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2014 Media Co-op Members Meeting

by The Media Co-op

2014 Media Co-op Members Meeting

As a co-operative, it's you, our members who have a say in developing the nature and activities of the organization.

While we try to reflect this in our our day-to-day practice year-round, the Annual General Meeting provides a formal forum for us to decide together how we want to see the Media Co-op develop.

We hope you can all join us as we look into the future and plot the course for many more years of co-operative, investigative and important news reporting together.

Scroll down for information on how to participate, as well as for the agenda and meeting documents. Check back often for more details!


Date: Oct. 28th, 2014

Time: 3pm PST / 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm EST / 7pm AST / 7:30pm in NL

Note: We please ask that everyone arrive or call-in before 6pm EST so we can start the meeting promptly. Thanks!

Location: Across the country!

Main meeting:
Halifax Labour Temple, 2nd floor
3700 Kempt Road
Halifax, NS

There are also local meet-ups across the country!

Room A-2660, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin
Université du Québec à Montréal
400 Sainte-Catherine Street East
Montreal, QC

#2 - 2 Bartlett
Toronto, ON

Spartacus Books
3378 Findlay Street
Vancouver, BC

You can also join by phone or by Skype!

For Skype: Add "calliflowerskype" to your contacts, and then call in. The PIN to join the call will be: 4510934

By phone: You can click here for local call in numbers across Canada, or you can call in toll free at: 1-866-662-0780. (NOTE: We really encourage people to call in using local numbers. They are free to use both for you and for us; calling toll free charges the Media Co-op per person, per minute. If there is no local call-in number for your area, though, please don't hesitate to call toll-free). When prompted enter the following PIN: 4510934

By livestream & chat: You'll be able to see the main meeting in Halifax by live video stream, and chat in your questions, comments and votes live. More details to come soon!

What will happen at the AGM?
Glad you asked! Below is the agenda and what we will discuss at the meeting. Check back here before the meeting date, as we'll be adding documents for consultation over the coming two weeks.



1. Appointment of the Facilitator

2. Appointment of the Secretary

3. Go around/Brief introductions

4. Approval of the agenda

5. Approval of minutes from the 2012-13 AGM: Click to download PDF

6. Presentation of the Annual Report & discussion Click to download PDF

7. Election of representatives to the Board of Directors

7.1 appointment of the Chief Returning Officer

7.2 Presentation and Q&A with the candidates

7.3 Voting

8. Presentation of the 2013-14 Financial Verification 

Click to download PDF of financial statements

Click to download XLS of financial comparisons

9. Special resolution to modify the fiscal year of the Dominion Newspaper Co-operative

WHEREAS the Dominion Newspaper Co-operative has functioned with a fiscal year of April 1 to March 31;

WHEREAS such a fiscal year is in line with standard accounting practices

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Article 63 of the by-laws be amended from:

Financial Year. Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, the financial year of the Co-op shall be January 1 to December 31.


Financial Year. Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, the financial year of the Co-op shall be April 1 to March 31.

10. Special resolution to forgo an audit in favour of a compilation for the 2014/2015 financial year

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the membership of the Dominion Newspaper Co-operative will waive the requirement of an audit for the financial year ending March 31, 2015 and instead will opt for a compilation.

The difference between an audit and compilation is in the amount of work, scrutiny, rigor required in order to sign off on the financial statement report. A compilation is adequate for filing taxes and is much cheaper.

11. 2014-15 Budget Update (Download the file - XLS)

12. Restructuring proposal (coming soon)

13. Election results

13.1 Motion to accept the election results

13.2 Motion to destroy the ballots

14. Other business

15. Adjournment


Who can participate in the AGM?
Anyone who is a member in good standing of the Dominion Newspaper Co-operative can participate in our AGM. For details on who is a member, read the Membership section of our bylaws here. Still not sure? Email us at info [at| mediacoop [dot] ca.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Media Co-op team

NB: An earlier version of the agenda included two motions that were included in error. The Media Co-op Board regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.






(for international numbers, click here and scroll down)

  • Calgary: (403) 770-9014
  • Edmonton: (780) 669-9258
British Colombia
  • Vancouver: (778) 786-8222
  • Victoria: (250) 483-0876
  • Winnipeg: (204) 272-8183
New Brunswick
  • Moncton: (506) 802-8541
  • St. John's: (709) 757-6838
Nova Scotia
  • Halifax: (902) 982-6930
  • Aurora: (289) 802-0072
  • Barrie: (705) 999-0811
  • Brantford: (519) 900-2102
  • Cornwall: (613) 209-0337
  • Guelph: (226) 706-8865
  • Hamilton: (905) 581-0222
  • Kingston: (613) 777-0619
  • Kitchener: (519) 957-2709
  • London: (226) 777-0370
  • Ottawa: (613) 686-4361
  • Peterborough: (705) 243-0609
  • St. Catharines: (289) 273-0114
  • Sudbury: (705) 805-0409
  • Toronto: (416) 800-4317
  • Trenton: (613) 651-1001
  • Whitby: (289) 278-0101
  • Windsor: (519) 800-0138
Prince Edward Island
  • Charlottetown: (902) 812-0484
  • Montreal: (514) 907-9065
  • Quebec City: (418) 907-9968
  • Sherbrooke: (819) 300-9163
  • Regina: (306) 988-1881


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