CCA Honours Leaders in Co-op Governance; Coast Capital, MEC

Winnipeg — Four Canadian co-ops were recognized for their innovations in co-operative governance today during the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), in Winnipeg. “In 2007, a CCA Good Governance Committee was tasked with the dual objectives of overseeing the development of governance indicators that measure effective, distinctive, and innovative co-operative governance … Continued

Filmmakers co-op calls on aspiring screen writers

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is calling on area residents to get their creative juices flowing. In lieu of Fredericton being named a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2009, the co-op, celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, is encouraging the public to submit short scripts until July 25 regarding what makes Fredericton a cultural capital. … Continued

Eat closer to home

Starting today, eating local foods will be easier than ever in Sudbury after the grand opening of the Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative store at 11 a. m. at Market Square. The goal of the co-operative is to only carry local produce, defined as food grown or raised within 150 miles of Sudbury. "What we’re hearing … Continued

Innovative Art Co-op Scores Tax Victory for All Commercial Non-profit Co-ops

Under the leadership of its Co-Chair, Sid Gould, InsideArt Cooperative has been successful in stating its case to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that this non-profit cooperative is not subject to the payment of corporate tax on its net income. InsideArt was counseled by an accountant specialized in co-op taxation that it must file a … Continued

After 40 years, housing co-ops needed more than ever

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The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada celebrates its 40th anniversary with the publication of a new history of co-operative housing in Canada. Under Construction: A History of Co-operative Housing in Canada is a success story, built on the principles and perseverance of people who just wouldn’t take no for an answer in their pursuit of … Continued

Food co-operative plays matchmaker by linking local farmers with locavores

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Good things grow in Oklahoma, including an idea that has inspired a co-op connecting Niagara’s farmers with the region’s locavores. The brainchild of Yvette O. Plentai, project manager for the Niagara Agritourism Centre, and aptly named the Niagara Local Food Co-operative, it’s a virtual market for anyone wanting to eat locally produced food. "The whole … Continued