Week of Sept. 5 – Sept. 11, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 22

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        SNB Wood Co-op and others will sponsor a woodlot field day on Sept 18th at 3707 Route 880 Lower Ridge Havelock, N.B. There is no charge for this event. Details at http://fundymodelforest.net/cms/uploads/file/woodlot%20field%20day_E%20final.pdf

·        Small- and medium-sized businesses will soon benefit from a new program designed to increase access to credit and encourage economic growth throughout New Brunswick. The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (SBLGP), to be offered starting this month, is a partnership involving the provincial government, credit unions and Caisses populaires acadiennes. The program was announced by Premier Shawn Graham, Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, Gerard Adams, chief executive officer, Credit Union Central of New Brunswick, and Denis Laverdičre, vice-president and chief operating officer, Caisses populaires acadiennes. “The provincial government is seizing every opportunity to create jobs for New Brunswickers in all regions of the province,” said Graham. “Small- and medium-sized businesses have told us they need greater access to credit to build their businesses and increase their payrolls. As a government, we are listening and filling that gap with this program.” http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1531

·        Show the Canadian Co-operative Association in 90 seconds or less what the co-operative difference means to you and you can win a co-op prize package worth $150.  Winners will be announced during Co-op Week 2010. The top 10 videos will be featured on the CCA Cinema.  Deadline for entries: September 17. Go to http://www.youtube.com/user/CCAottawa#p/a/u/1/bx3CppAorFk

·        Nearly 2,100 Atlantic Canadians participated in Co-op Atlantic’s Eat Atlantic Challenge on September 2, eating only locally-produced food for the entire day. Click the Read More link to find out more. http://www.eatatlantic.ca/index.cfm/en/home

·        The 17th Annual Credit Union Atlantic Golf Classic will be held this year on Thursday, September 23, 2010. The tournament will be hosted at the beautiful Oakfield Golf and Country Club, near Halifax, NS. If you would like to support this event and enjoy a wonderful day of golf, visit www.cuagolfclassic.com to register. Team spots fill up quickly, so register today!https://www.cua.com/Home/InOurCommunity/CUAGolfClassic/

·        An Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership camp will be held at Mount Traber in Nova Scotia, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. This is an exciting, creative and interactive leadership seminar for youth 14 to18 years of age. A typical ACYL camp is 3 1/2 days filled with exhilarating co-operative activities that will contribute to you becoming a leader. For more information go to www.acyl.coop


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree –The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program is sad to report the loss of an alumnus, former creative director and a young person with a lot of potential. Nikki Tait – 1988-2010 – Nikki , a soft-spoken, compassionate young passed away on August 17 after she falls over a shoreline cliff trying to rescue her dog. Nikki lived her life caring for those around her. In the ACYL program she was able to gain confidence and get more involved in her community. She was just about to enter her final year at UNB in Fredericton. More at http://www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/55505 May she rest in peace. –Carole Findlay and Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Kudos to Larraine Perry, NB, Marty Frost, BC and David Kerr, MB. All had the correct answer. Answer to last week’s contest: The worm fell down a well .After traveling 3 feet up, then sliding 2 feet down, the worm had a net gain of 1 foot per day and night. One would think, 1 foot per day and night, 30 foot deep well, 30 days and nights! But that’s wrong. After 26 days and nights, the snail is 26 feet up the well. So the worm starts the 27th day at 26 feet. At the end of the 27th day, the worm has travelled to 29 feet, but during the 27th night, it slides down to 27 feet. So, on the 28th day, the worm travels 3 feet up and reaches the top of the well. So, the final answer is 28 days and 27 nights. This week’s contest: Jack, Levi, Seth, and Robert were, not necessarily in this order, a Stock Broker, a Musician, a Doctor, and a Lawyer. They drove, also not necessarily in order, a Porsche, a Ferrari, a Cadillac, and a Corvette. The Stock Broker, was remarking to no one in particular one day, while finishing up a round of golf which involved all four friends, that he found it curious that Jack and the Lawyer each wanted to buy the Corvette, but that the Musician didn’t because he preferred his Porsche. After the game was over, Seth offered to buy a round of sodas for the Doctor, for the owner of the Cadillac, and for the owner of the Corvette. Levi, who was beaten by the Stock Broker, was in a bad mood, and so he declined Seth's offer and left without joining the others in the club house. What car did each person own, and what were their respective occupations? Please keep those entries coming! The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca


Co-op Cooking - Here is a quick summertime salad which goes perfectly with a barbecued steak and baked potato.

Grilled Oriental Mushroom Salad

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 green onions, chopped

1 tbsp finely minced gingerroot

1 lb assorted sliced fresh mushrooms (white button, crimini, portabella, shitaki, oyster)

3 tbsp teriyaki sauce (plain or roasted garlic)

6 cups mixed salad greens or baby spinach

1 tbsp sesame seeds

In small saucepan, mix oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, mustard, onions and gingerroot; set aside. Pile mushrooms in centre of large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Fold edges and ends to seal well. Barbecue on high heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until steaming. (Note: Mushrooms may be cooked in a 425F oven instead of on barbecue.) Heat dressing on barbecue, stovetop, or in microwave oven just until boiling. Divide salad greens evenly among 4 large salad plates. Top with warm mushroom slices and drizzle with hot dressing. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        Sept. 10-12, 2010, 750+ people will be in Boston for the largest Fair Trade conference in North American history. http://fairtradeconference.ning.com/ *Learn how to bring more Fair Trade into your Life, Town, and Business*Meet face-to-face with the Fair Trade Artisans and Farmers behind cool Products*Build Relationships with the larger Fair Trade Community*Pick up practical advice that's tailored to your needs as an Activist, Entrepreneur, Student, etc*Be a part of history! Futures Conferences only happen every five years - don't wait to be a part of this growing movement for change!

·        Oct 17-23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day

·        Nov 4-7, 2010 New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative Silver Wave Film Festival, Fredericton, NB Contact NBFC at info@nbfilmcoop.com or go to http://swfilmfest.com/index-e.html


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Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle