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Information for and about Ontario's co-operative & Credit Union sectors, stakeholders and champions.
1. MEC's MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY STORE YET
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A 1.5-acre site in Barrie, Ontario will contain an 18,000-square-foot Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store - the 14th in Canada, the fourth in Ontario and the most [email protected]
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version at www.ontario.coop/publications.
The building itself is designed for end of life, so its parts can be recycled when its use has expired. Instead of welding, steel will be bolted and screwed. Building components IN THIS ISSUE... are chosen based, in part, on how they can be later re-used. And while it's being built, a manual on how to disassemble the building will be developed. 1. MEC's Most Environmentally Friendly Store Yet At the same time, points out Sandy Treagus, its chief financial officer who is overseeing the $6.5-million construction project, the store itself must prove to be sustainable from 2. Video Series Answers Questions on a business perspective. Full article at the Barrie Examiner: 1
3. Starnews Becomes Community-based Credit Union
2. VIDEO SERIES ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON GOVERNANCE ISSUES
4. How Local Can You Go? 5. HST and Housing Co-op Shares
Brown Governance has released a number of practical and easily understandable issues 6. Government Relations Committee to on a number of board and governance issues. Refocus Efforts Topics include 'We have a rubber stamp board, what do we do?' 'What can we do with a 7. The Path to Shorter Hyperlinks director that doesn't fit?' 'What is executive and board coaching?' and 'Why conduct a 8. As Featured at the On Co-op Facebook board evaluation? Check them out Page at http://www.youtube.com/user/browngovernance. · 9. Canadian Press to Demutualize
3. STARNEWS BECOMES COMMUNITYBASED CREDIT UNION
10. CYL Changes Lives
MEETINGS AND HAPPENINGS
Starnews Credit Union, which recently acquired the King York Newsmen Credit Union, THE CO-OP JOB BANK has opened its bond to the community. SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE AND OTHER "For a credit union, it is definitely true that there is strength in numbers. The addition INFORMATION of King York Newsmen gives us a broader membership base. We plan to build on that as an open-bond credit union," said George De La Rosa, CEO. If any external links or web addresses do not click through, please cut and paste The expansion comes at a time when the newspaper industry has been faced with directly into your web browser. layoffs and uncertainty. "That's when we shine brightest as a credit union," said board chair Mike Mozewsky. "After all, we're employees ourselves. It's our credit union. That's why we offer financial planning seminars, special loan and mortgage conditions MEETINGS and HAPPENINGS for members on strike or who are laid off, and just a more sympathetic culture in general". ·
4. HOW LOCAL CAN YOU GO? Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative wants to know, “How LOCAL can you go?!?” 2
June 26-Aug 21. Co-operative Young Leaders camp. Lake St. George ON. www.ontario.coop/cyl July 27-30. ACE Conference: Crossroads, Choosing Cooperation. Cleveland OH. www.2010ACEInstitute.com October 20. The 10th annual Co-operative Conference and Gala. Royal
The co-op is issuing a 9-week challenge for everyone in its community to create and enjoy a dinner made up entirely of Ontario ingredients, with an emphasis on those that are produced within 150 miles of Sudbury. The co-op hopes that on every Thursday in July and August people in the community will connect with local farmers and producers. Eat Local Sudbury has created a Facebook event page for its challenge.
Botanical Gardens, Burlington ON www.ontario.coop/gala November 4-5. The 26th annual Directors' Forum. Hilton Hotel, Toronto. www.ontario.coop/directors
Is your co-op/credit union or sector-related event listed here? Send us the details! TOP
5. HST AND HOUSING CO-OP SHARES
THE CO-OP JOB BANK
A Canada Revenue Agency info sheet discusses how an individual who buys a share in a Place your co-op and credit union job openings housing co-op may be entitled to claim an Ontario new housing rebate in respect of the on the On Co-op job bank. Send us the provincial part of the HST. There are a number of conditions and qualifications, details! including that the co-op paid HST on the acquisition of the new housing, or had to account for the HST on the fair market value of the new housing (building and land). TOP Check out the HST housing Info sheet http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/gi/gi-079/gi079-e.pdf. ·
and OTHER INFORMATION
6. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE TO REFOCUS EFFORTS
Because you are part of the co-operative and credit union sectors, or have expressed an interest in the co-operative movement, you are On Co-op’s Government Relations Committee has been re-evaluating its advocacy one of more than 6,000 people receiving the On strategy over the past 6 years. While the co-op sector in Ontario has come a long way in Co-op e-newsletter. All information in this eraising much-needed awareness for Ontario’s co-operatives and credit unions in newsletter has been received from sources general, the true value of having a more collaborative relationship with the province has not been understood or accepted; little has happened since the Resolution calling believed to be reliable. On Co-op cannot be for the establishment of a provincial Co-operatives Secretariat was unanimously passed held responsible for the accuracy of submitted in the legislature on December 14th, 2006. material, or the content of external websites or redirections.
A recently developed sub-committee will help reframe the key messaging and focus of co-op advocacy efforts. While the push for a Co-op Secretariat will continue as the ultimate goal, we will request that the province work with us to create an environment UNSUBSCRIBE. To discontinue receiving that is more favourable to co-operatives and credit unions. We will ask that co-ops be the On Co-op e-newsletter, click here. put on an equal footing as other forms of business enterprise, through initiatives such as improving the current regulatory environment and creating financial measures to SUBSCRIBE. Co-op information is best when encourage investment in co-ops. 3
The sub-committee has devised a province-wide petition, asking all employees and members of Ontario’s 1,300 co-operatives to sign and support these initiatives. They will also work on devising a pre-election campaign strategy, with the hope that all Ontario co-ops and credit unions will become actively engaged in advocating their local MPPs to consider such a collaboration – whether by attending an all-candidates meeting, or by inviting their MPP to tour their co-op and take a photo op, for example.
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9. CANADIAN PRESS TO DEMUTUALIZE
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After nearly a century, The Canadian Press wire service will cease to function as a notfor-profit co-operative under a tentative new deal that will place the media organization TOP under private ownership. According to an internal human resources memo obtained by Canwest NewsService, CP’s three biggest current members — CTVglobemedia, which owns the Globe and Mail, Torstar Corp., which runs the Toronto Star and Gesca, which owns La Presse — would become equal partners in a new for-profit entity. It would be called Canadian Press Enterprises. Read the complete National Post article here. ·
10. CYL CHANGES LIVES The skills taught through the Co-operative Young Leaders program (CYL) benefit both participants and the co-op sector. The youth leadership and personal development camp (now in its 43rd year) teaches skills that can be used at school, in the community and during employment. On Co-op recently hired CYL graduate Allie Speers as CYL Youth Program Administrator -- based, in part, on the skills and accomplishments she has amassed as a result of attending camp. Congratulations, Allie! Education Manager Kerr Smith, just back from facilitating CYL Junior A, reports 5
ONTARIO CO-OP SECTOR INFORMATION. Ontario has more than 1,300 co-ops, credit unions and caisses populaires, with 1,900 locations in more than 400 Ontario communities. The sector has $30 billion in assets; 15,500 employees; 1.4 million members; and is governed by 10,000 volunteer board members. For other co-op sector facts, contact On Co-op. Search the online co-op directory to learn more about the co-ops in your area. JOIN OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY - Facebook: www.facebook.com/oncoop; Twitter: www.twitter.com/ontariocoops Blog: www.ontariocoops.wordpress.com.
that, "We had an amazing and successful first week of CYL, and are excited to announce QUICK CO-OP NUGGETS: that Ontario Natural Food Co-op staff are going to be attending CYL this summer as (1) QUOTE: "You are a very big part of what presenters." He extends an invitation to other organizations to become part of the CYL magic by presenting to our group of young leaders over the seven-week camp. There aremakes agriculture a big success, what makes agriculture the second largest economic driver in still some openings for presenters this summer. E-mail Kerr Smith or call 1.888.745.5521. · Ontario. You stand as a beacon for others in the
industry." - Rural Affairs Minister Leona Dombrowsky, as she toured St. Albert Cheese co-op in November 2009.
11. WHY ARE WE NOT FEATURING NEWS ABOUT YOUR CO-OP?
(2) Having a co-op anniversary in 2010? All of Ontario (and the world!!) should know. Whether you're 1, 2, 5, 10 or 47 years old, let On Co-op know so we can help share in the celebrations.
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Internship Program. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates aged 19 to 30 who are interested in working overseas. Each intern receives a stipend to cover travel and living expenses for the six-month overseas placement. For more information visit the CCA website.
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