The Social Economy in the News

February 27th, 2007 - News

Don't sweat it: Fashion and fairness can go together, even when time and budget are limited
The woman next to me digs her hand down the back of my shirt, trying to find the label. We are in a No Sweat workshop, part of an ethical purchasing forum at the University of Victoria last weekend. Our first exercise is to find out where our own clothes were made and mark it on a map at the front of the room.

February 22nd, 2007 - News

Global Village leads fair trade movement
Many have grey hair and don't pass as trendsetters. But the original volunteers at Global Village were ahead of the wave when it came to ethical purchasing 18 years ago. Their approach was simple: Pay Third World artisans a fair price for products; sell the crafts out of a storefront; and return profits to the Third World by way of grants.

February 17th, 2007 - News

Big bucks going into local investments
As the RRSP deadline approaches, the provincial government announced Friday that Nova Scotians invested record amounts last year in community investment funds that qualify for a tax break.

February 16th, 2007 - News

Cooking Up New Collective Kitchens
In 1985, in the Montreal east-end district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, three women with limited money and time found themselves unable to properly feed their families. To cut down on costs, they decided to buy their food in bulk and cook together for an afternoon.

February 7th, 2007 - News

Coast Capital Savings Wins Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Award for the Sixth Time
Coast Capital Savings also has the distinction of being the only B.C. financial institution selected for this prize. "It's a considerable honour for us to receive this award, and be recognized among Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the sixth time since 1999," said Lloyd Craig, President and CEO.

January 31st, 2007 - News

Duncan council catches green wave by fueling with bio-diesel
The city is going green with its machines and its neighbour to the north may not be far behind. Duncan council approved treasurer Peter de Verteuil’s recommendation last week to begin burning low-emission biodiesel in all its diesel engines immediately. Duncan’s rigs include trucks comprising about half the city’s vehicle fleet, plus generators, using 30,000 litres of diesel fuel annually.

January 24th, 2007 - News

Co-op ventures get a leg-up
Eighteen new projects - five biofuel and 13 value-added - are the latest to qualify for Technical Assistance funding under a new program that helps farmers and rural communities pursue biofuel and other value-added opportunities through co-operative ventures. To date, 25 groups have received more than a half-million dollars in funding under the Agricultural Co-operative Development Initiative (Ag-CDI).

January 17th, 2007 - News

Co-op sales continue at record level
For the second year in a row, Delmas Coop has had record sales, according to its latest financial statement. The member-owned cooperative, with branches in Masset and Skidegate, sold $11,816,038 worth of merchandise in the fiscal year ending last September 30, up $215,032 from the year before. Costs were up as well, to $8,804,016, from $8,658,693. Higher standby costs, staff costs and interest expense contributed to the higher costs.

January 16th, 2007 - News

Halton Region Issues Request for Proposals for Assisted Housing
Halton Region has issued a Request for Proposals for 120 units of assisted rental housing. Under the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Ontario New Affordable Housing Program Agreement, Halton Region has been allocated $8.4 million to provide capital assistance of up to $70,000 per unit for the development of these units. Halton Region will also provide grant assistance under the program.

January 11th, 2007 - News

$52.8 million to develop the social economy - Launch of the Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust
The Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust will administer a $52.8 million patient capital fund for Québec's social economy enterprises. The Chantier de l'économie sociale and investors made the announcement in Québec City today.

January 10th, 2007 - News

Rich-poor gap becomes a chasm
Churning out cogent new studies on poverty wouldn't work, the research team decided. Canadians already knew how bad the problem was. Making the case for fair wages, affordable housing, decent welfare rates and universal child care wouldn't turn the tide, they agreed. Dozens of advocacy groups were doing that with negligible success. What was needed was a catalyst to turn awareness into action. It was the summer of 2006.

January 9th, 2007 - News

$4,000 will help Harewood crisis centre get off ground
The proposed Harewood Crisis Walk-In Centre has received a grant from the City of Nanaimo for renovations, all it needs now is a place to renovate. “We had a place but it fell through,” said Ian Gartshore, Shore Counselling’s executive director.

January 6th, 2007 - News

Strongeagle a role model
Education is number one in Herb Strongeagle’s world. A keen mind and a curious nature edge out sports — especially hockey — as the main passion of the hard-working Cowichan Bay resident who earned the Saskatchewan First Nations lifetime achievement award Nov. 9. “This award gives me a really good feeling. It means a lot in recognizing hard work,” the Pasqua First Nation’s elder says of his honour.

December 30th, 2006 - News

Technology to improve senior life
Two Markham organizations are part of a new program to improve the lives of seniors and the disabled. The Intelligent Computational Assistive Science and Technology network, launched earlier this month at York University, is a Canadawide initiative sponsored by Precarn Incorporated, a non-profit company in York and Ottawa that supports the development of commercially viable technologies.

December 14th, 2006 - News

Bethune housing co-op faces brighter future
The situation at the leaking Norman Bethune Housing Cooperative in North Burnaby is looking brighter after city council agreed to consider a rezoning application to allow the housing project to be rebuilt. The co-op, at 8750 Centaurus Circle, was built in 1977 and has 24 units of subsidized housing for low and moderate income families.

December 13th, 2006 - News

Wind turbine operating in Digby County
Digby County has its first independently owned commercial wind turbine at Mount Pleasant. The turbine has started generating electricity and selling energy to Nova Scotia Power under a long-term contract, Bay Wind Field Inc. said Tuesday. The energy generated from the turbine is expected to provide enough power for about 300 to 350 homes and will largely be consumed within areas around the installation of the turbine.

December 12th, 2006 - News

Co-op la Maison Verte is dreaming of a green Christmas
For Bing Crosby, a white Christmas was all he could dream about, but for Jason Hughes, the holidays have a different hue. Hughes, the general co-ordinator of Co-op la Maison Verte, would like to encourage people to think about the holidays in a different light. Think green! “We are trying get people to think about other ways to approach the holidays,” said Hughes.

December 11th, 2006 - News

Make the world a better place and make money at the same time with Citizens Bank of Canada's Shared World Term Deposit
Nayima Umaru, a widowed mother of seven in Uganda, borrowed the equivalent of Cdn $65 to start a roadside food stall which, after eight years, grew into a small restaurant and catering business employing eight people.

Social Economy in the News

Below is a selection of the latest online articles from the English language press that refer to the "social economy", "co-operatives", "aboriginal development" and related key words.

November 29th - Dec 4th, 2006 - News

Forestry Firms Burning Jobs
Why they'd rather torch timber than feed mills.
Forests Minister Rich Coleman expresses alarm at the number of jobs that are going up in smoke in British Columbia as mountains of good wood are set ablaze on logging sites across the province.