Community Blog

This is where you can find a collection of articles written by our members. Most of these articles have appeared in the Beaver Creek DAM, our Newsletter.

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.

Is buying a house better than living in a co-op?

With mortgage rates at all-time lows, is it a better financial investment to buy a house of live in a co-op?

Usually money is not the only issue when someone decides to buy a house, rent an apartment or live in a co-op. Some people prefer the co-op community, others enjoy the pride and pleasure of owning their house. I won't speak to these issues. I'll simply look at the question:

Would I have more wealth in twenty years if I bought a house or if I invested the difference between buying a house and living in a co-op?

Affordable Housing Doesn't Pay: why private developers will not pick up the slack from government

If the provincial government wants to get out of the housing business, who would build non-profit and co-operative housing in Ontario? According to Dwight Syms, no one.