Sunday, 16 July 2017
As American natural foods giant Whole Foods (aka "whole pay cheque") disappears into the jaws of predator capitalist Amazon a different story can be found in less glamorous surroundings in the GTA. It is not the practice of TorontotheBetter to make recommendations among featured enterprises but as former "ethical" enterprise options erode an example of commercial integrity in the GTA should not be ignored. Founded in downtown Hamilton over 20 years ago and now present in the Mississauga and several other locations, fair trade enterprise Goodness Me! commits to creating "the healthiest offering possible" and acting with "integrity, respect, and sincerity" while working with its customers, staff and suppliers.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Musical instrument lending libraries in Toronto and other Ontario cities expand the "loaner-ship" social economy
Toronto is among several Canadian cities, most recently Kitchener-Waterloo, where as well as their traditional books and videos public library borrowers can find musical instruments for their playing and learning pleasure. This augments the tool libraries and non-profit carshare organizations that are growing fast as mainstream ownership economics makes less and less sense for more and more. The logical conclusion of this wave is a library of everything. Stay tuned to this space for more social economy news. Like our favourite music the social economy loan-not-own option is catchy, and catching on.