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What is a platform cooperative and how can this model help as we restart our economy?  


PCC & Mondragon are offering an online course to help businesses use a website, mobile app, or protocol to sell goods or services. As the Platform is based on cooperative values, it introduces economic fairness, training, and democratic participation for users and businesses.  


Over the past few months, as we ask ourselves, “What’s next?”  and, “What kind of new economy do we want to create?”, we have an opportunity to make things better. 


In moments of crisis as we have experienced, things that had been considered impossible can become common sense. For example, the Great Depression gave rise to the original New Deal.  Now, we need to show possibilities for how the world could be better by building an economic alternative. 


The cooperative movement has often been called The Third Way.  As the credit union is a cooperative, we support the start, growth and conversion of business to this model.


The Platform Cooperative is one option to consider at this time to support businesses. For more information on the online training email pcc@newschool.edu  and visit their website. Please note there is a cost to participate in the course. It is practical, hands-on and started as an emergency course in response to the crisis.


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The YES is running a limited number of smaller programs this summer.  Youth ages 14-18 who want to attend Camp YES this year, please email Joanne and ask about Sponsorship to cover the Registration Fee.


The province recognizes the importance of summer camp experiences for youth's emotional and social development. We know that Camp YES programs have a powerful positive impact on the youth they serve, and on their mandate to build inclusive communities where all youth thrive. 


Read the BC Co-op Association interview with Chelsea Lake, ED of The YES Camps.  Learn how they are dealing with COVID-19, keeping their members and community at the centre of all they do, and how they pivoted to continue serving their community during a global crisis.


As COVID was unfolding, they asked themselves, "What should we do during this time?  As co-operators, the question inevitably becomes, how can we best serve our members, or our community?"


At The YES, their community consists of 14-18 year-olds across the province, as well as the many alumni who have participated in our program over the years. As youth programmers they know that teens are an especially vulnerable population. 38% of the teens who come to The YES camps self-report as struggling with depression and anxiety, and 35% come from homes that struggle to make ends meet. We know that many teens rely on their schools or communities to meet their needs whether physiological, social, or emotional. So, at The YES they;ve been  asking themselves, how can we best serve teenagers right now? How can we reach youth who are lonely, isolated or in high-risk situations? How can we help prevent substance abuse, self-harm and mental illness during this global crisis?


Here are some ways, The YES is supporting our youth: 


1. CARE PACKAGE: THE PODCAST:  You can find their weekly podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, or on their website.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA CARE AND CONNECTION CHALLENGES: The YES is using its social media platforms to challenge teens to get creative about showing care and connection across distances, engaging youth in building connections across distance, focusing on activities that build participants’ self-worth, mental wellness, empathy for others, social-emotional learning, and grit.

 3. THE YES VOLUNTEER SUPPORT NETWORK:  The YES is  reaching out to participants from the last two summers (over 450 youth) to set up phone and virtual meetings.  They are focused on trying to reach the most isolated and vulnerable youth in their network.

4. VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS: The YES teaches life-skills, and offer sessions like Relaxations: 30 minute mindfulness activities, Thought of the Day: insights and wisdom from staff, volunteers, and others. The YES is working to produce these sessions virtually to offer out to youth across their  networks.

At CCEC, we are proud of our members who have contributed to the Camp YES Scholarship Fund allowing us to cover the Registration Fee for our Youth. 


For more information on the Scholarship Fund, contact Joanne.  For information on Camp YES, visit their website.
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“We can focus on the “well-being” of citizens, rather than on traditional bottom-line measures like productivity and economic growth”, says, NZ President, Jacinda Arden. As we RestartBC and reopen the economy, will we go back to what was “normal” or will we use the opportunity to forge a New Way Forward? 

For example, New Zealand is proposing a budget where all new spending must advance one of five priorities: improving mental health, reducing child poverty, addressing the inequalities faced by indigenous Maori and Pacific islands people, thriving in a digital age, and transitioning to a low-emission, sustainable economy.

Naomi Klein with The Leap has started the project, BAILOUT FOR PEOPLE AND THE  PLANET:  A Crisis Response that Builds from Emergency to Transformation. They advocate for a recovery where  stimulus spending builds the scaffolding for a zero-carbon, full employment economy; and re-imagining where we  transform the economy to prioritize safety and stability for all, not just the 1%.  The Leap is working with partners to advance urgent demands around Housing, Health Care, Work and more.

Our response to this period of converging crises is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the federal government to initiate a reset of our economy and society, putting Canada on a path toward zero emissions, and bringing immediate material benefits and enhanced, 21st century universal public services to everyone – prioritizing Indigenous, racialized and working class communities – that is, the people who need them most.

In other words, this is the ideal moment for the Green New Deal. Essentially, it recommends an unprecedented public investment in a justice-based transition that creates well-paying jobs, solves our crises in housing, crumbling infrastructure, health and education, inadequate transit, and deep inequality. This kind of public investment would vastly expand the tax base and stabilize the economy at the same time.

Learn more. Get involved. Like, follow, sign up to support The Leap’s People’s Bailout, Progressive International, and a Green New Deal Canada.

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“This is not a return to normal … we’re going to a new normal," said Premier John Horgan.


But what does “a new normal”  look like for you? 


Dogwood BC says, “It marks the beginning of our next big test. Will we seize this opportunity to rebuild a more resilient province — or rush back to business as usual?” They ask you to help shape this essential public conversation by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or through their webpage.


Dogwood BC also says that in BC, “normal” was failing to meet our climate targets. “Normal” was Indigenous and rural communities with no economic opportunities. “Normal” was housing, homelessness and addiction crises in our cities. “Normal” was a wildly inequitable distribution of wealth and power in our province. Let’s not go back to “normal”. 

The province has set aside $1.5 billion to get our economy back on its feet again as we transition out of the pandemic. ‘There’s a huge opportunity for very important economic growth and economic benefits to be invested in greening our economy, in energy efficiency,’ says interim Green Leader Adam Olsen.

But, the Premier’s task force in charge includes big business and unions, but not green groups.

Our members say:  

Advocating for a "hard hat" or "shovel ready" recovery is grabbing the wrong end of the stick. We  need to see retraining and placement programs at an unprecedented scale, with gender equity outcomes far beyond anything anyone's achieved in any economic recovery I've heard about.

The recovery plan MUST include:

  • clean energy development - lots of new jobs there!

  • fossil fuel use reduction

  • remove subsidies to fossil fuels - stop investment in dying industries

  • develop local power grids like solar roofs and wind power (there are bird friendly windmills already developed)

  • invest in green transportation like public transit and safe bikeways

BC Transit needs to establish a province-wide public bus company that uses as much electric power as possible.  Many communities in BC cannot be reached by bus…forcing people to drive their cars, if they have them, are agile enough and can afford to drive.

This is a once-in-a-generation chance to invest these precious public dollars into projects that build the kind of B.C. we all want to live in.  We need to be louder. Spark a conversation in your community about what our province should look like as the economy powers up again.  

Get involved. We need a Green New Deal, a CleanBC and a Way Forward. 

Like and follow groups including DogwoodBC, Wilderness Committee, and  STAND.earth


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Be on alert for government benefit scams, business rewards and other “too good to be true” offers.

 

There's been a significant  increase in false texts and emails that try to make you believe, for example,  you've received a CERB or other government benefit. These messages will usually ask you to click a link to claim your benefit.


Think twice before you click.  If you receive an unsolicited text or email from someone you don’t know asking you to click on a link, don’t do it. 


Do your homework. Even if a call or message seems to come from an official source, research it before handing over sensitive information, such as your name, address, or banking information. Scammers often try to earn consumers’ trust by impersonating reputable, official institutions.


Remember, the CRA will never send you text messages. If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it probably is. Be skeptical and never respond to these messages or click on the link – even if it seems like it came from a credible source.


Arm yourself with the latest list of COVID-19 scams from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre


If you have any questions, call us Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5pm at 604.254.100. 


Stay home. Be safe. Be extra diligent for scams. 


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