Wall Street turmoil is credit unions’ “golden opportunity”

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Bad news on Wall Street is overshadowing the good news for credit unions and their customers, says Dave Colby, chief economist with CUNA Mutual Group. Credit unions have made it midway through 2008 without breaking a sweat, and in Washington, these member-owned bank alternatives may be even better positioned for growth than … 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

Work to begin on $1.9B expansion of Regina refinery

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REGINA — Work is set to begin on the $1.9-billion expansion project at Consumers’ Co-operative Refineries Ltd. (CCRL), the biggest capital project — in dollar terms — in Regina’s history. "As far as I know, this would be the single-largest, dollar-investment project in Regina,” said Bud Van Iderstine, senior vice-president of refining for CCRL.   … Continued

Energy giants urged to abandon oilsands

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Just days after Canada’s oilsands moved into the federal election spotlight, one of Britain’s largest investment firms is launching a campaign to persuade petroleum giants BP and Shell to scale back their plans to exploit the controversial energy source. Widely seen as a future driver of the Canadian economy in a world confronting oil scarcity … Continued

Spokester needed to represent youth

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An Alberta-based credit union is looking for a new spokesperson to represent its Young and Free Alberta banking plan before Oct. 1. Common Wealth Credit Union (CWCU) launched the search for a new spokesperson last week and will be accepting video entries for the position, which includes a number of perks such as the use … 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