sphere, says Neamtam. The social economy is a manifestation of positive and active citizenship that governments need to recognize and support. Download the article at: http://www.irpp.org/po/archive/jul05/neamtam.pdf

(source: Canadian Social Research Newsletter)


2006 National Conference on CED and the Social Economy



The 2006 National Conference on Community Economic Development and the Social Economy that will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 15-18, 2006, is being organized by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), The British Columbia Community Economic Development Network (BCCEDNet), the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program (CEDTAP) and hosted by Fast Track to Employment.

The conference title is "Rooting Development in Community" and the event will offer keynote speakers, site visits, workshops, plenary sessions, networking and social events to the 600 participants that are expected.

This year, conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for five conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The five streams are: Community Sustainability, Community-Based Enterprises, CED and Youth, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges Across Sectors.

Sessions must be one of four formats: introductory level sessions, cracker barrel presentations, successful & innovative experiences, and in-depth analysis. Workshops are 2.5 hours in length, allowing time for presentations, discussion and active learning by participants.

Your responses will be used to design the final program, which will be published when registration gets underway in December 2005.

For the full text of the call for proposals and to easily submit a proposal via an on-line form, visit CCEDNet's website at:


The deadline for submitting proposals is September 15th.

We hope to see you in Vancouver!




1. Moving Beyond Evaluation: Building Knowledge About Community Change

With nearly 15 years of experience under their belt, researchers and local organizations have learned a lot about how to assess their efforts to create comprehensive community change.

The wisdom of that experience is captured in a recent publication by the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change, which describes some important learnings and makes recommendations for community residents, policy makers, evaluators and researchers, practitioners. Two key lessons stand out.

The first is that traditional evaluation approaches that focus simply on measuring change using "scientific" methods are usually intricate experimental designs and are often inappropriate and can actually be counterproductive. Comprehensive change efforts are too organic, unique and complex for such devices and new ways must be found to capture the multiple, often unpredictable, outcomes that emerge from such initiatives.

The second lesson is that while capturing outcomes is a major concern of any evaluative effort, more emphasis should be paid to using evaluation as learning, integrating a focus on the larger process of community learning. CCIs are not easy and evaluative efforts should be designed to inform - rather than merely judge - the work of networks trying to renew communities.

These lessons provide simple but critical advice for people and organizations serious about creating broad community change. (source: www.tamarackcommunity.ca).

To view the full publication, visit www.tamarackcommunity.ca

2. Child poverty rates on their way up in B.C., but stats may not show full problem in Burnaby

New figures from Statistics Canada suggest that B.C.'s child poverty rates are significantly rising, but a representative from one Burnaby community group feels that the problem is greater than the numbers suggest.

The statistics show a steady increase in provincial child poverty rates over the last three years in particular. B.C.'s child poverty rate jumped from 19.9 per cent in 2001 to 24.2 per cent in 2002, dipping slightly to 23.9 per cent in 2003. However, Jeanne Fike, with the Burnaby Family Life Institute, said the provincial statistics don't necessarily illustrate child poverty rates in Burnaby.

"That data is lower than what we believe is actually going on in Burnaby," Fike said. "There's just not the resources to tend to the need."

Fike said the city's immigration rates, and the lack of services available to these new Canadians, directly affect child poverty rates in Burnaby. She points to the fact Burnaby receives about 33 per cent of the refugees arriving in B.C., and that some of these families face insurmountable challenges upon arrival - a lack of affordable housing and transportation, child care concerns and illiteracy.

"It's unconscionable the lack of services for these families, and it's escalating," Fike said. "It's a huge, tragic loss that these people aren't employable - the result is devastating."

Fike said the hardships facing some new Canadian families are reflected by their children's behaviour in some instances.

"The young children are acting out their life experiences in inappropriate ways and we need to put the supports in place for them to prevent these situations from reoccurring," Fike said. "Immigrants with little children can't even afford the bus fare to reach the few resources that are available to them."

Members of First Call, a coalition of provincial and regional organizations dedicated to child advocacy, have also expressed shock and concern over the report's findings.

Steve Kerstetter, a member of the First Call coordinating committee, suggests that political parties have downplayed the problem.

"Child poverty is a much bigger problem than our political leaders would have us believe, and it's certainly a much bigger problem in B.C," Kerstetter said in a press release. "It's disturbing to see B.C. bucking the national trend." (source: www.canadiansocialresearch.net, originally printed in 13 July 05 edition of Burnaby Now, by John Kurucz)


3. Study: Urban and Provincial Income Disparities - 2001

Provinces whose populations are more heavily concentrated in small cities and rural areas tend to have significantly lower per capita employment incomes, according to a new study.

The study, which analyzed data from the 2001 Census, tests the long-held view that provincial income disparities were at least partly the result of variations in the level of urbanization from province to province.

It found that across all 10 provinces, per capita employment incomes increased with the size of cities. Per capita incomes were also higher in cities compared with rural areas.

As a result, provinces whose populations were relatively concentrated in smaller cities and rural regions, such as the Atlantic provinces and Saskatchewan, tended to have lower per capita employment incomes.

For these provinces, the population distribution across cities and rural regions accounted for at least one-half of their income disparities from the national level. (source: www.canadiansocialresearch.net)

More information: http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/050721/d050721b.htm


4. Social Entrepreneurs Making Waves in Business World

Corporate social responsibility gets a lot of press time these days; corporate scandals and the trials of high profile executive officers have prompted renewed interest in the operations and ethics of business.

But on the back pages of the business section is a growing acknowledgement and awareness of those being called "social entrepreneurs"; they're university and college graduates who are using their corporate training in the not-for-profit world.

A recent profile in the Globe & Mail highlighted this growing trend.

Social entrepreneurs are attracted to organizations that help them to use their education and skills to profit people, not corporations. They are motivated by the belief that the skills they bring to a job can be used to overcome social problems.

The organizations they choose to join are benefiting from a renewed emphasis on social values and the energy and skills these young people bring to the work.

To read the full Globe & Mail article, visit: http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/downloads/socialconscience.pdf

(source: www.tamarackcommunity.ca)


5. Quality of Life CHALLENGE in Victoria Invites Low-Income Canadians to Speak for Themselves

Wrestling with how to better include people on low incomes in the Quality of Life CHALLENGE's decision-making process, organizers invited low-income people living in Victoria to a meeting to share their thoughts and ideas.

That meeting sparked the formation of the "Community Action Team" (CAT). Along with participating on various CHALLENGE working groups, the ideas of CAT members have been incorporated into ongoing CHALLENGE projects and have been integral in establishing an Inclusion Policy adopted by the CHALLENGES's Steering Working Group. CAT members have also become involved outside their local community as they work to establish a cross-country dialogue with other Vibrant Communities low-income participants.

While the ongoing work of attracting and retaining low-income committee members is a challenge, CAT representatives report feeling less isolated as a result of their CAT work. The bonds of friendship, support and shared purpose that have developed are powerful motivating factors for this dynamic and evolving group of citizens.

Click here to read the full article: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/530ENG.pdf

(source: www.tamarackcommunity.ca)


6. Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Collaboration in Context - Partnerships between nonprofits and business are a common and growing phenomenon, demonstrating that collaboration is key to tackling issues such as poverty, health, and the environment. However, new research commissioned by The Forster Company and TwentyFifty Ltd., shows that both NGOs and business often use subjective judgment, rather than objective external standards, as a means of determining the appropriateness of prospective partners. For more information or to request a free copy of the report, visit: http://www.theforstercompany.co.uk/news/2005/collaboration.html (Source: Charity Village)


7. Women's Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap

Women's empowerment: Measuring the global gender gap - This study from the World Economic Forum measures the extent to which women have achieved equality; includes information on child care availability and cost and the impact of maternity laws. Access the report at http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=79186 [Source: Canadian Social Research Newsletter]


8. Global Health Watch 2005/06 Report

Civil society speaks out: World Health Organization must change to achieve equity in global health

Published by the Global Health Watch Secretariat, the Global Health Watch 2005/06 is the first "alternative world health report", written from the perspective of civil society. It challenges the world's major health institutions, addresses the causes of global inequality, and sets out measures for achieving adequate and equitable health for all. The report covers health and globalisation; health care services and systems; health of vulnerable groups; the wider health context; and the accountability of global institutions, including the World Health Organization (WHO), governments and corporations. In particular, it argues that the WHO is insufficiently resourced, and distracted from its core aims by internal management problems, the power games of rich nations, and too many uncoordinated initiatives.

The report calls on the world community to go further than the G8 summit in addressing debt, aid and trade. It calls for an end to the imposition of trade liberalisation on developing countries; and the establishing of an international tax authority to prevent corporate tax avoidance and fund health and development. It advocates a stronger voice for indigenous, disabled and other marginalised people in health and development decision-making. A ten-point action plan for effective health services includes abolishing user fees, reversing the commercialisation of health, and improving donor assistance within the health sector. [adapted from author]

The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.eldis.org/cf/search/disp/docdisplay.cfm?doc=DOC19018&resource=f1health


9. New Investment in Western Canada's Community Futures

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across Western Canada received a strong endorsement today with the Honourable Stephen Owen, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Sport), confirming a commitment of $18.2 million in increased operating funding as included in the federal Budget 2005. The investment will be provided over five years. It will enable the 90 CFDCs in the West to build capacity and continue their grassroots economic development work in the communities they serve. More information:

British Colombia: http://www.wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/2005/aug10-02b_e.asp

Alberta: http://www.wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/2005/aug10-02a_e.asp

Saskatchewan: http://www.wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/2005/aug10-02c_e.asp

Manitoba: http://www.wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/2005/aug10-02d_e.asp


10. A distorted mirror: The media's first impressions, no matter how inaccurate, often become lasting impressions.

Date Monday 25 July 2005

Source: Special to the Sun... By David Good

In public policy, the media's first impressions -- no matter how inaccurate

-- often become lasting impressions.

Recall the billion-dollar boondoggle, when opposition parties in Ottawa claimed -- and the national media widely reported -- that Human Resources Development Canada had "lost a billion dollars" in public money in its job programs.

It turns out that a billion dollars was not lost; instead, overpayments amounting to $85,000 were made by HRDC to various organizations.

How could the media's first impressions be so wrong and why do first impressions remain as lasting impressions?

This so-called scandal dominated media, parliamentary and public attention for the first six months of 2000. Human resources minister Jane Stewart was on her feet 800 times in question period. More than 100,000 pages of information were released through access to information requests. Numerous reviews were undertaken, including reports by the auditor-general and a parliamentary committee. The department reviewed 17,000 project files and put in place a series of reactive bureaucratic controls.

Let's reflect on the media's role.

In matters of public policy it is never as simple as in the game of Clue, where we find it was Colonel Mustard with the revolver in the dining room. Journalists and news organizations are not passive, neutral and objective reflectors of reality.

Like a distorted mirror they systematically alter and bend the reflection. In shaping the HRDC news story, they used five traditional reporting


1. Simplicity. The event was made to be simple, close to home, and relatively unambiguous in its meaning. Lost money is simple, overpayments are not.

2. Dramatization. The event was reported and visualized through dramatic development and effects. The drama was cast as conflicts between the minister and the prime minister, and between the minister and public servants.

3. Personalization. The event was portrayed and developed in terms of the personalities involved, not just politicians, but also public servants.

4. Storylines. The story was expected to be consonant with the pre-formed storylines of journalists. Journalists prejudged the HRDC events, visualized what was going to happen, and then prepared stories to make that outcome apparent. Prejudging a complicated and evolving event transformed it into a simple, dramatic and personal story. Initial impressions were not propositions to be corrected, but pre-formed stories to be developed.

5. The unexpected. Unexpected events with negative aspects enhanced newsworthiness, especially when HRDC made mistakes. These unexpected events were framed as part of the pre-formed storyline, with the media presenting these "surprises" as seemingly expected events.

The pre-formed storyline crystallized future expectations about how the story would unfold. As events emerged they were reported as "dramatic new developments." This maintained public interest in the story and reinforced the initial storyline.

It went like this:

"A billion dollars in a government jobs fund is lost. It's a political slush fund. Bungling bureaucrats are to be paid bonuses for cleaning it up!

"HRDC released the internal audit to pre-empt an access to information request. So, who knew what, when, and where? There is political interference, and police investigations; therefore, there's crime and corruption.

"With all the new checklists and forms, they are now re-bureaucratizing government. Therefore, disband the department and get rid of the jobs fund."

No one expects the media to be objective. But we can and should expect the media to be accurate and fair.

Indeed, that is what they claim in their codes of ethical conduct. This means more than simply rounding up the usual suspects or listening only to the initial finger-pointers. Sorting through the simplistic charges by opposition parties and the often negative findings of auditors and helping citizens to distinguish between real and pseudo crises is an important role for an independent media. Without that, everyone loses.

If we want error-free government, we can have it. But, it will be bureaucratic government -- lots of rules for every situation. We can make sure events like the HRDC "scandal" never happen again, but it may well mean that nothing ever happens again.

What does this teach us?

In matters of public policy, the media's first impressions are not necessarily correct impressions. Errors in government will continue to be made. It can't be otherwise.

We need to find better ways to ensure accurate and fair media reporting, and the correction of public mistakes, without destroying the ever-fragile layer of public trust that not only supports interactions among public servants, ministers, parliamentarians, auditors, the media and citizens, but also underpins the integrity of our institutions of governance.

David Good, author of the prize-winning book, The Politics of Public Management, is a professor of public administration at the University of Victoria and a former federal assistant deputy minister.


11. Red Tape Throttles Charities, by Carol Goar

Well-run charities used to take pride in their low administrative costs. By running their operations on a shoestring, they could ensure that every possible dollar went to those who needed help.

Then Ottawa came along. First, the government induced voluntary groups to accept public funds to deliver services it once provided - job training, settlement assistance for immigrants, support for the elderly, programs for troubled kids. Then, having hooked these organizations on federal grants, it began imposing onerous reporting and accounting requirements. Next, it cut their funding while demanding the same level of service. Finally, it required them to raise "matching contributions" in order to get government money.

While charities struggled to cope with these challenges, Ottawa delivered its crowning blow. The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development adopted a new contracting process that forced the non-profit groups to compete with one another and private-sector applicants to deliver social services. That was 17 months ago. Since then, everyone from Toronto Mayor David Miller to an all-party parliamentary committee has pleaded with the government to stop undermining the community service sector. So far, there has been no response.

Tired of waiting, the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto convened a meeting of local activists last week to brainstorm. More than 200 representatives of non-profit groups showed up at Metro Hall to vent their frustration and hatch a plan to fight back. New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton was there, as were Liberal MPs Allan Tonks and Maria Minna. Human Resources Minister Belinda Stronach, who represents the riding of Newmarket-Aurora, was not.

Several things became clear in the two-hour session:

* The first was that senior bureaucrats at human resources headquarters had imposed the new bidding system over the objections of their own employees. "Our project officers have known since last summer that this was a bad process," said Alan Lennon of the Canadian Employment Immigration Union. "The department ignored us."

* The second was that Liberal backbenchers had tried, without success, to rein in their own government. "I have raised the issue consistently at the Toronto and Ontario caucuses," Minna said. "I can't tell you how heartbroken I am, as someone who spent 20 years in this field (she was president of an immigrant services organization, a director of the United Way and active in many community groups), to see what we've done."

* The third was that Stronach, who's been minister of human resources for two months, is aware of the problem. She has been briefed by the officials who implemented the policy and lobbied by MPs who want it scrapped, or at least redesigned. Whose advice she will take remains to be seen. Even if Stronach were to adopt a more benign approach, it would be hard to undo the damage her department has done.


Several of Toronto's most innovative social service agencies - the Working Skills Centre which provides job training to immigrant and refugee women; the Gateway Caf?, which helps at-risk youth find work; the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, which runs an employment resources centre; and the Scarborough Storefront, which offers counselling, legal aid and job search assistance - are hanging on by their fingernails. Other community groups have changed so much to meet Ottawa's demands that their former clients have fallen by the wayside. "We can't win this struggle by being co-operative and reasonable and rejigging our programs until they're unrecognizable," said Janet Dassinger of the Labour Education Centre, which offers literacy courses to non-English-speaking immigrants and laid-off workers.

Even agencies that have managed to hold fast to their mandate while delivering government services are spending so much time drawing up proposals, filling out government forms, justifying their expenditures and seeking private funding that they've become administratively bloated. The participants at last week's meeting decided that their best hope was to combine their individual complaints into a concerted pressure campaign. They drafted a letter to Stronach, urging her to review her department's funding procedures "to ensure that they are meeting community needs rather than forcing communities to fit HRSDC's arbitrary criteria." They hope to have at least 100 signatures by the time Parliament reconvenes on Sept. 26. (It has already been signed by 20 community agencies and 13 city councillors.) They agreed to call, fax and e-mail all Toronto-area MPs and urge them to go to bat for the community agencies in their riding. Minna said she would

arrange a meeting for community activists with Stronach. Layton, whose party put this issue on the parliamentary agenda last spring, promised to keep speaking out publicly and trying to negotiate improvements privately. None of this would be necessary, had Ottawa treated its community partners with respect in the first place.

If the government's aim is to make charities more like itself - rigid, bureaucratic and overmanaged - it is succeeding beautifully. If it wants to serve the public, it has a mess to untangle.




1. Food and Human Rights Symposium

Food and Human Rights: Hunger, Health and Social Well-Being

International Symposium

University of British Columbia

September 28-29, 2005

Co-chairs: Kimberly Azyan, President, Social Work Alumni Association and

Graham Riches, Director, The School of Social Work and Family Studies.

"The UBC School of Social Work and Family Studies, in partnership with the UBC Social Work Alumni Association, cordially invite you to a thought provoking and informative public forum on the growth of hunger and food insecurity internationally and in Canada, and what to do about it. Explore the tensions and complexities of the global food system and learn about the right to food as an effective tool for action at home and overseas. Celebrate the role of food and nutrition in building healthy and sustainable communities and participate in drafting recommendations for achieving food security to be directed to international institutions, governments (all levels) and civil society." More information can be found at: http://www.swfs.ubc.ca/index.php?id=3298

(source: www.canadiansocialresearch.net)


2. Aboriginal Policy and Research Dialogue Conference

The call for proposals is now open for the Centre for Native Policy and Research (CNPR)'s upcoming Aboriginal Policy and Research Dialogue Conference, to be hosted in Vancouver on February 8-10, 2006.

The Aboriginal Policy and Research Dialogue Conference, hosted by the Centre for Native Policy and Research (CNPR), will bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, organizations, and governments to promote dialogue regarding policy and research, highlighting new theories, best practices, and emerging areas of research and policy important to all. The conference will gather stakeholders for dialogue and an exchange of research and information on Aboriginal policy and research.

The conference will ask questions such as:

* What are the opportunities for improving the state of dialogue/policy for the CNPR, Aboriginal governments and organizations, federal government, provincial government, local governments and others?

* What research, policy and information is currently available?

* What are the potential roles of various Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal interests?


We invite submissions in 4 focus areas: society, economy, environment,

and research. Submissions can presentations can be in a variety of formats. We invite submissions from any source, including academics, students, community groups, non-profit organizations, and governments.

We look forward to creating an interesting, exciting, and innovative

conference regarding Aboriginal Policy and Research.

Submission deadline for proposals is October 15, 2005

Find out more on the Centre and the upcoming conference by visiting our

website at www.cnpr.ca


Community Economic Development on the Street

Join us for a potluck dinner and the updating of a new CED program at the OPEN DOOR aiming for a "HAND UP" approach toward greater economic opportunities for people on the street.

Date: Wednesday, August 17th

Time: 6pm

Place: Open Door (935 Pandora Avenue, Victoria





*bring your ideas, your questions and a food contribution!


*Rsvp to Nathan Popp at 388-3824 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vanessa Hammond at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Youth Action Forum Magazine http://www.youthactionnetwork.org/forum/

Call for Submissions & Volunteers


Forum invites youth from across Canada to submit articles, rants, artwork

and poetry for our next issue [Fall 2005] which will feature a Special Section on Work and Labour. Some topic ideas include: unions, labour rights, migrant workers,

youth-contingent jobs, minimum wage ...

Contact FORUM ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with the subject headings

"submissions" for guidelines and deadline information. Contact us if you want to bounce ideas off our editors.

FORUM Magazine

Youth Action Network

176 John Street, Suite 307

Toronto, Ontario CANADA

M5T 1X5


4. BC Non-Profit Housing Association Conference

November 14-16, 2005 in Vancouver. BC Non-Profit Housing Association Conference. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to build networks, broaden knowledge and deepen their understanding of issues. The conference is aimed at front-line staff, managers, administrators and board members in the field. Additional information is available at: http://www.bcnpha.bc.ca/pages/conference.php


5. Capital Change: The New Return on Investment Conference

September 26th and 27th in ABBOTSFORD, BC

Abbotsford, BC - Fraser Valley and lower mainland non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, community economic developers, cooperative members, entrepreneurs, social enterprise practitioners and individuals interested in entrepreneurial opportunities resulting from social and economic change will want to attend the first ever social enterprise conference to be held in the Fraser Valley. Capital Change: The New Return on Investment Conference will take place on September 26th and 27th at the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC.

Inspired by designated support for the social economy in the 2004 throne speech, Mennonite Central Committee, Employment & Community Development (MCC-ECD) and Community Futures South Fraser (CFSF) initiated a partnership with the intention of establishing the Fraser Valley Centre for Social Enterprise (FVCSE) with the support of Western Economic Diversification. The Capital Change: The New Return on Investment Conference is a major component in the development of the new centre.

CFSF and MCC-ECD understand the social and economic needs of their communities. They recognize the necessity of for-profit businesses to stretch beyond corporate and social responsibility and join with non-profit organizations to build new enterprises that meet social goals with accountability and sustainability for community development. The Centre is located at CFSF under the leadership of Stacey Corriveau, FVCSE Director and Ron Van Wyk, FVCSE Director of Research and MCC BC Employment & Community Development Director.

The conference organizing committee includes local non-profit and business leaders, representatives of neighbouring communities and individuals committed to social enterprise. "Responding entrepreneurially to economic opportunities in conjunction with social and environmental challenges will result in improved community vibrancy and health," states Ron Van Wyk, Chairperson of the Conference Organizing Committee. "This centre and conference will mark a turning point in information, and expertise sharing for engaged community building and is the next step in the shift to a new model of community organization" states Stacey Corriveau.

Conference organizer Dianne Archer is adhering to the conference core values that are aligned with the FVCSE and the conference goals to:

? Define social enterprise as it relates to the Fraser Valley

? Assist businesses and nonprofits consider social enterprise as it relates to their organization

? Present information and tools for understanding and acting on the paradigm shift

? Provide current opportunities for social enterprise applications to priority issues identified by UWFV

? Contribute to the dialogue on economic and community benefit of entrepreneurial approaches to socio-economic challenges in the Fraser Valley Economic Community

"Blending non-profit commitment and passion for initiating services that meet community needs with business drive for entrepreneurial strategies and practices holds the promise of innovative organization structures that can provide flexibility and sustainability," states Archer.

The line-up of speakers and presenters represents the cream of BC economic sectors. Included are: David Baxter, Executive Director Urban Futures Institute; Dave Mowat, CEO Vancity Credit Union; Rupert Downing, Executive Director CCEDNET; David LePage, CEO Fast Track to Employment; John Restakis, Executive Director BC Cooperative Association; Shauna Sylvester Executive Director IMPACS; Jamie Bonham Senior Researcher Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and many more.

This conference will bring together community economic information and experts in a synergistic package that will ignite imagination and fuel productive activity with tangible results for all participants. The stage will be set for the Fraser Valley to become leaders in this dynamic wave of development. Stay tuned for more details in the next weeks as programs, keynote speakers and presenters are confirmed.

For more information and conference registration visit the website at www.centreforsocialenterprise.com, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 604.313.5988

"Join nonprofit directors, business leaders, community economic development experts and social entrepreneurs at the Capital Change: The New Return on Investment Conference September 26 and 27 in Abbotsford, BC. Hear experts inspire action from personal experience. Attend workshop sessions presenting information and tools that will enhance current operations and create future possibilities. Participate in discussions and debates for lively interaction of issues and ideas. Register by August 26th for 2 days that includes breakfasts, lunches, a dinner plus all your sessions for the early bird price of $200 - after the 26th registration is $250. Curious to learn more? Check out www.centreforsocialenterprise.com."




1. Green Building Grant Program

The Green Building Grant Program was established by the Real Estate Foundation and Vancity Credit Union to minimize the impacts of climate change and improve sustainable land use practices by supporting green building initiatives in British Columbia. The overall goal of the funding program is to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from settlement activity. The Program was launched on June 2, 2004.

Each year, the Program will provide one or more grants (up to $50,000 each) to qualified recipients, totaling not more than $100,000. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations, including charitable organizations and cooperatives.

Click the following link for more information and the grant application form: http://www.realestatefoundation.com/greenbuilding.html

The application deadline is Monday, October 3, 2005


2. Voluntary Sector Perspectives from the McGill-McConnell Program

The McGill-McConnell Program, Master of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders recently announced the online publication of more than two dozen major papers written by program graduates. Entitled Voluntary Sector Perspectives from the McGill-McConnell Program, the papers offer contemporary perspectives on leadership challenges in the voluntary sector, often through the reality of each author's organization. They also address a range of theoretical and practical topics such as board-staff relations, youth participation in philanthropy and volunteerism, and the application of complexity science to organizational dynamics. To access the papers, visit: www.cvsrd.org/eng/mmp (source: www.charityvillage.com).


3. Infrastructure Canada's Research, Knowledge and Outreach Funding Initiative

Infrastructure Canada recently announced the launch of the second component of its Research, Knowledge and Outreach (RKO) funding initiative. The new Peer Reviewed Research Studies program is a key element in the department's commitment to foster the knowledge base and networks required to support and inform policy and decision making on issues related to public infrastructure and communities. RKO will also encourage the development and maintenance of a strong research community on infrastructure and community issues and foster better exchange of information and knowledge in this area amongst policy makers, experts, practitioners, communities, non-governmental organizations, industry, and the general public. Proposals are invited from eligible organizations and individuals on or before September 30, 2005. Complete information on how to submit a proposal under PRRS, including funding priorities, eligibility and selection criteria, is available at: www.infrastructure.gc.ca (source: www.charityvillage.com).


4. New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program

Through Social Development Canada, this program supports local projects across Canada that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living. The program objectives are to:

* Encourage seniors to contribute their skills, experience and wisdom in support of social well-being in their communities; and

* Promote the ongoing involvement of seniors in their communities to reduce their risk of social isolation.


Calls for applications are issued once or twice a year. The deadline for the most recent intake is September 15, 2005. For more information, visit http://www.sdc.gc.ca/en/isp/horizons/toc.shtml (source: www.charityvillage.com)


5. CitizenSHIFT

CitizenSHIFT is an independent, socially active, and nationally representative web magazine, that gives activists, organizations, and socially conscious media producers a forum for watching, listening, reading, and interacting with the issues that Canadians are dealing with, that may not have representation in the mainstream media. Our mission is to give a place for the voices of those that are less heard, or ignored, who do not have the chance to represent themselves in the media. CitizenSHIFT is a valuable tool for organizations and individuals to have their issues talked about, and utilizing all the forums that multimedia interaction can offer.


Our content is dictated by the submissions that we receive, but there are often shared themes between groups and media makers. Currently we are showcasing different activist artists' work and perspectives on poverty and homelessness in the different chapters of the web magazine. More information: http://citizen.nfb.ca/onf/info


6. Voluntary Sector Awareness Project

The Canadian Council on Social Development is one of eight national organizations representing a broad cross section of the charitable and nonprofit sector that have come together to raise awareness and generate discussion about our unique Canadian "voluntary sector" through the Voluntary Sector Awareness Project. The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project (funded by Social Development Canada and lead by Imagine Canada) is one of the last "deliverables" of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. The purpose of the project is to develop and launch a public awareness campaign in the summer of 2006 to be delivered by the sector using communications tools and resources provided by the project. The campaign will be directed inside the sector and out toward the public and will be informed by a series of Community Conversations to be held across the country in the fall of 2005. For more information, visit: http://www.ccsd.ca/pubs/2003/fm/natini.htm


7. From Poverty to Empowerment: A Research Report on Women and CED in Canada

Canadian Women's Foundation and Canadian Women's Economic Development Council invite you to review a new report and explore a range of holistic programs designed to help women and the families they support achieve financial well-being.

From Poverty to Empowerment: A Research Report on Women and Community Economic Development in Canada studies the roles, need, strengths, challenges and achievements of Community Economic Development programs and services for women in Canada and it offers an organized source of information on these programs and services.

The report can be found at: http://www.canadianwomen.org/eng/3/3h.asp


8. Third National Rural Conference Report

The Third National Rural Conference Report - Taking Action for Sustainable Rural Communities - This report summarizes discussions that took place at the Third National Rural Conference held in Red Deer, Alberta, October 21-23, 2004 with the theme of Taking Action for Sustainable Rural Communities. The Red Deer conference provided an opportunity to explore what rural communities across Canada are doing to chart a future that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The conference focused on five areas: community capacity building; entrepreneurship; infrastructure; youth and northern issues. The report can be found at: http://www.rural.gc.ca/conference/04/report_e.phtml


9. Knowledge Development Centre/Canada Volunteerism Initiative Funding Program

Imagine Canada's Knowledge Development Centre, as part of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative (CVI), is working to:

* build the body of knowledge on volunteering and volunteerism in Canada;

* transfer knowledge to voluntary organizations to improve their capacity to benefit Canadians.


The Knowledge Development Centre has launched its 2006 funding competition! Please note that both online and paper applications are due on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Knowledge Development Centre provides funds to support research on volunteering and volunteerism. It also promotes the transfer of knowledge to nonprofit organizations by disseminating information resources and products such as fact sheets, short reports, manuals, and other publications. Some information resources on volunteering and volunteerism are already available. New resources are posted on an ongoing basis.

The Knowledge Development Centre funds both community-based and national research. Successful applicants will conduct their research projects on key theme and priority areas, which have been developed in consultation with the CVI Local Networks, and our Advisory Committee.

If you wish to be added to our electronic distribution list to receive regular updates, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit the Research Funding Programs section to read the descriptions of currently funded projects.

The Knowledge Development Centre is funded through the Community Partnerships Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative.




1. Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's spring 2006 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program - From Rose Sirois, Industry Canada - The application deadline for the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's spring 2006 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program has been extended to September 13, 2005. The program is for young scholar/practitioners working in the NGO sector internationally. There is a stipend paid for living expenses. For further information, please visit the Center's website at www.philanthropy.org and click on "International Fellows Program".


2. Tamarack Learning Initiative - Movements For Change

Civil Rights. Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The environmental movement. Anti-globalization. We can all name examples of movements for change, movements that have altered the way we think and act; but can we create one?

Last year, Tamarack launched a learning initiative on dynamic community engagement. This summer, we are delving into an intriguing world of systems change, innovation, and activism; we are challenging ourselves, and our friends, to think about whether, how, and under what circumstances, movements for change can be deliberately created in Canada.

A key component of our learning is engaging with the rich experiences and diverse perspectives of those directly involved in social change initiatives in Canada. July's tele-learning session sparked a fascinating conversation that provided both direction and focus for our ongoing exploration of movements.

We invite you to participate in the evolving conversation! Join us on Wednesday, August 17 for Movements For Change - Part 2. To register for the tele-learning seminar, visit http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/events/activities.php and click on Movements for Change - Part II.

(source: www.tamarackcommunity.ca)


3. Courses in Co-operative Studies - The University of Victoria, 2005-2006

The Division of Continuing Studies, Business, Management, and Technology Programs at the University of Victoria, in collaboration with the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies, is offering two professional development courses in Co-operative Studies this September. They have been designed for individuals active in the development and management of co-operatives and credit unions or thinking about establishing a new co-op. They can be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of the Certificate Programme in Business Administration, available through the University of Victoria 's Division of Continuing Studies. Participants are able to study from their homes. Each 13-week course is focused around online, interactive learning activities and is supported by case studies, a course manual, study guide, text(s), and readings.

September 2005 Offerings:

Co-operative and Credit Union Foundations (BMCO100)

This course provides an overview of the co-operative movement in Canada, outlining the challenges and advantages of the co-op approach. Students will explore how co-operative history and principles affect contemporary coops and credit unions in their communities.

Prerequisite: None

Course Instructor: Dr. Ian MacPherson, Director, B.C. Institute for Cooperative Studies, is a respected international expert on cooperatives, and the founder of the B.C. Institute for Co-operative Studies, a cutting-edge research unit, based at the University of Victoria.

Management Practices in a Cooperative Setting (BMCO120)

This course has been designed to review the characteristic features of co-operatives and to propose a model for applying these features in examining the ideological core and organizational practices of co-op and credit unions. Students will analyze the increasing internal and external pressures being faced by cooperative organizations and identify a new paradigm for co-operative and credit union management.

Prerequisite: Co-operative and Credit Union Foundations or permission of instructor

Course Instructor: Dr. Daniel C?t? is associate professor at L '?cole des Hautes ?tudes Commerciales, Montreal, Qu?bec, and has been connected with Le Centre de Gestion des

Coop?ratives at HEC since 1977.He is very much involved in the development of training programs for managers of the caisses populaires (credit unions) in Qu?bec.

Upcoming Courses

January 2006:

Issues Facing Co-operatives (BMCO130)

Prerequisite: Co-operative and Credit Union Foundations or permission of instructor

September 2006

Developing Co-operative Enterprises (BMCO110)

Prerequisite: Cooperative and Credit Union Foundations or permission of instructor

For More Information

Business, Management, and Technology Programs

Division of Continuing Studies

University of Victoria

PO Box 1700 STN CSC

Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

In Person Business and Economics Building, Room 289,UVic

Phone (250)721-8073/8072

Fax (250)721-6495

E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web www.uvcs.uvic.ca/busman/

B.C. Institute for Cooperative Studies

Web web.uvic.ca/bcics/


4. Small Business BC Seminars

offers a wide variety of affordable - any many free - seminars in Vancouver for small business operators. If you are a small food producer/processor, there is almost sure to be something of interest.

The schedule of seminars can be found here: http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars-list.php

(source: Small Scale Food Processors Association newsletter)


5. SFU Certificate Program for CED Professionals

The summer's almost over (sigh) and it's definitely time to think about registering for Fall courses in SFU's non-credit Certificate Program for CED Professionals. The schedules are now posted on our website at http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/ced/home.htm. Courses will be offered in Vancouver at Harbour Centre, beginning with Developing CED Enterprises on September 23-24, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings. Details at http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/ced/course dates.htm. Courses will also be offered in the Kootenays (Kimberley and Castlegar), in Haida Gwaii and in Port Hardy. Check out http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/ced/regional.htm for regional schedules and contact information.

Please direct any questions to Melanie Conn, the Program Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 604-736-0935.





Job Developer

Position Type: Full Time

Date Ad Posted: 8/9/2005

Job Region: BC - Vancouver & Lower Mainland

Application Deadline: 8/23/2005

Location(s): Vancouver and/or Richmond


Seeking a full time Job Developer

Union: HSA


? Market participants to employers, develop strong business relationships, develop and implement successful marketing and job placement strategies

? In conjunction with the participant and counsellor, support and assist participants in improving and implementing successful job-search and job retention strategies

? Provide regular, professional employee/employer follow-up to promote successful job retention

? Maintain regular and timely communication with employers, counsellors, related agencies and provide written and oral marketing reports as needed

? Responsible for administrative and record-keeping duties

? Public Relations, Community Liaison, Business Development, Employer Marketing

? Support to Employment Facilitator for resource room coverage

? Must have strong computer skills and solid knowledge of job search techniques and LMI.


? 2-Year Diploma in Business or Marketing, plus two years work experience in social, health or related fields.

? Vocational counseling/ placement experience with individuals with disabilities considered and asset.

? Two years experience in a sales or customer service capacity

? Knowledge of local labour market, job search strategies and techniques

? Must have valid BC driver's license and motor vehicle.

? Ability to work with people with disabilities

A Criminal Record Check is a condition of employment.

Please submit resume and cover letter indicating why you believe that you are the strongest candidate for the position.

Compensation Type: Hourly

Contact by: Email

Amount: $18.05

Job Contact Information

Carla Morales

Sevices Coordinator


Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit: http://www.theobc.org




Join the Canadian CED Network

building stronger communities together

Community Economic Development is an increasingly useful solution to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing Canadians.

Across Canada, a growing number of community-based organizations are using local resources and capital to undertake projects that improve life for all residents.Yet the CED movement in Canada still lacks a cohesive vision. Many CED organizations operate in isolation, pursuing the same strategies and encountering the same obstacles as similar groups in other communities.

The members of CCEDNet are committed to providing a national focus for this work. We are working to provide a cohesive vision, professional standards of best practice, and a supportive national policy framework to enable the CED community to maximize its contribution to community transformation and revitalization.

The Canadian CED Network is a practitioner-based, membership-driven organization that seeks to increase the scale and effectiveness of the efforts of CED organizations across Canada to strengthen their communities and find solutions to local problems.

The organization was established in 1998 by a small group of founding members and has grown rapidly to include a diverse range of practitioners from across the country that share a broad spectrum of CED experiences.

Members are dedicated to:

-Bringing a national focus to the CED agenda

-Expanding the scale and effectiveness CED

-Sharing information and learning

-Building capacity and skills related to CED

Our Goals

The Canadian CED Network promotes excellence and investment in CED. The result will be enhanced community capacity for revitalization and self-reliance.

The Network's activities will lead to widespread recognition of CED as a significant strategy on a national scale, leading to the solution of economic, social and environmental problems at the local level.

This outcome will be achieved by:

-engaging a broad range of members and sectors in CED work -developing and exchanging CED knowledge and skills -researching and promoting best practices -identifying, developing and promoting policy frameworks -increasing the capacity of members to deliver technical assistance co-operatively

Operating Principles


-To respect the strengths and diversity of our members.

-To ensure the Network is open and accessible to all who share our goals. -To demonstrate a commitment to professional development and standards. -To build the next generation of CED leaders.


-To increase the scale and effectiveness of the CED movement in Canada. -To position CED as an alternative economic development model that: a.

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