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 [...]
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 [...]
Co-ops in the time of COVID – w/ John Kay, Thom Armstrong & Ross Gentleman / special guest Adam Trott
This is our monthly checkin for August 4th, 2020. Panel guests are John Kay, Thom Armstrong and Ross Gentleman. We continue our discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on co-operatives. Special guest Adam Trott is the recent winner of St. Mary's University - International Centre for Co-operative Management's essay competition #Co-ops4JustEconomy.
In Part 1 of this series, we introduced Oasis Senior Supportive Living which promotes aging in place for seniors with activities to combat social isolation and foster good health. Oasis began in one apartment building in Kingston, Ontario 11 years ago. Members there have created a supportive community through social activities, communal meals and group [...]
Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver is going co-op!?! Artistic Director Kim Selody explains how the co-op is a way to move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and opens up opportunities for artists to collaborate and connect. Also, our Worker Co-op Sector Checkin with Chris Nichols of Woodshop Workers Co-op.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the inadequacies of long-term care for seniors with high rates of infection and subsequent deaths in these institutions. Moreover, the isolation, already felt by so many residents, has been made worse as family and caregiver visits were put on hold, only now beginning to resume in [...]
Vancouver's People's Co-op Bookstore was created in 1945, just before the end of WWII. It has always served the community with books that are socially significant. I spoke with Board Chair Laurel McBride about how the co-op got started, its evolution and where it goes from here. (Note: Since this interview, the bookstore has announced [...]