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The Co-operative Housing Federation has a website dedicated to their campaign to keep co-operative housing affordable. Please read more about this campaign at protectcoophousing.ca.
Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative is 30 years old this year!
We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary on Saturday, September 21, with activities starting at 1:00pm. We have games, a time capsule burying, a photo exhibition, a slide show, and a potluck barbecue. Former co-op members will be visiting, as well as the Mayor of Waterloo.
The Toronto Star has published an editorial opinion piece on the need for a new housing benefit in Ontario. This is a great article worth the read. I will only point out a couple of quotes that stuck me.
“One in five renters in Ontario spends more than half their income on housing. Among food bank clients, the share of rent is even higher, consuming an average of 72 per cent of household income.”
“Unlike other provinces, the only permanent housing benefit — known as a shelter allowance — in Ontario is paid exclusively to social assistance recipients. The working poor do not get help to cover the cost of their housing.
A new Ontario housing benefit would extend shelter benefits to the working poor, who also have high shelter costs, while also supporting those on social assistance.”
Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative and Princess Cinemas present the Waterloo premiere of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? Join us on Thursday May 26, 2011 at the Princess Twin to experience an evening of inspiration and information. Meet local vendors, organic food producers and connect with those in your community who want to “Bee the Change.” We will have a biodynamic beekeeper answering questions following the film as well as free draws.
QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Queen of the Sun takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of underrepresented beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
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This is a fragrance free event!
Bees need good shelter, good plants, good water and healthy communities – so do we! What is good for them is also good for us. Out of this one thought, you can help change our world!
Bee informed! – Check out books on bees, pollinators; websites on bee sanctuaries, biodynamic gardening and farming; natural beekeeping; local native bee-friendly plants; neonicontinoid chemicals that harm bees; genetically modified foods; Warre hives; top bar hives; urban and backyard beekeeping; Demeter beekeeping standards (You can learn lots at our “Bee the Change” event)
Plant six, new (for you) bee-friendly flowers, herbs, shrubs, berries or trees as soon as possible. Find alternatives to artificial fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides.
Buy local, raw honey from beekeepers dedicated to strengthening honeybees.
Buy local organic produce! Join a weekly food box program.
Water – bees get thirsty. Put a small basin of fresh water outside in your bee-friendly garden with stones, small sticks for landing. Change water frequently.
Support & Share your new ideas together with your family including young children, teens, friends, neighbours! Have potlucks with honey-based recipes. Start an Adopt-A-Hive program in our area. Buy or rent movies that support honeybees. Sign an on-line petition to ban neonicontinoid pesticides. Sign up to attend the first Ontario biodynamic beekeeping course coming soon.
A video short of over 30 peoples views on what it means to be co-operative. Produced for Co-operatives Fortnight 2010 in the UK. thereisanalternative.coop
I am proud to announce that Beaver Creek is now a depot for Loft Market! Every Thursday between 3:45pm and 7:00pm you can arrange to have a bundle of fresh local produce delivered to Beaver Creek for pickup.
There are 2 different sizes and they have also added and option of a local/nonlocal box that includes some non local organic fruits.
This year they have included community bags at the depots if there is something in your bag you do not like. You can swap it out for something more to your liking. As always they include recipes that week for something new in your bag that maybe you aren’t sure what to do with.
I have been getting Loft Boxes since last year and have been really enjoying them and now will be able to walk down to our Community Centre to pick it up!
For more info check it out at http://loftmarket.ca/
“No amount of legislation or coercion can accomplish the well-being of society, as it depends on the inner attitude of its members.” — Dalai Lama