Monday, July 24, 2006

CUHI: Call for Seed Grant Applications

Urban Physical Environments and Health
Food Security and Urban Agriculture
Neighbourhoods and Health

Deadline for application: September 29, 2006

The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI), funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), facilitates the development of high-quality, innovative, action-oriented research that investigates the effects of local physical and social environments on the health of urban residents. CUHI is committed to supporting research that privileges community input and/or whose outcomes have community and policy relevance.

To help fulfill this mandate, CUHI provides seed grants for pilot projects, literature reviews, testing of innovative methodologies and partnership building. Priority is given to funding activities that will help with the background preparation and submission of grant proposals to other funding agencies. Priority will also be given to applications that are submitted in partnerships with academics, community agencies and policy-makers.

Research projects should relate to the topics of interest in this seed grant call by one or more of CUHI’s Research Interest Groups:

1. Urban Physical Environments and Health

  • Relationship between environmental quality, exposure to a range of toxins and/or pathogens and/or potential health effects
  • Neighbourhood-scale differences in selected aspects of environmental quality
  • Explorations of the impact of selected policies and/or best practices on urban environmental quality and by connection, wellness.

2. Food Security and Urban Agriculture

  • mechanisms to assess neighbourhood-level food security
  • interventions to improve food security in neighbourhoods
  • analysis and evaluation of Canadian food policy at the local, regional, or national scales

3. Neighbourhoods and Health.

  • research that describes, analyzes and investigates the pathways by which the dynamics of social, economic, service and built environment attributes of urban neighbourhoods shape health status across the life course.

Seed grant awards are available for projects of up to one year in length.

For more details of the Seed Grant Award and copies of the application guidelines and forms, please visit us online at

Alexis Kane Speer
Centre Coordinator
Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI)
University College, Room 259
University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
FAX: 416-946-0669

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Call for Session Proposals: 2006 BC Women’s Economic Institute

"Starting with Women's Lives: Changing Today's Economy"

November 8- 10, 2006

We are looking for experienced practitioners to share their knowledge, tools and strategies for working with women to create economic opportunities. Session topics should include:

  • Asset Development
  • Social Enterprise
  • Training and Employment
  • Policy
  • Cooperative Development
  • Building Organizational Capacity
Deadline for Applications is August 18, 2006.
Click here for the more information and the Session Proposal Form.

Please contact Vicki Scully, Women’s Economic Institute for more information.
(604) 331-1407 (X 107),

First World Research Conference on the Social Economy

Set aside October 22-24, 2007 for the First World Research Conference on the
Social Economy to be held in Victoria, BC Canada

Annie McKitrick, Project Officer/Coordinatrice
Canadian Social Economy Hub / Centre canadien d'├ęconomie sociale
C/O British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies
University of Victoria
University House 2, Room 109
PO Box 3060 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 3R4
Telephone: (250) 472 4976
Fax: (250) 472-4541

Friday, July 07, 2006

Conference Announcement -- Community Economics

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 7 & 8, 2006

MAIN TOPIC: Development of Social Enterprises

Special Guest: Inazio Irizar - Mondragon University, Spain

Topics will include but are not limited to the following:
1. Challenges of Mapping the Social Economy
2. Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
3. Forms of Business Organization and the Social Economy
4. Opportunities for more effective use of E-Commerce in Social Enterprises
5. Finance and Investment as Social Enterprise
6. Role of government in the social economy
7. Forms of Research for Social Enterprise
8. Social Enterprise in Rural Tourism.


Conference fee: $ 300 (limited number of bursaries available)

Send all communications to

A two week course on the Theory and Practice of the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation will be taught at Cape Breton University during the first two weeks of July 2006. The course may be taken as a credit course or as an audit course.

The teaching team will include Dr. Inazio Irizar from Mondragon University as well as Dr. Greg MacLeod, author of From Mondragon to America.

For information on this course, contact: