Island Ideal Meats: Meat move aids Island producers

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Sticking to the 100-mile diet and the slow food movement just got a little easier for people on southern Vancouver Island with the opening of a new custom meat processing service. Operating out of the existing abattoir at Valley View Farm, 10 kilometres south of Nanaimo, the Vancouver Island Heritage Foodservice Co-op has opened Island … Continued

Co-op Cinema Provides Front-Row Seat in Struggle to End Poverty

New co-op cinema gives front-row view of Canadian efforts to beat global poverty Ottawa March 1, 2010  ̶̶  Canadians have a new way to experience the fight to end global poverty thanks to a virtual movie theatre recently unveiled by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) on its website. “On any given day, Canadians are working in remote … Continued

CED Study Bursaries are Available!

$1000 community economic development bursary Deadline to apply: December 14, 2009 The Canadian CED Network, Coast Capital Savings and the Vancity Community Foundation are pleased to announce applications are being accepted for $1000 bursaries to enroll in Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development. The SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development is … Continued

Need some work on your brand or something similar…?

What could $50,000 of creative services do for your social enterprise? For Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), it was a complete transformation of its brand. TUTS was Vancouver’s 2009 recipient of the Kaus. A renowned cultural icon, TUTS needed to reposition itself to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive entertainment market. Karo worked with TUTS … Continued

Bulletin regarding the ICP program of the CDI

Update on the Innovative Co-operatives Projects grant process, 28 October 2009   The list of projects recommended by the program’s external Selection Committee has been forwarded to the Minister’s office for his review and final approval.   Although we had hoped that the successful proponents would have received news by now, it looks as though … Continued

Interested in some “webinars” on agriculture…?

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Canada Farm Business Management Council Upcoming Agriwebinars™ Webinars are a web-based conference bringing the expertise of today’s agricultural leaders that will inform and inspire you from the comfort of your home or office. No travel, no cost, no reason to miss out! Agriwebinar™ is free and anyone can participate as long as they have a … Continued

Food Safety Workshops to be Offered Around the Province

Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program: An opportunity to evolve your food processing business!   Food processors are well aware of the growing demand for regional food products. These new opportunities, including the potential for sales in retail stores, may demand a new level of food safety requirements. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow your … Continued

October 11-17 is Co-op Week!

Ottawa, October 5, 2009 — Members of co-operatives and credit unions across Canada will be celebrating Co-op Week from October 11-17, a time to reflect on the contribution the co-operative sector has made to the lives of Canadians and their communities. Co-op Week has been proclaimed across Canada every October since 1982.  International Credit Union … Continued

New Federal Agriculture Program May be of Interest

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The newletter item that follows came in a newsletter from PEI which included an article on CAAP which is a possible funding program for agricultural and local food co-ops.  This article focuses on PEI, but there are similar councils in every province and territory with mostly farmers on the board of directors.  They are listed … Continued