Car sharing one way to beat pumps

| Business, Environment |

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

Cuba to let farmers buy equipment on credit

| Agriculture, Government |

HAVANA — Communist Cuba has begun offering private farmers equipment and other resources on credit along with more land, as President Raul Castro seeks to reform agriculture by loosening the state’s grip. Just days after a government decree authorizing land grants to farmers, they are being called to meetings and asked what machinery and other … Continued

Farmers’ market awaits its rainmakers

| Business, Community |

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

Ethanol producers downplay potential provincial policy shift

| Agriculture, Government |

Despite strong hints the Ontario government may back away from its earlier ethanol commitments, it’s full steam ahead for the $132-million ethanol plant in Aylmer, says a company official. "The statement by Premier (Dalton) McGuinty will not affect our plans," says Tom Cox, chairman of the Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC), which owns the plant. … 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

Coast Capital Savings receives national award

SURREY – Coast Capital Savings has been honoured with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) Innovations in Co-operative Governance Award. The acknowledgement recognizes Coast Capital Savings for its strong governance practices and innovations, providing a model from which other credit unions and co-operatives may learn. "The CCA award recognizes our innovation and desire to engage in … Continued