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Human Interest /  • November 15, 2018
Bare minimum
With Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot being cancelled, credit unions are embarking upon initiatives to help boost living wage levels in the province.

Communities across Canada are responding to increasingly high levels of low-wage poverty. They are advocating that families should earn an income sufficient — the so-called living wage — to pay for the basic necessities of life. ...

Business / Human Interest /  • July 18, 2018
For the love of burgers
With the backing of Morell Credit Union, Quentin Gillis and Tanya O’Brien have become Prince Edward Island’s most acclaimed purveyors of burger and fries.

Prince Edward Islanders might be partial to potatoes but they are even bigger fans of burgers. So much so, the province is home to a wildly popular, month-long festival called PEI Burger Love. “I don’t think anyone counts calories on PEI...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • June 15, 2018
Step up
Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan has embraced the #MeToo movement.

The #MeToo movement was sparked last October by the media firestorm that swept Hollywood following a raft of sexual assault allegations levelled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, it has spread swiftly through workplaces acr...

Health / Human Interest /  • April 8, 2018
The path to wellness
There are many factors affecting employee wellness and financial stress is one of them. However, there are also many things a credit union can do to help staff cope with life’s challenges.

Employees across industries report being more stressed than ever before. Interestingly, employers appear more ready than ever to listen — and to assist. Workplaces where, even just a few years ago, “wellness” meant only the odd pe...

Economics / Human Interest /  • February 20, 2018
Mind the Gap
Canada is a bountiful country — for some.

Last year, Global Finance Magazine ranked the world’s countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP) and purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, based upon 2016 data from the International Monetary Fund. Of the world’s wealth...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • January 16, 2018
Chance meetings
Sixty years of service in the financial industry prompts a letter of congratulations to Envision Financial’s Tochi Sandu from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn't exaggerating when he wrote a letter to Tarlochan (Tochi) Sandhu on July 27, congratulating the director of Commercial Business Development at Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union (250,000 mem...

Economics / Human Interest /  • December 21, 2017
Census 2016
Statistics Canada releases census figures from 2015 showing incomes on the upswing.

New census results released by Statistics Canada this past September indicate that a majority of Canadians saw their incomes rise in the decade from 2005 to 2015. The median income of individuals rose 12.7 per cent to $34,204 in 2015, a...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • December 12, 2017
Flying High
Access Credit Union COO Myrna Wiebe takes to the skies to raise funds for a critical Prairies rescue service.

Intubating a critically ill patient, setting up a search-and-rescue tent, applying a tourniquet — it’s all in a day’s work for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) Air Ambulance teams. Not so much for Myrna Wiebe, COO and senior vi...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • December 1, 2017
Culture shift
Credit unions are cultivating equitable job access and inclusive workplaces for Indigenous Canadians.

She witnessed violence, drug and alcohol abuse in her community from a young age; she became a mother of four by the age of 21. Chantel Buffalo had to grow up fast. Buffalo spent years working in manufacturing and construction after dropp...

Human Interest /  • November 24, 2017
Back to the Land
Vancity member and organic farming co-op founder Arzeena Hamir of Vancouver Island is pushing to get more local produce into grocery stores.

Arzeena Hamir chuckles wryly when asked if she romanticized farming life before she actually started living it. "Yes! And note that I gave a very evil laugh," says the owner of Vancouver Island's Amara Farm, who is one of British Columbia’s foremos...

Human Interest /  • October 23, 2017
Take me higher
Rent is becoming less affordable in cities across the country.

There is a rule of thumb within the home rental sector: rent shouldn’t comprise more than 30 percent of an individual’s monthly income. In some metropolitan areas in Canada, such as Vancouver and Toronto, a number of factors have turned this stan...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • September 19, 2017
Full Circle
Assiniboine Credit Union member Eleanor Thompson helps guide Indigenous students as they gain skills, self-respect and hope at Winnipeg’s Urban Circle Training Centre.

There is a prophesy shared among many First Nations — the Anishinaabe call it the Eighth Fire — that foretells the dawning of a new day when all people come together in a relationship of mutual respect based on the ancient knowledge of how we are...

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