Co-operatives, such as this catfish farm in Uganda photographed in 2008, are seen as a way to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.  |  File photo

Co-ops major driver of global economy

The United Nations’ International Day of Co-operatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year. This year it was held July 5. As the international community focuses on climate change, sustainable development and a new anti-poverty agenda beyond 2015, United Nations officials are highlighting the role co-operative enterprises can play in economic development, […] Read more

Ottawa looks at legislation upgrade

In the shadow of federal government funding cuts to Canada’s co-operative development program, Parliament has created a special committee that will spend the autumn examining the sector’s potential and needs. The special House of Commons committee on co-operatives is supposed to report no later than November. Public hearings will begin when Parliament resumes sitting Sept. […] Read more

Co-ops grow in non-traditional area

The co-operative sector remains robust and growing, says a co-op leader, despite the disappearance of some high-profile co-ops in the last several decades, including the three prairie wheat pools. Kathy Bardswick, president of insurance giant The Co-operators, said the current United Nations-declared Year of the Co-operative is a chance to spread the word. “There is […] Read more