Credit unions continue to lead in customer service

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Independent survey shows credit unions beat banks in many categories TORONTO – For the fourth year in a row, an independent survey of thousands of Canadians has shown that credit unions rank first in overall quality of customer service among all financial institutions. "Synovate’s research has shown that Canadians like dealing with organizations that reflect … Continued

The new credit union boom

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Customers disillusioned with traditional banking in the wake of the credit crunch are turning to credit unions in search of a safer, more ethical place to save and borrow, it has emerged. Some big banks took too many risks, lending aggressively during the boom years. Their actions may yet provoke a UK recession and credit … 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

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

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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