As we wrap up production on the GDP project, weâ€™re spotlighting an inspiring cooperative initiative in rural Alberta â€“ an illustration of what communities can achieve when theyâ€™re united around a common economic vision.
August 24th 2010 2 Comments
August 2nd 2010 No Comments
Lâ€™an dernier, le photographe Brian Howell se rendait Ă Mackenzie rĂ©aliser quatre essais photographiques. Dans cette petite ville mono-industrielle de Colombie-Britannique, le secteur forestier sâ€™Ă©tait effondrĂ© (fermeture des 6 moulins de la rĂ©gion), provoquant des ravages sociaux. Le chĂ´mageÂ y Ă©tait tel (1500 emplois perdus) que certains rĂ©sidents ont dĂ» chercher du travail dans des [...]
July 5th 2010 No Comments
With all the talk of Recession in the air, it hasnâ€™t been easy for organizations that depend on community fundraising for their survival. All the more impressive then that a group of western grain farmers â€“ the people behind the Battle River Railway New Generation Co-op (BRR)— have managed to raise aboutÂ $3.5 million from their [...]
March 17th 2010 1 Comment
Those who defend Canadaâ€™s Temporary Foreign Workers Program argue that it offers employers a vital measure to survive short-term labour shortages. When Zoran had trouble finding Albertans to staff his new Calgary carwash, he was able to hire Edgar and other Filipino workers through the TFW program. Watch the latest episode here.
But the rapid [...]
January 26th 2010 6 Comments
While researching issues relating to our story about Zoran and Edgar, I was surprised to learn that there now about 250,000 guest workers in Canada â€“ a number that has grown dramatically in the last five years with the rapid expansion of the federal governmentâ€™s Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
The trend seems to mark a major [...]
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