Unions Boycott Westminster Savings Credit Union
The BC Federation of Labour has called for a boycott of Westminster Savings Credit Union. The credit union plans to close its Shaughnessy Station branch in Port Coquitlam. The branch has been on strike since January. Westminster Savings denies the branch closure has anything to do with the unionized employees.
Sensory friendly shopping at Kootenay Co-op
Kootenay Co-op in Nelson is responding to community members who have difficulty shopping in loud, busy environments by offering sensory friendly hours. David Reid, the co-op’s marketing manager, says music will be turned off and some machines will be silenced on Sunday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm. Staff will also keep a lower profile and not be quite as engaging as they usually are. The goal is to just let people shop in peace.
Produce Co-op Coming to Squamish
Squamish businesswoman Kelly Ann Woods was tired of the lack of fresh and affordable produce in her community. So she brought this problem to her Facebook page for local moms and within 24 hours 300 people joined a new co-operative called Squamish Fresh. Woods says the co-op will launch in late August with weekly bulk buy orders of produce. To join, members will have to buy a co-op share and volunteer every few months. Woods says they’ve already raised $900 in startup funds and are generating a lot of community support. For more information find Squamish Fresh on Facebook.
Bus shelters in Holland support biodiversity
The Dutch city of Utrecht has covered 316 of its bus shelters with plants to attract pollinators and support biodiversity. The sedum plants also help capture fine dust and store rainwater. Utrecht is aiming to bring 55 new electric buses on stream by the end of the year and have completely clean public transportation by 2028. The electricity for the buses comes directly from windmills.
Local residents can also apply for funds to create their own green roofs at home. All of these initiatives are designed to improve air quality in the city.