Week of Sept. 12 – Sept. 18, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 23

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu www.thetao.info/tao/laotzu.htm  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  


This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Gregory Bailey was the 2010 recipient of the McEwen Scholarship from Co-op Atlantic in the Member category. He is from Gander, NL and graduated from Gander Collegiate. Gregory will be studying Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. For more about the McEwen Scholarships, go to www.coopatlantic.ca

·        The winners have been chosen in the 2011 Atlantic Credit Union Calendar Photo Contest. Independent judges John Leighton, professional photographer from Precision Photographic, and Dawn Sloane, amateur photographer and HRM Councilor, helped choose the best of the nearly 400 fantastic photos that were submitted. The photos will be featured in the calendar, and on the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia  website during 2011. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

·        The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada announced that Rooftops Canada–Abri international executive director Barry Pinsky will receive the 2010 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation award for outstanding contribution to co-operative housing. http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pages2007/news_2010_05.asp.   Pinsky has been the executive director since Rooftops Canada first opened its doors in 1984. Pinsky also developed many housing co-ops in Canada before taking on this role.

·        You can save up to 20% (or at least $40) by registering for the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation AGM and Conference / CoopZone Forum on or before Thursday, September 16, 2010. In addition, there is only one more week that the CWCF can hold block rooms at the YWCA Hotel. Rooms are going fast. The 2010 Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation AGM and Conference / CoopZone Forum is being held from Thursday, October 28th to Saturday, October 30th in Vancouver, British Columbia at the downtown YWCA Hotel. The theme of the Conference is “Worker Co-operatives and Sustainable Development”. Go to www.canadianworker.coop to register.

·        The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council (NSCC) is looking for good business ideas...the "best big idea" to be exact.   NSCC recently launched its Best Big Idea competition, aimed at encouraging groups to establish new businesses and empower entrepreneurs to create employment for themselves and others. The competition, which is aimed at low-income, under-employed, immigrants, women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, asks applicants to submit either an idea for a new business or for an existing business with a new innovation or an opportunity to expand.  Up to $10,000 will be awarded in the competition, which closes September 20.For more information, go to www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/BestBigIdea/index.php.

·        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 – It’s your last chance to enter the “Co-operative Difference Video Contest” put on by the Canadian Co-operative Association. The deadline is this Friday, September 17th. CCA is inviting 90 second video submissions that answer the question: What does the co-operative difference mean to you. The top three videos selected will be featured on the CCA Cinema  at www.ccacinema.coopscanada.coop. The winner will receive a basket of co-op products ($150 value). You enter by uploading your short video to YouTube and sending the link to Donna Balkan at donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop. See the explanation video for the contest on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CCAottawa#p/a/u/1/bx3CppAorFk. See the contest entry details at www.coopscanada.coop/videocontest – Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Kudos to Charlene Boyce, NS. To all our entrants: We appreciate your humour!! Answer to last week’s contest: Seth is the Musician and owns the Porsche. Levi is the Lawyer and owns the Cadillac. Jack is the Doctor and owns the Ferrari.  Robert is the Stock Broker and owns the Corvette. This week’s contest: This combination of numbers and letter make a phrase or equation. Letter equations are well known phrases or facts where the key words have been replaced with the first letter of that word. These often contain a number, an = sign and the rest of the obscured phrase or fact. Can you guess this phrase?  12 = F C in a D of P C 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 Ed 101 - This time of year we are all interested in locally grown and harvested produce. The Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative is a networking project for local food producers and consumers, whereby local consumers can connect with and buy from local food producers. http://www.ottawavalleyfood.org/ If you live in the Upper Ottawa Valley  you can buy and/or sell locally produced food through their  monthly online ordering and distribution system, Read more at http://www.ottawavalleyfood.org/OVFC_Brochure_Rev_June_26_09.pdf


Co-op Cooking - Thanksgiving is not far away. This is a time when I begin to look for the recipes I might like to use for this holiday. As my family has shrunk drastically over the past few years, I’m beginning to think the following recipe would be a great exchange for the usual Roast Turkey which seems to make endless appearances as different menu items before it finally disappears.

Roast Sage Turkey Tenderloin with Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

8 to 10 fresh sage leaves
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
juice of 1/2 lemon
zest of 1/2 lemon
salt, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground to taste

1 turkey tenderloin
7 ounces dried cranberries
3 sticks cinnamon
1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer
3 seedless oranges, peeled and chopped
zest from 1 orange
1 apple, cored and chopped
walnuts, crushed and toasted, for garnish

fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Combine sage leaves, olive oil, butter, garlic. lemon juice and zest in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth; set aside. Place the tenderloin in a medium-sized, oven-safe sauté pan. Liberally season on both sides with salt and pepper. Spread the sage mixture over the tenderloin and allow to rest at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes. Place pan in the oven and bake at 375F until the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 160°F, (approximately 25 minutes). Remove from the oven and transfer tenderloin to a cutting board. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Top with cranberry spread, fresh walnuts and chopped parsley.

Cranberry Spread: Combine cranberries, cinnamon, ginger ale (or ginger beer), oranges, orange zest and apple in a medium saucepan over low-medium heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by three-fourths, (approximately 20 minutes). Remove cinnamon sticks. Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor or blender and pulse until the desired texture is achieved. Stir in lemon juice to taste and garnish with crushed, toasted walnuts.

Have a good Thanksgiving everyone – celebrate well. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        Oct 13 - The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council extends an invitation to their annual Wine & Cheese Reception, Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax, 6 – 9 PM. RSVP to info@nsco-opcouncil.ca or 902-893-8966 by October 8, 2010

·        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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