Week of Oct. 25– Oct. 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 38

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      In partnership with local area credit unions in Moncton, C103’s Tim Cormier went 80 feet in the air to help raise money for the Food Depot Alimentaire.  Tim went up at 7:30 am and was brought down with the final donation from the Oxygen Night Club at 8:30 pm, spending over 12 hours in the air and raising $4200. See details and pictures at http://www.c103.com/index.asp?mn=4&id=3227&cc=8

§      Prince Edward Island’s credit unions now have their social audits on line at http://peicreditunions.com/page.php?pg=36

§      Nova Scotia credit unions gave back on International Credit Union Day http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn= They celebrated by  taking part in a province-wide food drive.  This is the fourth year credit unions collected food in support of FEED NOVA SCOTIA and local food banks. In 2008, Nova Scotia credit unions collected more than four thousand pounds (1847 kilograms) of food, quadrupling the 429 kilograms donated in 2007.

§      To cap off this year’s Co-op Week celebrations, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) announced that more than $30,000 will be available for a co-op development project in Canada this year through the Robert Owen-Henri Lasserre Fund.  This is the first time that CDF will award a grant from the revenue generated by this endowment fund, in what will likely become a Canadian co-operative development funding opportunity every three to four years. The Robert Owen Foundation was established in 1932 to encourage co-operative living. The original source of the funds was a donation from Swiss industrialist Henri Lasserre, intended to assist with the start-up and expansion of co-operatively owned businesses.  In 2003, the Robert Owen Foundation and CDF signed an agreement to establish a long-term fund for co-operative development. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact their provincial co-operative association, Arctic Co-operatives Limited or the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, who will administer the application process and submit worthy applications to CDF.  Preference will be given to a co-operative development project involving a worker or multi-stakeholder co-operative that benefits marginalized groups and aids in the reduction of poverty.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2009 and funds will be made available by January 2010. For general inquiries, contact: Kate Wetherow, Foundation Administrator, Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF), Phone: 613 238-6711 ext. 226  Toll Free: 1-866-266-7677 Fax: 613-567-0658, Email: kate.wetherow@coopscanada.coop  Website: www.cdfcanada.coop

§      Co-operative Development Initiative’s Innovative Co-op Projects program will be accepting applications for its second intake round; the new deadline is December 31st, 2009, for projects in federal year 2010-2011.  The information is available at:  http://cccm.coopscanada.coop/en , or en français at: http://cccm.coopscanada.coop/fr.


Trends - I have written in the past about how YouTube is supplanting regular television for ‘share of eyeballs’ and most people who have been on the Internet are familiar with YouTube. Often childish, sometimes interesting, YouTube plays a huge role in shaping what global citizens see on the internet. But if you are looking for something more serious, if not a little more grownup, check out Vimeo. “Vimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work, along with intimate personal moments of their everyday life” states the website at vimeo.com. Founded in 2004, the site now includes over 2.1 million members with over 16,000 videos updated daily. Like YouTube you can search for videos, but you can also explore by categories, groups, staff picks and other criteria that will usually bring a better viewing experience than that of the dog knocking someone into the mud puddle. You will find co-operatives on Vimeo too – simply ‘search videos’ for the word co-op.  –Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The NB Media co-op reports the establishment of a new social justice group in Fredericton, the New Brunswick Public Interest Research Group (NBPIRG). The article explains: “A PIRG facilitates connections between people organizing around a wide variety of social, environmental and economic justice issues on campus and in the community.” Establishing this organization is thought to offer a long lasting social justice structure, providing a continuous stream of social action where often student initiatives come in waves as students come and go. Read more at http://nbmediacoop.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=491:new-social-justice-group-makes-campus-debut&catid=96:politics&Itemid=197  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - I was doing some research for World Food Day and I found a link to the Hunger Mountain Co-operative. It is a community-based, member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative whose resources are dedicated to providing healthy foods and ecologically sound goods and services at the lowest possible real cost, acknowledging that monetary cost frequently does not include all of the costs of production, distribution and use. http://www.hungermountain.com/about.cfm The cooperative supports local enterprises, and works to educate the community about good health, and environmentally sound practices. Nestled on the banks of the Winooski River in Montpelier, Vermont, Hunger Mountain Co-op, offers a wide selection of natural foods and products, as well as a full service deli-cafe. By laws are available at http://www.hungermountain.com/pdf/bylaws.pdf–– Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      Nov 25, 2009 NBTA Credit Union Annual General Meeting / Call for Board of Directors takes place at 650 Montgomery Street, Fredericton. Details at  http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/

§      Apr 15-17, 2010 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting

§      May 28-29, 2010 – Co-op Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: The first entry was from Dennis Williams, General Manager, York Credit Union, Fredericton, NB, followed closely by Dave Emery, Pathways Housing. Answer: Place one white marble in one bowl, and the other 99 marbles in the other bowl. That way I would have a 50/50 chance of getting the bowl with only the white marble, and if I got the wrong bowl, I would still have almost a 50/50 chance of picking a white marble. This week’s contest: Which confectionary items are suggested by these:1 wobbly infants 2 arias 3 seen at a race track 4 wee willy winky? 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.


Co-op Cooking – Here’s another offering from the slow cooker. Serve with rice and a barely-steamed broccoli,cauliflower, carrot medley and you have a great meal. 
Plum-Glazed Pork Loin
3 ripe red plums, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 boneless pork loin roast, trimmed (about 2 1/4 lbs)
3/4 lb green beans, trimmed
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water
In 5 or 6-quart slow-cooker, combine plums, raisins, ginger, onion, sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, curry powder and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Stir until well mixed.
Sprinkle pork with remaining 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper and place into the plum mixture, Cook for 4 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Stir in green beans for last 25 minutes of cook time on High or last hour of cook time on Low. Remove pork and green beans from slow cooker. Pour sauce into a saucepan; stir in mustard. Over high heat, on stovetop, whisk in cornstarch mixture; cook, stirring until thickened (about 1 minute). Slice pork and drizzle with plum sauce.- Glenna Weagle


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