Week of Nov. 23 – Nov. 29, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 48
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“In this cold commodity culture
Where you lay your money down
It's hard to even notice
That all this earth is hallowed ground...
The gift keeps moving
Never know where it's going to land
You must stand back and let it
Keep on changing hands.” - Bruce Cockburn www.brucecockburn.com
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This Week in Co-op Circles
· A proposed amalgamation of Moncton-based Advance Savings Credit Union http://www.tricocreditunion.com/ and the Rexton Credit Union http://www.rextoncreditunion.ca/ was approved by members at special meetings recently http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/transcript/article/472396 Advance Savings, created in 2006 as a result of the amalgamation of Royal Credit Union and Trico Credit Union, has branches in Moncton, Petitcodiac, Port Elgin, Riverview and Salisbury. The merger will improve efficiency while providing enhanced services to owners and the communities the credit unions serve, said a spokesman. All branches and staff would be maintained with the new entity. The amalgamation will take place Jan 1, 2009.
The Northern Star promotion http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=364
was launched in the Chaleur and
· The partnership between the Bay St George Sick Children’s Foundation and the Indian Head Co-op 50/50 Draw in Stephenville, NL, is a story of co-operation and participation. It began in 2005 and has since raised more than $100,000 for the Foundation, says store manager Tony White. It is appreciated by members and families in the Bay St George area. “It is only through the support of businesses such as Indian Head Co-op and the residents in the Bay St George area that our Foundation can continue to support these needy families,” says Foundation president William Dunne. More than 33 members of the Stephenville co-op have been lucky winners in the draw designed to help sick children in the region.
Trends - This
week’s column has nothing remotely to do with co-ops, community development,
even locality. It may be about a trend. It stems from an article I read in the
New York Times shortly after Barack Obama had been elected president of the
Today I Learned Something New: International
Development Through the Eyes of Students -
During the year, as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association,
I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing
countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through
comment sheets. This week: “During today’s presentation I realized that we
are lucky to have all of the things we have. I also learned that
they don’t have any snow and that the temperatures are near 30 Celsius all
the time.” Ally M, 9,
Out of the Ordinary – The growth and
development of the Sandy Hill Pet Food Co-op in
Co-op Ed 101 –Thinking about Christmas shopping? Why not consider a fair trade gift for family or friends? http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/en/blog/sweatshop-free-christmas-shopping-fair-trade-way - Maureen MacLean
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
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Nov. 29 – Christmas Tea at
§ Dec. 3 - LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS' SERIES, The Social Economy Centre – University of Toronto Presents Social Purchasing with Dave Robinson, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Peter Frampton, Social Purchasing Portal and Don Wells, McMaster University. This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our website for detailed instructions: HTTP://SOCIALECONOMY.UTORONTO.CA
Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative Studies,
Contest of the Week – Last week, Glenna Weagle was the winner. Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to email@example.com.
Last week’s contest: Which word does not belong? Bailiff, Anoint, Asinine, Logorithm, Gaiety Answer: The word that does not belong is Logorithm it is the only word that does not contain the letter “A”, although it should have. It is spelled incorrectly. “Logarithm” is the correct spelling. This week’s contest: There is an animal hiding in each sentence below. Can you find the animals? Example: There is a “bee” in “I’ll be eleven next month.” Hint: You will have to look in three words to find some of the animals.
We can go at six o’clock.
It’s nice to do good deeds.
Take soap and a towel.
Most rich people wear fancy clothes.
You can keep the watch or sell it.
Use a ladder.
It will be a rainy day.
I came late.
Tell me if I should start now.
Will a map help you?
Young Co-operators: The
Buds on the Co-op Tree - Young Co-operatives, a youth initiative
operating out of the
Co-op Cooking – There is a lot of snow
piled on my lawn and a real chill in the air these days which announces that
winter has truly arrived. Perfect weather for a pot of chili.
Here's a new twist on an old dish that you might enjoy trying.
Chicken and Mushroom Chili
2 tbsp oil
1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes (optional
light sour cream (optional)
grated cheddar cheese (optional)
chopped cilantro (optional)
Heat oil in large saucepan; add chicken and cook, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes if using; lower heat and cover. Simmer 10 minutes or longer. If desired, garnish with sour cream, grated cheese and cilantro. Variation: Substitute diced jalapeno pepper for chili flakes, adjusting the amount to taste. - Glenna Weagle
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