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Ian MacPherson

In May 2003 about 170 students, academics, co-op leaders, and independent researchers from nearly thirty countries gathered at the University of Victoria to attend a conference jointly sponsored by the International Co-operative Alliance, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation and the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies.  While researchers presented papers on...

Klaus Fischer

During my presentation at the Meeting of Directors of the Credit Union Central of BC in Vancouver last November, I encouraged the audience to consider alliances as an alternative to mergers, in order to solve some of the economies-of-scale problems facing a typical credit union. What I did not say is how an alliance works. To help credit union members understand what such an alliance may look...

Delia Becker
Cheryl Lans

Until 1997, residents on an island near Vancouver Island grew shellfish for an industrial concern. When the company merged with another company and relocated, it hired non-islanders to raise its shellfish. This meant over 100 family incomes disappeared in an area with a total population of only 1000 people. Gone were...

Sol Kinnis

In January 2001, a small group of renters gave life to a new co-operative that addressed their need and desire for affordable, secure, healthy housing. Unable to access existing co-op housing and seeing little new development, the founding members of the Roofs and Roots Housing Co-operative wanted to create something different than the housing co-op models that existed. Through my research at...

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