- Motion to Support Co-ops Presented to House of Commons
On February 13th Member of Parliament Alexandra Mendès presented motion M-100 to the House of Commons.
Her motion began:
“The purpose of Motion No. 100, entitled “Role of Co-operatives”, is to develop and implement a strategy to promote and support Canada’s co-operative sector. Some may wonder why I came up with this motion and moved it. I am very pleased to have the next few minutes to explain. I moved this motion because the growth and success of the co-operative and mutual sector align perfectly with our government’s objectives. These objectives will strengthen our country and invigorate and diversify our economy through the creation of long-term, well-paid, high-calibre jobs. This motion will generate competition by lowering the cost of goods and services and giving consumers better choices.”
The full transcript is available on Hansard and a video of the session is available on ParlVu, the House of Commons live-streaming site. Co-ooperatives and Mutuals Canada has created a YouTube video, as well.
– House of Commons Sitting 139
– Motion M-100 debated in the House of Commons on February 13
– Hansard – Role of Co-operatives
- New BC Provincial Budget
The B.C. Budget came down today. While there was a cut announced to MSP premiums, the budget appeared to contain no measures to promote co-ops, or to make housing more affordable in British Columbia, as the Liberal government heads towards a May election.
- Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. Scholarship Program
The Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The CHF B.C. Scholarship Fund supports the educational goals of co-op members, particularly young co-op members who are already making a contribution to their communities. The application deadline is March 3 and details are at the CHF B.C. website.
- The Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Grants
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Economic Development grants. The Foundation’s selection committee is attempting to ensure that the range of funded programs is geographically representative of the total group of applicants and serves diverse populations of women.
The submission deadline for proposals is March 20, and details are on the CWF website.
- Co-ops Could Get Boost in French Election
In international co-op news, France has an election coming up in April, and it could affect the future course of the country’s co-operative sector. One of the main candidates, Benoît Hamon, has pledged to double the size of the social economy from 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the country’s GDP by 2025. There are more than 21,000 co-operatives in France across different sectors, which provide jobs for more than a million people.
- Co-op Cafe
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Join fellow co-operators for morning coffee and conversation at the Lost and Found Cafe. They’re at 33 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
- Victoria Health Co-op AGM
February 25, 2017
The Victoria Health Co-op invites everyone to their Health Fair and AGM. Find out about their health and wellness services and meet other co-ops from the Victoria area. It’s 11am to 2pm at the Fairfield United Church. https://www.facebook.com/events/1071049809670034/
- Groundswell Showcase Gala
Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:30pm
Groundswell’s 5th cohort of graduate entrepreneurs showcase their ventures. The general public is invited to see Vancouver’s newest entrants to the social economy.
- CHF Member Forum
March 20, 2017
This forum is open to CHF BC and CHF Canada members.
- Vancouver Soup!
Thursday March 30, 2017
Vancouver Soup is a crowd founding dinner of soup and salad where you vote for your favourite group. It’s a minimum $10 donation at the door and the winning group takes all.
- CHFBC Spring Education Conference
April 1, 2017
The Canadian Housing Federation of BC Spring Education Conference is April 1st. Conference details to be announced.
- CASC Annual Conference
May 30 to Jun 2, 2017
CASC is the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, and this is their annual conference. This year it’s at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. They invite proposals on the themes of economic, social, environmental, and organizational sustainability.
- CHF Canada AGM
June 7 to June 10, 2017
In addition to AGM business there are workshops and networking opportunities. Over 750 co-op members, leaders and managers are expended to attend. This year’s AGM is in Niagra Falls, Ontario. http://agm.chfcanada.coop/
- BCCA AGM
June 16, 2017
- Co-operative Congress 2017
Tue June 20 – Thu June 22, 2017
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada is hosting co-operators from across the country in Ottawa, Ontario. http://www.cmcevents.info/
- Community Innovation & Social Enterprise Conference
12 Jul 2017 to 14 Jul 2017
The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations to advance social entrepreneurship and improving community livelihoods. This year’s conference is at Cape Breton University.
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