Participatory decision-making took centre stage at the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada conference in Ottawa this week, with some members of Parliament pausing mid-discussion to verify their identities with a selfie before remotely voting on a bill before the House of Commons.
The three-day-long conference brought sector leaders from across Canada together to discuss the future of co-operatives and mutuals, focusing on the need for greater inclusion in the creation and implementation of federal grant programs.
Ryan Turnbull, member of Parliament for the riding of Whitby and a former social innovation consultant, and Jasraj Singh Hallan, who represents the riding of Calgary Forest Lawn, addressed co-operative sector concerns during a live question and answer session. The candid
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