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Brenda Bouw is a freelance writer and editor, as well as an author and ghostwriter based in Vancouver. She has more than 20 years of experience as a business reporter, including at the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press and the Financial Post.

Building resilient businesses

By Brenda Bouw
Co-operatives have proven themselves durable during tough of times. Could this business model be the key to economic growth?

From its official beginnings in the mid-1800s, the modern-day cooperative movement has been driven by groups of individuals fed up with economic and social inequality, believing they had a better way of doing business.

The co-op model, where businesses are owned and run by and for their members, was born out of both disappointment and idealism, beginning with Britain’s Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, a group of labourers who banded together in 1844 to open their own, more affordable food store and share the profits.

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Clean energy, tribal power

By Brenda Bouw
Duty to consult is not enough. Indigenous communities are ready to do business as active partners.

On an 800-hectare stretch of tribal land in southern Nevada, construction of a large-scale solar project is underway that will not only help power the City of Lights, but also shine a spotlight on how indigenous communities are reshaping the future of renewable energy.

The 250-megawatt Moapa Solar Project, located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 50 kilometres northeast of Las Vegas, is touted as the first large-scale solar project approved on tribal land in North America. The Moapa Band of Paiutes is leasing the land to solar module maker First Solar, which will design and build the project.

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