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African Heritage Food Co-op

The African Heritage Food Co-op (AHFC)  was formed so that Black communities in Western New York State, including Niagara Falls and Buffalo, can take ownership of their food system, create jobs and use resources to improve the health and well-being of residents. For too long, the economic and political structures have failed Black residents creating [...]

By |2022-08-29T13:03:42-07:00August 9th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

BC Co-ops receive $2 million provincial investment

On July 26, 2022, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction put out a press release announcing an unprecedented investment in the BC Co-op sector. It outlines how a $2 million dollar investment from the province was matched by others in the co-op sector. The funds will go to helping co-operative businesses, while expanding [...]

By |2022-08-04T10:46:32-07:00August 2nd, 2022|Show|0 Comments

New Brunswick Media Co-op

When a single company, J.D. Irving Limited, with vast interests in forestry, agriculture, food processing, oil and petroleum, transportation and shipbuilding, also owns the major English-language daily newspapers, plus a large number of weeklies, chances are reporting that is critical of its industries and supportive of workers, the environment and human rights, will be scarce. [...]

By |2022-07-04T10:49:23-07:00July 4th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Home Care Workers Co-operative – Ontario – Federated Care Co-op

Amy Firlotte, Danielle Turpin, Denise Armstrong - co-founders of the Home Care Workers Co-op. Most seniors would like live at home as long as possible with support. Sadly, many end up in long-term care, a system plagued by short-staffing, low levels of funding and other problems that the COVID-19 pandemic only made worse. [...]

By |2022-06-10T00:00:33-07:00May 17th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Rotating Savings and Credit Associations

A Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) is a group of individuals who act as an alternative financial institution. Each person contributes money towards a common fund, and the funds rotate through members at regular intervals. The member who borrows the funds will eventually repay their portion back into the association so the next member [...]

By |2022-05-18T16:47:22-07:00May 10th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Vancouver’s East End Food Co-op Closing

On April 15/22, news broke that Vancouver's  East End Food Co-op (EEFC) will be closing its Commercial Drive storefront on May 15 after 50 years of serving the community. The co-op itself will remain in place for the time being. Its future will be discussed at the AGM in June. You can show your support [...]

By |2022-05-07T08:24:29-07:00April 26th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Westman Communications Group

Westman Communications Group is a consumer co-op that formed in 1977 to bring cable television to southwestern Manitoba and since then has grown to serve 54 rural communities and 25,000 members. Its head office is in Brandon. Besides offering all the latest technology from high-speed internet, TV, streaming and phone services, the co-op ensures its [...]

By |2022-03-25T08:33:27-07:00March 22nd, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Mornington Communications Co-operative

Mornington has been serving rural residents in Perth County, Ontario, since 1919. It began as a municipal telephone system using operators and party lines. In 1964 direct dial technology came on board and in 1994, Mornington Municipal Telephone System became Mornington Communications Co-operative. With a head office in Milverton and satellite offices in Stratford, Wellesley [...]

By |2022-03-25T08:33:53-07:00March 22nd, 2022|Show|0 Comments

Ukrainian Agricultural Co-ops in Crisis! / Canadian Co-op Sector Update

Agricultural production cannot be disrupted mid-season, mid-process. Farmers are tied to their land and animals. So what happens to agricultural co-ops during war? Sofia Burtak and Iryna Volovyk, co-op developers with Ukraine's Coop Academy, explain what is has been like on the ground. This interview was recorded on March 1 with Sara Vicari of aroundtheworld.coop. [...]

By |2022-03-17T09:04:49-07:00March 15th, 2022|Show|0 Comments

International Women’s Day! CDF staff in Ukraine / BCCA newcomers program

On International Women's Day, there is war in Ukraine and the world is realizing what that means for us all, for gender equality and for the co-operative movement.  CDF programs in Ukraine The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada has staff in the Ukraine working on the project Supporting Economic Prosperity for Women and Internally Displaced [...]

By |2022-03-13T22:20:07-07:00March 8th, 2022|Show|0 Comments