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

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

Lake Forest Co-op wants to have Youbou Lands business park, run marina, boat ramp

The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative is interested in acquiring the proposed business park at the old Youbou millsite, as well as managing the proposed marina and boat ramp. Pending rezoning approval, a spokesman for the owners of the property, Thomas Kreilein, said he’s interested in the idea. Lorne Scheffer, chairman of the Forest Co-op, … Continued

Immigrants paying 120% interest on loans get relief

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A Saskatchewan community is helping newly arrived immigrants clear off some high interest loans associated with moving to Canada. In the last year and a half a group of immigrants from Ukraine settled in the North Battleford area, west of Saskatoon, with many borrowing money to finance the journey. According to the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress some … Continued

Strait bus service could soon hit road

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PORT HAWKESBURY – It will be a bit later than originally planned, but a local transit service is expected to hit the streets by the end of next month. The official launch of the Strait Area Transit Co-operative service has been set for Sept. 19, with vehicles expected to begin their routes soon afterward. This … Continued

Mountain Haven a home at last

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Twelve years of hard work, setbacks and determination have given Donna Kubista her dream home at the Mountain Home Cooperative Homes complex in Three Sisters. “I never imagined it would take this long,” said the mother of three. “There were times we thought it was too much work, but we never doubted it was worth … Continued