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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.

By |2020-08-05T09:53:11-07:00August 4th, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Oasis Active Aging in Place – A Preventive Alternative to Long-Term Care – Part 2

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 [...]

By |2020-07-30T13:51:16-07:00July 30th, 2020|Show|2 Comments

Presentation House Theatre Launches New Co-op/Worker Co-ops and COVID-19

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.

By |2020-08-04T23:33:56-07:00July 21st, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Oasis Active Aging in Place – A Preventive Alternative to Long-Term Care – Part 1

  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 [...]

By |2020-07-27T07:29:07-07:00July 14th, 2020|Show|2 Comments

People’s Co-op Bookstore Celebrates 75th Anniversary, BC Agricultural Co-ops Adapt to “New Normal”

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 [...]

By |2020-06-25T11:27:45-07:00June 26th, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Ryde Co-op Reaches Out, Canadian Centre for Study of Co-ops Creates Crisis Response Series

"Our building is closed, but our hearts are open!" That's the motto these days of The Ryde Community Co-operative in rural Ryde, Ontario. Board President Nancy Cronin says COVID-19 has meant shuttering the beloved "little building with a big heart" that has been so much a part of the co-op's history and programming for 20 [...]

By |2020-06-23T08:59:27-07:00June 24th, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Nova Scotia Strong and Collaboration in Powell River, B.C. in the Time of Covid-19

The people of Nova Scotia have worked together to remain strong through several major tragedies this Spring AND done so while also adapting to the "new normal" brought by COVID-19. We checked in with local co-operator, Erin Hancock, to find out how folks are coping and how local co-ops are faring during the pandemic. Erin [...]

By |2020-06-22T10:00:53-07:00June 22nd, 2020|Show|0 Comments

How the Youth Excellence Society and Bridge City Bike Co-op Build Community in the Time of Covid-19

The Youth Excellence Society (YES) has been providing leadership training to British Columbia's youth through the support of the province's co-operative and credit union sector for 45 years. This has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic with a series of "Care Package" podcasts offering support and humor to youth around BC. The pandemic has meant that [...]

By |2020-06-21T15:30:55-07:00June 21st, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Co-operative Politics in the Time of COVID-19

Co-operation is replacing hyper-partisanship as Canadian politicians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can this become the "new normal?" And how will co-operative federalism work to tackle the glaring gaps in long-term care and paid sick leave for workers who fear losing income so show up ill and spread the virus? We asked Jody Wilson-Raybould, the [...]

By |2020-05-16T14:11:11-07:00May 16th, 2020|Show|0 Comments

Worker Co-op Recuperation and Revolution in Argentina

Decades of research in the making, Dr. Marcelo Vieta's book, "Worker's Self-Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-Liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión" is a remarkable work of academic and political reporting.  Grounded in class struggle Marxism, the book delves into Argentina’s long tradition of working-class activism, the broader history of workers’ responses to capitalist crisis, and [...]

By |2020-05-10T13:31:25-07:00May 11th, 2020|Show|0 Comments