Co-op Confidential: Marty Frost, Director of the BC Co-operative Association and Co-op Developer for Devco

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  Co-op Confidential is a monthly blog series from the BC Co-operative Association that features interviews with co-op business leaders, academics and activists to uncover the pithy truths that propel the co-operative movement.  Sherese Johnson: What is a co-op developer and how did you become one? Was it a calling or an accidental discovery? Marty … Continued



Kootenay region co-ops are a community economic development strategy

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The Kootenay region has grown from a hotbed of co-operative activity. According to the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, the west and east Kootenay regions of BC have enjoyed nearly a century of co-operation. In the last couple of years the Upper Columbia Co-operative Council (UCCC), a sister organization of the BCCA, has seen … Continued



Co-op Confidential: Elvy Del Bianco, Program Manager for Co-operative Partnerships at Vancity, on building capacity for co-ops in BC

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Co-op Confidential is a monthly blog series from the BC Co-operative Association that features interviews with co-op business leaders, academics and activists to uncover the pithy truths that propel the co-operative movement.  This past week Elvy Del Bianco sat down with BCCA board member and Each for All host, Robin Puga at Vancouver Co-op Radio … Continued



Climate action needs co-operation

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The end of 2014 brought many issues to the forefront of mainstream media that could overwhelm even the most positive and cheerful of folks. Amid the conflicts and controversies were the UN Climate Negotiations in Lima, Peru. If you could not keep up with the fire hose of news stories, we are lucky to have … Continued



Car Share Co-op’s partnership boosts fruit tree harvest

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The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project more than doubled its harvest this year, and organizers are exuberant in their thanks to the Okanagan Car Share Co-op for their help in making it happen. “It’s awesome,” says coordinator Casey Hamilton. “With the Co-op’s truck, we were able to harvest from orchards as well as backyards and haul … Continued



Good Jobs Economy in BC conference highlights the role of co-operatives

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Close to 100 people attended a day-long conference on November 21st on “good jobs” organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), BC Federation of Labour, Progressive Economics Forum and SFU’s Centre for Global Political Economy. The Vancouver conference framed out some of the opportunities and challenges to creating a good jobs economy in … Continued



Co-op Confidential: Interview with Groundswell Director Gilad Babchuk, connecting co-ops with social impact

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Whether you refer to it as social impact business, social economy or social enterprise, it is hard to ignore that businesses committed to a triple-bottom line are increasingly capturing the attention of both governments and investors.  The BCCA has been collaborating with Groundswell Economic Alternatives, a training network of young people starting alternatives-to-business together, and recreating … Continued