Is Everyone in Co-operative Housing Really Co-operative?

Housing co-operatives, whether non-profit or ownership models, do require some degree of deliberate co-operation. Naturally, there will be conflicts of all kinds:  many types of activities and behaviours, even if no criminal law or City by-law is broken, may breach a co-op’s rules,  and annoy neighbour or possibly both. When the rent, known as occupancy charges,  gets behind, the concept of “co-operation” gets stretched to the breaking point. Membership meetings are held, and the landlord who can evict you is — surprise! — your neighbours! This is much more personal than in a condominium, where a bank may repossess your unit if your mortgage falls behind, or the condo unit owner can lock you out if you are renting the unit, or a corporation places a lien on your unit if the monthly condo fees are not paid.

The most striking difference between co-op housing and all other forms of tenancy,  besides the charming aspect that residents are called  “members”, is that until this year, financial problems and evictions ended up in a different and much more expensive court process than all other evictions. At our legal clinic we are  eagerly anticipating changes that will simplify (we hope) the problem-solving for co-op members. On June 1, 2014, the Landlord and Tenant Board will become the arbiter of co-op disputes.

What is so monumental about this change, and who is going to notice?  We think that all agency and settlement workers might want to be aware of this, in case their clients live in co-ops. Also, social assistance office employees should be pleased: resolutions should be faster, easier and less expensive for all. We hope. For more information, the Co-op Housing Federation has put it all in one place, in their newsletter at  http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pdf/ONB/ONB2014-04.pdf

If you are a co-op member, you have probably received quite a bit of explanation about the changes, but if not, you should inform yourself. Decisions will still need to be approved by the members. You might find that you are the subject of the new process, or the decision-maker.

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CANADIAN RED CROSS – WEEK OF YOUTH

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YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS

Footsteps to Success

An EXCITING, unique camp that challenges campers through a variety of activities. This camp is a partnership program with Toronto Catholic School Board, MotionBall Sport and Urban Arts. Activities included leadership training, sport, swimming, arts and field trips.

Location: 176- Martine Grove Rd.
Days: Monday to Friday
Father Henry Carr Secodary School Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Start/End: July 2 to August 9, 2013
Duration: 6 weeks
Ages: 10-15
Cost: Free

http://www.tcdsb.org/FORSTUDENTS/FocusOnYouth/Pages/Footsteps-to-Success-summer-camp.aspx

Rexdale Hub Leadership Camp

This dynamic and interactive camp aims to inspire and expose youth to technology. This is a partnership project with IBM and the Rexdale Hub Community Partners. Activities include computer technology, social media, movie making, acrobatics, sports with profession athletes and field trips.

Location: 21 Parorama Ct.
Rexdale Community Hub
Duration: 4 days
Days: Monday to Thursday
Time: 9:00AM to 4:00 PM

Cost: Free

Session 1:
July 22, 2013 to July 25, 2013

Session 2:
August 19 to August 22th, 2013Ages: 13-16

(choice of 2 sessions for the summer)

Leaders of Tomorrow Camp

The leadership camp provides youth with a basic understanding of leadership in a recreational setting. Join use for an AWESOME summer experience discovering who you are and how to unleash your inner leader. We will explore some cool stuff, play fun games and sport, take on projects, learn about leadership, meet leaders from different walks of life, and enjoy weekly field trips.

Location: 2580 Kipling Ave.
North Albion Collegiate Institute
Duration: 6 weeks
Start/End: July 2 to August 16, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ages: 13-17
Cost: Free

Young Entrepreneurs Summer Camp

Dreaming of being your own boss? We will help you explore the possibilities, meet young successful business owners, create a virtual or real business, venture out to see businesses in action, maximize your creative vision. Activities include media arts, games, field trips and traditional camp experiences.

Location: 21 Panorama Court

Rexdale Community Hub
Duration: 6 weeks
Start/End: July 8to August 15, 2013
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time: 12:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Group 1
Ages: 13 – 17

Group 2
Ages 18-29

Dimensions of Diversity

This camp encourages young people to develop leadership skills and explore cultural diversity using media arts. Activities include conversations about diversity, weekly field trips, cross cultural food experience and sports activity.

Two Locations:

21 Panorama Court
MicroSkills ProTech Media Centre
Duration: 5 weeks
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Start/End: July 2 to August 2, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: 13-17
235 Dixon Road, Unit 12
MicroSkills Youth Welcoming Centre
Duration: 5 weeks
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Start/End: July 2 to August 2, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: 13-17

Cost: Free

http://www.microskills.ca/

Summer Nature Camp

The Science and Nature camp gives children the opportunity to learn and enjoy nature. Daily activities include: nature walks, ecology, bird watching, forest exploration, organic vegetable garden, insect observation, swimming and canoeing.

Location: 205 Humber College Blvd.
Humber College Arboretum
Start/End: Over the summer
Duration: 1-2 weeks
Days: Monday to Friday
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ages: 5-13
(Different camp sessions for the summer)

Cost: Free for low income house holds

http://humberarboretum.on.ca/summercamp

The Leaders In Training Program

Offers youth the opportunity to gain valuable volunteer experience at nature camp and prepares youth for future leadership positions/ Acitivites include, interpersonal skills, communication skills, teamwork skills and gain volunteer hours!

Location: 205 Humber College Blvd. Humber College Arboretum

Duration: 4 weeks
(Two camp sessions for the summer)
Start/End: July 2 to August 30, 2013
Cost: Free
Days: Monday to Friday
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ages: 14-15

http://humberarboretum.on.ca/LITs

“Ontario’s Housing Crisis is getting worse”, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association

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Ontario’s housing crisis is getting worse according to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s recent report entitled, “Where’s Home”. The report concludes that the Provincial and Federal governments have effectively removed themselves from the business of providing affordable housing, leaving inadequately funded municipal governments and the market, which is fundamentally antithetical to providing non-for-profit housing, to provide affordable housing. The lack of affordable housing will deeply impact growth in the province, since the fastest growing sectors of the market remain low paying service industry jobs. Furthermore, if affordable rentals and homes are not available, Ontarians will be forced to take loans and enter into mortgages that they cannot afford, which could result in a US style mortgage crisis, an idea subtly echoed by Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman on his blog yesterday.

Read the full report and press release here:
http://www.onpha.on.ca/whereshome

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What’s a TechSoup Kitchen?

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Long before Facebook and Twitter, online communities were based around Bulletin Board Services and Internet Relay Chats. It was in one such virtual community, The Well, that in 1987 Daniel Ben-Horin was inspired to create The CompuMentor Project. His idea was that technology gurus, or ‘mentors’, would volunteer on technologically intensive projects and initiatives to assist nonprofit organizations adapt to emerging information technologies.

In 2008, The CompuMentor Project changed its name to TechSoup Global, and today the organization is the largest not-for-profit provider of technology support in the world. TechSoup Global operates in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East with help from independent capacity-building NGOs.

Users can read articles and other educational material, reference and contribute to TechSoup’s knowledge base, participate in training sessions and webinars, discussions, share policies and best practices, and collaborate online and in-person.

TechSoup is the exclusive North American distributor of Microsoft product donations, and offers hundreds of software and hardware donations from over sixty partners, including Adobe, Sun, Symantic, Cicso, Citrix, and SAP.

Both individuals and organizations can sign-up for TechSoup via their websites, and registering your nonprofit organization is relatively painless, requiring the user submit their organization’s mission, annual budget, and patented letters of incorporation. The website states the approval process takes 5-7 business days, however, our organization was approved the very next day, and eligible for nearly all software product donations. Their customer service team is very quick to respond to comments and questions via e-mail.

If you are in the nonprofit world and your organization is paying retail prices for Microsoft and other products out of your operating budget you are losing money by not accepting donations through TechSoup. Although many of us are subject to larger umbrella organizations for technology support or purchasing, TechSoup can still provide valuable knowledge and insight into many emerging and long standing technological topics.

 

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https://www.techsoupcanada.ca
http://www.techsoupglobal.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TechSoup_Global
http://www.ryot.org/partners/techsoup-global

http://www.well.com