The Latest News From Canada's Worker Co-op Sector
January 2021 Volume 13 Issue 1
In This Issue

  • BeetBox Farm Cultivates Community, by Kenzie Love
  • No Easy Answers to Problem of Precarious Employment, by Kenzie Love
  • CWCF Conference 2021: Save the Date
  • What's New on CWCF's Social Media
  • Co-op Development Program Seeking Applications
  • Eva, une plateforme de livraison 100 % québécoise
  • The Gig Is Up
  • Free Courses Available from DAWI
BeetBox Farm Cultivates Community

By Kenzie Love
Established in 2017 near Nepean, Ontario, the co-op emerged from its founders' desire to grow healthy food they could share with people in the surrounding area.

No Easy Answers to Problem of Precarious Employment

By Kenzie Love
Although there’s no single accepted definition of “precarious employment”, it is perhaps most most commonly and succinctly defined as offering workers many of the responsibilities that come with being an employee with few or none of the benefits.

CWCF Conference 2021: Save the Date
CWCF's 2021 Conference is slated to take place November 18-20 at Vancouver's YWCA hotel. A decision will be made in mid-April about whether the conference can proceed as scheduled.
What's New on CWCF's Social Media
Looking for a laugh? You'll find ones like this on our Instagram page, which is full of the best worker co-op related memes out there (along with more serious stuff). Check it out and if you're not already following us on Instagram and Facebook, be sure to do so now for lots more great content!
Co-op Development Program Seeking Applications
Applications to The Co-operators' Co-op Development Program this year are due March 31, with projects focusing on social wellness, inclusive economy, and environmental prosperity receiving special attention.
Eva, une plateforme de livraison 100 % québécoise
La coopérative Eva met au défi le géant Uber en offrant des tarifs de livraison compétitifs.

Video: The Pandemic Economy
The economic collapse unfolding before our eyes is much bigger than it appears and the solution isn’t simply to “build back better.” Among those featured is USFWC's Esteban Kelly, who speaks to the critical importance of economic democracy, notably in BIPOC communities.

The Gig Is Up
A global network of cooperatives aims to provide an alternative to the race-to-the-bottom “platform capitalism” modelled by Foodora and other gig economy apps like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, TaskRabbit, SkipTheDishes, and DoorDash.
Free Courses Available from DAWI
The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) offers a series of free courses on its website on topics including fundamentals of worker co-op development, democratic management skills check-up, and more.
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is a national, bilingual grassroots membership organization of and for worker co-operatives, related types of co-operatives (multi-stakeholder co-ops and worker-shareholder co-ops), and organizations that support the growth and development of worker cooperatives. CWCF's e-newsletter is available free of charge to anyone with an e-mail address and an interest in worker co-operative developments in Canada. Please send any comments and suggestions, or news about your co-op, to:  

Kenzie Love
Editor of CWCF Newsletter 
(403) 276-8250 
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