The Co-operative Career Internship Program Underway!

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After a flurry of activity in the weeks preceding Christmas, BCCA launched the Co-operative Career Intern Program with placements of seven young interns. This is a new program that is offered exclusively to BCCA members and in this, our first year, the program is off to a strong start. A two-day orientation session was held … Continued

The Co-operative Development Initiative

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When I last wrote about the Co-op Development Initiative, I mentioned our great pleasure at the Initiative’s four-year renewal by the federal government. This $19.1 million contribution to the Canadian co-op sector is invaluable – it allows, for example, BCCA’s Advisory Service program for emerging co-ops to continue; and, through the Innovative Co-operative Program (ICP) … Continued

Co-op Under Attack in Guatemala

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Café Ético has announced that an urgent situation has been unfolding in Guatemala, where members of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) have been receiving death threats and have forced the organization’s leaders and their families to go into hiding. The CCDA is the peasant and indigenous people’s labour organization that has been a … Continued

Hands Off Our Co-ops!

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Tax Treatment of Co-ops Challenged at the European Commission – Co-op Identity Threatened Claiming that differential tax treatment of co-operatives constitutes "state aid", and that such treatment undermines the competition rules of the EU, a number of large shareholding firms have launched a legal challenge of the tax regimes of Spain, Italy, and France. Despite … Continued

A Co-operative Appeal

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Co-operatives have always been able to rely on their fellow co-operators for help in times of crisis. This last few weeks however, has given rise to a number of calls for solidarity from the co-op community in response to crises that range from the humanitarian disaster in Haiti, to threats of violence and intimidation aimed … Continued

Alterna Savings’ “CSR Idol” Contest: Manila, Philipines

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CSR Idol Discovers Humour, Optimistic Spirit amidst Poverty in the Philippines Last year, Alterna Savings held its first "CSR Idol" contest to recognize Alterna staff who are shining stars in the area of community social responsibility. Staff nominated a number of their colleagues, and Alterna members voted for their favourite among three finalists. The winner … 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

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

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