Sunday, October 12, 2008

October 12-18 is National Co-op Week in Canada

National Co-op Week will be celebrated in Canada next week (October 12 - 18). Ontario's 1300 co-operatives and credit unions, and Canada's 13 million co-op and credit union members are part of a global movement that is 800 million members strong. International credit union day will be celebrated Thursday October 16. Many individual co-operatives and credit unions will be hosting events in their branches all week long.

In the face of globalization, concentration of ownership, and advancing technology, co-operatives and credit unions have two significant advantages over their investor-owned competitors. First, unlike the private, public or voluntary sectors, they are guided by internationally shared values and principles designed to ensure fairness and equity. And second, they are controlled by their members - members who can say of their co-op or credit union: It Belongs to Me!

National Co-op Week is always a busy time in the co-operative sector. It is a time to celebrate and promote the role, accomplishments and contributions of our co-ops and credit unions. Co-op week events help raise the visibility of the co-op business model, and improve understanding and awareness of co-operatives.

The National Co-op Week brochure may be downloaded from the On Co-op website www.ontario.coop.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Working Skills Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!

30 years of helping immigrant women integrate in the Canadian society/workforce through providing them with appropriate training and opportunities to gain Canadian work experience.

We've been working on the 30th anniversary gala for months now - it will be very entertaining night with food from around the world, and great performances and even an auction (big/small items). You will have the chance to hear the stories of our graduates/students through different art forms. It is taking place on Tuesday, October 28th, from 6-9pm, at St-Lawrence Hall, at King and Jarvis.

Tickets are only 60$, and they're going fast! Check out the website for the ticket order form. I hope to see you there! Please pass along to people who would be like a great night out (or a treat!). Thanks!

http://www.workingskillscentre.com/what%27s_new.html

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Social Economy Centre Announces New Podcast Series: ON CUE




The Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto has started a new podcast series called ON CUE: Community University Extension. The podcast features its 2008-09 Speakers' Series. The first episode is The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing into Atkinson Housing Co-operative featuring speakers Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario, & Jorge Sousa, University of Alberta (September 24, 2008).

To subscribe, paste this URL into your browser: feeds.feedburner.com/OnCue

Upcoming episodes include:
October 15/08: Participatory Local Development and Grassroots Planning: From Kerala to Leh
November 12: K-Net
December 3: Social Purchasing
January 21/09: Youth Initiatives
February 18: Mandatory Community Service
March 18: Food Security
April 22: Green-Collar Jobs
May 20: New Canadians and the Social Economy

Friday, October 03, 2008

Making Waves, Autumn 2008 issue preview

Here's a sample of what's on tap in the next edition of Making Waves magazine ...

Et si la crise alimentaire profitait aux paysans africains?
Hyperinflated food prices may be just the opportunity West African countries need to rebuild their neglected agricultural sectors. For that to happen, producer organizations have to educate policy-makers and urban consumers about the linkage between family farms, food sovereignty, and an affordable (though not cheap) food supply. Lisez-le maintenant.

Good & Scary
Some analysts of Peak Oil and climate change go out of their way to inspire terror and guilt. Some good that does. In The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience, Rob Hopkins spurs his readers to imagine compelling, alternative ways of life. Read about it now.

"Winging It" Is Not Enough
There are social entrepreneurs out there with the street smarts and chutzpah to make an enterprise - any enterpise - go. To satisfy the leadership needs of a growing sector, however, we require systematic, comprehensive training specific to the needs of social enterprise.

Ripple
Many retail consumers make it a habit to blend social, environmental, and economic criteria with issues of price and quality in their purchasing decisions. Here's ways for corporate, public, and nonprofit actors to follow that lead.

http://www.cedworks.com/waves.html

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ontario Co-operative Association e-newsletter receives a facelift

The On Co-op e-newsletter has received a facelift. The new, two-column format is easier to read, and places 'housekeeping' information in a separate column on the right. The e-newsletter has been tested with a number of browsers and e-mail programs for compatibility, which is important as it is sent to more than 5600 e-mail addresses every two weeks or so.

In this issue (September 30, 2008):
Click here for PDF version

CO-OP CONFERENCE OCTOBER 15

SPIRIT AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

CIEP INTERN PROFILE

ALMOST BUSINESS AS USUAL AFTER FIRE

CABINET SHUFFLE FOR ONT. GOVERNMENT

BLOUNT EMPLOYEES CU MERGES WITH VIRTUAL ONE CREDIT UNION

DIRECTORS' FORUM NOVEMBER 7&8

ON CO-OP MEMBERSHIP GROWS

E-NEWSLETTER RECEIVES A FACELIFT

MEETINGS AND HAPPENINGS

THE CO-OP JOB BANK

Ontario Co-operative Association: www.ontario.coop