Week of Apr. 2–Apr. 8, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 20

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Openings - “Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”  - Elise Boulding www.context.org/ICLIB/IC26/Boulding.htm  Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

This Week in Co-op Circles

·      About two years ago a group of women in the Montague area of Prince Edward Island came together looking for a solution to unemployment, underemployment and the challenges of seasonal employment. Many were single parents and recognized the advantages of being able to incorporate childcare within the workplace. They formed a co-operative LEAP Inc (Launching Entrepreneurial Advantages for Parents). They were able to access funding for a feasibility study for operating a craft co-op but the study indicated that they would not be able to get a living wage year round. They then decided that they could benefit from developing a “business incubator center” where they could go to learn new skills, research and develop small business ideas, have on-site child care and generally build capacity for the community as a whole. With the help of a co-ordinator, they looked for funding through various agencies but were unable to put all the pieces in place financially. As of the end of March, it appears they will have to close down the project with the hope that at a later date, it can be revived. Wendy Pobjoy who was the co-ordinator says, “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get this off the ground. It could have been a good example for other communities who wanted to develop a business entrepreneurship model that is family friendly, that balances work and parenting for single parent families and that benefits from the co-op model.”

·      Athol Forestry Cooperative Ltd. near Amherst, NS, has been ordered to pay harvester Larry Stronge more than $250,000 for breaching its contract with the forestry contractor. Stronge sued shortly after he was fired by the Fort Lawrence co-op in 2002 amid allegations he had been negligent in cutting trees on co-op members’ property. After a trial in October 2004, Justice Arthur W. D. Pickup concluded that Athol had breached its verbal contract with Stronge and urged them to reach an out-of-court settlement on costs and damages. They failed to do so, and a trial to assess damages was held before Justice J. E. Scanlan last month. For further information visit: www.herald.ns.ca/NovaScotia/493969.html

·      When Amanda Everett volunteered at the Leo Hayes High School Credit Union, a project of Capital Credit Union (www.capitalcu.nb.ca ) two years ago, she did not realize how valuable her experience would be. Each semester two students became employees of the school credit union which is open every noon hour. They also take additional training at Capital to increase their employability skills. Now at St Thomas University in Fredericton, Amanda is working part-time at Capital to help finance her studies. Joyce Humble, Youth Member Services representative, has been working with the school credit union which celebrates its second anniversary this month. She says it is a win-win situation because the students have ready access to financial services and an opportunity to learn new skills and the credit union gets new young members, many of whom retain their membership even when they graduate and go to university.

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Expanding Your Back Yard – To celebrate the season of Spring and Earth Day, and to get all gardeners in gardening mode, a book about gardening – This Organic Life, by Joan Dye Gussow. Her writing is based on the premise that locally grown food eaten in season makes sense economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. She suggests that transporting produce to New York from California, for example, consumes more energy in transit than it yields in calories. For this book and many others about sustainable gardening, visit www.chelseagreen.com

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What’s Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s Vision Statement comes from Holy Child Multi-Purpose Co-op in the Philippines:  A premier cooperative which is competitive, progressive, sustainable, financial intermediary, prime mover for socio-economic transformation of members and community.


Send us your co-operative’s Vision Statement. We want to know where your co-operative is going. 
News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational Links 

- Wind energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the world. Since 1990, the use of wind energy has 
increased at an average rate of 25% per year, a trend driven largely by dramatic improvements in wind power technology. 
Since 1999, the WindShare Co-operative in Toronto, Ontario
 has been working to provide an opportunity for the local community to own and direct its energy future.

 http://www.ontario-sea.org/CommunityWind/CommunityWind.html Research is being done on wind energy and how co-operatives can get in on the ground floor

http://www.selectpower.ca/contribute/selectwind/ThepriceofwindenergyinOntario.aspx

http://web.uvic.ca/bcics/research/energy/canadian.htm

www.ontario-sea.org

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Words and Expressions from Yesteryear - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. “You are as deep as the grave.” Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Each week we will feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, from Alberta, United Farmers of Alberta. UFA was formed more than 90 years ago to give Alberta farmers a voice in shaping Alberta’s future. Today, UFA has grown into one of Canada’s largest agricultural organizations with more than 106,000 active members. With its 34 farm supply stores throughout Alberta and more than 120 petroleum and fuel cardlock outlets located throughout the province, as well as British Columbia and Saskatchewan, UFA offers a wide range of products and services for farms, ranches, homes and businesses. Visit this co-operative at: www.ufa.net

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        April 7 – Deadline for Canadian Co-operative Association Co-operative Achievement Award submissions

·        April 7-8 – Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual General Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

·        April 10-13 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting

·        April 18 – Volunteer workshops hosted by Imagine Canada and Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd., St. Gregory’s Church Hall, New Glasgow, 4:30 pm

·        April 22 – Earth Day. Visit www.earthday.net/footprint/info.asp for a quiz on your “nature” footprint.

·        April 28- 29 – Coastal Communities Network Annual Capacity Building Conference, Tatamagouche Centre. Visit www.coastalcommunities.ns.ca

·        May 4, 2006 – Consumers Community Co-operative AGM

·        May 4-6, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic AGM

·        May 4-7, 2006 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Seminar, Camp Gencheff, PEI. For more information contact: Carole Findlay at leadership@acyl.coop

·        May 5-6, 2006 – Atlantic Council for International Co-operation AGM, PEI

·        May 7-8, 2006 - CoopZone Co-operative Development Forum, Toronto For more information, go to www.coopzone.coop

·        June 9-10, 2006 – Annual General Meeting and Mini-Congress, Canadian Co-operative Association, London, Ontario

·        June 14, 2006 – 67th Annual General Meeting, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Truro, NS

·        June 30 – July 2, 2006 - 60th Annual Congress and General Assembly of the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC), in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is currently helping CCC with the various preparations of the congress.

·        July 7-8, 2006 – Annual Festival of Place-Based Business, Cape Breton University

Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Contest of the week 
- Announcing last week’s winner - The first one in with the correct answer for Week 19 was Bryan Tudor of Saskatchewan. 

“This is an unusual paragraph. It has a trait that is not found in many
paragraphs of this many words. Can you find out what it is?
It’s not as hard as you might think. Just look and study.
I know you can do it. Good luck!”

ANSWER: The most frequently used letter “e” does not appear in the paragraph. All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for 
April will be announced in May. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  

Week 20 Contest - Each of the following group of words has one four letter prefix that fits in front of it to form another word or phrase. Can you figure out which word it is for each group?
1. Nail, man, out, ten
2. Sick, work, room, plate
3. Do, up, shift, believe
4. Range, shot, horn, bow
5. Back, baked, way, hour
6. Dress, band, ache, rest
7. Chair, jump, light, rise
8. Note, print, ball, step
9. Arm, fly, works, sale
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It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Send in your suggestions to cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook.

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

3 to 4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Few drops red pepper or Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place the garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and cheese in the container of a blender; process until mixture is smooth. With motor running, add the oil in a very thin stream through the centre of the blender's lid until all oil is incorporated. Dressing should have a creamy-like consistency. Store in the refrigerator. Makes one cup.  April is Salad Dressing Month. Do you have a good recipe for salad dressing? Have you discovered a new way to use spices or fruits in an oil and vinegar dressing? If so, please send your recipe to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Dictionary Democracy A bank and a credit union – What’s the difference? Visit California’s Cabrillo Credit Union -  http://www.cabrillocu.com/whatisacu.php                                                                                         uuu

Our Readers Write - Tell us what you think. Send news, events and information for the Co-op Community Bulletin Board. Suggest features you think might be beneficial to people reading Co-op Circles. We want this electronic newsletter to serve you (be sure to include your e-mail and phone number). Send your item(s), comments and suggestions to News1@nbnet.nb.ca  - Co-op members are leaders and their impact is long lasting. Even though CCC-Town and Country in Bridgewater is now closed, the members contributed to changing the face of their community in a very positive way. Glenna Weagle writes:

·      “Town and Country Co-op has ceased to exist in Bridgewater, but it has left behind a legacy that our members can be proud of.                                                                  Our first ecological project was to encourage the adoption of a recycling effort in our surrounding municipalities. We formed an Environmental Committee which sent members to every council meeting to urge recycling. We brought in an old truck body, mounted it on railroad ties and painted a huge dinosaur down the side. It became "Recyclosaurus" and we began to recycle the things we could (paper, glass and cardboard). We could now say "It’s possible because we're doing it". Eventually our municipalities bought into recycling and they have developed one of the finest recycling facilities in the Atlantic Provinces. We can't say we did it, but we certainly helped it happen.                                                                                                       When an intersection near our store became dangerous to everyone traveling through it, we began to lobby the Town of Bridgewater for a set of lights. We continued to lobby through every excuse that was raised for not putting a set of lights at this intersection. It probably helped that the day after our last letter to the council went in the mail there was another accident at this corner. Lights were installed and have helped to keep everyone safe.                                                                                         

It was because of the concerns of one of our members that our council developed a resolution for a CCC AGM which we saw blossom and grow into the Agri-Foods and the Healthy Foods Strategies. We now have Atlantic Tender products, Rochdale Gold Potatoes, and hopefully many more grown-in-the-Maritimes food products to come, helping all co-op members to feel more secure in their food choices.                             

One of our members would visit the store each year before Christmas in the guise of Santa, and after doing some HO, HO, HOing for our members he would often continue to spread some cheer in other parts of the town on his way home.                   

 Our staff gained the reputation of being the friendliest in town, and are still complimented for their friendliness even though they now work in other locations. And our members still pause to talk co-op days and happenings with each other whenever they meet. Town and Country’s influence will be felt in the Bridgewater area for a long time to come. Thanks to all our members for 20 years of good memories.”  

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 12, 2006.