The Social Economy in the News

April 21, 2008 - News

Metro Filipinos ship rice to families back home
Gift packages from Canadian residents ease shortages in homeland

Filipino expatriates and, in particular, workers who go abroad seeking employment, are famed for remitting significant cash earnings to support their families back home.

April 17, 2008 - News

'Little hardware store that could' closer to reopening
After a year without their neighbourhood landmark, a group of former customers are on the verge of reopening an 85-year-old hardware store in Winnipeg's North End. Since Pollock Hardware closed last year, residents and customers have been trying to raise enough money to buy the store and operate it as a co-op.

April 16, 2008 - News

A Healthy Alternative
It seems everyone has a gripe about our medical system these days. Wait lists are too long, alternative treatments aren’t given legitimate recognition, too much effort is placed on cures and not enough on prevention . . . the list goes on. But in Victoria, a group of physicians, health practitioners and community-minded folks have come together to lay the foundations for the city’s first health cooperative, which will be having an open house this Saturday afternoon.

April 12, 2008 - News

Farmers facing many challenges
Thirty-two years ago, Chittagong University economics professor, Mohammed Yunus asked Sufiya Khatun why she could not make a living constructing and selling her bamboo stools, which he saw were excellent. She replied that she must borrow for the cost of materials from the person who bought the finished stools, with the end result that she earned two cents a day.

April 11, 2008 - News

Fondation Desjardins Launches Call for Candidates for 33rd Desjardins Annual Prizes
Fondation Desjardins invites organizations involved in social, economic and community development to send in their applications for the 33rd edition of the Desjardins Annual Prizes. Six prizes of $5,000 each will be awarded to social and community organizations that are members of Desjardins caisses in Québec, caisses/branches in Ontario or caisses populaires in New Brunswick or Manitoba.

April 9, 2008 - News

Gov't won't neglect inner-city needs despite Station 20 decision: Wall
Premier Brad Wall is promising to spend more money in Saskatoon's inner city despite his government's decision to pull funding to build a new multi-purpose centre in the area. "No one should doubt the resolve of this premier and this government to help those in the inner city deal with the issues that they face," said Wall at the Saskatchewan Party's annual leader's dinner in Saskatoon on Tuesday.

April 5, 2008 - News

Gastropub serves over 27,000 in first 124 days
One of the founders of The Port gastropub in Port Williams says they’re amazed at the overwhelming response to the establishment. Director Allen Sheito said they welcomed 27,409 clients in their first 124 days of operation, which far exceeded expectations.

April 3, 2008 - News

Good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll
Local label Transistor 66 and co-op record store/print shop War on Music are set to release a split seven-inch single featuring Peg City rawkers Hot Live Guys and T-Dot heavyweights C'mon. That's right, vinyl. Oh, how the tables have turned. Ironically, with the digital audio player threatening the compact disc's very existence, it's been the age-old technology of the gramophone record that's enjoying a bit of resurgence.

April 2, 2008 - News

Another good year for PCU
Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, but there was no fooling around at the Portage Credit Union’s 64th annual general meeting, which was held last night at the William Glesby Centre. PCU board president Joe Masi read the 2007 year-end report to the 82 members who attended the meeting, and the report was filled with good news. “I think (the report) clearly shows that the Portage Credit Union continues to grow and be the financial choice for this area,” said Masi.

April 1, 2008 - News

P.E.I. ag programs up for communities funding
Prince Edward Island's government plans to flow some of the $13.7 million it will receive from the federal Community Development Trust toward agriculture programs. Premier Robert Ghiz and Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed P.E.I.'s share of the trust funding in a press release Monday.

March 30, 2008 - News

RM of Elton banks on windpower
It's more than just a little passing wind to this community. There's money in that wind -- the kind passing over farm fields -- and people here aim to collect it. "We want to catch the energy going over our land and sell it into the grid," explained Dan Mazier, head of non-profit Elton Energy Co-op. What's different about this wind project from others is profits wouldn't sail away to multinational head offices.

March 28, 2008 - News

Microcredit, macro gain
Cohen MacInnis was stuck. The 20-year-old real estate developer from Antigonish had several promising deals in the fire, but because of his age and limited credit history, he was finding it tough to get financing. One day while doing his personal banking at the Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish, a staffer told him about its microcredit program.

March 27, 2008 - News

For organic growers, defining 'local' is a challenge
Define local. Is it 100 miles or 100 kilometres? Does arrival at market within 12-36 hours of being picked count? And, if one farmer distributes produce from 12 or 100 certified organic operations within a co-operative, does that satisfy a consumer's local food stipulation?

March 25, 2008 - News

Fish farms dangled as small-town economy boosters
Government policy and guidelines continue to thwart expansion of the fish farming industry in Northern Ontario – an industry that could help revive struggling rural and single-industry towns, aquaculture industry insiders claim. The Northern Ontario Aquaculture Association says there is “excellent potential” for slow, carefully planned expansion of the industry in the North.

March 20, 2008 - News

Jobs will reduce suicide rates on reserves, chief says
With swagger and a shoot-from-the-lip sense of humour, Chief Clarence Louie won over a crowd of corporate leaders yesterday with his simple prescription for the problems facing Canada's aboriginals - jobs. Creating jobs and spurring economic development are the best ways to reduce the high suicide rate among aboriginal people, he said.

March 17, 2008 - News

The Social Entrepreneurial Mindset: You, too, can think like an innovator
I guess you can say that Geoff Cape knows a thing or two about social entrepreneurship. For approximately 18 years, he has led Evergreen, a national charity and social business venture with a mission of bringing communities and nature together for the benefit of both.

March 6, 2008 - News

Students Sit-In at York University President's Office Demanding a No-Sweatshop Policy
Forty students have been sitting outside the Office of the President at York University since 2:00 p.m. today, demanding that the university implement a no sweatshop policy. "York University has been stalling in negotiations over a no sweatshop policy for three years," said Terrance Luscombe, a student and member of the York Sustainable Purchasing Coalition.

February 28th, 2008

Rent subsidy eligibility boosted: Critics say lack of housing the real issue in Victoria
The province hopes to offer a rent break to more working families by raising the income threshold on B.C. Housing’s Rental Assistance Program to $35,000, Housing Minister Rich Coleman says. But the opposition is calling the move, which comes just one year after the threshold was raised to $28,000 from $20,000, a signal that the program isn’t working.

February 12, 2008 - News

Graduate's PhD thesis to represent U of T
Laurie Mook's thesis was selected by the University of Toronto as the University's representative (one per university) for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Doctoral Thesis Competition, Social Sciences & Education. Each year the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools recognizes an outstanding dissertation that has been produced by a PhD candidate at one of its member institutions, with an award which is presented to the recipient at its annual meeting.

February 1, 2008 - News

Co-ops help tackle big problems
Carol Hunter is too honest to pretend the sky is about to fall. She is bracing for a year of heavy clouds and stunted growth. Hunter is executive director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), the national organization representing the country's 10,000 co-ops, credit unions and caisses populaires. Five years ago, the association received $5 million from the federal government to assist local groups wishing to start new co-ops or strengthen existing ones.