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Media Co-op AGM 2017-18: Sunday February 25th // Coop Média assemblée générale annuelle dimanche le 25 février

by Board of Directors

Media Co-op AGM 2017-18: Sunday February 25th // Coop Média assemblée générale annuelle dimanche le 25 février

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There's lots to discuss at the Media Co-op, and we're due for an annual general meeting (AGM).  Attempts to hold the meeting in December didn't reach quorum, so the meeting is being held on Sunday February 25th, 2018. The Co-op's financial year ends March 31st.

The Co-op is trying to re-energize and get re-booted after a bit of a lull, so fresh energy is very welcome.

Most Board of Director positions will be open for election. If you want to be an editor representative, a reader rep or a local rep, now's your chance. The Board of Directors steers the organization (making financial and strategy decisions) and sets policy for the Co-op. You can also get involved outside of formal Director positions, and that will be discussed at the AGM. 

To learn more about the organization, check out these links to Media Co-op's bylaws, its structure, and current board of directors.

Media Co-op Annual General Meeting 2017-18

What: A nationwide meeting where we discuss what's happening with the Media Co-op, elect representatives to the Board of Directors, give feedback and engage in visioning the future of the Co-op.
When: Sunday February 25th, 2 pm CST (4:30 pm in NL, 4:00 in NS/PEI/NB, 3:00 in QC/ON, 2:00 in MB/SK, 1:00 in AB, 12:00 in BC)

Where: 2138 McIntyre St, Regina, Treaty 4 Territory Saskatchewan, and by teleconference by calling from:

Montreal: 514-907-9065
Vancouver: 778-786-8222
Toronto: 416-800-4317
Halifax: 902-982-6930
Ottawa: 613-686-4361
Sudbury: 705-805-0409
Regina: 306-988-1881
Then typing conference code 4510934 then #.
If you live elsewhere, check for call-in numbers.
Contact to make other call-in arrangement (like Skype).

1) Motions: If there is something you'd like to have discussed during the AGM, email us at with the subject line "Proposed AGM Agenda Item." The deadline to send in agenda items is Sunday February 18th.

2) Nominations to the board: If you'd like to run for the board, or if you'd like to nominate someone, send an email to with a ~250 word bio and headshot of the person you would like to nominate, with the subject line "Board Representative Nomination." This bio will be posted on our website before the AGM and will help members make informed voting decisions. Due Feb 18. The following positions are open:

Toronto Media Co-op representative
Halifax Media Co-op rep (please contact us before making nominations to this position)
Vancouver Media Co-op rep
Montreal Media Co-op rep
Editor rep
Contributor rep
Reader rep

You can view received nominations at the end of this post, after the proposed agenda.

3) Voting: During the AGM, you'll be able to vote by secret electronic ballot on motions and representative elections. Voting process will be be explained during the meeting for those who attend (either electronically or in person) and the results will be publicized on our website and on social media.

4) Questions? Don't hesitate to email us at

Not-yet-approved minutes from last year's (2016) AGM are available by clicking here




February 25th, 2017 - 2138 McIntyre St, Regina, SK

Instructions to join // instructions pour joindre: EnglishFrancais

1. Designate Facilitator

2. Designate Secretary

3. Land acknowledgment and Introductions

4. Approval of the Agenda

5. Approval of the 2016 AGM Minutes (available here)

6. Year in Review 
6.1 - Board of Directors Statements 
6.2 - Q&A

7. Rebooting the Media Co-op

7.1 - Overview of the situation (see recent post from Board of Directors)

7.2 - Discussion of proposed working groups (website, membership/chapter system, editorial process, revenue) and setting up the groups


8. Election of Representative to the Board of Directors

8.1 Appoint Chief Returning Officer
8.2 Presentations from Candidates and Q & A

8.3 Voting

9. Presentation of 2016-2017 Financial Review

9.1 Motion to approve 2016-17 draft financials pending CPA review

9.2 Discussion of current financial position

9.3 Motion to appoint accountant for tax filings


10. Motion to declare local Media Co-op chapters inactive

[Motion from the Board of Directors]
Seeing as the local chapters of the Media Co-op (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) have not been active in recent months, we propose to declare the locals inactive. To our knowledge, local chapters have not been meeting in the last 12 months. Vancouver and Halifax have confirmed they are inactive.

The local structure which grew quickly from 2009 to 2011, while vibrant at times, put considerable stress on the meager administrative capacity of the Media Co-op. In this time of rebuilding, we believe that to survive and rebuild, the Media Co-op needs to focus on core administrative and editorial activities, and then in the future can help foster local media production and leadership where there is energy.

Locals were contacted at their email addresses on Feb 15th 2018 to check in on their status. Vancouver and Halifax and Montreal confirmed they are inactive. As of Feb 23, 2018, Toronto had not replied. Some Toronto leaders were also contacted November 28, 2017, about this question to no reply. One editor-reviewed article has appeared on the Toronto site in the last 6 months, and around five (5) editor-reviewed stories have been posted on the site in the last 12 months. 
The existing arrangement for revenues from sustainers (monthly donors) who signed up through a local chapter is for a 50% / 50% split between the local chapter and the Media Co-op national organization. With the locals being declared inactive, these revenues will go 100% to the national. Locals are encouraged to declare when they were active until and ask for their funds owed up to that time, and locals may disburse this money as they see fit (eg. for their own activities, to foster other grassroots media in the community, etc). In the case of Halifax, which went on hiatus in 2016, sustainers were contacted by email by the national Media Co-op about what was happening with their financial contributions. The same process will be followed for the other locals, pending availability of contact information of the sustainers.
The existing websites of the locals contain many important stories and are a useful archive. The Media Co-op website will be undergoing a redesign. Websites of chapters will remain available in a way still to be determined (eg. remaining as they are but with a large note indicating the page is closed, or archived some other way). The national site - - will remain active and content from local communities can continue to be posted there.


We move that the Media Co-op local chapters of Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver be considered inactive as described.


11. Election Results

11.1 Motion to approve Election Results

11.2 Motion to destroy Ballots

12. Other business 

13. Adjournment


Board of Director Nominations Received

Editor Rep (1 position available)

Fernando Arce

My name is Fernando Arce, and I would like to submit my nomination for the Editor Rep position with the Media Co-op board of directors. I have been a freelance multimedia journalist for the last seven years, with published works in several outlets, from This Magazine and The Walrus to Maclean’s and the London Free Press. This experience has shown me many sides of the industry while allowing me to keep autonomy over the issues I feel passionate about, such as environmental justice, Indigenous rights and international relations. Now, given the state of journalism in this country – particularly radical, independent journalism – I feel it’s time I take on greater responsibilities towards ensuring there are platforms to distribute it in the first place.
As a journalist, my goal has always been to give people the space to tell their own stories, and to give audiences the opportunity to bear witness in order to better understand them. One example was the work I was able to do with Darlene Necan, an Ojibway woman who took on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 2015 in court and won. It was arguably my coverage of the matter – while freelancing with the Two Row Times – that got larger networks like the CBC interested in her story. All of this was instrumental in her victory against the government.
My work has always come from a passionate, grassroots perspective which has prioritized the voice of the marginalized. As the volunteer editor-in-chief of a student-run magazine from 2012-13, I had the opportunity to do just this when I helped grow the publication from a business-oriented magazine into a political platform that featured many new and seasoned talented writers discussing unique and thought-provoking issues.
My search for stories and, more specifically, for people struggling for social justice, has taken me as far as as Washington, D.C., Venezuela and, most recently, Ecuador. My commitment to the communities in which I have worked and to the people I have spoken with has afforded me the kind of trust needed to bring many of these personal and, often times, painful stories to light.
I am excited to have the opportunity to join a co-op like yours which not only provides a greater space for radical journalism, but which uses it as a vehicle of social change.
 Coop Média assemblée générale annuelle 2017-18
La Coop Média tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) le dimance 25 février, 14h00 heure CST (15h00 HNE), et vous êtes invité.e.s! Presque tout conseil d'postes de directeur de cette organisation nationale sera ouverte à l'élection, donc si vous voulez être un représentant de l'éditeur, un représentant de lecteur ou un représentant local pour Montréal ou Vancouver, est maintenant votre chance!

Pour en savoir plus, cliquez sur les liens suivants (en anglais): les statuts et règlements de la Coop média, sa structure ainsi que son conseil d'administration du moment.

L'Assemblée générale 2017-18 de la Coop média

Quoi: Un rassemblement à l’échelle nationale où nos lectrices et lecteurs ont la chance de mettre ce qu'ils et elles souhaitent voir à l'agenda, d'élire leurs représentant.e.s, de s'engager à imaginer le futur de la Coop ainsi que d'évaluer le travail que celle-ci fait.

Quand: 25 février, 15h30

: 2138 McIntyre St, Regina, Treaty 4, SK, ainsi qu'en téléconférence.

Voici les instructions sur la façon de participer à l'appel:

Étape 1: Composez le numéro de votre région:

À Montréal: 514-907-9065
À Vancouver: 778-786-8222
À Toronto: 416-800-4317
À Halifax: 902-982-6930
À Ottawa: 613-686-4361
À Sudbury: 705-805-0409

Si vous habitez ailleurs, envoyer un courriel et nous vous enverrons des instructions.

Étape 2: Entrez dans le code de conférence 4510934 puis # pour se joindre à l'appel.

1) Propositions: S'il y a quelque chose en particulier que vous aimeriez discuter durant l'Assemblée générale, laissez-le nous savoir en nous envoyant un courriel avec le titre''Proposition de points pour l’ordre du jour de l'Assemblée générale''. La date limite pour nous envoyer vos points à mettre à l’ordre du jour est le 18 février.

2) Nominations au Conseil d’administration: envoyez un courriel à avec une courte notice biographique de 250 mots et une photo de la personne que vous voulez présenter, avec comme titre «Nomination au Conseil d’administration». Cette notice biographique sera publiée sur notre site Internet pendant 7 jours avant l’Assemblée générale et aidera les membres à prendre des décisions informées concernant leur vote. La date limite est le 18 février et les positions sont :

Représentant.e de la Coop média de Montréal

Représentant.e de la Coop média de Toronto

Représentant.e de la Coop média de Vancouver

Représentant.e.s des éditeurs/éditrices

Représentant.e des contributeurs/trices

Représentant.e des lecteurs/lectrices

3) Vote: Durant l’Assemblée générale, il y aura la possibilité de voter par bulletins électroniques sur les propositions et les candidat.e.s aux élections. Nous allons publiciser les résultats des élections sur les pages de nos médias sociaux. Le processus de vote sera expliqué durant la réunion pour celles et ceux qui seront présent.e.s (électroniquement ou en personne).

4) Questions? N’hésitez pas à nous envoyer vos questions sur l’Assemblée générale par courriel à

Agenda et nominations au dessus (en anglais pour le moment)














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