The Co-operators Providing Capital For Co-ops To Pivot During Pandemic GUELPH, ON, Oct. 7, 2020 /CNW/ - Through Co-operators Community Funds, The Co-operators is reinforcing ongoing co-operative sector support by making $1 million in patient capital available through its newly launched Co-op Impact Program. The focus of the program is to support small and medium-sized [...]
MEC Sale Approved - Members and Co-op Organizations Consider Further Court Challenge VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Hundreds of Mountain Equipment Co-op members are working to salvage what’s left of their beloved co-operative and planning next steps at a town hall meeting Monday night. Meanwhile, co-operative sector groups, such as Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada haven’t [...]
Each For All covers the verdict on MEC's sale with Kevin Harding from the SaveMEC campaign. Later, our co-operative sector checkins discuss what's important to co-operatives in a BC election during a pandemic.
SaveMEC.ca! Each For All continues its search for answers as to how we can stop this from happening again. We begin with an update on the legal battles being waged by members with the support of the Canadian co-operative sector. As well, our producer Vesta interviews Seth Klein whose new book A GOOD WAR: MOBILIZING CANADA FOR THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY is getting plenty of attention.
On Monday September 14, news broke that Mountain Equipment Co-op's board of directors had unanimously approved a deal to sell MEC's assets to a private U.S. firm. MEC never asked its members (more than 5 million) to weigh in. What happened to Co-operative Principle #2 - Democratic Member Control? Listen in and find out.
In March, schools closed across Canada when COVID-19 took hold. Lessons moved online and parents pitched in when they could. All summer provincial premiers and public health officers promoted the importance of getting students back to school for their social and emotional well being, while keeping everyone safe. But parents demanded online options not wanting [...]
MEC Members Oppose Sale of Co-op to U.S. Firm On September 14, news dropped that stunned members of Mountain Equipment Co-op; the assets of Canada’s largest consumer co-op will be sold to U.S.-based Kingswood Capital Management. MEC’s Board of Directors made the decision without consulting members, who are also voting shareholders. Today, two petitions began [...]
Students and staff in post-secondary programs had to adapt quickly once COVID-19 lockdowns began in March. Over the course of a weekend, in person classes went online, not always a smooth transition, and facilities and services were no longer available. Now, as the fall term begins, a "new normal" is in place. This transition has [...]
Nanaimo Helps Stock The Lockers for Students The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Foundation is once again partnering with local organizations to Stock the Lockers for local students. “While we’ve seen significant economic upheaval due to COVID-19, more children will be coming to school hungry, without supplies, shoes for PE or ill-fitting clothes” according to Foundation Executive Director [...]
Bus Stop Theatre Co-op Buys Building Halifax’s Bus Stop Theatre has finalized the purchase of its building after a two-year campaign! Previously, the co-op rented space in the building on Gottingen Street, but the whole place went up for sale in 2019. Executive Director Sebastien Labelle then rallied community members and with donations and funding [...]