Wednesday, January 29, 2014

@Coast_Capital Credit Union: 4 member resolutions go to vote in March @Comp_Watch

Over 400 members of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union signed petitions to require a member vote on these four resolutions:
  1. Set Specific Pay for Directors
  2. Disclose Pay of Top 3 Executives
  3. Set 12 Year Term Limit for Directors
  4. Reform Director Election Processes
This surpasses the 300 signatures needed to have a vote of all Coast Capital members on the resolutions, on the election ballot March 14 - April 8.

A big thank-you to Phil Embley and Scott Kristjanson at Coast Capital Compensation Watch for spearheading this drive to reform our credit union! I joined Scott at Coast HQ to submit the signatures, so he posted my smiling face on the Comp Watch website announcement here.

Members please vote YES on these resolutions March 14 - April 8!

Monday, January 20, 2014

@Coast_Capital members please sign these #democracy reform resolutions @Comp_Watch

This is the last week for Coast Capital Savings Credit Union members to sign these 4 resolutions for restoring the board's accountability. We need 300 signatures to get them onto the March 2014 ballot, so that all members can vote on them. We have over 200, so getting close.

This is important because the Coast Capital board has been taking advantage of its power to overpay itself with members' funds. In 2011 they paid themselves more than double the pay of Vancity Credit Union's board -- details at

Members: Please print, sign, and return:


You can scan (or photograph) your signed resolutions and email them to, or fax to 604-542-9369, or mail to address on the form.

Please forward this to friends in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island who may be members. Thank you!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

@modo_carcoop: Vote now to elect 3 directors; but there's no online campaign forum

Vancouver's Modo The Car Co-op members are voting in the annual election of directors from January 4 through January 22. We will choose 3 of these 5 candidates:
  • Aaron Burns
  • Arpal Dosanjh
  • Joel DeYoung
  • Simon Abou-Attoun
  • William Azaroff
I thank all five for offering to serve as directors of our co-op!

This year, Modo has launched online voting for the first time, an important step forward now that we have grown beyond 9,000 members. Each candidate has written a few paragraphs about themselves, and made a 2-minute video -- see

It's great that busy members need not attend the AGM to vote, and we now have time for informed comparison of candidates. Unfortunately, there's not enough online support for informed comparison of candidates. We should have a campaign forum, linked from the election page, where members can ask candidates questions and discuss their answers. For example, see the director election campaign forum at Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

How about setting that up for next year?

The Modo AGM on January 22 should be fun. Free registration; all are welcome; only members can vote:
  • Co-op Fair 6-7pm: Meet other local co-ops (500 Granville St)
  • AGM 7-9pm: Complete the director election process (500 Granville St)
  • After-Party 8:30pm-midnight: Enjoy! (200 - 470 Granville St)
Related links FYI: