Monday, November 26, 2012

Co-op Radio Thanks!

Co-op Radio 106.9FM ran from November 22 to 24, 2012 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a participatory communications tool to enhance the Co-operating to Building a Better NS Networking Conference held by a steering committee of some 15+ co-operative stakeholders in Nova Scotia in celebration of the International Year of the Co-op.

Thanks to the following conference, community, student, and artist volunteers and organizers, we were able to broadcast 49 hours LIVE! from the Rosaria Student Centre.

Leslie Brown, Jill McPherson & Mark Sparrow.

Jonathan, Emma, Celina, Bethany, Sarah, Chris, Joseph, Ivan, Rene, Alan, Adam, Joe, Stephen, Jake, James, Aaron, Willie, Miles, Dan, Norman, Amanda, Katherine, Larry, Trina, Bob and everyone else who took some airtime, or helped behind the scenes.

Special thanks to MSVU Facilities, Security, AV, IT and Conference Services. Plus the folks at Vinnie's Pub.  Grant Mitchell for Photography.  Mollie Thompson for Piano.  David Bradshaw for Pub Night.

And our overnight saviors; Howard Beye, Kelsey Iceton, Ben Manuel, Jesse Webber, and Josh Teasdale!

It was such a great event!  We should all be proud!

Photos and Podcasts will be available soon

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Co-operating To Build a Better Nova Scotia

Co-operating To Build a Better Nova Scotia is a provincial conference being held Nov. 22nd - 24th, 2012 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, N.S to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in Nova Scotia.  The conference aims to bring together co-operatives, credit unions, social enterprise, researchers, academics, government, students, youth, and business service providers.

Three core themes animate Co-operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia, a dynamic, informative, and forward looking event in Halifax November 22 – 24:

  • Living the Co-operative Principles – Preserving and strengthening the co-op difference 
  • NS Co-operatives and the Global Context- International Year of Co-op and beyond
  • Policy - Co-operation to foster a healthy and diverse co-operative eco-system contributing to well-being, innovation and development 
These themes will be addressed via four parallel streams:
  • Conference Workshops – Plenaries, paper sessions, and interactive workshops
  • Visioning – Action framework and commitments for the NS co-op sector 
  • Co-op Radio - Programming, webcast, & social media conversations 
  • Co-op Fair and Poster Presentations - NS co-ops showcasing community connections; social, economic, environmental impacts; products & services 
To connect this conference to provincial NS Co-op members, the larger Canadian Co-op community, and citizens at large, Ryakuga will be broadcasting LIVE from Mount Saint Vincent University, locally on 106.9FM in Halifax, with a simultaneous webcast at 

The broadcast will begin Thursday, November 22 at 12pm and run for 49 hours straight until Saturday, November 24 at 1 pm.  Programming will come from the conference floor as it is happening, with additional cultural and community content focused around the theme of “Co-operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia”

Ryakuga’s temporary community radio station will be set up in the mezzanine of the Rosaria Student Centre at Mount Saint Vincent University and all are invited to participate in this unique participatory communications project. – Broadcast info page where the webcast will be hosted - the Ryakuga blog - the Ryakuga Facebook Page - the NS Co-op Council Facebook page Coop Radio Facebook Group
@ryakuga - to communicate with Ryakuga on Twitter
@NSCoopCouncil - to communicate with the NS Coop Council on Twitter
#coopradio #NSCoop

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What's on #CoOpRadio This Week?

A Participatory Communications Event for the 
Hosted by the NS Co-op Council
In Celebration of the International Year of the Co-Op

Listen at 106.9FM in Halifax, or online at

Interact with us on Facebook at 
and on Twitter @ryakuga or @NSCoopCouncil or using the hastag #coopradio 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

12pm - 12:30pm - Sign-On LIVE!
1:15pm - 1:30pm - Prerecorded - A Walk Around Plan B Merchants Co-op 
1:30pm - 2:00pm - LIVE! Show & Tell with Bob Chaisson, President of Plan B Merchant Co-Op
2:00pm - 2:15pm - Prerecorded chat with John Hartling, a local activist and volunteer with Common Roots Urban Farm about the social enterprise model
2:15pm - 2:30pm - Pre-recorded interview with Claudia Jahn from NS Housing and Homelessness Network
2:30pm - 3:30pm LIVE! "Get 'er Done" interactive show hosted by Rene Ross (aka @firecatkitty) Executive Director at Stepping Stone, Dr. Alan Brown (SOAN, Women's and Gender Studies, MSVU) and Charlene Gagnon (Pilot Research, CCPA-NS, NS Housing and Homelessness Network) on social justice in Nova Scotia 
4:00pm - 4:15pm - Prerecorded interview with Don Clairmont (Pilot Research, Atlantic Institute of Criminology) about restorative justice in Nova Scotia
5:30pm - 6:00pm - LIVE! Interviews with Members of the NS Co-op Council Youth Committee
6:00pm - 6:30pm Prerecorded - Dan Anderson - The Disturbing Truth - A project for the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick
7:00pm - 8:30pm - LIVE! Keynote Address - Co-operatives and the Canadian Journey - Alain Roy, Manager of Programs and Partnerships, Rural and Co-operative Secretariat
8:30pm - 9:00pm LIVE! Interview with Alain Roy and conference delegates, broadcast of Conference Reception
9:30pm - 10:30pm - Co-opoloy Networking Event LIVE! from Vinnie's Pub
11:00pm - 2am - Howard Beye from CKDU LIVE! with Attention Deficit Disorder music show

Friday, November 23, 2012

2:00am - 5:00am - Kesley Iceton (MSVU Student) LIVE! late night programming
5:00am - 8:45am - The Early Shift
8:45am -10:30am - LIVE! Conference Opening Plenary: International Year of Co-operatives in Review - Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going, A Global Perspective
11:00am - 11:30am - LIVE! Miles Howe from the Halifax Media Co-Op
11:45am - 12:00pm - Prerecorded interview with Christine Saulnier about the CCPA-NS Alternative Budget and the role of co-ops in progressive economic development
12:30pm - 1:00pm -  LIVE! Panel discussion with participants and attendees of Education for Co-operation: Curriculum and the Cooperative Model in Nova Scotia's Secondary and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
1:00pm - 1:30pm - LIVE! Interview with Katherine Kitching about Co-ops and Credit Unions Poster Project.
1:30pm - 3:30pm - LIVE! The Co-Op Skype-In show - Hear from people in the Co-Op Movement across, NS, Canada and globe
6:00pm - 7:00pm - LIVE! Conference Meet and Greet - with light piano music from Mollie Thompson
7:00pm - 9:00pm - LIVE! Conference Keynote Address & Banquet - Simon d'Entremont, Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism; Interview with Simon d'Entremont
9:00pm - 12:00am - Pub Night Open Mic Hosted by David Bradshaw; LIVE! Music from Vinnie's Pub
12:00am - 2:30am - Late Night Programming with Jesse Webber and Ben Manuel from Dartmouth punk rock band The Scoop Outs
2:30am - 5:00am - Late Night Programming with Josh Teasdale from 99One Cafe

Saturday, November 24, 2012

5:00am - 8:45am - The Early Shift
 8:45am - 10:30am - LIVE! Conference Opening Plenary: Co-operating to Foster a Healthy and Diverse Co-operative Eco-system Contributing to Well-being, Innovation and Development
10:30am - 12:30pm - LIVE! Conference Visioning Session: Action framework and Specific Commitments for the Nova Scotia Co-operative Sector into the Coming Decade
12:30pm - 1:00pm - LIVE! Closing remarks/next steps
1:00pm - Sign-off

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#coop Radio Pub Night!


Come join us in Real-Life
Listen from the comfort of your own home!

Tune in 

Friday November 23

9pm and 12am

106.9FM in Halifax

or online at

A showcase of local talent LIVE from Vinnie's Pub at MSVU!

Hosted by David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw -

Joe MacNeill
Stephen Terry from The Repercussionists -
Jake DeCoste -
Adam Townsend - 
Grant Mitchell and Charlene Gagnon from Ceti Alpha -
Jesse Webber and Ben Manuel from The Scoop Outs -
Heartbreak A Stranger -

Willie Stratton -


Virtual Participation in #coopradio

The following blog is intended to assist in virtual participation with the Co-Operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia Conference and Participatory Media event being held from November 22 to November 24, 2012 at Mount Saint Vincent University.   

First of all, you can make note of the following websites and social media platforms we will be using for the event. - The page where the webcast will be hosted - the Ryakuga blog - the Ryakuga Facebook Page - the NS Co-op Council Facebook page - Coop Radio Facebook Group
@ryakuga - to communicate with Ryakuga on Twitter
@NSCoopCouncil - to communicate with the NS Coop Council on Twitter
@charlenegagnon -  to communicate directly with me on Twitter - Ryakuga on Flickr - Ryakuga's YouTube Channel

If you have a website, a blog, a photo, a video, or anything you would like to share virtually with Coop Radio, you can either share it on Facebook or Twitter directly, or you can email it to me, and I will post it where appropriate.

We will be using the hashtag #coopradio for the event on Twitter.

Recommended content tags, in addition to the ones you are already using, could include: Coop Radio, Participatory Media, Building a Better NS, NS Co-op Council, Ryakuga

If you have any questions at all about virtual participation feel free to contact