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Farewell to Neechi Commons

by Kaye Grant, Kenzie Love and Hazel Corcoran After spending much of the past year hoping for a solution to Neechi Commons’ challenges, it was forced to close on June 30th.  Neechi Food Co-op members rallied and identified many different options to turn their operation around but, sadly, were not successful in doing this.  They are currently focusing on finding partners to redevelop the complex. (To learn more about the help Neechi is seeking, see this link.) Winnipeg is home to Canada’s largest urban aboriginal population: nearly 80,000 people, more than 10 percent of Winnipeg’s population. The community economic development (CED) community recognized Neechi’s many contributions to this population over its nearly 30 years of existence.  What began as a small dream in January 1990 became a growing social enterprise for the North End, based on the principle that economic healing is needed to sustain personal and social healing for…

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CWCF Awards – Please Submit Nominations!

Nominations are sought by July 27th, 2018 for either or both of the CWCF Awards which can be given at each annual Conference. CWCF strongly encourages worker co-ops to nominate either their own or another co-op for the Worker Co-op Best Practices Award, or an individual for the Worker Co-op Merit Award. Award winners, who are generally from the region in which the Conference is held, will have their registration and expenses covered to attend the Conference. Submit your nominee(s) to Kaye Grant, communications@canadianworker.coop, with a brief write-up as to why you are nominating the co-op or the individual. The award winners will be chosen by the Board of CWCF. The details of each Award can be found here.

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Be Part of Creating a Strategy to Grow Canada’s Worker Co-op Movement

by Russ Christianson Over the next few months, Dominique Bernier, Cathy Lang and I will be working with CWCF board members and staff, members of worker co-operatives and co-op developers to co-create a strategy for scaling Canada’s worker co-op movement. In addition to CWCF insiders, we will engage key opinion leaders inside and outside of the broader co-op movement, including social entrepreneurs, unions, community development organizations, anti-poverty organizations, economic activists, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Development Organizations, and Municipal EDOs. We’re excited to be using Loomio – a worker co-operative Internet platform– that encourages dialogue, document sharing and decision-making. Loomio is designed to be user-friendly and to engage people with the use of decision-making tools such as Check and Dot Voting polls. The software also provides multi-language support and includes a comment translation. The combination of discussion and decision-making is Loomio’s unique advantage. Over the course of the strategic planning…

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Creating Connections

The Canadian Poverty Institute, in partnership with Co-operatives First and CoopZone is pleased to invite you to Creating Connections: A Workshop on Exploring Cooperatives. This free workshop is designed for community leaders interested in how the co-operative business model can be used to capture opportunities in their communities. When:              February 7th, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12 Noon   Where:            Ambrose University, Main Boardroom 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary   For more information and to register, at no cost, please visit: www.CoopConnections.Eventbrite.ca. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and networks who you think may be interested.  

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Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) 2017

By Tommy Allen The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) was an inspiring demonstration of how much engaged citizens and workers care about their community. There were hundreds of participants, and the program was 36-pages long. Canada’s worker co-op community is less than a quarter of the size in comparison, but if you compare that per capita, Canada is doing really great. The first surprise was that this program was bilingual, but with English and Spanish. Not only was some of the written material available in Spanish, but most of the sessions included live translation into Spanish via headset, and that work was contracted to a local NYC translation worker co-op. The tour of Brooklyn worker co-ops included a grocery store, a co-op incubator, and a hospital. The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park was a unique place that not only helped immigrants and low-income people to form new…

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CICOPA We Own It!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Korea…to cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy. Read all about it here: http://www.cicopa.coop/cicopa_old/Stay-tuned-WE-OWN-IT-the-campaign.html

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2018 Conference

CONFERENCE of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and CoopZone Theme: Co-operation in the Changing World of Work   November 1 – 3, 2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Humphry Inn & Suites Hashtag: #cwcf2018 Thanks to all who attended! Powerpoint presentations from the conference are being posted here. Conference AGM materials as well as the draft strategic plan can be found here.   Conference Press Release Conference Program  Time Wednesday,  October 31 5:pm at the Museum 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Forks for dinner On your own Canadian Museum for Human Rights has a $5 admission on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5pm (admission to the exhibit “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” is an extra $5”).  We suggest meeting at 5pm at the hotel entrance for those wishing to go together. Suggestion to have a meet-up at The Common, The Forks 6pm to 9pm (closes at 9pm). The Forks is a lovely, central meeting space, and…

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CWCF-CZ 2017 Conference Presentations

Click to view the following presentations from the 2017 CWCF-CZ Conference: The Co-operators ALIF Partners CWCF Presentation BrunoGuerard_2novembre2017_FCCT FR_2017-11-02 CoopGuard and MBP_CWCF La Siembra CWCF2017 USFWC Membership Overview-CWCF PPT Deck – Russ CWCF Conference – Financial Reports Nov 2-17 Autres modèles de CUMA 02-11-2017 6. PPT-Organisation du travail_V2 MKT516F-Member Benefits and Co-op Guard-Sales Sheet (09.17) – Outlines MKT516-Member Benefits and Co-op Guard-Sales sheet-HiRes (09.17) Outlines

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