The Bitcoin Co-op has been an important part of the Canadian Bitcoin community from the beginning, before the days of altcoins and non-currency uses of the blockchain. Although registered as a for-profit cooperative, its focus has always been on Bitcoin outreach, having convinced dozens of merchants to use bitcoins and fostered student clubs around Vancouver.
The Co-op also has other projects, such as the Food Initiative and related Bitcoin farm. Such initiatives cost money, however, so a team of members lead by director Andrew Wagner have undertaken a new enterprise. Effective immediately, the Bitcoin Co-op is the new owner of NewsBTC Canada, a publishing outlet under the NewsBTC brand.
NewsBTC is a premier cryptocurrency news outlet, with an Alexa ranking of around 40K at the time of this writing. It was formed in October, 2013 by CEO Jonathan Millet, who comes from a forex background. After a turbulent period of site redesign and development, it grew to be among the most trusted Bitcoin news sites, where it still is, today.