The Social Economy in the News

$1 million SSHRC grant awarded for research on co-operatives

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is expected to announce in early February that Canada's co-operative sector, in partnership with four Canadian universities, has been awarded funding of $1 million over five years  to conduct research on the social, economic and environmental impact of co-operatives.

January 18, 2010- Throwaways recycle lives at B.C. nonprofit

United We Can, a Vancouver, B.C., nonprofit, helps homeless and low-income people to be productive, while cleaning up destitute neighborhoods and promoting recycling.

By Kristi Heim- Seattle Times business reporter

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Poverty Reduction Momentum Builds in Atlantic Canada

By: Eric Leviten-Reid

Momentum continues to build across Canada around provincial poverty reduction strategies and Atlantic Canada is leading the way.

Dec 31, 2009 - Brand power comes to world's poorest

From the Globe and Mail.
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By some measures, the artisans of the Haitian village of Croix-des-Bouquets are hugely successful: Their works are in galleries around the world, and the United Nations' cultural agency has recognized them with a UNESCO Award of Excellence. But by the only measure that seems to matter in a capitalist system, they are abject failures, for they can barely scrape out a living.

January 11, 2010 – Aboriginal Social Enterprise: Hopeful alternatives

Manon Barbeau has a simple dream: giving young people from First Nations communities an opportunity to express themselves using video and music, promoting a sense of healing, empowerment, and community engagement. A filmmaker, Barbeau has always been passionate about creating movies that give voice to those who need it most. A powerful means of communication, films are an outlet like no other.

Canada's first magazine dedicated to social enterprise

tuesday, december 15, 2009

Announcing Canada’s first magazine dedicated to social enterprise
We’re excited to announce the launch of SEE Change Magazine in early 2010. With a mission to inform, inspire and educate, SEE Change will be the first publication in the country devoted to social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Each issue will contain a mix of important news and information about social enterprise and social innovation in Canada, opinions and commentary, expert advice, and engaging features that will get people thinking, talking, moving…and changing.

January 5, 2010- Indigenous Capialists, from BC to Peru

Arno Kopecky for The Tyee,, January 5, 2010

January 7, 2010- We have food issues

January 7, 2010- The Ottawa Citizen

The British government has a new strategy to ensure a sustainable, secure food supply for the next 20 years. Canada's political leaders, by contrast, haven't even begun to talk about this.

This unpreparedness will almost certainly cause unnecessary hardships for Canadian farmers and consumers, sooner than we think. The global crisis in food prices in the second half of the past decade was mitigated somewhat by the global recession, but prices are still high and aren't likely to go down.

CSEHub Emerging Leader Scholarship Winner also Wins Emerging Writers Award

Smithers, B.C., poet wins emerging writers award
Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 10:42 AM ET
CBC News

Emily McGiffin, a 28-year-old writer from Smithers, B.C., has won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The $5,000 award, given to an unpublished writer under age 35 for a sample of poetry, was presented Wednesday evening in Toronto.

December 22, 2009 – Look What David Won

SooNews Wire for
Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 1:51PM

David Thompson, a graduate of the Community Economic and Social Development program at Algoma University, has won a research scholarship from Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP). This scholarship program is intended to promote original research by "emerging leaders" in the Social Economy.

December 18, 2009- UN proclaims 2012 the International year of Co-operatives

Ottawa, December 18, 2009 - Canada's co-operative sector is celebrating today's decision by the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives.
The proclamation of the International Year was included in a resolution entitled "Co-operatives in Social Development", which was adopted by the General Assembly at today's session in New York. The full text of the resolution can be downloaded from

Oct 15, 2009: Canada needs a national food strategy

Published on Thu Oct 15, 2009 –

What is most disturbing about Canada's food system is not the degraded quality, the impact on health, the devastation of natural resources from industrial fishing and farming, the impoverishment of food producers, the inequitable access that leaves so many Canadians undernourished, or even the safety scares that have us checking for recalls along with prices.

Oct 8, 2008: Jack Quarter Keeps Co-Op Organizations in Focus in Education: Thanked by On Co-op

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - Professor Jack Quarter has helped keep a spotlight on co-operatives and credit unions in education for more than 25 years.

Ontario co-operators will thank him at the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) 11th Annual Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards at the Co-op Conference and Gala to be held Oct. 14 at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON. He will receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Ontario Co-operative Association Award.

Oct. 27, 2009: News and Opinions Regarding Mondragon and the United Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada. USW International President Leo W. Gerard and Josu Ugarte, President of MONDGRAGON Internacional, signed an agreement of intent "to collaborate in the United States/Canada marketplace by adapting collective bargaining principles to the MONDRAGON cooeprative model and worker ownership principles."

November 17, 2009: CSERP Board member wins prestigious award

Carleton Professor Awarded Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

Carleton University Professor Ted Jackson has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, one of 11 Ontarians receiving the prestigious honour this year.  He is also one of a very few academics ever to receive this award since its inception in 1973.

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New Web Portal: Timely Topics!

Community Futures is delighted to announce the launch of the Timely Topics website.The site is an online portal, which links to other websites on specific topics.
These are:

  • climate change
  • economics
  • energy
  •  food security
  • local economies
  • neighbourhood building
  • peak oil
  • resilient communities / sustainability
  • transportation

Also included are sections on recommended books and videos.

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Winner!

The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) is proud to announce the winner of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.  The proposals were submitted on April 15th, 2009, and one hard-working youth is now the recipients of $3000 to help with her research project.  The winner is Jody Bauche from British Columbia.

Celebrating a Century of Co-operation: Honouring the Past, Building the Future

Please see link below for the Keynote Address from the 2009 Congress and Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa, June 2009

Historic Gifts, a Heritage of Unease
by  Ian MacPherson Emeritus Professor of History