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BALTA Bits & Bites - Spring 2008
(BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA), 2008-07)
This is the quarterly newsletter of the BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA). It contains news about BALTA and social economy developments in Alberta and British Columbia.
The Potluck Café: Navigating the "twilight zone" of social enterprise
(Making Waves, 2004)
Since 2001, a small shop in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been serving 1000s of meals to some of the city's most sick and isolated residents, while training and employing others in food preparation. Now, after three ...
Assets, Equity, & Empowerment: At Quint, Housing Is One Part of the Community Development Equation
(Making Waves, 1998)
Since its launch in 1995, Quint Development Corporation has skillfully fused local determination with outside expertise, money, & political influence. This article was written before the results were in. Since, Quint's ...
Tree Farm…or Community Forest? Revelstoke CFC cannot hope to realise sustainable practices until provincial forest legislation changes
(Making Waves, 1996)
While generally supportive of the progress made by the community-owned forest corporation in Revelstoke, according to these authors, it is not a real community forest. They claim it cannot be under provincial forest ...
Success without Succession? Reflections on the Building and Sustaining of Social Enterprise
(Making Waves, 2006)
Inner City Development Inc. was established in the summer of 2002 to provide good jobs to people in Winnipeg’s inner city who live in poverty and who are marginalized by systemic discrimination. For more than four years, ...
What Value Social Enterprise? Understanding the success of Atira Property Management
(Making Waves, 2005)
A charity that manages transition houses in B.C.'s lower mainland is in the curious position of both making and breaking the case for social enterprise. Atira Women's Resource Society has found itself well-positioned to ...
Death Of A Co-op: The Quesnel Hardwood Co-Operative
(Making Waves, 2003)
Struggling to survive drastic restructuring in BC's forest industry, small-time harvesters and processors in Quesnel, BC combined forces. They created a co-op to channel "nuisance" birch and aspen into hardwood markets in ...
Food Facts: How are Canadians Experiencing the Food Wars?
(Making Waves, 2006)
Canadians have achieved unprecedented levels of efficiency in the production and distribution of food. So how come it is undermining our health and well-being? "The Food Wars” have turned Canada into a colony and a ...
Co-ops, the social economy, and CED in Quebec
(Making Waves, 2001)
Understanding the relationship between CED and the co-operative movement in Quebec
Are Outcomes The Best Outcome?
(Making Waves, 2000)
This commentary challenges the obsession with outcomes as part of the preoccupation with accountability. It recognises the need for clearly defined targets, but it argues that many crucial and equally important developments ...