It has never been easy for co-operatives to find their way into the pages of the Globe and Mail, the daily newspaper of choice for Canada's business elite. But the International Year of Co-operatives has changed all that.
On May 15, the Globe published an eight-page special report entitled "The Power of Co-operatives", sponsored by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the International Summit of Cooperatives and funded by advertising from several major Canadian co-operative organizations.
With a front page bearing the headline "Ethical values underpin global movement", the special report included stories on virtually every aspect of the Canadian co-operative sector, from credit unions to car sharing co-ops; from agricultural co-ops to the role of the Canadian co-op movement in international development; from co-op housing to the importance of co-ops in the Canadian Arctic. There was also an article on the Summit, a major international co-op conference which will take place in Quebec City in October, and one on the global impact of co-operatives, quoting from the latest ICA Global 300 report.
The report was peppered with quotes from Canadian co-op movement leaders, including Kathy Bardswick of The Co-operators (insurance); Monique Leroux of Desjardins (financial group); Simon Robert of Agropur (dairy); and Tamara Vrooman of Vancity (credit union), as well as Claude Gauthier, president of the Canadian Co-operative Association, David Phillips, CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada and Nicholas Gazzard, executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.
While the special report was not included in the electronic edition of the Globe, the newspaper made a .pdf version available for online use. The .pdf can be downloaded at http://s.coop/coopsgm or viewed online below.