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Thunder Bay-Superior North’s MPP is Michael Gravelle.
Co-ops in Thunder Bay-Superior North
APPLE Community Credit Union
406 N. Cumberland St.
Bay Credit Union Limited
142 Algoma Street South
C.N.R. Employees (Lakehead Terminal) Credit Union
417 Fort William Rd.
Castlegreen Housing Co-operative
213 Castlegreen Dr.
Cooperative du ROFTB
292, rue Court Sud
Desjardins Credit Union – Branch 78
189 Red River Rd
977 Alloy Dr. Suite 18
Forest Renewal Co-op
955 Oliver Road
Northern Credit Union – Branch 15
65 Salls St.
Northern Credit Union – Branch 22
801 Red River Rd.
Northern Lights Credit Union – Branch 5
1201 Amber Drive
Provincial Alliance Credit Union – Branch 4
56 St. Paul St.
Superior Credit Union – Branch Office 1
21 Stevens Ave.
Superior Credit Union – Branch Office 2
303 Scotia St.
Superior Credit Union – Branch Office 3
29 North Court. St.
Superior Credit Union – Branch Office 4
320B Arundel St.
Superior View Housing Co-op
110 Castlegreen Dr.
Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) Co-operative
25 Kingsway, Suite 4
Tahwesin Housing Co-operative
515 Black Bay Road
Team Werks Co-operative
c/o St. Josephs - Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital
580 North Algoma Street
Thunder Bay Elevators Employees Credit Union
417 Fort William Rd.
From my desk here in beautiful Guelph, Ontario the health care debate that currently embroils the United States is playing out like a bad movie in clip after clip of outraged (and outrageous) Americans decrying the impending collapse of their way of life in the face of government funded health care.
As the American health care circus shifts its focus away from discussion about a public option to increased consideration of co-operatives, the mainstream media and the blogosphere is alive with mis-information about the capacity and role of health care co-ops.
Always excited about public participation and convinced of the great things that can come out of democratic engagement, I’m also a strong believer in the 5th Co-operative Principle:
Education, Training and Information
According to the International Co-operative Alliance’s Statement on the Co-operative Identity,
“co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.”
I refuse to believe that if given adequate facts and shown how co-ops can work effectively for them, Americans would want to keep their current health care system, dominated as it is by profit-hungry mega-corporations.
Dismantling the culture of distrust around co-ops requires a heavy dose of facts, figures, and stories of co-operative success across the United States and around the world. The NCBA and individual co-op advocates have taken up the cause, but as we all know, overcoming ignorance is always an uphill struggle.
Consistency and persistence are the surest, though never shortest, route to changing public opinion through education.
So what does this have to do with co-op advocacy in Ontario?
Though not an issue of direct concern to those of us working for change in the Ontario co-operative sector, the situation in the US underlines the need for better education, both formal and informal, about the co-op model and its value to people, their communities, the economy, and our province.
With education in mind, I ask you to take the 5th Co-operative Principle to heart and not sit back while misconceptions and misinformation about co-ops overtake facts and experiences. Talk to your neighbours, your friends, your co-workers, and anyone else about the value of co-ops in your life.
A first step to political change is a changed attitude and a broadened perspective. Let’s work together to build a stronger model of co-op success and show the naysayers and fear mongers, wherever they are, that co-ops offer real solutions to real challenges, everyday.
In a recent blog post, Amy Sample Ward presents the compelling metaphor of gardening vs. landscaping as a way to view community building.
At the heart of the metaphor is the idea that landscapers start by tearing down in order to build an idealized space. Gardeners, on the other hand, work by removing weeds and cultivating within the existing environment to nurture growth.
On Co-op’s own mission statement outlines our goal to lead, cultivate, and connect the Ontario co-operative sector. This cultivation, this gardening approach to building and growing co-op community is a key element in our current government relations strategy.
As momentum towards the creation of a Provincial Co-operatives Secretariat slows in the face of a government hiring freeze, we keep our eyes on the weeds, cultivating and nurturing growth where we can. The “Wish List” of short and long term initiatives is a perfect example of the small but substantial changes we’re seeking to implement to improve the environment for co-ops in Ontario.
Created at the request of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Wish List compiles easily deliverable initiatives to be carried out through partnerships between the Ontario government and the co-op sector. These initiatives include:
- incorporating information about the co-operative business model into the Service Ontario website
- bringing information and expertise about the co-operative model into the 70 Service Ontario centres across the province
- initiating online registration for co-ops via the Service Ontario website, putting co-ops on an equal footing with other businesses
- maintaining an up-to-date provincial database of co-ops
These initiatives, along with 9 others, are focused changes that will, to return to the gardening metaphor, remove the weeds and encourage greater growth. Surveying the landscape, it is clear that those of us in the co-op sector need to keep focused on what will strengthen all co-ops as we work to grow our community and build a stronger province for everyone.
To find out more about the Wish List, or to sign up as Co-op Champion in your area, please post a comment or contact me.
Hamilton Centre’s MPP is Andrea Horwath
Co-ops in Hamilton Centre
Applegarth Co-operative Homes
48 Caroga Court. Unit 79
Canadian Transportation Employees’ Credit Union
600 Ferguson Ave. North
Corktown Co-operative Homes
200 Forest Ave. Unit 100
Desjardins Credit Union – Branch 12
2 King St. West.
Employees of Dofasco (Hamilton) Credit Union
1721 Burlington St. East.
FirstOntario Credit Union – Branch 5
50 Dundurn St. South.
FirstOntario Credit Union – Branch 6
928 Barton St. East.
Guise St. Housing Co-operative
2 Guise St. East.
Hamilton & District Council of Co-operative Preschools
526 Upper Paradise Road
Hamilton Community Credit Union (Corporate Office)
698 King St. East.
Healthcare and Municipal Employees Credit Union – Branch 4
50 Jackson St. West.
McMaster Savings & Credit Union – Branch 1
654 Barton St. East.
185 Ferguson Ave. North.
Mother Goose Co-operative Preschool
330 Dundurn St. South.
Mountain City Housing Co-op
67 Elora Dr. Unit 35
NASCO Employees Credit Union
602 Kenilworth Ave. North
PACE Savings and Credit Union – Branch 9
55 Bay St. North
Prime Financial Savings & Credit Union LTD. (Corporate Office)
1005 King St. East
Riverside Garden Court Co-op
1000-1098 Garden Court.
Sky Dragon Community Development Co-operative
27 King William Street
St. Stanislaus Polish Parishes Credit Union – Branch 3
709 Barton St. East.
Talka Lithuanian Credit Union
830 Main St. East.
Teachers’ Credit Union (Corporate Office)
75 James St. South.
Thistledown Co-op Apartments
60 Robinson St.
The International Labour Organization has released a new report confirming what those of us in the co-op sector have known for some time: the co-operative model is resilient and can withstand economic crises.
The report, written by Johnston Birchall and Lou Hammond Ketilson, provides co-op advocates like you and me with solid examples of co-ops surviving and thriving in the current global economic downturn. The report highlights co-operative enterprises of all types from around the world, including Canada, and should be added to your list of resources as we aim to make the co-op model the clear choice for a sustainable future.
To view an online version of the report, “Resiliency of the Cooperative Business Model in Times of Crisis,” follow this link.
Ottawa South’s MPP is Dalton McGuinty
Co-ops in Ottawa South
Alta Vista Co-operative Nursery School
480 Avalon Place
Cardinus Housing Co-operative
141 Twyford St.
Carpenter Housing Co-operative
181 Forestglade Cres. Unit 92
Coady Housing Co-operative
3099 Uplands Dr. Unit 47
2410 Southvale Cres. Suite 100
60 Dwellingham Private, Unit 101
Fairlea Park Housing Co-operative
3019 Fairlea Cres.
Frontline Financial Credit Union – Branch 2
3025 Albion Rd. North.
3275 McCarthy Rd. Unit 63
Riverside Park Nursery School
3191 Riverside Drive
131 Twyford St.
515 Wingale Private
Your Credit Union (Municipal/OC Transpo)
1500 St. Laurent Blvd.
Beaches-East York’s MPP is Michael Prue
Co-ops in Beaches-East York
Alterna Savings – Branch 20
1577 Danforth Ave.
Beaches Co-operative Playschool
975 Kingston Rd.
Chadwick Towers Co-operative
532 Dawes Rd. Ste. 100
Collection Academia Co-operative Inc.
265 Main Suite 810
Dentonia Park Co-operative Nursery School
107 Dawes Rd.
Dentonia Park Housing Co-operative
88 Coleman Ave. Unit 11
Desjardins Credit Union – Branch 45
2031 Danforth Ave.
Food Family Credit Union
2044 Danforth Ave.
ForWard 9 Community Development Housing Co-operative
2258 Queen St. East.
Glenburn Co-operative Homes
3 Glenburn Ave. Ste. 101
Kew Beach Day Care Co-operative
101 Kippendavie Ave.
Kippendavie Coop Inc. Membership Committee
308-80 Kippendavie Ave
Toronto ON M4L3R5
Liberty Housing Co-operative
7 Glenburn Ave. Suite 103
Main-Gerrard Housing Co-op
204 Main St.
Peek Frean Employees Credit Union
5 Bermondsey Rd.
Secord Avenue Co-operative Homes
80 Secord Ave. Suite 15
Taylor Creek Co-operative Homes
194 Rexleigh Dr.
The Beach School Co-operative
42 Edgewood Ave
Ward Nine Co-operative Playschool
70 Silver Birch Ave.
Barrie’s MPP is Aileen Carroll
Co-ops in Barrie
12 Hogan Court Barrie
FS PARTNERS – Barrie
259 Innisfil Street
Gateway Co-operative Homes
90 Edgehill Dr.
Meridian Credit Union – Branch 2
18 Collier St.
Modern Sales Co-op
87 Caplan Ave
Ontario Educational Credit Union (Branch)
48 Alliance Rd. Unit 8B
Ontario Provincial Police Assoc. Credit Union
123 Ferris Lane
Peoples Credit Union – Branch 4
274 Hurst Drive, Ste. 102
Playtime Co-operative Nursery School
54 Ross St.
Simcoe District Co-operative Services
259 Innisfil St.
Simcoe Early Education and Development Services Co-operative (S.E.E.D.S.)
89 Edgehill Dr.
Stepping Stones Co-operative Nursery School
37 Burton Ave.
Three Links Co-operative Housing (Barrie)
333 Sunnidale Rd. Unit 81
DEADLINE FOR CO-OP MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 14, 2009.
The Certificate Program is designed for those who are working for, governing or developing co-operatives and credit unions. (Those specifically interested in the housing co-op sector only may wish to contact CHF Canada about the online course that organization is developing.)
Goals for the Program include:
- To provide you with pertinent knowledge and information about the co-operative sector in areas such as governance, membership development, legislation, financing and co-op development.
- To develop critical thinking, management and leadership skills.
- To assist you in the development of your career.
- To develop alliances and partnerships with sector colleagues.
The Co-operative Management Certificate Program includes seven
e-learning modules, three intensive classroom sessions (including meals and accommodation), and reading materials. Cost is $3,500.00 plus GST.
This is a 9-month program, beginning October 1, 2009 and completing April 17, 2010. The e-learning concept allows adult learners to continue with their day to day lives while gaining a practical working knowledge of the Ontario co-operative sector. With the exception of the in person “Intensive Modules“, all online modules can be completed 24/7 from the comfort of your home or work computer.
All of the information on the CMC program, including the application process is available from the On Co-op website by clicking HERE.
Posted August 4, 2009on:
My name is Lindsay MacDougall and I am a CIEP Intern with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario region. My position is Program Assistant to the Manager of Government Relations as well as the Manager of Co-op Services.
The Ontario Region of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada is the voice of co-operative housing on matters that affect Ontario
co-operatives and their members. We exist to unite, represent and serve the community of housing co-operatives and member organizations. As such, my roles have been exciting and diverse, including members meetings, member concerns, government consultations and research of relevant funding and programs within the co-op housing sector, both past and present.
CHF Canada aligned with the Ontario region and local associations adheres to a very clear mission to:
1. Advance and defend the values and principles of our members.
2. Be the voice of the co-operative housing movement before the general public and the provincial government.
3. Promote the successful operation of housing co-operatives in Ontario, particularly those using provincial programs, by offering services to meet their unique needs.
4. Defend the interests of members, singly and together, by intervening as needed with the provincial government.
5. Manage the resources of the Ontario Region for the benefit of Ontario members.
6. Express the views of the Ontario members on matters of national concern.
7. Promote the growth of the co-operative housing movement in Ontario by mobilizing our own membership and by seeking support from the provincial government.
8. Inform the general public about housing conditions in Ontario and what co-operatives can do to improve them.
9. Ally ourselves with other Ontario organizations working for social and economic justice.
10. Take part in the wider co-operative movement within Ontario and promote its growth.
As a main priority, the CHF Canada and its Ontario Region continue to build strength and partnerships through adherence to the seven principles of international co-operation. Some examples of those principles in practice within the co-op housing sector include:
Principle #5: Education, Training and Information
Housing co-ops offer education and training to their members, directors and staff so that everyone can play a full role in the life of the co-op. Education ensures that we know what we are doing and understand the entire nature and benefit of our housing co-op. Ultimately good governance promotes the importance of education and training and making sure it gets included in the budget.
Principle #6: Co-operation among Co-operatives
As a federation we believe that organizing together is crucial in building a strong and healthy co-op movement, that is why we link as housing co-ops and build our movement by doing business and supporting other kinds of co-ops where it is possible. Mutual self help is a cornerstone of
co-operatives and in order to maintain our autonomy and independence we need to foster a network that can provide mutual support.
Principle #7: Concern for Community
Housing co-ops work to build strong communities inside and outside the co-op. From the beginning, co-operative values have included social responsibility and caring for others. The result of building strong communities has been the improvement in the overall quality of member’s lives and their communities.
I have recently graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours Degree in Global Political Studies. This internship has been an amazing opportunity, not only to learn about the co-operative movement but to learn from mentors that I consider longstanding, passionate and integral members of the movement. Ultimately, I wish to build a career in the co-operative housing sector, so that I may continue to expand my knowledge and contribute to the stability and growth of the co-operative sector as a whole.