Sorry, I was recalling this from memory after talking to a staff member from a shop (possibly not re-cycles) at Bike!Bike! in Toronto. I thought I recalled him saying that they were based in Ottawa and began on campus in the mid 90s and his position was paid by the university or SU. I may have confused the city and coop.


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> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:57:35 -0400
> Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Fwd: Campus Bike Shops
> On 28-Jul-11, at 1:38 PM, Godwin ! wrote:
> > reCycles in Ottawa, they've been around since 1994 and have staffing
> > resources that are funded by the university.
> Sorry, that is incorrect, as re-Cycles has been pretty much self-
> sustaining since 2001. Before 2000 we were under various guises
> operating out of donated space since starting in early '97. Until last
> year we did have a tools and supplies donor budget with MEC, but that
> was it in terms of help. No university or other entity has ever given
> us staffing money.
> We indeed had some help from Carleton University, in that we became a
> working group of OPIRG-Carleton (because they were incorporated and
> had a Board) so that we could secure a Trillium Foundation grant to
> get us on our way by securing a rented space. The grant went to the
> PIRG, who then disbursed it to us. But we had our own bank account
> from the start (though we had to fight for that) and they left us
> blissfully alone. So aside from a one-time donation of (I think) $500
> from them a decade a ago we've been looking after ourselves. And happy
> for it! Grant applications - yecchhh...
> Mark Rehder - Coordinator
> re-Cycles Community Bike Shop
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