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Mapping the Social Economy of Atlantic Canada, in print

July 11, 2011

Mapping the Social Economy of Atlantic Canada: Profiles of Community Partners in the Social Economy Sustainability and Research Network 2005 – 2010 is now available.

Find the PDF online here.

From the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: “This collection profiles the groups and organizations that partnered with university-based researchers and students as part of the Social Economy Sustainability Research Network to answer questions that are important to the community-based members of the team, generating knowledge that is useful “on the ground.” As part of the network, they also contributed to other shared goals: increasing the region’s capacity for a dynamic social economy by building partnerships, knowledge, and networks across the region and its peoples; orienting the research to meet the needs of community partners (themselves part of the social economy); and making an impact on policy at the provincial and municipal levels.” Leslie Brown, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University, June 2011


May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Social Economy Radio: May 31st to June 2nd

May 4, 2011

Social Economy Radio will be sending their signal from the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, in downtown Fredericton, from May 31st to June 2nd.

This spring, the airwaves in Fredericton will be enhanced (at least briefly) by a new community radio station that will be broadcasting on FM.

The broadcast, from about 9 am to 9 pm each day, will feature stories, music, views, opinions, analysis, culture, and celebration. We’ll be highlighting the work of the social economy as a whole — community and volunteer organizations, social enterprises, co-ops, and other good folks doing good work for all the right reasons. But it will also be a time to enjoy the lively culture and social cohesion that is at the heart of a vibrant society. There are a number of ways that you can get involved with this project:

• Participate on the broadcast, by coming by to chat, report on what is happening in your community, sing, muse, rant, testify, challenge, reflect, or whatever the spirits prompt. If you’d like to book a specific time slot (to fit your schedule), e-mail Ivan Emke at: iemke @

• Drop in to the Charlotte Street Arts Centre (732 Charlotte Street) while the broadcast is taking place. You’re welcome to hang around at the “studio,” which will really be more like a friendly front porch than a studio. Maybe you’ll get inspired to go on air. But no pressure.

• Listen to the broadcast. We are getting a frequency from Industry Canada to use during the broadcast, so we’ll let you know what that is as soon as we get it.

• Tell other people about this event – so they can participate, drop in, and listen. We’ll have lots of different voices on the broadcast; but we want lots of different ears as well.

• We’ll also be webcasting on the internet and posting on Facebook and twitting on Twitter and who knows what else. If you want to connect to that part of the event, get in touch with Charlene Gagnon at: charlene.m.gagnon @

Confused? Well, if you have any questions, give Ivan a call (his coordinates are listed above). We hope to see you in Fredericton!

Nova Scotia Commitment to Arts and Culture

February 17, 2011

Province Announces Plan to Support Arts and Culture

Premier’s Office
February 14, 2011 2:04 PM

“Government will support and encourage creative excellence in Nova Scotia’s arts and culture community with the adoption of a new five-point plan. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the plan today, Feb. 14, after extensive consultation.

“Today the province charts a new course for Nova Scotia’s creative economy,” said Premier Dexter. “This approach ensures that the arts and culture community has a strong voice in determining the province’s priorities for supporting arts and culture. Read more…

Permanent Increase to Canada Summer Jobs budget

January 24, 2011

Ted Menzies, newly-appointed minister of state for finance, announced on Jan. 5 that the government would help create as many as 3,500 new student jobs for summer 2011.

In an email to Canadian University Press, a Human Resources and Skills Development Canada spokesperson explained the national budget for the Canada Summer Jobs program is being permanently increased by $10 million, starting this year.

See full article at Canadian University Press newswire