Week of Aug. 23– Aug. 29, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 29

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The 3rd annual Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run experienced a slew of record breaking performances.  Three records were smashed before the run even began.  The 2009 Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run brought 345 participants down to Pier 21 experience Halifax’s flattest, fastest 5k course.  This surpassed the previous record of 248 participants.  The next record to go down was overall fund raising.  2009 Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run participants raised over $28,000 to support Lung Association of Nova Scotia’s services and programs, including Camp Treasure Chest.  Leading the way was team CUA Crusaders (Credit Union Atlantic) raising over $8,300, which surpassed the previous team high set in 2008 of $5,400 by HiringSmart.ca.  On the course, Halifax’s Robert Kitz ran the first sub 15 minute 5k on Nova Scotia roads since 1991.  Robert’s time of 14 minutes and 54 seconds broke the previous course record of 15:20 which was set by Russell Christie in 2008.  Full results can be found here: http://www.ns.lung.ca/lungrun/results.php

§      The Innovation and Research program of the Co-operative Development Initiative, Co-operatives Secretariat, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has made it possible to research and develop a paper on Strategies for Developing Immigrant Worker Co-ops. Researched and written by Hazel Corcoran, Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, www.canadianworker.coop,  it is available at http://www.coopzone.coop/Immigrant_Strategies

§      A Century of Co-operation has been written by historian and Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, Ian MacPherson. It looks at the events, people and places that have taken place over the past 100 years and have made Canada’s co-operative sector what it is today.  Woven throughout the text are dozens of rarely-seen historical photos, presented in a large-format trade paperback edition. “One of the key characteristics of the co-operative world is that the cast of characters is always changing; the play is always being rewritten. Each generation produces new and different ways to use the co-operative model; it is the duty of all co-operatives to support prudently the new and the experimental,” says MacPherson.  To get more information about the book visit and to view a sample of the interior presentation of the book, visit www.coopscanada.coop or contact Tanya Gracie, tanya.gracie@coopscanada.coop or at 613.238.6711 ext. 243

§      Join the Eat Atlantic Challenge – for the Environment, the Economy, the Future! Friday, September 4. It’s easy to be part of this event. Visit the Eat Atlantic Challenge website at www.eatatlantic.ca and make the pledge to eat only Atlantic foods for one day. When you register you automatically qualify for a chance to win a $250 gift basket of Atlantic foods. Earn extra ballots by telling us why eating Atlantic is important to you and your family. Encourage family members and friends to join the challenge for extra chances to win. Facebook, Twitter - Become an Eat Atlantic Challenge fan on Facebook and follow updates on Twitter. Children’s Contest - Kids can be part of the Eat Atlantic Challenge too! See the link to the Kids Clubhouse at www.eatatlantic.ca or go to www.co-opsonline.com/kidsclub/ and enter to win a bicycle. The contest, open to children ages 6-12, is a fun and easy way to discover the benefits of eating made-in-Atlantic products. Why Eat Atlantic? Eating Atlantic foods is the best choice for you and your families’ health. It’s also the right choice for your local economy and the environment.   And Atlantic Canada has a rich abundance of quality healthy, tasty products to choose from.   On Friday, September 4, make a difference. Buy products made close to home. It’s good for your health. It benefits the economy and it’s kinder to the environment.

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Trends - I do not know if it is a sign of the times, a copy-cat move or what. Everyone has heard of the ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet. The concept is simple enough – pay a set fee, and eat all you can in one sitting. Well, it turns out Jet Blue Airways, an airline based in New York, is offering an ‘all-you-can-jet’ program. For $599 (there is an asterisk, read the fine print), you can fly to and from the 57 cities served by Jet Blue, as often as you like, from September 8 to October 8.  Jet Blue has a loyalty program (called True Blue) and you do not need to be a program member to purchase the month-long all-you-can-jet pass but you do need to be a True Blue member to book the flights. Fear not, joining True Blue is free. So if you are reading this and wondering...what is in it for Jet Blue?  Two things: they introduce people who obviously love to fly to their airline (and Jet Blue is known for its customer service, so they probably have a low turnover rate), and second, they get to add members to their loyalty program, and not just any members, but people they know love to fly. It is an investment in the future. See more at: www.jetblue.com/deals/all-you-can-jet–Ron Levesque

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Canadian Co-operative Association has recently posted videos to their website from their 100th Anniversary Congress. The youth panel videos are posted on the site if you want to see what was discussed and/or review the proceedings if you were fortunate enough to attend the Congress www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Congress-Videos - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Ed 101It’s back-to-school season and that means it is fall fundraising time for many. Equal Exchange, a fair trade co-operative in Massachusetts, http://www.equalexchange.coop/index.php helps schools and organizations make money while supporting the farmers who grow the foods for the products they are selling. Equal Exchange Fundraising also helps children learn more about where their food comes from, and reinforces the message that everyday choices, such as which chocolate bar we buy, can make a difference in the lives of farmers across the globe. Now fundraising can be beneficial to the earth, the farmers and the families who participate. http://www.equalexchange.coop/fall-fundraisingMaureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Sept 24, 2009 - LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES - September Speakers’ Panel - Water Justice - noon – 1:30 pm, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 12-199. Speakers: Joe Cressy… is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Polaris Institute.  He will discuss the issue of bottled water and the need for public water infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally; Nancy Goucher... is the Program Coordinator for the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW).  She will discuss efforts to protect our critical fresh water resources, emphasizing the necessity of having all levels of government work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy to effectively address current and emerging threats to fresh water security; Mark Cazavara… is the regional organizer (Ontario/Quebec) for The Council of Canadians, and he will talk about dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates to water source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water. For more information, contact Lisa White at secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca or visit http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see website for detailed instructions.

§      Sept 25-26, 2009 – Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives Annual General Meeting and Co-op Conference, Holiday Inn, St. John’s, NL As part of the event, NLFC is partnering with the Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  This year’s dinner and entertainment will take place in Petty Harbour- Maddox Cove on Saturday evening.    

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: First correct submission was from Dennis Williams, York CU, Fredericton, NB.

 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 contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Answer: The answer is 4   This week’s contest: Delete a letter from the words below and then add a 3-letter word to them (doesn't matter where) to form a new word that matches the clues in the ( ).

1. Rich (to look; to ____)
2. Spite (a place you go to when you are on the internet)
3. Mite (to send; to ____)
4. Elf (to show what something is, like to put a ____ on an item to show what type of item it is)
5. Ice (when you use your brain, you use your ____) Please keep those entries coming! 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 contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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Co-op CookingZucchini are now arriving at the back door from the garden. They come non-stop and seem to grow overnight. I see they are also available in local markets now. I have heard it said that at this time of year, you can tell the people who have no friends. They are the ones buying zucchini in the grocery stores. Here is a great dish to use some of nature’s bounty.
Zucchini and Eggplant Bake
3 medium zucchini, thinly sliced (4 cups)
2 large red sweet peppers, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1 medium eggplant, peeled and coarsely chopped (5 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp olive oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4-oz Romano cheese, grated (1 cup)
8-oz shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)
12 rich round crackers, crushed (about 2/3 cup)
Grease a 3-qt rectangular baking dish; set aside. Add oil to large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook zucchini, sweet pepper, onion, eggplant, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes (until vegetables are tender), stirring occasionally. In extra-large bowl, whisk eggs and mayonnaise until combined. Stir in Romano cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Add cooked vegetables; toss to combine. Spread vegetable mixture in prepared baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and cracker crumbs. Bake uncovered at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes (until top is lightly browned and knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving..- Glenna Weagle

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