The LETSaholic Twist
- Everything you always wanted to know about LETS
... but didn't know who to ask.

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This is the information James Taris shared with LETS groups all over the world on his international LETS tours between 2002-2004.

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Canada


Sovereign:
Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

Governor-General:
Michaelle JEAN

Prime Minister:
Paul Martin (2003)

Area:
3,851,788 sq mi
(9,976,140 sq km)

Population (mid-2005 est.): 32,805,041.
Average annual rate of natural increase: 0.4%;
birth rate: 11.2/1000;
infant mortality rate: 5.0/1000;
density per sq mi: 8

Capital:
Ottawa, Ontario

Largest cities (1996 census; metropolitan areas):
Toronto, 4,263,757;
Montreal, 3,326,510;
Vancouver, 1,831,665;
Ottawa/Hull, 1,010,498;
Edmonton, 862,597;
Calgary, 821,628;
Quebec, 671,889;
Winnipeg, 667,209;
Hamilton, 624,360;
London, 398,616

Monetary unit:
Canadian dollar

Languages:
English,
French (both official)

Ethnicity/race:
British Isles origin 40%,
French origin 27%,
other European 20%,
indigenous Indian and Inuit 1.5%,
other, mostly Asian 11.5%

Religions:
Roman Catholic 46%,
United Church 16%,
Anglican 10%

Literacy rate:
96% (1986)

Background:
A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Its paramount political problem continues to be the relationship of the province of Quebec, with its French-speaking residents and unique culture, to the remainder of the country.

Coastline:
243,791 km

Geography - note:
second-largest country in world (after Russia); strategic location between Russia and US via north polar route; approximately 85% of the population is concentrated within 300 km of the US/Canada border.

... Alberta ...

Calgary Dollars
(Calgary, Alberta)
Sheri

email: info@calgarydollars.ca
web: http://www.calgarydollars.ca

... BC ...

Comox Valley LETSystems
(Comox Valley, B.C., Canada)
Landsman Community Services Ltd.
1600 Embleton Crescent Courtenay, B.C. Canada V9N 6N8
phone: +1 250 338 0213
email: lcs@mars.ark.com ???
web: www.openmoney.org
web: www.gmlets.u-net.com
web: www.communityway.org
web: www.cctrading.net
The first LETSystem has been operating since 1983.

Was designed and developed in 1982 by Michael Linton.

Currently the original system is dormant, soon to be revived. However, there is a community way program using smart cards with about 25 businesses some of which are retailers.
web: http://www.communityway.org

LETS in Victoria
(British Columbia, Canada)
web: http://www.lets.victoria.bc.ca

... Newfoundland ...

LETS Barter Network
(St. John's)
Contact person: Lori Heath
Phone: (709)579-5455
Email: letsbarter@ecomail.org
Web: http://www.envision.ca/webs/letsbarter/

... Ontario ...

LETS Toronto
(details forthcoming?)

Barterworks
(
Canada/Ontario/Kitchener)
e-mail: barterworks@barterworks.org
web: www.barterworks.org
43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1V8
(519) 749-1911

LETS-Niagara
(Welland)
Secretary/Treasurer - Lorne WHITE
email: lwhite@becon.org
905/835-5506 BusFaxRes
web: http://people.becon.org/~letsniagara
Get what you need without spending hard earned cash.
Contact LETSNiagara to learn how.

Peterborough LETS
Exchange Community Association
(serves city of Peterborough, and surrounding county of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
email: ptbolets@yahoo.ca
web: http://ptbolets.50webs.com

Peterborough, ON
phone (705) 749-3910 (message centre)
phone (705) 742-5950
We use Green Dollars ($Gr) which are on par with Canadian dollars and have just switched to a new data-base called T-LETS, which is Access-based and available from The MadNetter c/o K-W Barterworks.
The Peterborough LETS in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, is located in a city of about 76,000. Peterborough is located about 1.5 hrs north east of Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 1994, The Peterborough LETS Exchange now has its' directory on the internet. Our current membership consists of over 70 members.

... Nova Scotia ...

Northumberland Notes
North Shore communities
Contact: Rob Assels
email: rassels@ns.sympatico.ca ???

 

RELATED LINKS

Billions for the Bankers
(Sheldon Emry)
web: http://www.mtl.clubplus.net/~clinique/milliards.htm or
web: http://amprom.org/billions/fedm.htm

Greendollar Trading Soars
(Murray MacAdam)
web: http://www.web.net/~cednews/green.htm

New Internationalist Magazine
web: http://www2.gol.com/users/bobkeim/money/LETS.html
email: cdoye@gol.com

Ontario Greens
web: http://www.greenparty.on.ca/docs/basf1.htm#T9
email: fdejong@greenparty.on.ca
email: tchilds@aracnet.net
email: kentoews@trytel.com
email: caoil@hotmail.com
email: tal_henderson@hotmail.com
email: ckrits@home.com
email: harvey3@uwindsor.ca

Open Money
(Michael Linton and Ernie Yacoub)
Open moneys are virtual, personal and free. Any community, network, business can create their own free money simply by providing a set of accounts through which members can record their trades ...
ernie yacub
email: ey@openmoney.org
web: http://subsol.c3.hu/subsol_2/contributors0/lintontext.html
We now have free online software so that anybody anywhere can use community currencies (cc) as easily as online banking and as simply as creating, managing and using an egroup at yahoo.
http://om.neurd.net/tiki-index.php
The community way programme provides a self-financing strategy for connecting businesses and organizations in a fundraising process for starting cc systems.
http://www.openmoney.org/cw/index.html

....community way slideshow
http://www.openmoney.org/cw/

Social Credit Quebec
(Louis Even Salvation Island)
(in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portugese, Polish)
web: http://www.geocities.com/athens/rhodes/4061
email: gilbert_junior@hotmail.com

Spread of Local Currencies
web: http://www.progress.org/archive/currency.htm

TOES Town LETS Bank
web: http://www.igc.org/econwg/toes/bank.html


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