Ruby Irene Pratka

Ruby Irene Pratka is a freelance wordsmith based in Montreal… for now. She speaks English, French, Russian, and some Haitian Creole. Her work has taken her around her adoptive province of Quebec as well as to more than 30 countries. Her work has appeared in Vice, Huffington Post, Xtra, Life in Québec Magazine, and Ricochet as well as in smaller community and trade publications. She also does translation, editing, and research for TV and film projects. She loves languages, folk music, cooking, and the learning opportunities that each day brings.

St. Lawrence Seaway

How co-ops are transforming Quebec’s food deserts

In French, the word for food processing is the same as the word for sweeping social change: transformation. Alex Beaudin dreams of doing both.

November 30, 2022

Tool library

This Vancouver-based initiative is rethinking recovery and just transitions

The JCRT initiative aims to support companies that create safe, decent and meaningful jobs in the circular economy for job seekers facing systemic barriers.

October 26, 2021


A new landscape for skill-sharing emerges from pandemic aftermath

The pandemic has created many challenges for skills exchanges and other sharing initiatives that rely on person-to-person contact.

January 11, 2021

Bâtiment7 building

Citizen-Led Community Center Springs to Life in Montreal

Bâtiment 7 opened to the public in May of this year, still entirely staffed by volunteers. The large complex houses a bicycle workshop, a car repair garage, a woodworking workshop, a co-op grocery store, a library and event space, a bar and a tiny microbrewery — and that’s just the ground floor.

July 6, 2018

The Power of Cooperative Economics

The Solidarity Research Center based in Los Angeles, California, was established in 2014 by a group of researchers and academics with roots in organized labor. Now they are working on projects across the country, linking the ethos of the labor movement and the dynamics of the cooperative economy to build and promote cooperatives across a wide range of sectors.

April 20, 2018

In Vancouver, Shipping Containers are the New Tool Libraries

This spring, Vancouverites may find renting a set of camping equipment as easy as borrowing a book from the library. The Thingery project is a recent initiative launched by Vancouver Tool Library founder Chris Diplock.

January 10, 2018

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