Week of Apr. 30–May 6, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 24

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Openings"There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela 
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

·      Two strong co-operative advocates and builders died this past week. In Miramichi, NB, Rev. Bernard Broderick passed away.  www.herald.ns.ca/announcements/ display.php?anntype=obituaries~2006/04/28~15511551  He was 92. Father Broderick was a driving force behind the development of Beaubear Co-op Housing, the Beaubear Credit Union http://www.beaubear.ca/  and Beaubear Co-operative in Nelson-Miramichi. In Nappan, NS, Thomas M MacIntyre died. A supporter of credit unions and co-operatives, he served on the boards of Amherst Co-operative and Amherst Credit Union  http://www.communitycreditunion.ns.ca/web?service=file/755 . He also served on the board and was chair of the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. He was awarded the Atlantic Canada Distinguished Co-operator Award in 1989. His local credit union in Amherst also gave him a Distinguished Service Award and named a meeting room in the Credit Union, the “MacIntyre Room”.

·      When the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) building on the Miramichi was lost to fire, Beaubear Credit Union staff decided they wanted to help. They donated $1,000 to the Miramichi SPCA from their staff fund.  This $1,000 was matched by the credit union.  The SPCA operates seven days a week and is entirely dependent on volunteer labour. With many mouths waiting, it is expensive to feed and care for the animals. Beaubear CEO George Greenwood said the staff feels very strongly about its support for the Society and decided to have regular payroll deductions made to help put the Society on a more solid footing. The SPCA http://www.geocities.com/miramichi_spca/  is one of many local groups that the Credit Union (www.beaubear.ca) supports.

·      TEAM Work Cooperative Ltd. is holding its 9thAnnual General Meeting at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Auditorium, 6136 Almon Street, Halifax, NS, on June 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP Courtneey Sabarots (902) 422-8900 or email csabarots@teamworkcooperative.ns.ca Interpreter services will be available. TEAM Work Cooperative continues to develop and support persons with disabilities by providing viable options to community employment.

·       Are you concerned about the current governments stand on the Social Economy Initiative (SEI)? Co-operatives and credit unions have been among the biggest backers of this program designed to help start community businesses and services by providing long term loans and funds to build network infrastructure. The Canadian Co-operative Association has developed an on-line e-advocacy tool (http://www.coopscanada.coop/advocacy/)  that allows people to e-mail their Member of Parliament directly. The tool allows an individual to send a message pre-written by CCA or a personalized message.


Expanding Your Back Yard – May Day (May 1) has just passed by. It is recognized as the International Workers’ holiday, chosen over 100 years ago to commemorate the struggles and gains of workers and the labour movement. May 1st is also a significant date in the struggle for the eight-hour workday. Here are some tips on relating to workers in your co-op.  “Research in adult education shows that people are most open to learning in the first few days on the job, even the first few hours of the first day. This is the best opportunity you will ever have to pass on a positive vision of the co-op's organizational culture. Yet all too often, under pressure of running shorthanded, management throws new workers out on the floor to sink or swim,” says Carolee Colter in Cooperative Grocer http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/cg1991/orientingworkers.shtml


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s Vision Statement comes from the Guelph Campus Co-op at the University of Guelph in Ontario. “The Guelph Campus Co-op will be a model organization of co-operative action, owned and controlled by students, for students." www.guelphcampus.coop Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - Co-op Ed 101 Learning about different models for the disabled to achieve independent living ---Uloba - Independent Living Norway
Cooperative for Consumer controlled Personal Assistance

http://www.independentliving.org/docs6/uloba200303.html Established in 1991 by 5 leaders it has grown to 300 work leaders This co-operative using Peer support and peer counselling to help disabled people.  They state, “It is hard to make professionals and politicians realize that people with disabilities need to be in control of their own assistance in order to be in control of their lives. Disabled people need control over their assistance to work, attend meetings, enjoy concerts, cinemas, cafés, week-end-trips, holidays etc. Those who have Uloba as employer for their assistants, recruit their assistants, train them, make the schedules and are supervisors for their own assistants.

Internet publication URL: http://www.independentliving.org/docs6/uloba200303.html



Words and Expressions from Yesteryear  - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. This week – “She was all mops and brooms.” Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca  Answer to Week 23 -“Long may your big jib draw.” A good wish for the future.


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way  - Each week we will feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, from Kingston, Ontario, The Sleepless Goat www.thesleeplessgoat.ca  It is a collectively owned restaurant and association of workers committed to shared values derived from a participatory, non-hierarchical workplace and a consensual decision making process. It specializes in certified fair trade coffee and the finest homemade desserts in Kingston.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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

·        May 31 – June 2, 2006 - “Working Together to Make a Difference”, a national community investment and corporate social responsibility (CSR) forum for credit unions, community investment organizations and co-operatives, Winnipeg, MB www.csrforum06.com

·        June 8, 2006 – 9th Annual Meeting, TEAMWork Co-operative Ltd, at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind auditorium, 6136 Almon St, Halifax

·        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 15-17, International Symposium: The Co-operative and its Workers, Saint Mary's University, Room 415, Sobey Building, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS. The Symposium will explore how co-operatives manage the relationship with their workers and the interdependence between workers, consumers and primary producers.  Key questions that will also be examined:  How do co-operative values shape how co-operatives relate to their workers?  If unions and co-operatives have many shared values why do they not always have harmonious relationships?  Papers will be presented by participants from co-operative businesses, labour unions and academics.

·        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 – Last  week’s was difficult and no entries were exactly correct  Please try this week’s contest. Possibly, it’s a bit easier.

The Lucky Participant in the Contest of the Week for the month of April is Catherine Ann Fuller. A small gift is on the way. All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for May will be announced  the first week in June. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca

Last week’s answers:

  1. Austerity sternness; severity

2. Desultory without connection or method; aimless
3.  Sedentary accustomed to pass much time in a sitting posture
4. Retaliate to return by giving like for like
5. Erudition: knowledge obtained by the study of books
6. . Castigate to subject to severe criticism
THIS week’s contest: Determine a phrase with a person’s name in it that
corresponds to each clue.Example: A child’s stuffed companion Answer: Teddy Bear

1.It accompanies policemen on a beat.

2. A gangster’s weapon

3. It pop’s up & delights children

4. A congratulatory gesture

5. This is often done to items that are on sale.

6. It revolves in a kitchen

7. It refers to a late arrival

8. It provides relief at outdoor events.


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.

Fresh Steamed Asparagus

1 lb (500 g) fresh asparagus, trimmed

2 tbsp (30 mL) butter

1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped toasted hazelnuts

1/4 cup (50 mL) shaved Parmesan cheese (or 2 tbsp/30 mL grated)

salt and pepper to taste

1. Arrange the asparagus in a steamer basket and place over boiling water. Cover and let steam for 3 minutes. Remove asparagus from steamer and set aside. You prepare the asparagus to this point ahead of time and refrigerate until just before you’re ready to serve the dish.

2. At serving time, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted and the foam has subsided, stir in the balsamic vinegar and let cook for about 30 seconds. Add the steamed asparagus to the skillet along with the hazelnuts and toss in the butter mixture just until the asparagus is heated through. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

During the month of May we will be featuring recipes using spring vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb and fiddleheads. Do you have a good recipe?  If so, please send your recipe to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca




Dictionary Democracy Rochdale principles –also known as the co-operative principles, named after the first co-operative in Rochdale, England. For a paraphrased version of the co-operative principles visit: http://michaelbluejay.com/coop/rochdale-principles.html


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·      Long may your big jib draw - Not so out of date .... I heard it mentioned as a toast within recent memory when Newfoundlanders were present. Good Wishes!  Live Long and Prosper!  The toast has been known to accompany a "come from away" as they down a wee bit of Screech! I enjoy your publication. – J.M.


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