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May 6, 2010- Gay Lea foods campaign for social responsibility

Gay Lea Foods , Ontario's largest dairy co-op, has  launched a new corporate social responsibility website devoted to its support for international co-operative development projects.  
The website,, is the latest development in the the "genuine not just generous" campaign Gay Lea has been featuring on its milk tankers for several months.  The theme of the campaign is "The world is our community; Ontario is our home".

May 6, 2010- Farm advoate educates West Coast on thinking like an island

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Renowned farm advocate shared his "laundry list" of ideas on how to establish food security in the face of an ever-changing world.
Michael Ableman gave a talk as Earth Week was winding down on April 25, in both Tofino and Ucluelet, on the subject of island food security and sustainability.

Social Economy Stories – May 2010 – Louis Grenier

Louis Grenier is past Executive Director of the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO), an organization representing Francophone co-operatives across Ontario. The CCO’s mission is to help develop the Social Economy in Francophone communities by supporting co-operatives. It achieves this mission by helping co-operatives to work together, by promoting the interests of Francophone cooperatives and by supporting their development.

April 29, 2010- Grower's co-operative to be explored

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“A wonderful starting point for the potential of a vibrant new industry in our community,” is how Carmen Rockwell-Hoover describes a recently announced Co-operative Development Initiative program grant.
Rockwell-Hoover is co-ordinating a study conducted by Greenheart Herbal Society to determine the viability of a herb growers’ co-operative in the Creston Valley.

CASC Newsletter: Spring 2010

Click here for the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation Spring Newsletter.

This edition includes an update from the CASC board, information on the CASC conference, and news from their members.

Building Community: Conference Reflecting on Co-operative Strategies and Experiences

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
8:30-5:00 pm
Room 263 Arts Building
University of Saskatchewan

There is no charge to attend this one-day conference featuring presenters from leading co-operative organizations in Canada’s retail, finance, health-care, and insurance sectors. Speakers will explore how the co-operative model currently addresses the most pressing social and economic issues facing our communities, and how it might be applied to further effect.

April 19, 2010- Crown Corp Fronted Energy Minister's Hotel Tab

Crown Corp Fronted Energy Minister's Hotel Tab
BC Hydro billed ministry for Lekstrom's Olympic room after Tyee inquiry.
By Andrew MacLeod, Today,

The Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources ministry received a bill from B.C. Hydro for five nights Minister Blair Lekstrom spent in a Vancouver hotel during the 2010 Winter Olympics, but not until nine days after The Tyee asked why the Crown corporation was paying for the minister's stay.

They're Recharging Democracy: These groups start at the community level, and you're invited.

They're Recharging Democracy
These groups start at the community level, and you're invited.
By Murray Dobbin, Today,