Week of Mar. 28– Apr. 3, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 6

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A A Milne en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._A._Milne  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Do you want to talk to the federal Government about the benefits of credit unions? In the 2009 budget, the Minister of Finance announced his intention to establish a national task force dedicated to the issue of financial literacy. The task force on Financial Literacy will provide advice and recommendations to the Minister of Finance on a national strategy to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. They will be consulting with Canadians to inform their final report. They are accepting written submissions, hosting an online forum, and travelling for live consultations in cities across the country. None of the 13 members of the task force have a direct connection to the credit union system in Canada, so the consultation process will be your opportunity to be heard. May 13, 2010 is the final date for input. http://www.financialliteracyincanada.com/eng/consulting-with-canadians/public-sessions.php

·        Morell Credit Union, a rural based credit union in eastern Prince Edward Island with assets of $27 Million, which prides itself on member service, invites applications for a permanent position as Administration Manager. Please submit your resume to the address below by Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Morell, PE C0A 1S0 902-961-2735 Fax: 902-961-3485; Website: www.peicreditunions.com/profiles.php

·        On April 30, 2010, its office in the Fort William Building will be closing and EasternEdge Credit Union will be re-opening on Tuesday, May 4th in the new building at 31 Corey King Drive. The new building will feature a drive-thru ATM, night depository, and safety deposit boxes which the credit union was unable to provide from our current location. The hours will be 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. https://www.easternedgecu.com

·        Registration is now open for the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)’s 2010 National Congress, to be held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on June 14-16.  Held in partnership with the British Columbia Co-operative Association (BCCA), the Congress theme is “Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward” and will focus on issues related to organizational, environmental and social sustainability. The Congress will also feature a tour of local co-ops, a Gala Dinner and awards ceremony, keynote speakers and a full day of workshops. For more information about the Congress and how to register, go to http://tinyurl.com/CCACongress2010  

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Co-op Ed 101 – This week I had the opportunity to hear Paul Emile Leblanc, General manager of Caisse Populaire de Claire https://www.caissepopclare.com/lang/fr/H, NS, speak about BALLE, (http://www.ballens.ca/). BALLE NS is a dedicated group of community-minded folks, business leaders, locally-owned businesses, and concerned citizens working together to support and promote the importance and the benefits of “getting it local”. Through BALLE Nova Scotia you can connect with like-minded businesses, educate the public about local products and services, and network with others to promote sustainable local living in Nova Scotia. The message I took away was - make you purchases count. Leblanc said, “ If the 40,000 households in Nova Scotia shifted 10% of their existing purchases from non-local businesses to local independents (locally owned and independent businesses), we would see the creation of new jobs and millions of dollars of new economic activity in Nova Scotia, all without raising taxes or spending a dime more than we planned. The elegance of the 10 percent shift right now is that it doesn’t ask people to expand their budgets and spend more. It asks people to be more conscious about where they spend what they’ve already budgeted for.” I will be watching this program with interest. To become a member of BALLE NS, check out the membership criteria on its Web site. Also, check out the director of BALLE members. - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - LAST DAY REMINDER. Last day to submit applications for the various co-op studies and co-op research scholarships from the Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) (administered through the Canadian Co-operative Association) is March 31st. Get the details at www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/CASC-Scholarships  - Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Deidre Amirault, Coastal Financial Credit Union Answer: You put two lights on and leave them for a couple minutes, then turn one of those lights off. When you go upstairs, the one that’s on, is the one that you flicked in the “on” position. The one that’s still warm, is the one you just turned off. And the one that’s off, is the switch you never touched. This week’s contest: One hot day, the NCIS agent was in his back yard sitting by a pool. All of a sudden a shot rang out and the paint ball hit his fence. Jethro heard the shot and hit the pool deck breaking a front tooth.

Jethro got up and looked out the gate just in time to see three neighbourhood kids who were brothers run around a corner. Their names were John Smith, Mark Smith and Paul Smith. The next day Jethro got a text message on his Blackberry  “? Smith.”

With the help of his 2 assistants he figured out which of the three Smith brothers he should suggest that the local police bring in for questioning. Which Smith is it? 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!

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Today’s Smile - Nothing improves creativity like a lack of supervision.

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Co-op Cooking - Stir fry is one of my favourite ways to cook. It is quick and easy and clean-up is usually a breeze. Many vegetables can be prepared ahead of time and held until you are ready to cook them. If you want the dish to go a bit further, try throwing in a couple of handfuls of baby spinach at the end, allowing just enough time for it to wilt down. In this recipe the apples pair nicely with the pork.               

Pork Apple Stir Fry

Cooked rice or noodles

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground ginger

Pinch crushed chilies (optional)

1/2 tsp. cornstarch

2 tsp. vegetable oil

3/4 lb. lean pork (leg or loin) cut into 2x1/2 inch strips
1 cup apple cider/juice
1 medium red onion, it in wedges
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups sliced green vegetables (peppers, peas, green beans, etc)
3 red cooking apples, cored and cut in wedges

Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, chilies and cornstarch; stir well and set aside. Heat oil in large, heavy skillet or wok over high heat; brown pork strips 1 to 2 minutes. Add onions and celery; cook while stirring about 1 to 2 minutes. Add cabbage and green vegetables; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir apples and soy sauce mixture into vegetables. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until sauce thickens. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Serve immediately over rice or noodles. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      April 15-18, 2010 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      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 13-16, 2010 - Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Wildwood, Bouctouche, NB. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      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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