Farmers’ market awaits its rainmakers

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Citizens have plopped down almost three-quarters of a million dollars of their retirement money to invest in a new harbour-side home for the Halifax Farmers’ Market, bringing the structure one step closer to realization. But while organizers are optimistic, some of the government funds needed to move forward with the project remain unsecured and each … Continued

CCA Honours Leaders in Co-op Governance; Coast Capital, MEC

Winnipeg — Four Canadian co-ops were recognized for their innovations in co-operative governance today during the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), in Winnipeg. “In 2007, a CCA Good Governance Committee was tasked with the dual objectives of overseeing the development of governance indicators that measure effective, distinctive, and innovative co-operative governance … Continued

Filmmakers co-op calls on aspiring screen writers

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is calling on area residents to get their creative juices flowing. In lieu of Fredericton being named a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2009, the co-op, celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, is encouraging the public to submit short scripts until July 25 regarding what makes Fredericton a cultural capital. … Continued

Eat closer to home

Starting today, eating local foods will be easier than ever in Sudbury after the grand opening of the Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative store at 11 a. m. at Market Square. The goal of the co-operative is to only carry local produce, defined as food grown or raised within 150 miles of Sudbury. "What we’re hearing … Continued

Innovative Art Co-op Scores Tax Victory for All Commercial Non-profit Co-ops

Under the leadership of its Co-Chair, Sid Gould, InsideArt Cooperative has been successful in stating its case to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that this non-profit cooperative is not subject to the payment of corporate tax on its net income. InsideArt was counseled by an accountant specialized in co-op taxation that it must file a … Continued

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

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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

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

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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