Week of Mar. 7– Mar. 13, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Beaubear Credit Union www.beaubear.ca is the winner of the 22nd Annual National Credit Union Award for Community Economic Development for their submission: Miramichi Transit System.  Over the past two years George Greenwood, CEO of Beaubear Credit Union has taken a lead role in the inauguration of a city wide transit system for the city on Miramichi, NB.  In August, 2009 Miramichi City Transit was officially launched. George said of winning this award, “Beaubear Credit Union is proud to have contributed to the creation and ultimate success of the Miramichi Transit System.  To be recognized for our contribution to this necessary community service is an honour.  It’s through co-operation and compassion that we can all return the great city of Miramichi back to better times.” George will be attending the Credit Union Central of Canada’s Gala Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 5 in Winnipeg to receive this award.

·        Community Credit Union in Nova Scotia is seeking nominations for its board of directors. http://www.communitycreditunion.ns.ca/ Nominations deadline is Thursday, March 11, 2010. Elections to be held in April.

·        The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation is hosting a tele-learning session in March. The first session on March 24 is “Presenting for Financing” – preparing your case, knowing your business plan, building relationships and structuring financing. Presenters will be Peter Hough, CWCF, and John Brouwer, Planet Bean Coffee. This session is for CWCF members only. To register, contact David Wilson by e-mail: david@canadianworker.coop   or phone (403) 276-8250. Future sessions on other topics will also be held. Again, contact David for more information.

·        Ted Lomond, executive director, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association, is looking for best practices, success stories and training materials that can be placed on the NLREDA Web site (www.nlreda.ca) for use by community groups. If you have any information to provide to NLREDA or if you would like to have your Web site linked to NLREDA, contact tlomond@nlreda.ca or phone (709) 576-1052

·        Acadian Credit Union is accepting nominations for three 3-year term positions on its Board of Directors http://www.acadiancreditu.ca / One (1) Board member will be elected from the community of Grand-Etang / St. Joseph du Moine and two (2) from the community of Cheticamp. Two (2) of the current board members representing Grand-Etang / St. Joseph du Moine and Cheticamp have indicated they will be reoffering. The role and responsibilities associated with a directorship position as well as nomination forms / applications are available at any one of the two branch locations or by clicking www.acadiancreditu.ca

·        Credit Union Central of Canada welcomes the federal government’s announcement of intent to proceed with federal credit union legislation. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made an historic announcement for the evolution of the credit union system in Canada by stating the federal government’s intention to proceed with federal credit union legislation.  http://www.ns-credit unions.com/default.asp?mn=  The main purpose of a federal credit union charter is to accommodate growth and expansion of the Canadian credit union system.  It will enable those credit unions that so choose to reach beyond provincial boundaries and pursue business strategies that are not constrained by provincial incorporation.

·        Credit unions are participating in the “March is Fraud Prevention Month” program http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn= The Competition Bureau is launching the 7th annual Fraud Prevention Month. Whether it’s Internet or mail fraud, deceptive telemarketing or identity theft, fraud is a serious problem.


Co-op Ed 101 – These past few week I have been watching the “coffee wars” between Tim Horton’s and McDonalds with their free coffee program, none of which will benefit the farmers, I am sure.  Instead people should be changing to Fair Trade coffee. Most of us in Atlantic Canada know JustUs!Coffee www.justuscoffee.com  in Wolfville, NS. However, we have several in Canada and US. Planet Bean Coffee Roastery http://www.sumac.coop/  is owned by a worker co-op located in Guelph, ON. It produces a great-tasting coffee and, through fair trade, it links producers and consumers in a meaningful way. Planet Bean believes its success as a business is measured not only by its financial earnings but also its ability to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the health of the planet and advance organic production. Its coffee is shade grown, bird and butterfly friendly and fresh roasted daily. It supplies wholesale throughout Ontario and has two retail cafes. Planet Bean is a division of Sumac Worker Co-op http://www.sumac.coop/ - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Young Co-operatives in the UK provide youth (19 years and under) the opportunity to show short films as part of The Co-operative Film Festival at the National Media Museum in Bradford, UK (http://www.youngco-operatives.coop/News/Latest-News/The-Co-operative-Film-Festival). The deadline for entering your film is May 28 and the event runs from October 7-8. Learn more about the program and how to submit at http://filmfestival.co-operative.coop/ - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Marsha Long, NB Answer: The following words all have something in common. What is unusual about the following words? Assess, banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven, voodoo Answer:  You can take the first letter of each word and put it on the end of the word and it spells the same word backwards. This week’s contest:  What row of numbers comes next? This is a tough one!

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 Congratulations!


Co-op Cooking - We often hear pork being described as “the other white meat” and it is being promoted quite well these days. Lamb on the other hand seems not to be so well promoted. It is one of the healthier meats and I try to include it in my meal plans. Here’s a recipe for lamb chops that has great flavour and also looks too good to be healthy.  

Spice Rubbed Lamb Chops

 1 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
8 lamb rib chops, cut 1 inch thick, frenched if desired
2 tsp. olive oil
1 medium carrot, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1/2 cup whole-wheat couscous
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Orange wedges

In a bowl combine orange peel, cinnamon, cumin, and salt. Trim fat from lamb chops. Rub orange peel mixture over both sides of chops. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add lamb chops. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 9 to 11 minutes for medium doneness, turning halfway through. Remove from skillet. Keep warm. Add carrots and onion to skillet; cook and stir 3 minute. Slowly add water, add            un-drained tomatoes, and chickpeas. Bring to boiling; stir in couscous. Top with chops. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer lamb chops to platter. Fluff couscous with fork, place in serving dish; sprinkle with parsley. Serve garnished with orange wedges. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      Apr 23-24, 2010 - Credit Union Central of New Brunswick holds its 2010 Tradeshow, being held in conjunction with it Annual General Meeting on April 23/24 in Saint John, NB

§      Mar 24-25, 2010 - Social Enterprise in Rural and Urban Development: A Learning Event Waterfront Campus – Nova Scotia Community College
Dartmouth, NS If you are involved in community development in Atlantic Canada or if your work involves non profit organizations or co-ops that serve marginalized communities, then these workshops and presentations will be informative and useful. Registration fee- $145 (includes ticket to Thursday evening’s gala event). Please note:  Financial assistance for travel and accommodations may be available to community groups who wish to send members.  Please apply soon as funds are limited. Write to patricia.beaton@cbdc.ca for more information.  Find out more information about the event at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=343773985927&ref=mf

§      May 28, 2010 Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB’s AGM, Moncton, NB

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

§      June 9 – 12 – Co-op Housing Federation Annual General Meeting, London, ON

§      June 14-16, 2010 – Canadian Co-operative Association Congress 2010: Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS


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·        “I have found a few great solutions to information retention. With the popularity of wikis on the Internet, there is the ability for anyone to create their own wiki for personal information. Google sites has a free service for this. If I get a recipe or information on taking care of my pets or just a great Web page, I can enter it in on the wiki and forget about it. Often it is fun just to spend a lazy weekend browsing the wiki to rediscover forgotten information. I also have a mobile database application that backs itself up to a free online Website. I can enter or edit or retrieve my information from any computer in the world with Internet or from my cell phone. I wonder how Sherlock Holmes would use computers and all the information we have now. Yes, I know he is a fictional character.” – NM, NB


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