Program Will Benefit 500 Communities
Times and Transcript, October 18, 2000
Writer and essayist John Ralston Saul, husband of Governor General
Adrienne Clarkson, was back in Moncton yesterday to discuss democracy.
Following his official visit to New Brunswick last week, Saul was
the keynote speaker that the conclusion of the Community Economic
Development Technical Assistance (CEDTAP) annual forum at the Delta
Sauls hour and five minute speech, in front of about 50 university
and community leaders from across the country, highlighted the importance
of citizens taking control of and reforming their institutions.
Instead of advocating lobbying efforts by non-governmental organizations
from the outside, Saul said reformers have to integrate with governments
to make changes.
in a social standard is a key thing in the development of public
policy, he said.
CEDTAP is Canadas single largest private effort in community
economic development. CEDTAP co-ordinator Jacques Carriere said
his program managed through Ottawas Carleton University
helps communities develop job-creation ideas tailored to
their needs, using the expertise of CEDTAPs consultants.
a way, were an aid to local businesses becoming more competitive
in a global economy, said Carriere.
saying, lets try to deal with creativity by building the economy
from the inside, instead of the outside.
Mount Allison Universitys Rural and Small Town Program is
among the projects 30 consultants.
Over the last three years, the $10 million CEDTAP pilot projet assisted
almost 100 communities, rural and urban, across the country, devoting
21 per cent of its funding to 19 projects in the Atlantic provinces.
In New Brunswick, two Human Development Councils established to
look at poverty-reducing entrepreneurial strategies were developed
in Saint John with the help of CEDTAP.
With the launch of CEDTAP II yesterday, the program plans to spend
$5 million matched by expected donations from corporate sponsors
to help over 500 rural and urban communities in the next