Week of May 28 –June 3, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 28

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Openings“...instead of giving a rifle to somebody, build a school; instead of giving a rifle, build a community with adequate services. Instead of giving a rifle, develop an educational system that is not about conflict and violence, but one that promotes respect for values, for life, and respect for one's elders. This requires a huge investment. Yet if we can invest in a different vision of peaceful coexistence, I think we can change the world, because every problem has a nonviolent answer.” - Rigoberta Menchu  http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1992/ 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

·      Friday June 2, The Homeless Hotel (www.homelesshotel.com) will open its doors in downtown Moncton for 12 hours. Stephen Davies, Co-op Atlantic and AVIDE Developments, this year’s chair of the third annual Homeless hotel event, says it’s a chance for the community to learn more about the plight of Moncton’s homeless. Individuals and teams can purchase a virtual room at various prices and spend the night camping at River Front Park. Some groups will provide musical entertainment. Others will help in making soup. Davies has involved several of the staff at Co-op Atlantic in the event. Although an exact number of homeless isn’t available, Moncton area soup kitchens served 99,000 meals, in the month of March alone, this year.  The event is a fund riser for Moncton Youth Residences and YMCA REConnect and the target is $70,000.

·      Three Nova Scotians will be named Distinguished Co-operators at this year’s banquet during the 57th annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Joseph Mombourquette, the late Jack Stuewe and Tom Webb will be honoured for their contribution to the development of credit unions and co-operatives in Nova Scotia. Keynote speaker for the banquet is Alvin Law, a thalidomide baby who has overcome obstacles that others would have found insurmountable. For more information contact (902) 896-8966 or diannefk@tru.eastlink.ca

·      Two Atlantic Canadians were elected to the board of Mountain Equipment Co-op at its recent annual meeting. Karen Miner (kminer@mec.ca), Halifax, began her first term as a MEC director. Mike Wearing (mwearing@mec.ca) of Mahone Bay has served on the board since 2003 and was re-elected at this year’s AGM. For more information on the co-op, visit www.mec.ca

·      The Co-operative Development Foundation is appealing for help for Indonesia. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale flattened buildings in central Indonesia near Yogyakarta early Saturday morning, with the death toll approaching 5,000 and tens of thousands more injured and left homeless. The Canadian Co-operative Association and the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) have worked with co-operatives in that area of Indonesia for more than 15 years.  Specifically CDF, through the Canadian Co-operative Association has worked with credit unions, dairy co-operatives, handicraft co-operatives and small scale worker co-operatives in the Yogyakarta area.   Credit unions, in particular, are strong in the area, and CCA has learned that the credit union chapter office in Yogyakarta was destroyed by the quake. CDF is appealing to Canadians to help the members of the community, and the co-operatives themselves, get through this tragedy. If you can help, please send donations to Julie Breuer, Manager, CDF, Julie.breuer@coopscanada.coop,
or you may donate online at http://www.cdfcanada.coop/ or call toll free: 1-888-266-7677

·      For thirty years, leaders in local community business development in Cape Breton have organized summer festivals to share information and to seek new approaches to local business development. The local groups involved have been Cape Breton University (CBU), New Dawn Enterprises, Tompkins Development Ltd. and others. This has become an international event related to the Masters of Business Administraton program at CBU, with participants coming from many provinces and countries.  This year, the special guests are Dr. Inazio Irizar from Mondragon in Spain and Race Matthews from Monash University in Australia. The Festival of Community Economics begins on the evening of Friday, July 7 and will continue all day Saturday. For further information go to http://www.ced.ca/ and click on CED Conference July 2006.

·      The Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives (NLFC) has responded positively to indications by Premier Danny Williams that he is interested in exploring the potential for new co-operative development as part a new fishery restructuring plan.  “Fishery co-ops have existed in this province for many years”, says NLFC Managing Director, Glen Fitzpatrick.  “They are viable, self sustaining enterprises that can play a much greater role in the fishery of the future. By establishing a fisheries co-operative fisherman, plant workers, processors and other community stakeholders can become collective owners of harvesting, processing and marketing enterprises.  A co-op helps ensure that the need for business success is balanced with other needs of the member\owners and that of their communities.  This helps address what are often conflicting interests between corporate shareholders who want the highest possible return on their investment and the needs of local stakeholders e.g. employment, access to services, community development.” The Risingsun Independent Fisheries Co-op was incorporated by fishermen on the Great Northern Peninsula in 2005 and preliminary discussions have been taking place with a number of other interested groups.  There are currently seven fishery co-operatives incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Other new co-ops in the province include the Quality Agricultural Producers Co-op in the Robinsons region, Baccalieu E-Commerce Co-op in Conception Bay North, the Labrador Farms Co-op in the Happy Valley\Goose Bay region, and the Blueberry Industry Co-op which is province wide. For further information, contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives, gfitz@nlfc.nf.ca (709)726-9431. The NLFC Web site is www.nlfc.coop


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, Hewers to CarversCanada’s forests are at a crossroads. Thoughts on fixing a broken model, by Toby A.A. Heaps:   http://www.corporateknights.ca/content/page.asp?name=hewers_to_carvers


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s vision statement comes from the Deep Roots Music Cooperative www.deeprootsmusic.ca , incorporated in 2003 by a group dedicated to developing and promoting the music scene in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.  “The Deep Roots Music Cooperative is a non-profit organization in the Annapolis Valley dedicated to celebrating our musical and cultural heritage. The mandate of the organization is to develop year-round musical programs culminating in an annual festival, and to encourage meaningful connections between cultures, community groups, artists and audiences.” Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - CooperationWorks! is the Center of Excellence for cooperative business development. A national organization of 21 development centers serving communities in 43 states http://www.ncba.coop/serv_cbd_cw.cfm   The roots of CooperationWorks! go back to 1989 when the National Cooperative Business Association led a coalition of 90 cooperatives and other rural organizations in ensuring that cooperative development would become a key component of federal rural development policy. In 1990, legislation went into effect to authorize grants to help establish a network of rural cooperative development centers around the country. Some success stories from Cooperative Works  http://www.ncba.coop/serv_cbd_cw_stories.cfm   For more information contact Audrey Malan, Executive Director. E-mail: cw@vcn.com




Words and Expressions from Yesteryear  -  Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. Last week –: What is a “tuckamore”? – A low clump of trees. This week: “Give her the long main sheet.” Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca  


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 the province of  Newfoundland and Labrador, Eagle River Credit Union  http://www.eaglerivercu.com/MediaDetails.asp?ID=19 Whether it’s making Chinese food and selling it to raise money for a seniors’ home or partnering to bring a special book to elementary school children, this credit union with branches in northern Newfoundland and in Labrador, is part of the life of the communities it serves.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      May 31, 2006 – Shean Co-op Annual Meeting, Inverness, NS

·        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 6, 2006 – Vermont Employee Ownership Conference, Burlington, Vermont. For more information, go to www.veoc.org

·        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 12-17 – 70th Anniversary Celebrations – Victoria Farmers Co-operative, Baddeck, NS

·        June 14, 2006 – Building the High Performance Co-operative Workshop, 10 am – 12 Noon, Truro, NS. To register contact (902) 893-8966 or e-mail: nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca

·        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 winners: Barbara Ledwell-Wotton (NL) and  David Kerr (MB).  Both had correct answers and their replies arrived at almost the exact same time (Barbara’s first), given the time difference between the two provinces. 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: Bargain Lodger Dynasty Zygote Salvation Dishpan Pumpkin Deejay Boxcar Dimwit Sunburn Blique Liftoff This week’s contest: Fill in the blank with the appropriate synonym or antonym. Some have two options, but either one will do:

·      ADJUSTMENT synonym_________________

·      ADJUSTMENT antonym _________________

·      JUSTIFY synonym_______________________

·      JUSTIFY antonym_______________________

·      SECRECY synonym_____________________

·      SECRECY antonym______________________

·      CONCERN synonym_____________________

·      CONCERN antonym_____________________


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. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook. This week, we feature a fresh lazy-summer-day drink. On Saturday I was out visiting the yard sales and found two at which young people had set up lemonade stands. One also had cookies. The price was 25 cents and the staff was young entrepreneurs. Although at 9 am it was still chilly and I wasn’t really thirsty, I sampled both.  One seemed even more tart following a molasses cookie. This week to greet longer summer days and the month of June beginning tomorrow I thought I would share a recipe for a lemon-lime drink sometimes called a Slushie. Great home made drink with only 10 calories.

Summer Slushie

Juice from 2 lemons (approx ½ cup)
Juice from 2 limes (approx ½ cup)
3/4 cup water
2 cups ice cubes
¾ to 1 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)

Place all ingredients in a blender, cover tightly, and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses, and garnish with fresh lemon slices. You should use the pulse button to help chop the ice evenly. During June, we will feature recipes with strawberries or salmon, both pleasures of the palate at this time of the year.  If you have a recipe for either, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 7, 2006.