Co-op News July 30, 2019

//Co-op News July 30, 2019

Co-op News July 30, 2019

Desjardin announces life-long identify protection for privacy members

Desjardin announced free and automatic data theft protection for all of their clients. This comes after the major data breach affecting some 2.7 members. The protection plan includes up to $50,000 in financial compensation for expenses related to data theft, and identity theft insurance.


Gay Lea Foods Co-op Receives $16.9 Million in Government Support

The Canadian government is funding the expansion of Gay Lea Foods co-operative. Ministers say the project aligns with their recently announced Rural Economic Development Strategy with the dairy sector playing an important role in Canada’s economy.


With the funds recieved, Gay Lea Foods will support the acquisition and installation of advanced processing equipment and systems. This innovative processes and equipment will minimise by-product waste and reduce environmental footprint. The technology will enable Gay Lea to advance its scientific and technical capability to produce new, high value milk products, particularly for the health food and nutraceutical markets.


United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative is investing in community

The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative will be giving $500,000 over the next five years to non-profits and community groups in rural Alberta. 


Harvey Hagman, chair of the foundation’s board, said, “This money is intended for our rural communities and now that we have a process in place, this will assist with the sustainability of our rural communities for many years to come.” 


Applications are being accepted until Aug. 31. All projects must align with one of the three funding categories: recreational, education events and activities or cultural facilities and programs. For more information, go to the Rural Communities Foundation website.


Platform Co-op for British Sign Language Services


A new platform co-op for British sign language interpreters and translators was created in the United Kingdom. The co-op is named SignCo, and it’s a response downward pressure on fees. Members will include service users as well and interprisets.


Barack Obama is coming to Halifax mark the 70th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council

Former United States president Barack Obama will speak, Nov 13th, in Halifax. He is there to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, a group that supports co-ops and credit unions in the region.


Mike Leonard, senior vice-president of the Atlantic Central credit union said of the event, “President Obama was renowned for his ability to galvanize communities and bring communities together. And when you think of who we want to be, I can’t think of a better person to spend time with us.”


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