Week of Apr. 16–Apr. 22, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 22

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Openings Of many favourite quotes this is high on the list, says Tom Webb - “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King. Thanks, Tom! You, too, can participate. 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

·      Cape Breton Island is home to thousands of guitarists - amateur, recreational, semi- professional and professional.  A great many travel the world to make a living at their craft, a great many spend weekends playing local venues, and a tremendous number simple play alone or with friends in kitchens and living rooms for the sheer love of the instrument. One estimate has it that there are more than 15,000 guitarists on Cape Breton Island. It is hoped a new event will bring all these players together to provide networking, workshops in different styles, new instrument introductions and displays, antique instrument assessments and appraisals, and performances by international as well as local performers. GuitarFest 1 (G-1), Cape Breton Island is being proposed by a three-member co-operative to bring together 400-500 local and visiting guitarists at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center in early-mid November 2006. Estimated economic spin-off is estimated to be in the $300,000+/- range for G-1. G-1 will be the first in what is expected to be annual Guitar Festivals held on Cape Breton

·      May 16 is Census Day in Canada. Statistics Canada has requested the Canadian Co-operative Association assist it in getting the word out and encourage members and others in the co-operative movement to participate in this important process. The census provides vital information that supports services in communities such as fire protection, public transportation, day care centers and seniors’ housing. Households will receive a census questionnaire in early May. You may complete it online at www.census2006.ca, or you can complete and return the paper questionnaire by mail.


Expanding Your Back Yard – Annual Meetings - Ten Tips from the Pros for a Successful Annual Meeting - http://cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/index.php?id=527 - The annual meeting is the one occasion that speaks most directly to the second co-operative principle: democratic member control. It brings together under one roof active individuals from within three intersecting co-op cultures: board, staff, and shareholders. The conversation they have in this context can set the tone for the health of the business


What’s Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s Vision Statement comes from the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council - Co-operatives and Credit Unions within Nova Scotia will be part of a strong proactive Provincial Co-operative Movement which coordinates its efforts to ensure that co-ops and credit unions continue as a dynamic creative presence in local communities capable of addressing their community's needs, challenges and development into the 21st century. www.nscouncil.ns.ca Send us your co-operative’s Vision Statement. We want to know where your co-operative is going. News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - Large scale composting is a technique that is used to accelerate the natural decaying process. A compost pile is a collection of organic materials (materials made from plants and animals) such as leaves, yard trimmings and food scraps that will decompose over time to create compost Read more about it in Manitoba http://www.resourceconservation.mb.ca/cap/mls/mls.html But the bigger story is what the future might bring.  The demand for large-scale composting in Britain is booming and a team of architects in Cornwall, UK is planning to turn a Lancashire rubbish dump into a tropical rainforest which would heat itself with decomposing garden and kitchen waste. The architects plan to build 50 meter high walls out of rubble, which will contain "bio-digester" composting tubes. Into these would be fed household and municipal waste such as leaves, grass cuttings, tree prunings, soil, waste food and even some textiles and paper http://www.guardian.co.uk/renewable/Story/0,2763,1647108,00.html

More on farm scale recycling http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/farmcompost.html

http://www.sustain.ubc.ca/pdfs/largescalecomposting.pdf http://www.doingyourbit.org.uk/cling




Words and Expressions from Yesteryear  - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. This week – Jack is as good as his master. Answer to Week 21 -“’Tis not every day that Morris kills a cow.” Favourable opportunity comes but seldom. Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca


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 Saskatchewan the Saskatchewan Filmpool Co-operative. It’s a non-profit artist-run center which supports and encourages visionary filmmaking by Saskatchewan artists. http://www.filmpool.ca/about_us.html


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        April 23-29 – National Volunteer Week

·        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

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Contest of the week  - Announcing last week’s winner – Glenna Weagle

All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for April will be announced the first week in May. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last week’s contest:  Using the root word   “democracy “  How many words can you make using only these 9 letters?

Glenna found 105 out of a possible 105. Congratulations !!!!!!!!! 
This week’s contest
Crossing the 
River - On one side of the river there is a man, a wolf, a goat, and some 
cabbage. The wolf is tame and does tricks. On Saturday it is Market day. The cabbage is in a 30 
pound bag.  The man needs to take each of them across to the other side of the river. It is 
raining. He has a boat which leaks a bit. In it he can only fit one of them as well as himself. If 
he takes the wolf across first, the goat will eat the cabbage. If he takes the cabbage across, the 
wolf will eat the goat. How can he get then all across the river and to the market on time?


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.

Caper Vinaigrette

1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 T fresh parsley (not dried!)
2 T lemon juice
2 T rice vinegar
2 T capers, drained
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3-1/2 C extra light olive oil

Combine in blender until very thoroughly mixed. Makes a very vinegary dressing - increasing the amount of olive oil used will change the balance. Chill and serve. Good with raw veggies. 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




Dictionary DemocracyCode of ethics – a statement adopted by a co-operative, or any business, establishing standards of behaviour and performance to which the co-operative is committed to observe in its policies and practices. Here is a site which will help you put one together for your co-operative - http://www.australia.coop/cg_ethics.htm 


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