The Social Economy in the News

July 21, 2010- Hook-and-line co-op aims to save fishermen's livelihood

From Globe and Mail, by Oliver Moore Globe and Mail, July 21, 2010

Back in the early 1990s, Orlie Dixon remembers earning about $1 a pound for gutted haddock.
It wasn’t a bad wage then. But nearly two decades later, with costs rising as the fleet goes farther and farther out, he’s still getting about the same.

July 12, 2010- Canadian student founds Ghana-based social enterprise

July 12, 2010- The Globe and Mail

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Maryanne Mathias is the owner of Osei-Duro Clothing and a 2010 ACE Student Entrepreneur British Columbia Champion. 

She is a full time MBA student at UBC.
Osei-Duro is a company dedicated to creating socially responsible and sustainable clothing. The company provides employment opportunities and job training to women in West Africa.

July 12, 2010- Dragon walk proves major SUCCESS in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The SUCCESS Foundation is often one of the first groups coming on the radar of thousands of new immigrants to Canada each year -- officially about 250,000 -- particularly Asian newcomers.
Vancouver's Chinese community, as well as others from all walks of life, demonstrated their appreciation for the group Sunday when more than 10,000 people turned up at the Stanley Park for the 25th anniversary of the SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon event.

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July 7, 2010- Wealthier is not necessarily Healthier: study

The Sydney Herald.
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The suggestion by one of President Barack Obama's key economic advisers that wealthier nations are also healthier is not necessarily true, according to a team of British social scientists.

July 5, 2010- Affordable Homes: Is a Co-op in your future?, Monte Paulson

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Vancouver is among the least affordable housing markets in the world, according to a report by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
That hardly comes as news to Vancouver families trapped between rents they can barely afford and the increasingly unobtainable dream of home ownership.

July 6, 2010- How about Owning just Part of your Home?, Monte Paulson

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Among the most counter-intuitive components of Vancouver's affordable housing conundrum is this: High housing prices have pushed hundreds of millions of dollars of ready money on to the sidelines.

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June 7, 2010- Building the triple bottom line

Building the triple bottom line

People-centred economy values people and planet as highly as profit.
by Penney Kome

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May 26, 2010- Media advisory- More than 300 expected at National Summit on a People-Centred Economy

Media advisory - More than 300 expected at National Summit on a People-Centred Economy
Canada NewsWire

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OTTAWA, May 26 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 300 people from across Canada will gather at Carleton University in Ottawa on May 30-June 1 for the first-ever National Summit on a People-Centred Economy.

May 19, 2010- Michael Ignatieff's "One Canada" tour addresses enterprise and opportunity with African Canadian community leaders

Michael Ignatieff’s “One Canada” tour addresses enterprise and opportunity with African Canadian community leaders
Published on May 19, 2010

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May 17, 2010- Social Housing in Northeaster New Brunswick Being Renovated

Social Housing in Northeastern New Brunswick Being Renovated

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MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick today announced that 393 social housing units will receive $2.84 million for repairs and renovations. 

May 13, 2010- Action plan to act as blueprint for regional food security

Action plan to act as blueprint for regional food security
Stefania Seccia, Westerly News
Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Community gardens, infrastructure and food policy development are among some of the opportunities the Clayoquot Biosphere Region Food Action Plan has identified to increase food access and security.

May 12, 2010- Co-op Week 2010 will encourage Canadians to "Experience the Co-Operative Difference"

Ottawa, May 12, 2010 --  The values, principles and practices that make co-operatives different from other types of businesses -- and the difference co-operatives make to the lives of Canadians -- will be the focus of this year's Co-op Week celebrations, which will take place from October 17-23, 2010.

May 11, 2010- Community futures gives small town second chance

Community Futures give small towns second chance
Cathryn Atkinson - Special to the Globe and Mail

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Jeff Dawson has watched his B.C. town suffer through a decade of downturn in the forestry sector, and he says the best way to revitalize its future is through entrepreneurship.

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 7, 2010- Vancouver scores a first with fair trade status

The Vancouver Sun
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Vancouver has become the first major Canadian city to be certified for Fair Trade Town status.

That means it buys products such as coffee, tea, sugar and even soccer balls that have been made ethically and for which producers — largely low-income farmers and labourers — have been paid fairly.

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May 7, 2010 - 'Trivial' matters will be pursued at LUSH valley food action society

'Trivial' matters will be pursued at LUSH Valley food action society AGM
For those interested in all aspects of food security, local foods, local agriculture and the like, please join LUSH Valley Food Action Society at its Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck on Thursday, May 13th from 6- 8 pm.

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.