Mark Goldblatt

Co-operative dynamo Mark Goldblatt dies at 62

Mar 2, 2015

Mark Goldblatt died suddenly on February 3 of what is believed to be a heart attack. Mark was a well known and much loved champion of co-operation in Canada. As a co-op leader and advocate, he has strengthened the Canadian co-operative movement in...

Mauril Bélanger - Notre 6e rencontre du Caucus parlementaire multipartite des coopératives / Our 6th meeting of the All-Party Caucus on Co-operatives

Feb 27, 2015

English version follows   Cher(ère)s ami(e)s,   Le Caucus parlementaire multipartite des coopératives a tenu sa 6e réunion le mercredi 25 février 2015. Elle avait pour thème les activités de la Banque de développement du Canada (BDC) à l’appui des...

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Access, Assiniboine eye merger

Feb 25, 2015

Access and Assiniboine credit unions are proposing to merge their operations to create the province's largest credit union The merger is subject to approval by the members of both institutions, who will cast their votes on April 22. If approved, the...

THE WELLINGTON ADVERTISER: Farmers form new co-operative to produce sugar from corn stover

Feb 19, 2015

A small group of Ontario farmers has come together to form Ontario’s newest co-op. The Cellulosic Sugar Producers’ Co-operative is working on creating a new market opportunity for corn stover – the leaves, stalks, and other parts of the plant left...

INSIDE OTTAWA VALLEY: Smiths Falls’ co-operative aspirations receive celebrity support

Feb 18, 2015

This week The Town That Grows organic food co-operative kicked off its online drive for committee members with a special message of support from Noam Chomsky, an American professor who Carol Anne Knapp credits as being one of the grandfathers of the...

NUNATSIAQ ONLINE: Nunavut co-op offers new solution for food insecurity

Feb 16, 2015

As the Helping Our Northern Neighbours movement grows in momentum, Dana Sheaves was wondering what she could do to help. So the assistant manager of Igloolik’s Co-op store picked up pen and paper and wandered through the aisles of her co-op last...

L'Avantage - Une épicerie coopérative réunira cinq municipalités et deux MRC

Feb 11, 2015

Cinq municipalités rurales des MRC de Rimouski-Neigette et de La Mitis s’unissent pour créer une coopérative d’épiceries. La création de la coopérative permettra d’implanter des épiceries de proximité dans chacune des municipalités membres : Saint-... - La Coop Alliance remet des bourses pour aider la relève

Feb 10, 2015

La Coop Alliance a procédé à la remise des subventions du fonds coopératif d'aide à la relève agricole à quatre jeunes de la relève qui ont été sélectionnée. Ceci s'est fait dans le cadre de l'assemblée générale annuelle. Le montant total des...

ORILIA PACKET: Library co-op wins minister's award

Feb 3, 2015

Members of the County of Simcoe Library Co-operative recently received the Minister’s Award for Innovation from Michael Coteau, minister of tourism, culture and sport, during the Ontario Public Library Service Awards. Coteau recognized the members...


Federated Co-operatives Limited surpasses 10 billion in sales for the first time

Jan 29, 2015

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) achieved record sales of $ 10.8 billion in 2014. This represents an increase of 15% over last year revenues. FCL grew in all strategic business areas - energy, food, building materials, and agronomy. This...

Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group completes the acquisition of State Farm's Canadian operations

Jan 29, 2015

Desjardins Group announced on January 2 that the acquisition of the Canadian operations of State Farm casualty insurance and life insurance as well as its mutual fund companies, loans and insurance living benefits has been completed. Desjardins said...

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Feds and Nova Scotia announce funding to maintain co-operative housing

Jan 29, 2015

Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada along with the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, announced 8 million dollars in new...


New Brunswick co-operatives generate $ 1.4 billion in revenue and thousands of jobs

Jan 28, 2015

A study commissioned by the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick (CECNB) revealed that co-operatives have a significant economic impact in the province New Brunswick. The study was conducted by the Shannon School of Business at the...

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International Co-operative Alliance says the adoption of the co-operative identity is growing

Jan 27, 2015

"Co-operatives cannot simply be different or better and hope that the world finds out. We must actively manage the cooperative image” this is a passage from the preface of Communication Guide on the Cooperative Identity written by Charles Gould,...

FORT ERIE TIMES: Shares for sale in solar co-op

Jan 22, 2015

Elizabeth Chitty and Tung Trinh are in the solar-generated electricity business. While their involvement in renewable energy might be small scale, they are part of a larger movement. The St. Catharines residents are bondholders in a co-op that pools...