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Make your holidays as green as can be!
Message to Members
The holiday shopping season is upon us, so if you are looking for eco-friendly, fair trade and organic gift ideas, then look no further. The Coop offers a great selection of gift ideas, including beeswax candles, stainless steel food containers, skin creams, fair trade and organic chocolate and coffee and much more. Our staff has also prepared lovely gift baskets filled with carefully chosen products. Happy holiday season on behalf of La Maison verte!
From the Board of Directors:
On November 16, 2009, the Coop finalized the purchase of the building it has occupied since November 2000. After a year of hard work, Coop Board members signed the act of sale and transferred ownership to the Coop. The Board of Directors would like to thank the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins, the Fiducie du Chantier de l'économie sociale, Investissement Québec, the Réseau d'investissement social du Québec and the Corporation de développement économique communautaire CDN-NDG for their confidence and patience in the project.
The Board of Directors would also like to thank all of the members who contributed to the building project by purchasing Preferred Shares. Your contribution was essential to the whole project and it is not an exaggeration to say that it would not have happened without you. We would especially like to thank Ira Salman for his generous contribution that, in the 11th hour, allowed us to continue.
The purchase will bring much change to 5785 Sherbrooke W.. In many ways, it is a new beginning for the Coop and provides an opportunity to imagine and build the home we want for our Coop. Over the next few months, we will begin an extensive renovation of the building. This renovation will include changes to our storefront space which will allow us to offer a wider selection of products and have more space for community activities.
There are many ways to participate in this process. Keep an eye out for more information on how to participate in the days and weeks ahead. Information will be posted in the newsletter and at the store. Drop by and find out what's going on.
And PLEASE don't forget that Preferred Shares are still available. These shares were key to the purchase and will continue to play an important role as we renovate the building. Your investment will bring you a 1.5% annual return (payable after 5 years) and the knowledge that your money is working to improve your community. For more information, visit our web site or contact Jason Hughes at email@example.com.
The Board would like to thank Peter McQueen for his participation on the Board as a Support Member representative. We wish him all the best in his new role as City Councillor for our very own NDG District. We know he will represent us well.
In addition, we would like to welcome Franco Boriero to the Board. Franco worked as a Customer Service Agent at the Coop from May 2007 to October 2009. He has been the Communications Coordinator since March 2009. He was appointed to the Board at a meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2009. He joined the Board as a Worker Member representative.
Real food for sale: Ferme Mange-Tout is now selling winter baskets. These baskets consist of salad and cooking greens from the greenhouse, plus two weeks' worth of storage vegetables such as squash, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, beets, carrots, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, onions, garlic, etc., all of which, of course, are certified organic. Baskets cost $27 if you pay in advance, or $30 "at the door" - a bargain either way. December deliveries are Tuesday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 15, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (514) 942-8473. Please support sustainable local food production: "Vote with your Fork!" www.fermemangetout.ca
Thanks to: Geneviève Tardif (translation), Joanne Deshaies (translation), Karine Leroy (translation) and Katerine Grandmont (translation)
To sign up for an event, please call or visit the Co-op. Unless indicated, events are bilingual and free. For more information, visit our website.
Wednesday 2 December, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Coop la Maison verte)
Documentary Movie Screening: Shots in The Dark (in English)
In this feature documentary, Lina B. Moreco examines the increase in cases of autism and other immune disorders among some particularly vulnerable people and questions the safety of large-scale vaccination. Moreco argues that despite serious side effects, pharmaceutical companies, the medical profession and government authorities continue to bury their heads in the sand and refuse to acknowledge the potential problem. Ms. Moreco will be present during the screening brought to you by Raw in Montreal. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call Ildiko Brunner at (514) 357-6325. Donations are greatly appreciated.
films.nfb.ca/shots-in-the-dark, linabmoreco.wordpress.com (French website), www.rawinmontreal.com.
Monday 7 December, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Coop la Maison verte)
A Time Bank in NDG?
Join us in a discussion around the idea of forming a service exchange network in our neighbourhood. There will be a screening of a short film on Time Banks followed by an illustrative activity. Afterwards, we will discuss what sort of Time Bank would work best in NDG.
Wednesday 9 December, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Coop la Maison verte)
Sprouting Workshop: Creating Your Own Indoor Kitchen Garden (in English)
Tired of waiting for spring to grow your own food? You can still enjoy organically-grown produce; you don’t even have to leave your home! It doesn’t require long-range transportation from warmer climates nor energy-intensive greenhouses. What is this you wonder? Sprouting – growing edible plants from seed. Cost: $25. To reserve your place, please call Tara Peters at (514) 722-7127.
Monday 14 December, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Coop la Maison verte)
Get Your Knit on!
Please join us in an evening of knitting, whether you are a novice or a pro. There will be a good number of skilled knitters to assist those who are new to the scene. It is open to any and all who are interested. This may also be a great opportunity to finish up - or start - some holiday gifts for family and friends. Usually, these events are a great venue for interesting discussions and meeting warm friendly faces. For those who just want to learn some pointers or practice, there will be extra needles and yarn to use during the event. Workshop hosted by Rhea Nelken.
Grow your own herbs, teas, coffee plants and edible flowers with Seracon grow boxes. Everything you need in one convenient package! Also from Seracon, safe and eco-friendly aromatherapeutic reed diffusers with many essential oil based scents to choose from. www.eco-culture.ca
Compostgénie is a clean, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional composting, without any of the bad odours or mould composting is often associated with. Compostgénie allows your kitchen scraps to make the world a better place without inconveniencing you or your family. www.cootermuck.com
The 2009-2010 edition of the Ethical and Green Coupon Book for Montreal and The Surrounding Area is now available! www.conscienceverte.ca
Tout Naturel incense now available in cones! www.toutnaturel.ca (French website)
December Member Specials
Ecological and fair trade custom made gift baskets from Coop la Maison verte. Several varieties and price ranges available! Inquire at the Coop for more information.
Earning That Green StripeBy Stéphanie Guico
Cooperatives are anything but business as usual.
They are an alternative to the plain bottom line, as their purpose is to measure success in economic, social and ecological terms while responding to their members' needs. As private corporations are flaunting their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) skills, the cooperative movement is capitalizing on what they have been doing all along. Here, we take a look at how cooperatives have been working through the 6th & 7th principles to act on environmental issues... To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.cooplamaisonverte.com/en/node/1775
The Politics of Food
By David Merson
In May 2006, the Government of Québec established a public commission on the future of agriculture in the province.
Following almost two years of study and public consultations, the Pronovost Commission released its findings and issued a report suggesting major changes to the government's approach to the production and consumption of food. The report was very progressive and offered a ray of hope to a fundamental sector of society which is in peril, but in getting ready to release its follow-up agricultural policy, the Charest government seems content with the status quo... To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.cooplamaisonverte.com/en/node/1776
Eco Logic is a place for members to write or suggest articles about environment or community-related subjects. Email your ideas to email@example.com
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