Co-op Reports

August 11, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe we’re already in August! 5 months ago we were scrambling to make shopping at Karma a safe place to shop and work. Since my last store update in May, things have settled somewhat into a new “normal”for us here at the store. We’ve settled into a routine with new cleaning protocols, increased sales and packing orders for people for curbside pick up and delivery. We’ve reworked member labour opportunities so they allow for proper distancing so members can once a...
August 11, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Statement to membership  Some of you may have noticed Karma’s silence in the wake of the horrifying instances of police violence against Black and Indigenous people, which, since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, have been the subject of popular uprisings around the world. Many of you have also expressed your desire for Karma to be more active on this front and to be more engaged in matters of social justice and equity. Social justice is part of the fabric of our organization and, ...
May 29, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
Everyone at Karma has their “How did you find Karma?” story. As a new member and, now, head of the new Marketing & Communications Committee, I would like to share mine. I think my story provides some potentially useful insights into how we can create a bright future for the Co-op. But I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I grew up in Toronto but was a bit disillusioned working here, so I moved to Europe, where I lived for 15 years. When I came back home about 13 years ago,...
May 28, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
  It has already been seven months since our Annual General Meeting, when our new board began to meet, and quickly got to work. It has been a very busy seven months! Here is a snap shot of a few of the things we’ve been working on: 2020 Karma Shopper Survey One big project which has been underway was developing the 2020 Karma Shopper Survey. We need your help! By sharing your Karma experience, we will have access to data that will inform our decisions, policy updates, and marketing...
May 22, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
First published in The Chronicle (Spring 2012) A program taking place in Karma’s members’ room In line with its purpose, the members’ room was built entirely by members, who brought their creative and professional expertise with them to build a hub for meetings, having lunch, hanging out, and building the Karma community.  Mark Tholen (t-yyz.ca) and I worked on the overall concept and design of the room and helped build some of it. Kai Krueger (kaileather.com) put an enormous...
May 07, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
Dear Karma Community,  I hope this message finds each of you in good health and good spirits amidst these unprecedented times. The board of directors wishes to sincerely thank you for your continued displays of support, and for sharing your ideas and feedback. Your notes of thanks to staff, offers to deliver groceries to our vulnerable seniors and members in quarantine, and so much more, have been beautiful reminders of how special our Karma community is, and I’m immensely grateful to be...
May 05, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
Dear members, Thank you to everyone for your support, gratitude, and concern during these unprecedented times. The staff and I are so grateful for all the kind words and acts of support you have extended to us. Most of all, we are grateful for all of your help in keeping our store a safe place to work and shop. Thank you, thank you, for helping us in our efforts.  Sales continue to be up.  We’re doing our best to keep on top of orders, keeping the store stocked and pristine. We appr...
May 05, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
Amongst its many properties, a key aspect of salt is that it draws water out of cells. In the presence of salt, water moves across a cell membrane to try to equalize the concentration of salt on both sides of the membrane — this process is called osmosis. So when you add salt to a food, water moves towards the salt and the food dehydrates. This is why salt has been so useful historically as a food preservative. Once a certain stage of dehydration has been reached, the activity of the bacteria...
April 06, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our incredible staff team whose flexibility, creativity, commitment and hard work have kept our doors open during these incredibly challenging times. We are so very proud of you! We are also very proud of our General Manager, Talia, whose leadership throughout this crisis has protected our health and safety. Our sanitizing and cleaning protocols exceed the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidelin...
April 06, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
  Appreciations to our dedicated staff from the General Manager As you know, the Karma staff have been working harder than ever and are the reason we’re able to keep on doing what we do. I can’t express how grateful I am for all of their hard work over the last while. Thank you, thank you staff. It makes me so happy that we are still able to provide our community with good quality food and that we are able to do this for those in isolation. I would also like to say a huge thank you to th...