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Helping Haiti: The federal government’s dollar-for-dollar aid-matching offer for those donating to Haiti relief through an approved charity ends Feb. 12. Donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank can be done online at: http://www.foodgrainsbank.ca/.

In order to make a credit card donation, follow the link to: Donate to Haiti Response.

Harold Penner, the CFGB’s Manitoba resource co-ordinator says reports from partners on the ground in Haiti indicate the immediate crisis of providing food relief is far from over.

Correction:

A headline on a Feb. 4 story on depression and farmers in the Crossroads section erroneously indicated upcoming workshops on the topic in Brandon are for staff. In fact, the meetings starting at 1:30 p. m. in the Provincial Building Feb. 16 and 18 are open to all who wish to attend.

Steak for a stake:

New York steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, a favourite haunt of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has come to the rescue of Wall Street bankers trying to cope with the shock of receiving their multimillion-dollar bonuses in shares rather than cash.

Smith & Wollensky took out a full-page ad in The New York Times Feb. 4 offering to trade steaks for diners’ stock certificates. There’s just one catch – diners must present original stock certificate. About 50 bankers have called so far to inquire, but there were no takers.

Falling behind:

The United States is not on target to meet a congressional mandate to produce 36 billion gallons of biofuels a year by 2022 or produce 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year by 2010, a government inter-agency panel said Feb. 3.

“The recession has raised significant barriers to private sector capital financing and investment in new biofuels production,” the panel said in a report.

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