Co-op Development in BC: An Update – November 2009

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Many people who care about co-ops will have helped BCCA and the other co-operative associations lobby the federal government to renew the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), the nation-wide program funded through the Co-operatives Secretariat. We were very pleased when the minister, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, announced in May of this year that the program would be extended … Continued

Political parties line up to promise housing

When police started ticketing homeless people camped out in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park last summer, Kathy Walker and her neighbours decided to take action. They started going to the park early in the morning, when police usually arrived, and they stood in solidarity with the campers. One evening, Walker, a resident of the Jackson Avenue housing … 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

Youth Pioneering Co-operation around the World

(Vancouver) On June 2 and 3, young people from around the world met to discuss how co-operatives can offer solutions to a sustainable future – and they did it without a single plane trip. The annual Building Co-operative Futures youth conference was held simultaneously in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Guelph, Karachi (Pakistan) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) this … Continued