Welcome Cochrane Dollars!

 

Cochrane joined the community of thousands of complementary currencies around the world, when they launched Cochrane Dollars on May 19, 2017. The dollars are in bills of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20; they also made a special $150 bill in commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday, available in highly limited quantities. They are printed on synthetic polymer and include several security features. The art on the bills tells a story of Cochrane’s history and values, from the First Nations People, before it was called Cochrane,  to the first settlers in the region, to how the history touches our current lives and still standing local businesses.

Watch: Cochrane Dollars Unveiling

Cochrane hopes this will bolster their local economy by keeping money local, as well as drawing in customers from the surrounding region such as Calgary. This would support local businesses, which have several reasons to get involved, including the free advertising the novelty effect provides, and the generation of repeat business by providing cash back or change in the currency. By supporting the local businesses, the initiative supports local employment as well.

This came into being as a collaboration between the Town of Cochrane Economic Development, ATB Financial (Cochrane branch) and the Cochrane Monetary Foundation.

How to get involved

The dollars can be acquired at ATB Financial in Cochrane, where every dollar in circulation is backed by one in the bank, as well as in general circulation for the stores accepting and giving change in Cochrane Dollars.

Over 30 local stores are already accepting the currency including MacKay’s Cochrane Ice Cream, Tim’s Gourmet Pizza, Stitching Corner and many more seen in the business directory. Local business can sign up on this site as well.

You can find more information at the Cochrane Dollar Website and official videos about Cochrane Dollars on the Town of Cochrane Youtube Channel.

To find out more about Complementary Currencies visit the Complementary Currency Resource Center.

Have an amazing day!

Evelyn

Calgary Dollars Team

Where to Spend Your Calgary Dollars

There are many places you can spend your Calgary Dollars! 

Businesses Licenses:

The City of Calgary now allows for you to pay in 50% Calgary Dollars for business licenses. If you don’t have enough C$, you can get C$ Gift Certificates in place of them. Contact us to find out more info.

Arusha Centre: 

We sell transit tickets, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) gift cards. We also accept Calgary Dollars and cash for our Arusha memberships (C$25 or $25) which gives you access to our PA system, tents, printing/scanning, and button-makers.

Give us a call if you want to check supplies, or just come on down to #106, 223 12th Avenue SW, Calgary. Ph: 403.270.3200.

C$ Listings Site:

You can go online to arrange selling and buying goods and services with other Calgary Dollars members. Just visit our listings site to get started.

Struggling with the listings?

  1. Tips for a successful listing
  2. How to post a listing
  3. Upkeep
  4. Finding goods and services

 

  1. Tips for a Successful Listing:
  • Make sure to include details such as estimated costs, and the amount of C$ accepted.
  • Including a picture helps liven things up and draw attention!
  • Make sure all contact information is up to date, and the best way to reach you. To do so, login.
  • You can post multiple listings.
  1. How to Post a listing
  • Go online to our listing site.
  • Login to your account. Can’t remember your account email address, we can help you update your information. Just let us know.
  • Select “publish an add for free” in the top right.
  • Fill out the information with a brief description of what you are offering.
  • Keep in mind the tips above!
  • Post and you’re done! 
  1. Upkeep

Don’t forget to delete old listings, or to repost to keep it fresh. Double check contact information, so those trying to get in touch are not sending to an abandoned email address.

  1. Finding services

Not seeing what you’re looking for? Let us know what services you need so we can try and help you find them. Or let the community know by posting a listing in our “Wanted” category.

If you need any assistance, contact us online or give us a call at 403-270-8002.

That’s all for now, hope you have an amazing day!

To the Ends of the Earth and Arusha

To the Ends of the Earth and Arusha

To the Ends of the Earth

by Chase Friesen

Backed by the Parkland Institute, David Lavallee’s, To the Ends of the Earth, highlights the world’s reliance on unpredictable, and busting energy systems. Although the use of oil and gas is global, the basis of Lavallee’s film was focused mainly on Canadian production.

Our Dependency vs. New Energy

As noted in Lavallee’s film, Canada has the second biggest oil reserve in the world. Therefore, the flow of our economy is increasingly dependent on the flow of oil. Although there is a long way to come until our dependency on oil is minimalistic, there are things we as individuals can do to help expedite the process. There are also small business and non-for-profit organizations in Canada that support sustainable energy and the communities that face the swings of the fossil fuel economy.

The Arusha Centre

One example of a local organization is the Arusha Centre. The Arusha Centre values the importance of a local economy with a complementary currency system, Calgary Dollars. This monetary system boosts the local economy through the exchange of community members’ goods and skills and with local businesses rather than relying on unpredictable global markets. As a result of the crashing oil market, many individuals working in the industry lost their jobs. According to Johnson, of CBC News, from “December 2014 until April 2016, 3,853 jobs were lost in Alberta in oil and gas extraction and a further 29,196 in lost jobs that support energy and mining extraction” (2016). As a result of this loss of income, many individuals find it hard to apply their skills to other jobs or careers. However, one of our goals at the Arusha Centre, through Calgary Dollars, is to help individuals view their skills and interests as applicable opportunities to benefit themselves and their community. As for alternative energy, the Arusha Centre has created a project called Open Streets. Open Streets is a project based on energy conservation and sustainable energy education. Gerald Wheatley a manager at the Arusha Centre, demonstrated pedal powered live music at the January 25th Calgary premiere of To the Ends of the Earth at Plaza Theatre and talked about the importance of electricity conservation in Calgary.

The Arusha Centre’s Open Streets program uses bike generators to educate about electricity in Alberta while powering live performances, speakers, and video projection

Watch the Film:

Sign up for an e-newsletter to find out when screenings and copies of To the Ends of the Earth become available to you.

http://endsofearthfilm.com/contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson T., (2016, July 6). CBC News. Just how many jobs have been cut in the oil patch? Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/oil-patch-layoffs-how-many-1.3665250

To the Ends of the Earth, (2016). Retrieved from http://endsofearthfilm.com/

Arusha Centre: Communities Taking Action, (2017). Retrieved from http://arusha.org/

Calgary Dollars, (2016). Retrieved from http://calgarydollars.ca/

Open Streets Calgary, (2016). Retrieved from http://www.openstreetscalgary.com/