The little co-operative that could

Friendly’s Grocery in Inglis, Man., provides residents and tourists with local products and looks to expand services

INGLIS, Man. — Sixty-eight people pitched in $1,000 each with no foreseeable return on their investment to ensure their community had a grocery store. They created Friendly’s Grocery Co-op Inc. in Inglis after consulting with the western Manitoba community of 150 people and researching co-operatives. Ian Menzies, chair of the seven member co-op board, said […] Read more

Town’s will to survive strong

SHOAL LAKE, Man. — What Shoal Lake lacks in size, it makes up for in community spirit. Like many rural communities, there is no shortage of ideas for upgrading existing services and adding new ones, just limited funds. Don Yanick, reeve for the rural municipality of Yellowhead and a former Shoal Lake mayor and mixed […] Read more

Alberta town weighs eco village concept

VIKING, Alta. — The hockey playing Sutters may have put Viking on the map, but a local group wants to keep it there. With small towns getting smaller and farming neighbours getting farther away from each other, a group of residents hopes their idea of an eco village on the edge of Viking will become […] Read more