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Rapport sur la journée bilingue de CoopZone/ Report on CoopZone’s Bilingual Day

Par / by Amine El Hafa **English version follows.** La journée bilingue de CoopZone a été un franc succès. Pour cette année, CoopZone a pensé environnement et énergie renouvelable. Les sujets abordés ont eu bonne presse auprès des participants du fait de leur diversité et complémentarité. On a parlé d’économie circulaire, la coopération et notre avenir, la succession d’entreprises par le modèle coopératif et de financement pour les coops. On a également eu la chance de découvrir davantage sur la coopérative North Nova Forest Owners Co-op Ltd, basée à Wentworth N.-É., qui œuvre à améliorer la qualité et la valeur de nos boisés. Tout cela dans une ambiance chaleureuse et décontractée. On pense déjà à notre prochaine conférence!  The bilingual CoopZone day was a great success. For this year, CoopZone covered primarily the environment and renewable energy. The topics were well received by the participants because of their diversity and…

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Worker Co-op Intensive Report: Human Issues in a Worker Co-op

Stephen Law presents on conflict management This day started out with great anticipation and enthusiasm and it didn’t disappoint.  The session was facilitated by Quebec board member, Jessica Provencher, who started the day off with a survey of who was in the room.  Then we got right into things with Stephen Law  who has extensive experience in mediation and conflict.  Stephen started us off with getting everyone lined up on the basis of how comfortable we are with dealing with conflict.  It was interesting to see people gathered at both ends (very comfortable to not at all comfortable) with a few people in the middle.  Overall the participants in attendance felt that conflict can be generative and bring positive outcomes but not everyone feels that they have the tools to deal with conflict.  Stephen pointed out that there are four forces at play in conflict, with the acronym FEAR (Freedom,…

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Building Resilient Communities: CWCF-CoopZone Conference 2019

By Kenzie Love and Hazel Corcoran CWCF concluded a successful conference in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, which offered both valuable new insights in forums and workshops and the familiar social and networking opportunities participants have come to expect. The conference kicked off with a land acknowledgement, welcoming remarks by CWCF President Reba Plummer and CoopZone President Pascal Billard, and an icebreaking activity in which participants shared in small groups and played “human bingo.”   We next moved on to the two all-day intensive sessions. Feedback on the “Human Issues in a Worker Co-op” Intensive was very positive; please see separate article on this session.  Amine El Hafa, Senior Development Officer with the Cooperation Council of Ontario, commented on the CoopZone Developers’ Network Intensive that “Participants appreciated the topics discussed because of their diversity and complementarity. We talked about the circular economy, cooperation and our future, the succession of businesses through the cooperative…

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CWCF AGM News

By Kaye Grant At our recent AGM in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, the board election was held.  CWCF has three new board members: Frank Bezanson-Harris from Just Us Coffee Roasters Co-op in Grand Pré, NS (At-Large Director), Jessica Valentine from Woodshop Workers Co-op of Vancouver (BC/Yukon Director – completing a term, for two years) and Evan Proven of Sun Certified Builders Co-op in Winnipeg (Prairies/NWT/NU Director).  In an innovative development, some of the roles of the BC seat will be shared with Sandra Allen of Shift Delivery Co-op, also in Vancouver.  Welcome and congratulations!  The continuing board members are: Reba Plummer (Ontario), Eric Tusz-King (Atlantic), Jessica Provencher (Quebec), and Yvonne Chiu (At-large). We wish to extend heartfelt thanks to our outgoing board members, Yuill Herbert, Rick Proven and Ian Marsh for their valuable work on our board.  CWCF greatly appreciates their many contributions.  At the AGM, we thanked each of them…

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Perspective from the Board Chair of the Co-operators

By John Harvie On October 25th and 26th, I had the opportunity to attend the CWCF annual conference and AGM. I attended along with Alexandra Wilson and Wendy Carruthers. Also attending in their CWCF positions were The Co-operators Board members, Hazel Corcoran, Reba Plummer, and Jessica Provencher. We were recognized as regular partners in many areas and as sponsors of this conference. The Co- operators got plenty of notice and appreciation. I will begin with the AGM. The CWCF has just embarked on an ambitious new 4 year strategic plan. Both the President/Chair Reba Plummer, and the Executive Director Hazel Corcoran, in their reports to the assembly, made reference to the hard work and dedication of Board and staff that went into the creation of this plan. Quote, “our plan calls for CWCF to take some risks, negotiate new partnerships, and find new sources of funding.” Quote, “The plan maps…

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2019 AGM Documents

Below are the files related to CWCF’s 2019 AGM in Tatamagouche.  We regret that these documents are available only in English.  / Nous regrettons que de ces documents ne soient disponibles qu’en anglais. Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour comprendre la langue, consultez en français s’il vous plaît avec la directrice générale Hazel Corcoran, hazel@canadianworker.coop.  Merci. AGM agenda 2018 AGM draft minutes CWCF 2019 financial statements 2019 form for resolutions Proposed bylaw resolution CWCF 2019-20 Budget Annual Report Board candidate bios Evan Proven Frank Bezanson-Harris

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Bio of Hannah Martin

Hannah Katli’n Martin is a Mi’kmaw woman from the traditional, unceded territory of Taqamiju’jk (Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia) Mi’kma’ki (territory of the Mi’kmaq) and is a member of the Millbrook First Nation community. Hannah is a recent graduate from the Honours Indigenous Studies program at McMaster University, and completed her degree as a 2015 Joyce/Crawford Loran Scholar. As an undergrad passionate about Indigenous community-building and reconciliation, Hannah chaired the Indigenous Health Movement (IHM) McMaster Chapter for two consecutive terms and served as president of the Cooperative of Indigenous Studies Students and Alumni from 2018-2019. Hannah is a passionate advocate for cultural reclamation, justice, human rights and Mi’kmaq self-determination. She is a hand drummer, singer and practitioner of traditional knowledge whose determination comes from a deep love for her culture, family, community, ancestors, future children and the generations to come. In 2018, Hannah was recognized for her work when she received the…

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CWCF Conference 2019:

Building Resilient Communities – Ecology, Equality, and Workplace Democracy Construire des communautés résilientes – L’écologie, l’égalité et la démocratie au travail Hashtag #cwcf-cz2019 This is the theme for the CWCF 2019 Conference, which took take place in Tatamagouche, NS from October 24th – 26th, in conjunction with CoopZone. As with all businesses, the climate crisis presents a challenge for worker co-ops. Unlike with many other businesses, however, it is one that worker co-ops are well-positioned to respond to because of their roots in their communities, voluntary and open membership, and democratic structure. The impacts of climate change pose disproportionate risks for historically marginalized groups. But developing a green economy by growing and strengthening the worker co-op movement also helps to empower people with the prospect of new employment opportunities, more livable communities, and more control over their labour. Through following sustainable practices and/or working directly in the green economy to…

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Quebec Worker Co-op Summit, June 17, 2019 /Sommet des coopératives de travail de Québec, le 17 juin 2019

Esteban Kelly (le français suit) The Worker Co-op Summit in Quebec City takes place on June 17th, immediately prior to the Congress of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (“CMC”). This will be co-hosted by CWCF and the three Quebec WC federations.  Noam Chomsky will provide a video keynote.  The US FWC Executive Director, Esteban Kelly, will also be a featured speaker with exciting US Worker Co-op news.  The main workshop topics will be : 1)  Worker Co-op Governance:  Issues and Conditions for Success 2)  How Federations can Respond to the Needs of Worker Co-ops 3)  Inter-generational Panel on Motivation to Create a Worker Co-operative: Past, Present and Future The full program is below, and registration is available at this link. To view the site in English, make sure that “English” is chosen at the top of the page. Registration is only $50 + tax, which includes lunch, breaks and the networking…

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Upcoming Conferences of Interest

The joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operatives (CASC), Association of Co-op Educators (ACE), and the International Co-op Alliance Research Conference will take place in Montreal, May 27-30, and Kaye Grant will participate on behalf of CWCF.   The theme is Co-operative Entrepreneurship, and more information is available here:  http://www.coopresearch.coop/registration-now-open-for-casc-ace-ica-2019-conference-platforme-dinscription-disponible-pour-conference-de-casc-ace-ica-2019/  The Congress of Co-operatives & Mutuals Canada will be in Quebec City, June 18 – 20th.  Additional information is available here in English, and ici en français. Reba Plummer will be CWCF’s delegate, and Hazel Corcoran will also be participating on behalf of The Co-operators.  CWCF has presented a resolution that the CMC membership take a position on fair tax treatment for co-operatives with indivisible reserves.  CWCF encourages its members and others to attend these Conferences.

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