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Are you interested in learning more about Beaver Creek and cooperative housing? We invite you to take a look around our website, or contact us at (519) 886-1081 or by email office @ beavercreek.coop

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Welcome

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If you want:

  • to move to or within the Kitchener Waterloo area,
  • a democratic place to live where you can have a voice,
  • an empowering place to live where you can learn new skills and grow,
  • a safe place to live where your kids can play outside with other kids,
  • an eco-friendly place to live with gardens and no pesticides,
  • an affordable place to live without the overhead of paying a landlord,
  • a diverse place to live with people of different cultures,
    races, religious and political beliefs, sexual orientations, and
    income brackets,
  • a community to move into as opposed to just a house,
  • or are just interested in learning more about cooperative housing

... then we would love to hear from you.

Beaver Creek's Thirtieth Anniversary

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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.

Facebook users can RSVP to the event page, and join the Facebook group.

The case for a new housing benefit

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.”

read the whole article at thestar.com

“Bee the Change” at Waterloo premier of Queen of the Sun

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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?

  • Thursday May 26, 2011
  • The Princess Twin – 46 King Street North in uptown Waterloo
  • 6:30pm - 10:00 pm
  • Admission: $12.00 (cash only)

For more information please visit:

This is a fragrance free event!

What are the bees telling us? Six Calls to Action to Help the Honeybees

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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!

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. Buy local, raw honey from beekeepers dedicated to strengthening honeybees.

  4. Buy local organic produce! Join a weekly food box program.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

There is an alternative.

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

Get your local sustainably grown organic food here!

Loft Market

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/

A Message from the Dalai Lama

“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

Come Out and Help Naturalize the Creek

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This is your invitation to come out and help plant baby trees and bushes. After submitting a proposal to the president of the University of Waterloo, we have been granted permission to:

Naturalize the Creek at Bearinger and Pinebush with indigenous species of trees and shrubbery.

If you and your family would like to take part in this exciting event, grab a shovel and meet us.

  • Where: the corner of Bearinger and Pinebush
  • When: next Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Why: Our new trees and shrubs will provide food and shelter to wildlife that lives by the Creek.

We are inviting all members of Beaver Creek, as well as our Lakeshore neighbours, to come out and participate in this exciting endeavour.

Hope to see you there!!