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Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation

Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation By Princie Reza  Supervised by Justin Podur A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Master in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 2017 This paper examines the sufficiency of the worker cooperative model in addressing precarious…

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Culture (including indigenous culture) and Social Change

This paper by Greg O’Neill discusses, among other things, the commonalities between Inuit traditional knowledge (or Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (IQ), similar to other indigenous traditions) and the co-operative movement’s values and principles.  It begins: “One of the most significant recent developments in redrawing the geo-political map of Canada was the creation of the Nunavut Territory. I…

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RRSP / TFSA Program Documents

All the documents that you will need to use as part of the RRSP program are available here for download. Current forms for Co-ops 1a-Co-op-Support-Manual-for-the-CWCF-SD-RRSP-TSFA-program 1b RRSP & TFSA Associate Member Agency Agreement 1c Worker Coop Application Form 2a RRSP Declaration of Trust – English 2b RRSP Declaration of Trust – French 2c TFSA Declaration…

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Indivisible Reserve

CWCF: Indivisible Reserve What is an Indivisible Reserve? An indivisible reserve in a worker co-op is property owned by the co-operative/the co-operative movement which can never be divided among members.  It is created by allocating a set percentage (e.g., 20% or 40%) of annual surpluses to the indivisible reserve. Who “owns” the capital in the…

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