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March 1, 2010- New co-op cinema gives front-row view of Canadian

New co-op cinema gives front-row view of Canadian
efforts to beat global poverty

Ottawa March 1, 2010  ̶̶  Canadians have a new way to experience the fight to end
global poverty thanks to a virtual movie theatre recently unveiled by the Canadian
Co-operative Association (CCA) on its website.

"On any given day, Canadians are working in remote corners of the globe to help
credit union and co-operative leaders move their communities out of poverty," said
CCA media relations manager David Shanks. "We created the CCA Cineplex to give

February 26, 2010- The working poor's best hope

By Ken Battle, Sheri Torjman and Michael Mendelson in the Globe and Mail.

Welfare is the tangled safety net that doesn't work. It is a complicated system that is difficult to understand and administer. While many people use it only once and get back on their feet, some languish on that program for years. Far from an exit from poverty, welfare has become a social and economic ghetto that creates incentives for dependence and disincentives for independence.

February 24, 2010- Province, Co-op Council Launch New Job-recruitment Program

The provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership today (Feb. 24) that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today's labour market needs.

Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program. Mountain Equipment Co-op, a member of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, hosted the event, which was broadcast live via a government webcast.

February 20, 2010- Act to lift people out of poverty- Lamrock

By Stephen Llewellyn, The Daily Gleaner

The Liberal government has taken another step towards its goal of lifting 25,000 New Brunswickers out of poverty over the next five years, says Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.

Lamrock introduced the Economic and Social Inclusion Act on Friday to create the legislative framework to implement the government's plan to overcome poverty.

February 22, 2010 - Council considers food plan

By Allison Vail - Ladysmith Chronicle

Ladysmith is considering adopting a food charter.
Members of the Cowichan Green Community visited Ladysmith’s government services committee meeting on Feb. 15 to talk about the Cowichan Food Charter, a document that outlines the future of food and food security in the CVRD.
“We are an environmental organization said Judy Stafford during a presentation.
The organization has been involved in building community gardens and is mapping food production in the Cowichan Valley.

February 9, 2010 - Local food starts at home

By Fred Davies- Parksville Qualicum Beach News

For the complete article click here.

The heart of local food security starts with having a collection of seed that people can save and grow year after year.

Telelearning Session 17 Survey Winner!

Congratulations to Gloria Rendell from Northern Savings Credit Union, Prince Rupert BC!

She participated in Telelearning Session 17: Municipal Government Supports for the Social Economy and completed our online evaluation survey.

Gloria will receive a bag of coffee beans from Level Ground Trading Ltd.

Thank you for participating!

Telelearning Session 18: The Role of the Social Economy in Meeting Diverse Housing Needs


For the podcast of the complete session, please click here. (Mp3 file, 28.1 MB, 1 hour, 1 min)

Tuesday February 16th, 2010
9:00 am Pacific Time (12:00 pm Eastern time)


Call for papers: Social Economy and Management Symposium

In the context of the 10th IFSAM World Conference from  July 8 to 10, 2010, in Paris
Call for Papers (click here for more details)