Support Renewal of CDI!

Canada’s national co-op associations are asking co-ops and their members across the country to join the campaign to renew the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), a federal program that helps promote and develop new and emerging co-ops. CDI is a unique partnership program between the federal government, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien … Continued

US company to use technology from Nipawin Biomass Ethanol Co-op

A California company will probably be the first user of the catalytic technology that was developed for a future ethanol plant at Nipawin. Fulcrum BioEnergy recently announced plans to build a commercial-scale plant that will use municipal solid waste to produce ethanol. Construction of the plant, to be located just outside Reno in Storey County, … Continued

Buy your rainbow chard and eggplants at work

VICTORIA – They are the flying squad of fruits and vegetables. They swoop into churches and offices and perch on suburban street corners – one-person produce stands with a mission to bring local, organic ingredients to consumers. They are pocket markets, the brainchild of Food Roots, a Victoria-based distributor’s co-op. Leading the charge is Food … Continued

Farmers plan biodiesel plant to control own fuel needs

| Agriculture, Environment |

BEAUSEJOUR — A group of Beausejour-area grain producers is planning to build a biodiesel plant that uses canola oil, to take control of its fuel needs from big oil producers and help reduce farming’s carbon imprint on the environment. "We have no security against market fluctuations because we depend on large corporations for diesel fuel. … Continued

Whelk holds promise for Northwest Island, N.L.

| Agriculture, Business, Community |

An edible sea snail is creating viable work in the once-thriving fishing community of Northwest Island, N.L. A new fish plant used to process whelk has created jobs and generated hope in the small town of Ramea. The plant, financed by the Ramea Community Co-operative, employs about 20 people full-time. They process the edible mollusk … Continued

Funds announced to study economic opportunities

The Venables Valley Producers Co-op and the Seton Lake Indian Band were recipients of federal grants that were announced in Ashcroft last week. The Producers Co-op received $25,200 to conduct a feasibility study for a facility to compost pine-beetle killed trees, while the Seton Lake Indian Band received $99,000 to develop an economic plan and … Continued

Fair trade a fair shake for farmers

| Agriculture, Business |

The fair trade certified coffee market is not only fairer to farmers than the conventional coffee market, it is a uniquely remarkable way to stimulate economic growth in some of the poorest communities on the Earth. My perspective is in direct contrast to an opinion column by Gene Callahan that appeared on this page Aug. … Continued