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CWCF Arts and Cultural Granting Program Seeking Submissions

The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation’s past president Mark Goldblatt died of an apparent heart attack in 2015, a great loss to the Canadian co-op community. Thanks to Mark’s bequest, however, his legacy lives on in the form of small grants, up to $1000, to help pay for arts and cultural projects to promote co-operatives, (preferably worker co-operatives). The project must be youth-generated (individual or a group/organization) and take place within Canada during the year following the application deadline (between May 1 to April 30). Eligible projects include visual art, music, a video, theatre, a cultural event, etc. Go to http://canadianworker.coop/co-op-world-music-project/ for examples of projects involving video and music, especially projects 3 and 4, which were created by youth. The deadline for application is March 22nd each year, and the successful applicant will be notified by April 30. CWCF will publicly share the project description, and eventually the project. If you or…

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Fourth Pig Construction Cuts Carbon Emissions Through Green Building Techniques

Fourth Pig cofounder Matt Adams (left) In CWCF’s recently approved strategic plan, one of the priorities established was increased member engagement.  Members want to build greater connections with each other and learn from each other’s successes and challenges. That’s why we’re going to start profiling one of our member co-ops in each issue, beginning with Fourth Pig Construction. We hope these brief profiles will be engaging and informative and lift up the human side of co-ops. When Fourth Pig Construction launched in 2007, its founders were out to make a difference, both in the type of buildings they made and the type of business they established. They were going to make and renovate buildings using green building methods that would reduce carbon emissions. And they were going to be a worker co-op. “Our feeling was that if we want to build differently then we should also have an organization that’s…

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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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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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RFP an innovative approach to strategic planning for CWCF

CWCF is seeking proposals to engage staff, board, members and friends in an innovative and stimulating process to develop a multi-year strategic plan. This strategic plan will be developed between January and November, 2018 – a correction from the year inadvertently noted in the CWCF newsletter. Request for Proposals Other relevant information CWCF Strategic Plan 2017_ presented to members AGM Strategic Plan_2014-2017_fnl 2017 Annual Report  Accountability Report 2017 CWCF Member Survey Results 2017 A_fnl CWCF Ideas from Strategic planning Nov 4 2017    

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Partner with Canada’s Emerging Co-operators!

CWCF is partnering in this initiative.  We want to get our Worker Co-operators engaged in this initiative.  The focus is on young co-operators (under 35) but not necessarily limited. Click here for more information. Kaye Grant, CWCF’s Communications Manger is the CWCF contact for this. CWCF s’associe à cette initiative. Nous voulons que nos coopératives de travail participent à cette initiative. L’accent est mis sur les jeunes coopérateurs (moins de 35 ans) mais pas nécessairement limités. Clique ici. Kaye Grant, directrice des communications de la FCCF est la personne-ressource de la FCCT pour l’initiative.

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Hazel Corcoran receives the William J. Nelson ACE Award.

May 24, 2016 —An energetic leader within the Canadian and American co-operative movement will be the first recipient of the William J. Nelson Contribution to ACE Award recognizing those who add significant value to the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE). Hazel Corcoran of Calgary, the executive director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, new board member of The Cooperators and vice president of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, the pan-Canadian association representing co-operatives and credit unions, will be honoured at an awards ceremony at the University of Calgary on June 2. “Hazel pushed the envelope for us, and helped our organizations reach as many people as possible in Alberta,” says Sarah Pike, program chair for the 2016 conference between ACE and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation being held in Calgary. “She was especially effective in connecting with leaders who would contribute to the discussion of Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing…

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CWCF seeking Administration and Bookkeeping Support Staffperson, Kentville, NS

Nov. 10, 2015: CWCF seeks to fill a temporary RRSP Administration & Bookkeeping Support position, available immediately. The position will be part-time (16 hrs/ week) until the end of December, and will be full-time (35 hrs/ week) from January 1 – March 31, 2016. After March, 2016 the position will again be part-time, hours to be determined. Administrator_Bookkeeper job ad_fnl

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CWCF adopts Climate Change Statement in Lead-Up to UN Climate Conference in Paris, updated 11-2018

CWCF has an updated, Nov. 2018 draft of its Climate Change Statement.  In sum, CWCF calls for urgent international action that includes the following elements:  Commitment to 100% renewable future by 2050, Mutual Support, Equity and self-responsibility, Fair Compensation, the Common Good, and Openness and Transparency.  CWCF encourages its members and partners to adopt a similar position.  See attached.  Many thanks to the Leap Manifesto group for encouraging CWCF to draft this update! CWCF-statement-on-climate-change_UPDATED_27_11_2018   NOTE: old version, from the fall of 2015:  CWCF called for an agreement in Paris that included these same elements. 150716_CWCF statement on climate change_final

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