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October's Member Specials!

Fall Leaves

September 26 - October 9 Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey 100% Coconut Water (520ml) -  Now $2.29! (Reg. $2.79)
Both kinds are on sale: with the delicious chewy coconut pulp and without. Of course you know that "chewing" your drinks is better for your digestion as it activates your alkaline digestive enzymes in your mouth. Then add on these healthy facts: natural isotonic beverage high in natural minerals and electrolytes; has a natural balance of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium; naturally assists the body in replenishing lost vitamins and minerals. Learn more >>>

Amande Sky Soda

Amande Cultured Almond Milk (680g) -
Now $3.99! (Reg. $4.99)

Blueberry and vanilla flavours are on sale now! Amande is the non-dairy yogurt we've been waiting for. Vegan, dairy-free, fruit-juice sweetened and gluten free. Also, it's soy-free, GMO-free and has 6 active live cultures. It will satisfy your craving for a luscious, creamy alternative to dairy.
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Kettle's Natural Gourmet Potato Chips (397g) - Kettle Chips
Now $4.59! (Reg. $5.49) 
Three delicious flavours on sale now - Krinkle Cut: Salted, Salt & Pepper, Cheddar & Sour Cream. Kettle's krinkle cut chips are cut nice and thick, with a super satisfying crunch. They are great for dipping - although you don't need to with all the bold, all-natural flavor nestled into those rich, golden ridges. Learn more >>>

Coconut BlissCoconut Bliss Frozen Desserts (473mL) -
Now $6.99! (Reg. $7.59)
Here's what to expect when you visit the Co-op's freezer until October 9th: eight unbelievably creamy and delicious flavours of Coconut Bliss. There will be Cappuccino, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Dark Chocolate, Naked Coconut, Pineapple Coconut, Vanilla Island, Chocolate Peanut Butter!! Need we say more? Learn more >>>

Tuna is back! C-Fin just delivered some of this year's catch to our freezers! We have tuna loins for $10.99 per pound. Come and buy some while supplies last!

October 10 - October 23

Green and Black's

Green & Black's Organic Chocolate Bars (100g) -
Now $3.59! (Reg. $4.19)

At Green & Black's, their aim is to create great tasting chocolate. They believe that every step from bean to bar is equally important - whether it's sourcing and using the finest organically grown cocoa beans or taking that extra time and care to bring out the distinct flavour that has become their trademark. They use fine organic ingredients that are ethically sourced to make and sell premium organic chocolate. Learn more >>>

Bubbies Herring Filets

Fall Leaves Bubbies Pickled Herring Filets (320g) -
Now $7.39! (Reg. $9.19)
Pickled Herring Filets, savory and delicious in a special blend of spices. Natural and loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, those cholesterol busters!
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Wellington CrackersWellington Organic Crackers (125g & 150g) -
Now $2.59! (Reg. $2.99)

This is a new cracker for the Co-op. It comes in three varieties: Traditional Water Cracker, Flax & Wheat Cracker, Multigrain Cracker. Wellington Crackers are created with a tradition of excellence dating back to the 1800s. They are time-honoured crackers baked to our "Golden Standard," and they make the ultimate complement to your hors d'oeuvres, fine cheeses, patés and spreads. All Wellington crackers contain zero trans fats, zero saturated fats, are cholesterol free and Kosher dairy certified. Learn more >>>

Greek Yogurt
The Greek Gods Organic Plain Traditional Greek Yogurt (500g) - Now $4.99! (Reg. $5.49)
Once you've had The Greek Gods™ Greek style Yogurt, you won't go back to the old standard. It has a smooth body and a creamy texture that confuses you - is this dessert or is it breakfast? It's perfect for both! Learn more >>>

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! This month, congratulations to Garvin Morris and Kelly Wand!! They were both winners of last month's draws for a $25 gift certificate, a free movie and a basket of assorted gifts. You could win, too!

Every second Friday, we draw names. If you're a member, write your name and phone number on your receipt of over $25 and put it into the beautiful and colourful box with happy faces all over it. Thanks Cortes!

Member Operations Fee

At a Special Resolutions meeting on July 5th, the Co-op members in attendance voted unanimously to reinstate the annual operations fee at $20 per year. We immediately started collecting the fees and about 100 members have paid since July.

However, we hadn't started asking for the operations fee at the till, but soon we're going to start.

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Help Your Co-op Win $30,000!

Your co-op is a finalist in the National Co-op Challenge! This contest is sponsored by The Co-operators Insurance Group – a co-op that started with a group of farmers in the 1940s. The purpose of the contest is to support emerging and expanding cooperatives across Canada, and your co-op is one of six finalists in Canada’s western region. We could win up to $30,000!

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Open Mic Night at the Co-op

Open MicYes, they're back! The Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar is hosting an open mic night on Saturday, October 20th, beginning at 7pm. You bring the music and your spoken word (or just an ear for listening), and we'll bring the food—nachos, cookies, specialty coffee drinks, and plenty of other snacks. Come and enjoy!

Update from the Board

Greetings to our Members:

We hope you have been enjoying the beautiful late summer weather. Our thanks to all those who have expressed confidence in and support of the Board and the Staff. We strive, as always, to find the best way to serve you, the members, and the greater community of Cortes Island.

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Update from the Land Committee

The new land committee has been meeting regularly to discuss creative ideas for the Co-op land. Topics the committee is currently working on include:

• septic system,
• fundraising and financial strategy,
• tenancy arrangements with residents and businesses,
• land use planning and community visioning, and
• small business and neighbourhood development.

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Coming Soon...New Member "Hub"

Coming soon to the Co-op — a member's "Hub". This space will provide information such as:

• Co-op Mission Statement, Vision, and Goals
• Rules of Association
• Recent board meeting minutes and board member profiles
• Committee meeting dates and times
• Volunteer opportunities
• Current food and economic news
• Updates about the land purchase and visioning process
• And more...

We hope this will give members another way to keep up to date about Co-op news. Look to find this cheery display about the end of the month.

The Seven Co-operative Principles

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Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

3. Members' Economic Participation
Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.

4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.

5. Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.

6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Pumpkin 7. Concern for Community
While focussing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

Locally Produced Food

Steph Asbeck - garlic
Reef Point - kale, eggs
Mario and Alanah - red cabbage
Cortes Fruit - heritage apples, plums
Donna at Cortes Gardens - tomatoes, garlic
Filipe Figueira - tomatoes, baby salad greens, cucumbers

Local Garlic
Fairhaven Gardens - sweet and hot peppers, tomatillos, spinach
Loon Ranch - pears, gravenstein apples
Blue Jay Lake Farm - kale, corn
Judy Kemchand - prima apples
Myann Woolly - kale

Recipes for Locavores

Not-Cho "Cheese" Kale Chips
Makes 6 cups

Kale Chip Ingredients

2 bunches of organic kale, shredded, thick stems removed

1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours and drained
1 cup nutritional (Engevita) yeast flakes
1 large bell pepper
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp chile flakes

Preheat oven to 250°.Kale with Sauce

Wash the kale, remove thick stems and tear into pieces. The kale will shrink significantly in the oven so your pieces should be a few inches in width at least.

Blend all the ingredients for the sauce in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add more chile if desired.

In a large bowl, toss the kale pieces in the sauce. Massage the sauce into the kale to cover evenly. Lay the kale out in a thin layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for one hour. Use a metal spatula to carefully turn the kale pieces over, rotate the baking sheets in the oven and bake for another 1½-2 hours.*

Ovens vary slightly so keep a watchful eye on the kale at this point. You want to take them out when they are dry and crispy but not browned.

Best to enjoy immediately. Re-crisp in the oven if necessary.

*This whole baking process can alternately be done in the dehydrator.

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This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Local Profile: Island Light Photography

Island LightCortes is a great place to take photos. When our family moved to the island many years ago, we spent time mowing lawns and digging in people's gardens to pay for our first cameras. A motley collection of old, cheap, and often broken SLRs, our cameras came everywhere with us (including some places that cameras really weren't meant to go, like sinking canoes, torrential downpours, and near escapes from sea lions, bears, sheep, cows, and mosquitoes). We explored the island and slowly learned to make better use of our film, Island Light which piled up into an ever-growing collection of slides and prints. Some of these seemed like they merited a brighter future than a life in our cupboard, and Island Light Photography began.

Nature is a rewarding and challenging subject. The miraculously self-balancing and interconnected community of living creatures we are lucky enough to photograph is a perpetual source of wonder and inspiration.

Island Light has a low-carbon approach to photography: most of our photos are taken within walking distance of the front door, wherever that happens to be. In the past year, we've diverged from this 'slow-photography' policy and made several trips to the island's endangered old-growth forests to document these ancient ecosystems and encourage their preservation.

We've sold greeting cards at local markets and many stores in the area, but the Co-op has always been our best-selling retailer. This month, as well as the usual selection of Island Lightgreeting cards in the store, there's also a new exhibit of Island Light photos on the walls of the Co-op bakery.

Island Light's greeting cards are hand-assembled on Cortes using genuine photographic prints and 100% recycled card stock. As well as greeting cards, thereIsland Light are art prints, free e-cards, and a sporadic and sometimes amusing photo newsletter available online

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DVDs at the Co-op

Everybody loves movie nights, so please return your movies on time.

Our fellow Co-op members are waiting for them, especially the new releases. You owe $1.00 per day per DVD for every late day. If you are not sure, ask the staff to check whether it's overdue. 

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Feel-good comedy about a group of British seniors who relocate to Jaipur, India. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. Official trailer > > >

Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz: Directed by Canadian Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz stars Seth Rogan, Michelle Williams and Luke Kirby. When she meets Daniel, she denies her instant attraction because she's a happily married woman. But when chance and circumstance continue to throw the two together... Official trailer > > >

Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar: A Canadian film nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar: the moving, poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher and the 55-year-old Algerian immigrant who offers his services as a substitute teacher and aids the process of collective healing. Official trailer > > >

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Technicolor classic made in 1938, one of the best versions of this story ever made.
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Pirates of the Plain

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Articles and Links of Interest

Seed FreedomVandana Shiva Invites You to Join the Fortnight of Action for Seed Freedom, October 2-16. Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seeds means control over our lives, our food and our freedom. She calls for us to realize the higher laws of nature, not the unjust laws that are illegalizing 'untampered with' and unregistered seeds, and natural seed evolution. Learn more >>>

Health Canada to Review GM Corn Study, Promises Action
Sarah Schmidt, Times Colonist
Health Canada said this week it will take action if its review of a new GM food safety study published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. It found Canadian-grown genetically modified corn is linked to elevated risks of cancer, organ damage and premature death in rats, and "demonstrates a risk" to Canadians. Learn more >>>

Che Guevara
What Would Che Say About Co-ops?
John Restakis, New Internationalist Magazine
Cuba hopes to revive its sagging economy with co-operatives. The question is whether Cuban officials will give co-ops the political space to develop independently, with their own agendas and goals. This writer looks at "the island nation’s plans to update its tattered socialist model." Learn more >>>

CarrageenanCarrageenan: A Food Additive That’s Not as Safe As You Think
Jonathan Bechtel, Health Kismet Blog
If you look towards the back of the ingredients list on many processed foods, even "healthy" processed foods, you’ll frequently see an ingredient called carrageenan. For the most part, carrageenan is harmless, but...
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Seasonal Eating
Seasonal Eating to Enhance Health and Flavour!
Andrea Beaman, Life is Delicious Blog
Eating everything from everywhere not only destroys our environment due to the carbon footprint of shipping, but it also weakens the digestive system, contributes to yeast overgrowth, weakened immunity, and poor calcium absorption. Learn more >>>


How the World’s Oceans Could Be Running Out of Fish
Gaia Vince, BBC
"Global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans."
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