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RESCHEDULED Media Co-op AGM 2017: Sunday December 17th, 2 pm CST

by Media Co-op Board of Directors

RESCHEDULED Media Co-op AGM 2017: Sunday December 17th, 2 pm CST

UPDATED DECEMBER 10TH - There was a good conversation about the past, present and future of the Media Co-op today on the Annual General Meeting call, but we were just shy of reaching quorum, in part due to technical issues and time difference confusion. So the meeting will be held again in a week, on Sunday December 17th, in hopes quorum will be reached. The meeting time remains the same (2:00 pm CST) as does the call-in method (described below) and the physical location (2138 McIntyre St, Regina).


The Media Co-op will be holding its annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday December 10th at 2:00pm CST (CHANGED TO DEC 17), and you're invited!

Most Board of Director positions for this nationwide organization will be open for election, so if you want to be an editor rep, a reader rep or a local rep, now's your chance. The Board of Directors steer the organization (making financial and strategy decisions) and set policy for the Co-op. 

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

(Version française ici)

Media Co-op Annual General Meeting 2017

What: A nationwide meeting where our readers get to set the agenda, elect representatives to the Board of Directors (or run for it themselves!), give feedback and engage in visioning the future of the Co-op.
When: Sunday December 10 (CHANGED TO DEC 17), 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.

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 Thursday December 7th (updated deadline).

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. 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




December 10, 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. Election Results

10.1 Motion to approve Election Results

10.2 Motion to destroy Ballots

11. Other business 

12. 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.
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