CIS CASE CO-OPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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BCCA recently presented the first-ever Case Co-opetition awards to 22 students and four teachers at Rick Hansen Secondary (1st place & the Think Outside the Box Award), Windermere Secondary (2nd Place & Down to Business), Princess Margaret Secondary (3rd Place & Go Big or Go Home) and Point Grey Secondary (4th Place & Radical Co-operation). … Continued

BCCA ED TO RESIGN JUNE 30

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It is with regret that the Board of BCCA announces the resignation of Carol Murray as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2016. Since Carol joined our staff in 2008, she has worked tirelessly to provide excellence in leadership and management to our association.  Carol worked initially as interim Executive Director, later as the Director of … Continued

BCCA Strategic Plan Update

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May 12, 2016 – At this crossroads in its history, BCCA is soliciting member input on its strategic plan. A Strat Planning Task Force, led by John Kay, Vice Chair of BCCA, was constituted in February 2016 and represents 14 of our members. The goal of the planning process is to revision BCCA’s programs and … Continued

Youth Program Featured on 100.5 Radio

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BCCA’s CO-OPS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM FEATURED ON VANCOUVER CO-OP RADIO May 4 , 2016 – BCCA’s innovative Co-ops In School Program (CIS) was featured on 100.5 Co-op Radio’s Each for All Program on May 3rd. BCCA’s CIS Program Manager, Tasha Nathanson was joined by Deborah Zhang, from UBC, Sarah Goble from BCIT and Mabel Huang … Continued

Co-op Spotlight: Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op

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The concept of urban farming has been enjoying an upswing in popularity these past several years. We are accustomed to seeing a wide array of models, from small projects on balconies and in backyards to larger scale operations like community gardens and even multi-site productions like that of Sole Food. Part of the attraction of … Continued

In Vancouver’s Uber vs. Taxi Debate, We Need a Co-operative Solution

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By: Kevin Harding, BCCA Director of Co-op Development Co-operation is better than exploitation. There’s been a lot of noise lately in the debate in Vancouver over whether the city’s licensing board should allow the crowd-based ridesharing service Uber into its passenger transportation landscape. This battle is one that is high-stakes: loaded terms like “cartel” and … Continued

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

In Vancouver’s Uber vs. Taxi Debate, We Need a Co-operative Solution

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Co-operation is better than exploitation. There’s been a lot of noise lately in the debate in Vancouver over whether the city’s licensing board should allow the crowd-based ridesharing service Uber into its passenger transportation landscape. This battle is one that is high-stakes: loaded terms like “cartel” and horror stories of sexual assault by unlicensed drivers … 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