Update: ICP Grant Component of the CDI

Update on the recent competition for Innovative Co-operatives Project (ICP) grants, 25 August 2009   The process of assessing and selecting the successful applicants for the ICP program of the Co-op Development Initiative (CDI) is moving along with considerable speed.   The initial assessments have been completed. The peer review of initial assessments will be … Continued

The Co-operators Announces Grants

The Co-operators Announces Grants to Community-Based Organizations in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. Community-Based Organizations Benefit from $213,000 from The Co-operators Guelph, ON, May 26, 2009 – Today, The Co-operators announced $213,000 in grants to support the work of 11 community-based organizations that help disadvantaged people move toward self-reliance. Each of the organizations provides important services … 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

Car sharing coming to Saskatoon?

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SASKATOON — Fed up with skyrocketing gas prices? Tired of costly car repairs and insurance premiums? Sick of driving in circles trying to find a parking spot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be a candidate for car sharing. Originating in Europe, car sharing is a unique form of … Continued

Farmers plan biodiesel plant to control own fuel needs

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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

Sussex Co-op to serve up organic feed

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SUSSEX – The local Co-op mill will soon become the first in the Maritimes to process organic feed. In late June, the Sussex Co-op received organic certification from Ecocert a private certification company based out of Quebec and will begin processing organic feed after this year’s crops are harvested in late summer or early fall. … Continued

Car sharing one way to beat pumps

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Christine Lovelace thinks the hassles of owning a car just aren’t worth it. Not when she can get one now and then from a car-sharing co-op. Lovelace sold her 1994 Toyota Tercel in 2005 after she moved from Nova Scotia to Washington, D. C., for work. While in the American capital, Lovelace relied on so-called … Continued