Vancouver Mayoral Candidate Shauna Sylvester has co-op connections
Shauna Sylvester, who is running in the election this fall to be the new mayor of Vancouver, has some solid co-op connections.
Sylvester is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. She is also a current board member of Mountain Equipment Co-op and has served on the boards of Vancity Credit Union, Vancity Capital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative, and numerous non-profit organizations. And Sylvester lives in an equity co-op.
In a recent interview, Sylvester didn’t minimize the mammoth job of running a city. She said she has ideas, but offered no quick fixes for housing affordability. Sylvester is not, she says, “anti-developer”. But she is cautious about the amount of influence they wield in the city.
Urban farming looks to improve nutrition and community for Nanaimo seniors
Bettering the health of local seniors is the major goal of a new community project at a Nanaimo farm.
The Nanaimo Men’s Centre and the Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op are working together to help seniors experience the great outdoors at the city’s Five Acre Farm.
We all do better when we get outside and get some fresh air and our hands dirty, says Carmen Barclay with the Men’s Centre.
Through the next year, anyone 55 years or older can help with ongoing projects such as prepping the land in the spring, recording all the plants in the summer and harvesting the crops in the fall.
Seniors get to meet new people and have access to some clean, organic, healthy food, Barclay said.
Seven partnering B.C. credit unions continue process for united operation
Seven credit unions in B.C.’s Southern Interior are continuing to forge ahead in a regional amalgamation process that involves credit unions in the communities across the Kootenay, Columbia Valley and Boundary Regions.
The seven partner credit unions have spent the winter engaged in discussions regarding the design and potential of a new, united credit union.
The project is a massive undertaking, say the credit unions. An amalgamation between seven credit unions has never taken place before in Canada.
There are a number of stages to the process. But the final stage of approval will be a vote by members of each participating credit union to approve a resolution recommended to them.
Happy 20th birthday to the UBC Bike Co-op!
It’s the UBC Bike Co-op’s 20th birthday this year!
The Bike Co-op was established in 1998 and began as a small student run organization with a big idea: to build an accessible volunteer-run bike share for UBC students. A lot of organization was put into finding, refurbishing, and painting bikes in their signature purple and yellow hues.
Twenty years later, their Purple & Yellow Bike Share and volunteer night still exists and has become a permanent fixture on campus. Since 2008, it has built 400 bikes, sporting names like “Greasy Rust Sprinkles,” “Too bad it’s raining,” “I’d ride that,” and “Will to live.”