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

| Community |

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

Big fuel costs have cabbies thinking small

| Business, Environment |

If Joni Mitchell were to rewrite her hit Big Yellow Taxi, she might be inclined to call it Little Green Hybrid instead. It wouldn’t be nearly as catchy and it has a strange Martian ring to it, but with fuel costs and greenhouse gases both crowding the upper atmosphere, it might prove more accurate as … Continued

Historic Amalgamation of Cooperative Packinghouses

(Kelowna) Four cooperative packinghouses today executed the final legal agreement for their amalgamation. The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative is the culmination of decades of consolidation and mergers in the tree fruit packinghouse industry. The new cooperative will receive, store, grade and pack over 130,000 tons of tree fruits consisting of conventional and organic apples, pears, … Continued

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

| Agriculture, Business, Community |

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

Youth Pioneering Co-operation around the World

(Vancouver) On June 2 and 3, young people from around the world met to discuss how co-operatives can offer solutions to a sustainable future – and they did it without a single plane trip. The annual Building Co-operative Futures youth conference was held simultaneously in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Guelph, Karachi (Pakistan) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) this … Continued