Send a message to the housing minister today

I just received the following urgent notice from CHF Canada E-news. Please consider sending a letter and letting your voice be heard on the topic of affordable housing.

Help Canadians looking for affordable housing. In early April, provincial and territorial housing ministers plan to meet in Ottawa with Monte Solberg, the federal minister responsible for CMHC. This gives co-op members another chance to ask the government to help the four million Canadians who need affordable homes.

You can send a letter asking Minister Solberg to take action on affordable housing.

But act quickly. This meeting is rumoured to be taking place on April 2. The federal minister did not attend the last provincial-territorial housing ministers meeting in Vancouver on February 6, but promised to meet with his counterparts within 60 days. Act now and send a message to Monte Solberg.

Earth Hour Plans

This Saturday, March 29, starting at 7:00 p.m., members of Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative will turn off their lights for an hour in the cause of fighting climate change.

Members and their invited friends will make their own hand-rolled beeswax candles to light for a community walk, followed by story telling for all ages and a discussion on "greening" their housing community.

How are you going to spend Earth Hour?

Bee's wax for the event provided by Candlepower (519)886-0662.

Toad Lane: The Start of the Co-operative Movement

Factory owner's opened general stores.

A fellow member has just passed on to me a link to a very important story: The Story of Toad Lane.

It quickly outlines the horrible conditions that lead to the creation of the world's first cooperative.

Many factory owners organized general stores, where they sold goods at high prices. They forced the workers to shop there- and fired them if they did not.

Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)

Sugar Maple

Sugar maple is the quintessential Canadian tree. A sugar maple leaf adorns our flag and “sugaring” is part of Canada’s history and culture. Canada produces around 80% of the world’s maple syrup with most of the balance produced in Vermont and New York states. Sugar maple is a large component of the fall colour display providing gorgeous arrays of yellow, orange and red. Sugar maple was designated as Canada’s national tree in 1965.

Cooperative Holiday Guide

The winter holidays are a time to connect with friends and family and celebrate with each other. Some folks choose to exchange gifts, others hit the party circuit, and others host smaller intimate gatherings. No matter what the occasion, the co-op sector can help you meet your needs this season.

The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) has put together a Co-op Holiday Guide to help you source all your holiday needs through the co-op sector.

Build UP Coop Housing

Build UP coop housing logo

CHFC's Ontario Region has set up an "Action Centre" where you can learn more about how you can help coopertaive housing in Ontario this election. Learn the issues (build more co-op housing and upload co-op housing) and how you can help (send a message to your candidate and download tips and tools).

Learn about the Referendum

Confused about the upcoming referendum on electoral reform? A public
meeting will be held at Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative on Bearinger
Road in North Waterloo this Friday, September 28, starting at 7:00
pm to answer your questions.

Round Two: University 3 – Environmentalists 0

On April 23 city council reconsidered the sports field environmental assessment (EA) and voted six to one, to approve the EA. Obviously councilors had been lobbied extensively by the university. A few councilors justified their vote by trying to separate their approval of the EA from the final approval of the sports field deal which will come later.

Councilors did not hear the arguments that the EA process and its conclusions were flawed.

Eastern Redbud: Cercis Canadensis L.

Redbud in bloom

Redbud is a small tree which is inundated with mauve blossoms in late April to early May before leaves develop. It competes with forsythia in providing a spectacular spring show.

Although redbud is part of the Carolinian forest, south-western Ontario is the absolute northern limit of its range. Contrary to its Latin name, most American publications list it as native only to eastern United States from northern Florida to Vermont and west to the prairies. However a late eighteenth century letter describes a redbud tree at the tip of Point Pelee which at the time was being eroded by waves and subsequently lost to further inquiry. But it is this reference which Ontario botanists cite to prove that redbud is a native to southern Ontario. Redbuds which grow wild in southern Ontario are assumed to come from Michigan seed stock.

Round One: Environmentalists 1 – University 0

In a marathon meeting on the evening of February 19, city council voted 5 to 2 in favour of delaying receiving the environmental assessment which recommends sports fields on the environmental reserve.