Week of July 9 – July 15, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 34

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Openings - “Co-operative enterprises provide the organizational means whereby a significant proportion of humanity is able to take into its own hands the tasks of creating productive employment, overcoming poverty and achieving social integration.” - Boutros Boutros-Ghali www.un.org/Overview/SG/sg6bio.html 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

·      The City Of Charlottetown did not act on the PEI Environmental Health Co-op’s request to ban cosmetic pesticides even though they had a petition with more than 4,000 signatures. The Co-op was told only the province can take such action http://www.organicpei.com/index.php?/page/coop_newsletter

·      “Own Your Future” is the theme for 2006 Co-op Week celebrations.  More than 10 million Canadians and 800 million people around the world have discovered the co-op difference.  The 9,500 co-ops and credit unions in Canada have combined assets in excess of $175 billion and employ approximately 155,000 people.  Worldwide co-ops employ 20% more people than all the multinationals combined. www.coopsCanada.coop

·      The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operative’s  (www.nlfc.com) 2006 Annual General Meeting and Co-op Conference will be held at the Baie Vista Inn, Baie Verte NL, September 15th - 16th, 2006. The co-operative sector in Newfoundland and Labrador plays a significant role in provincial economic development and local community empowerment. Co-ops have helped thousands of people become stakeholders of self-sustaining enterprises that were designed to meet their economic and social needs.  Currently, there are over 60 co-operatives operating in the province, with approximately 57,000 co-op members. Together, they employ over 1,400 people and have sales in excess of $132 million dollars (1998).   For further information, please contact Lisa Hynes at 709-726-9431 or email lwall@nlfc.nf.ca.


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, Ten Stories That Desperately Need to Be Told - politics, murder and sex scandals still take precedence over poverty, peace-building or economic development, by Thalif Deen http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/develop/2006/0515tenstories.htm


Governing For Tomorrow  – Good board governance and leadership are key elements when planning for, and maintaining, success in our co-op sector. Each week, we will feature a link to articles focusing on these areas. This week, a leadership self-assessment took from the Canadian Co-operative Association. It helps users to evaluate their leadership competencies. www.coopsCanada.coop/pdf/Governance/Tools/CompetencyProfileENG1.pdf   


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca, New York says its vision is “to build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities.” http://www.alternatives.org/mission.html  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - As we have noted in our Co-op Community Bulletin Board, the Global Microcredit Summit 2006 will be held from November 12-15, 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More than 2,000 delegates from over 100 countries are expected to participate -  http://www.microcreditsummit.org/ Many people who attend will be bringing or looking for a co-operative option to poverty reduction. During the weeks leading up to the summit, we will feature different examples of Microcredit as we all learn together how this type of activity might apply to co-operatives and community and collectively owned businesses, in developed and developing countries. Microcredit is often known in North America as microenterprise development. It is the practice of extending small loans and other support to low-income people to help them create their own employment  http://www.pbs.org/toourcredit/home.htm Microenterprise is an especially important option to women who often face the two-fold task of being a parent and earning a living. In the United States, three out of every four microentrepreneurs are women. http://www.microcreditsummit.org/aboutmicrocreditsummit.htm#women



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, Weaver Street Market in North Carolina. Its mission is a vibrant, sustainable commercial center for its community of owners and potential owners, which is


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        Co-op Week - October 15-21, 2006

·        Credit Union Day - Thursday, October 19, 2006

·        Nov. 12 -15, Global Microcredit Summit, Halifax, NS http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

·        Nov. 16-18, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Annual Meeting, Edmonton, AB, www.canadianworker.coop

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Contest of the week –Announcing last week’s winner: Bonnie McCutcheon, from N.S.  All entries in July will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for July will be announced the first week in August. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last week’s answer:  The police like car is slower – 1 lap in 6 minutes. During the time it takes the police like car to do 1 lap, the co-op car has done 1.5 laps. The police like car takes 12 minutes to do two laps. The co-op car can do three laps in this time, so it will take twelve minutes for the co-op car to lap the police like car. This week’s contest: Each group of words has one four letter prefix that fits in front of them to form another word or phrase. Can you figure out which word applies to 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


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.

In July we will feature the fresh veggies just coming in season here in Atlantic Canada.

This is a bit of a novel salad that is pretty in the bowl and delicious with fresh garden beans. It is usually served warm but is just as tasty, cold.

Green Bean Salad

2 lbs. fresh green beans, trimmed.
1/2 cup oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sweet white onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives

Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Drain well. In a large bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; stir well. Add the sweet onions, green olives, and hot beans and toss until coated. Serve immediately. If you have a recipe using vegetables picked fresh from your garden, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 19, 2006.