Kootenay Country Store Co-op, Baker Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
With the highest concentration of co-operatives in British Columbia, Nelson has built a strong, democratic and community-owned alternative economy. With a carshare co-op, the food co-op, co-op radio and even discussions about cow-sharing, and an abattoir co-op, one local talked about the pleasure of conducting all of your daily transactions through community owned enterprises.
For more on the Kootenay Country Store Co-op, visit: www.kootenay.coop/
For a great talk on the possibilities of cooperatives in building democratic regional structures and supporting just trade, check out Martin Van Den Borre´s talk - due to be released soon - at www.canadianvoices.org/