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Community Social Planning Council October eBlast
 
 
October 15, 2014

LIVING WAGE POLICY SUGGESTED FOR CITY OF VICTORIA – TIMES COLONIST OP-ED

Earlier this month, Councilor Marianne Alto presented a motion at a committee of Council to request staff to investigate the impacts and costs of adopting a Living Wage Employer policy at the City of Victoria. In response to the coverage of this issue, the Community Social Planning Council submitted an Op-Ed which appeared in the Times Colonist on October 15, 2014. 
 


SOLUTIONS TO YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
 
The Community Social Planning Council produced a report published by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence titled 'Pathways to Success for Youth in BC’s Capital Region: The Power and Potential of Social Enterprise'.  The report presents the need for action on creating opportunities for young people in the region to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves {4000 are not in work, training or education}, and some best practice models from other places. 

Social Enterprises that create training, skills development and employment for youth have been successful in many parts of Canada, but are a neglected sector in our region.  The Council is now exploring implementation of a new generation of employment social enterprises for the region with a variety of stakeholders willing to experiment with new models to create successful employment outcomes for youth and others.  
 


MAKING SENSE OF TALKING CENTS – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR FRONT-LINE SOCIAL SERVICES PERSONNEL 

Learn about financial topics so you can help the people you serve! This workshop series is aimed at front-line social services personnel. Topics range from dealing with debt to understanding the impacts of trauma and violence on the financial lives of women. Registration is filling quickly and some events now have waitlists. More information.

 


COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN ON POVERTY ASKS FOR ELECTION CANDIDATES’ VIEWS ON POVERTY REDUCTION

The CAPP Steering Committee is asking candidates in the upcoming municipal election to state their views on poverty in their municipality, and explain what they intend to do to take action on poverty reduction. If you know a candidate, ask them to complete the questionnaire!
 


ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS

Tomorrow, Thursday October 16th, Cool Aid will be hosting an All Candidates Debate.  Hosted by CBC Radio personality Gregor Craigie, candidates will answer questions related to the pressing issues of homelessness, housing, and poverty in our community.

The debate takes place between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on October 16th, at 755 Pandora Avenue. As with all the Downtown Community Centre’s activities, this event is open to the public and free of charge.  We hope you can make it.

Here is a short list of other All Candidates Meetings.  Please check with your municipality, local community association,  or local candidate websites for additional meetings:


OUR INITIATIVE MICROSITES

You have probably visited several of our initiative pages on our website.  Did you know some initiatives actually have their own websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as well? We invite you to visit those which spark your interest.

Community Action Plan on Poverty
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Building Resilient Neighbourhoods

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Project
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FERN

Financial Empowerment Resource Network 

 


COMMUNITIES CREATING THEIR OWN FUTURES

We had the pleasure of sharing experiences with New Dawn Enterprises in Cape Breton during the week of our AGM in September.  Rankin McSween the CEO of New Dawn helped create Canada's first Community Investment Fund and Community Development Corporation and he shared those experiences with our own AGM, the inaugral AGM of our new Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative, partners involved in the Catalyst Social Enterprise Network, with partners at the University of Victoria hosted by University President Jamie Cassells, and with municipal politicians hosted by Mayor Fortin of the City of Victoria. 

We will continue to be pursuing our own version of a progressive community development agenda for Greater Victoria based on learning from and partnerships with other communities. 
 


LABOUR MARKET DEVELOPMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IN GREATER VICTORIA
 
Our regional labour market faces unprecedented challenges in terms of skills demands in our growth sectors, but also structural barriers facing some residents who are having difficulty creating sustainable livelihoods.  The Community Council is conducting a first of its kind study of how we can over the next 10 years build an effective community economic and labour market development system to maximise employment opportunities for local residents, and meet the skills demands of employers.  We will be surveying employers, community education and training providers between now and December, and conducting key informant interviews.  Then we will be conducting focus groups with stakeholders informed by our research and data analysis, to come up with evidence-based models and strategies to improve employment outcomes.  Let us know if you'd like to contribute.


FROM CHARITY TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

Christ Church Cathedral hosted a two day event in October to explore ways all of us can support pathways from charity to social justice in ending child and family poverty. Speakers from the Office of the Representative of Children and Youth, First Call BC [the child poverty advocacy group], and ALIVE a family and children community development organization in Vancouver shared analysis and solutions.  Over 60 participants committed to follow up action coordinated through the Community Action Plan on Poverty for the region.  


 


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If your employer participates in the United Way Payroll Deduction, you can designate all or part of your gift to Community Social Planning Council.  Ask your HR department how.

Our Canadian Charitable Status number is: 109691683EE001.