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CWCF Conference 2021 Day Three Preview

Day three of CWCF’s virtual national Conference, November 18th, will begin with a Worker Co-op Financing Workshop. Learn about successful financing as we explore what potential financiers are looking for and some  financing tools that are available. The workshop will provide an overview of tools such as the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund and look at CWCF Conference 2021 Day Three Preview


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Lack of Awareness a Barrier for Co-op Education on Campus

By Kenzie Love Among the obstacles the co-operative movement faces, education — or a lack thereof – is often cited as a key factor, with co-operators pointing to neglect of the model in many business schools’ curricula. As Simon Berge of the University of Winnipeg observes, “most business schools currently present the neoliberal capitalist model Lack of Awareness a Barrier for Co-op Education on Campus


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CWCF 2021 Conference: Day One Preview

CWCF is excited to begin our bilingual 2021 Conference, Building Better Together, November 16 with a keynote panel and peer learning session. The keynote panel will draw on the experience of members of Canada’s worker co-op sector to explore what strategies worker co-ops have used to survive and thrive in the face of the pandemic CWCF 2021 Conference: Day One Preview


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VALU Co-op Offers Artists the Chance to Make a Living and a Life

By Kenzie Love Precarious, low-paying work has long been a feature of employment in the arts sector. A group of Vancouver artists, however, wanted to change that, so they founded VALU (Vancouver Artists Labour Union) Co-op, a unionized worker co-op intended to provide stable income for its members.  VALU’s members were also motivated by a VALU Co-op Offers Artists the Chance to Make a Living and a Life


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Report from the Executive Director, August 2021

By Hazel Corcoran CWCF is excited to be hosting our first ever fully virtual conference this fall, from November 16-18. Our theme, “Building Better Together”, will explore how worker co-operatives have demonstrated resilience and solidarity throughout the Covid19 pandemic, while facing significant challenges.  We will share particular strategies of worker co-ops in dealing with crises Report from the Executive Director, August 2021


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Principle Three and the Co-operative Values

By Kenzie Love The third co-operative principle is Member Economic Participation.  It states, “Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members Principle Three and the Co-operative Values


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Just and Accessible Music School Strikes a Chord With Both Teachers and Students

  By Kenzie Love It all started with a Facebook post. Daniel Ramjattan, a Toronto guitar teacher, had taken to social media to express his frustration with the exploitative practices of traditional music schools. To his surprise, he received a flood of responses from other musicians expressing similar sentiments. The ensuing conversation spurred the creation Just and Accessible Music School Strikes a Chord With Both Teachers and Students


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