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Welcome to the Media Co-op's very first participatory budget process. Our intention is to include Media Co-op members -- the people who fund the Co-op and make the media -- as much as is feasible in the decision-making processes that govern the Co-op, and define what the Co-op is.

Budget Outline

The Media Co-op had a total income of $57,552.96 in our last budget period, which ended March 31, 2010. Of that...

  • $27,963 (48%) went to pay our staff in Halifax and Montreal, who work part time for minimum wage, and often volunteer many hours above their paid work.
  • 2,800 (4%) went to contributor members, including journalists and illustrators
  • $10,274 (17%) went to printing
  • $2,645 (4%) went to advertising and promotions

You can see a total breakdown of the most recent budget by downloading our most recent income statement [pdf].

How it works:

We invite you to go through the following priority areas, and rate them with a number of stars based on what you think their relative importance is. More stars for more important, fewer stars for less important. If you feel particularly passionate about a particular area, we strongly urge you to post a comment explaining why you think the area is more or less important.

After a three-week voting and discussion period, a budget committee will be struck to fashion the results of the participatory budget process into an actual budget. This budget will then be sent to the membership. If there are strong objections, the committee will make amendments and submit a final budget.

While all feedback will be taken into account, comments will carry more weight than votes (so comment!) and comments by members will carry more weight than comments by non-members (but no distinction will be made between members based on financial contributions or any other criteria).

Note: you must be logged in to vote on priority areas, but anyone can post a comment.

If you have issues or questions regarding the process, we're interested in your thoughts: email us at info [at] mediacoop.ca.

Options

Avg. Rating Your vote:
Producing the Dominion10 comments
(view to add comments)
3.727275
(Average rating)
0
Paying staff8 comments
(view to add comments)
4.451615
(Average rating)
0
Producing video6 comments
(view to add comments)
2.32258
(Average rating)
0
Fundraising for the Co-op as a whole4 comments
(view to add comments)
4
(Average rating)
0
Starting new Locals4 comments
(view to add comments)
3
(Average rating)
0
Policy development3 comments
(view to add comments)
2.88889
(Average rating)
0
Membership outreach and communication1 comments
(view to add comments)
3.80769
(Average rating)
0
Supporting existing Locals1 comments
(view to add comments)
4.285715
(Average rating)
0
Special issues of the Dominion1 comments
(view to add comments)
3.653845
(Average rating)
0
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