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Amanda Reimer is the founder of Etsy Sellers Manitoba. She is also the owner of Silver Moose Arts a home-based business in Landmark making vintage and silver jewelry.

Online community supports Manitoba’s burgeoning maker movement

Etsy Sellers of Manitoba is an Etsy team created to support and grow the burgeoning crafter movement in the province

Pre-Christmas sales are popping up all across rural Manitoba as hundreds of creative Manitobans emerge from their kitchens and studios and basement sewing rooms with armloads of homemade art and craft. Handcrafters, artists and designers of all types of artisanal goods depend on these events for the exposure it provides and the revenues it can

Manitoba farmer continues push for merger of commodity groups

A Halbstadt farmer says his call to create three big Prairie-wide commodity groups is getting positive reviews — but no organizations have officially embraced the idea so far. Last month, Danny Penner issued a discussion document calling for the merger of existing commodity groups to make them more efficient and effective. “In person, I have


ACU helps launch national fund for co-ops

Many financial institutions don’t understand 
how co-operatives work and are less likely 
to loan them money

Assiniboine Credit Union is helping lead the creation of a national Co-operative Investment Fund that will provide essential loans for growing and expanding co-operatives across Canada. “The idea for the fund is driven by national research that shows there is a gap in financing for co-operatives in part because many financial institutions do not understand

Heating up the COOL dispute

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Pork Council want Ottawa to up the pressure on Washington to end its discriminatory country-of-origin labelling regulations. The World Trade Organization has given the U.S. until May 23 to amend its COOL legislation or face retaliation from Canada and Mexico. “Canada still expects the U.S. to meet the



Successful first year for “Build a Better World” campaign

Co-operative supporters climbed mountains, shaved their heads, and pulled out their chequebooks to help raise funds for the Co-operative Development Foundation’s first year of Build a Better World campaign. “We are delighted with the way that co-operatives, credit unions, and individual donors have responded to the campaign,” said board chair Michael Barrett. “We can credit

Supporting existing businesses a successful strategy for job creation

Business development expert says supporting innovative local entrepreneurs 
is the best way to boost a community’s economic fortunes

Helping existing businesses grow, rather than chasing big companies or fostering startups, is the best way to boost a community’s economic fortunes and create jobs. That’s the core of an economic-development approach dubbed “economic gardening,” business-development expert Robin Phelps told participants at the recent Capturing Opportunities conference. “You need the startups, but what about these

Cutting co-op support destabilizes rural economies

The termination of the Co-operative Development Initiative and the drastic cuts to the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat announced in the federal budget will have a significant impact on the development of new co-operative businesses, jobs, and services for communities throughout Canada. In the year that the United Nations has declared the “International Year of Co-operatives,”



Spectre of inflation has large investors eyeing farmland

london / reuters / The hunt is on. Fearful that debt-laden governments will allow inflation to rise and erode the real value of money, many institutional investors are eyeing farmland as an inflation hedge. But ownership brings responsibilities, costs and risks that need close management. The inflation-adjusted value of American farmland peaked in 1980, according