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General News · 21st January 2010
Trading our goods and services with one another is nothing new on Cortes, but perhaps there’s a way to help facilitate this age old practice. When I lived in Montreal, I used the bartering section on craigslist all the time. I traded massage, yoga instruction and web design for a host of different things, from clothing design and French lessons, to lessons on sprouting and juicing and even beat-boxing. There was really no limit to what I could find, and the greatest thing about it all was that I made some really wonderful friendships in the process.

Eager to continue this sort of exchange on Cortes, I founded the Cortes Exchange in January 2010 with the generous support of Literacy Now. It is a list-serv, a bit like craigslist but more private and functional, intended to help facilitate one-to-one trading of knowledge, skills, goods and services on the Island.

I believe that there is an abundance of skills and resources here on Cortes, and that money need not limit the amount by which we trade them locally.

Please visit http:// to learn more and to sign-up. Our goal is to sign-up at least 200 members by March. There is no risk of spam - you can regulate how much email you receive and when, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The more the merrier!

Thank you for your support.

Elinor Bazar
Re: Exchange System
Comment by Elinor on 2nd February 2010
Thanks for your comment re facebook Coreen. We'll see how it evolves, CE may very well find itself on Facebook:)
exchange system
Comment by Coreen on 23rd January 2010
Elinor, I think this is a great idea. I also thought that facebook might work because there are so many Cortesians already on there, thus no more signing up to anything. I saw a FB page called Tofino Trading Post that's just getting started, and it has the same premise. But let's see how it goes. Thanks!