Week of Oct. 15– Oct. 21, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 1

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Openings“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”  - Grant Petersen  http://rivendellbicycles.com/html/about.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

·      Happy Co-op Week !!!!!   It has been a year since we launched Co-op Circles by invitation to about 100 co-op friends, former co-workers and community development workers. We have produced 47 issues and subscriptions have grown steadily. Circles began as a birth from a death so to speak. One day in 2004, we were talking about a co-op activist who had passed away and realized that there was no easy way to tell many people quickly. We have lots of Co-op publications but no weekly news source for people, no vehicle in place in Atlantic Canada to communicate among co-op members quickly, inexpensively and simply. So after a year of looking at models, seeking partners and discussing formats, we decided to just “get 'er done”. Now Circles is a part of our lives and our work week. We add and delete features and deal with technical issues as we grow. And here we are. We feel fortunate to be members of a worker co-op. Rising Tide allows us ownership and control over our workplace and that gives us the opportunity to try new things. So now, a year later, we send you our good wishes as Co-op Week is celebrated in most co-ops and credit unions all across Canada this week. We wish we could meet each one of you in person and thank you for your contributions, large and small, to the development of people and communities and businesses, the co-op way. - Brenda and Maureen

·      Capital Credit Union (www.capitalcu.nb.ca) in Fredericton, NB, has won the Bill McWhinney Award of Excellence in International Development. The award was established in memory of Bill McWhinney, Senior Vice-President (1980–1988) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the first Executive Director of the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO).  The award is given by CIDA to recognize excellence in a volunteer project or program that helps a community in a developing country build its sustainability and help improve its future prospects. Presentation of the Bill McWhinney Award of Excellence in International Development will be made at a dinner held in the Congress Hall in Ottawa on Monday, October 30, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. Joyce Humble, David Preston and Duncan Matheson will represent Capital at the awards dinner. It was Capital’s involvement in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Co-op Connections program which initiated their ongoing commitment to the people of Lamac in the Philippines. Capital Credit Union has just over 5,000 members and we manage member assets of about $65 million.

·      The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada ( CDF) and the Voluntary Resource Centre ( VRC)  in Charlottetown, PEI,  present  their  first partnership fundraiser  “Dollars and Sense…Sounds and Fashions for the Socially Conscious”  on November 17 at 7 pm at Murphy’s Recreation Centre, Richmond St, in Charlottetown .Tickets are available at  Metro Credit Union, Voluntary Resource Centre and Froggies or by contacting Hannah McKinnon [hannah.mckinnon@gmail.com] The evening will feature an ethical  fashion show  with “pre loved” clothes, musical performances, door prizes and an international food bazaar. For information call (902) 621-0719.

·      Two Nova Scotia credit unions are hosting women managers from Malawi and Nepal this week as part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Women Mentoring program http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/internationaldev/womensmentoring/ Giving Credit Where Credit is Due. Heritage Credit Union (www.heritagecu.com) in Dartmouth is hosting Bimala Sene from Nepal and iNova (www.nspostalcreditunion.com) in Halifax is hosting Pirilani Charlie from Malawi.

·      George Wheeliker, a member of the board of directors of Consumers Community Co-operative (CCC), representing Nova Scotia, died this week in Louisbourg, Cape Breton. George loved to sing and proudly displayed his form when he sang “O Canada” at both CCC and Co-op Atlantic annual general meetings in recent years. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife Marilyn, and his family, whom he loved proudly and dearly.

·      This is CO-OP WEEK. From October 15 – 21 join in celebrating Co-op Week. This year’s theme is OWN YOUR FUTURE! and it recognizes how co-operatives and credit unions and allowing people to accomplishing together what they cannot do alone. They are taking ownership of their future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.  More information on Co-op Week, this year’s theme, and a Message from the Prime Minister can be found on the Canadian Co-operative Association’s website at www.coopscanada.coop/aboutcoop/coopweek/2006coopweek. Statements made in the House of Commons will be posted during the week.

·      October 17 was Co-op Day on Parliament Hill. Six co-op organizations presented their pre-budget submissions to the Finance Committee on Tuesday, October 17. This was a historic event. The Finance Committee heard about co-ops all day long as every scheduled time period for presentations included a co-operative group. The six groups — Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC), The Co-operators, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation, and Credit Union Central of Canada (CUCC) — along with Desjardins, have been working together to coordinate a common approach with three key recommendations. They are to: Establish a new Co-operative Investment Plan for agricultural and worker co-ops,  Reinstate the roll out of the Social Economy Initiative (SEI), and  Build a new partnership to strengthen co-operative enterprises (the current Co-operative Development Initiative agreement ends in 2008). After the pre-budget presentations, the CCA, CCC and CUCC hosted a joint reception on Parliament Hill to allow Members of Parliament, Senators and senior bureaucrats to meet with elected officials and staff from Canada’s co-operatives and credit unions. (From CCA NewsBriefs)

·      From October 15 to October 21, members of Canada’s co-operatives and credit unions can test their knowledge of all things co-operative in the first-ever national Co-op Week On-line Trivia Contest. The contest was conceived by Desjardins Group and ran successfully in Quebec last year. This year, with the assistance of the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération and the Conseil de la coopération du Québec, it is being piloted nationally. Participants who correctly answer two of the five trivia questions will be entered into a draw for to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes that have been generously donated by co-ops across the country, including Les Ateliers Vif-Argent, Citadelle, Co-op Atlantic, the Co-operative Retailing System, The Co-operators Group, Coopsco, Les Délices de l’ÉrableDesjardins, GROWMARK, and Mountain Equipment Co-op. To enter, go to https://services.desjardins.com/concoursdjd/concours.nsf/bulletinan?openform&id=Concours20069274815420246 (From CCA NewsBriefs)

·      Researchers and practitioners across Canada are currently grappling with a definition of the Social Economy – want to be part of the debate? Participate in an engaging tele-learning session (Oct. 26) with Marie J Bouchard, Canadian Research Chair on the Social Economy, and Jack Quarter, director of University of Toronto’s Social Economy Centre, and explore: How the Social Economy is defined? The benefits and disadvantages of the various definitions? The challenges of defining the social economy? Register by e-mailing telelearning@socialeconomyhub.ca  with your name, city, province of location, and work or volunteer position. To register by phone, call (250)472-5338. The Canadian Co-operative Association and other co-op groups continue to call on the Federal Government to reinstate the roll-out of the Social Economy Initiative, which would have supported the development of co-ops and other community-based enterprises. The government cut more than $39 million from the program last month. The research component will continue as will the implementation in Quebec. (From CCA NewsBriefs)


Expanding Your Back Yard – Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and the Grameen Bank have been jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus, an economist, founded the bank, which is one of the pioneers of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor, especially women, in Bangladesh. Yunus, 66, said he would use the 10m Swedish kronor ($1.35m, £730,000) prize money to "find more innovative ways" to help the poor launch businesses. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6047020.stm and http://www.grameen-info.org/


Governing For Tomorrow Good 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 Cooperative Solution, by Riccardo Lotti, Peter Mensing and Davide Valenti – a look at the co-operative described as a self-governing corporate structure which protects communities and prospers in a globalizing world.http://www.strategy-business.com/press/16635507/06209


What is Your Vision Statement?  – The vision statement of the Greater Iowa Credit Union – it promises to provide a full range of world class, competitive financial services to its member-owners in an environment of respect and courtesy where safety and privacy are maintained. Member-owners and business associates of the Credit Union will be treated with dignity and trust by personable and caring employees. Employees of the Credit Union will perform their service to member-owners in a work environment of mutual respect and genuine caring. The Greater Iowa Credit Union will be fiscally responsible, ethical in all its actions, innovative in the implementation of technology, a positive force in the communities it serves, and committed to excellence with a passion to succeed in all it undertakes. http://www.gicu.coop/infodesk/vision.jsp  

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Co-op 101 Educational Links Decreasing paper use and recycling - This is anniversary week at Co-op Circles. We started our publication one year ago. Many anniversaries have special names. Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post, published in 1992, contained suggestions for anniversary gifts.  Year 1 is a paper anniversary. Since we publish electronically, we don’t use paper but if we did we estimated that last year we would have used 30,000 sheets of 8.5 X 11 paper and this doesn’t account for envelopes and the daily errors that people make resulting in “reprinting ”.  Paper products are the largest component of municipal solid waste, making up 31-38 per cent of the composition of landfills in the U S. In 2005, 51.5 per cent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling.  This means that today, over 51 million tons of paper and paper products are being recovered for recycling annually, representing a 76 per cent increase over 1990 levels. The paper industry has set a goal to recover 55 percent of all the paper consumed in the United States by 2012. At Rising Tide, when we do print, we use recycled paper.  Due to the additional transport, industrial processing and chemical treatment costs needed to make an acceptable paper product, "Recycled" paper products made with used material are typically more expensive than paper products made with new or "virgin" material. http://www.conservatree.org/paper/PaperTypes/RecyMyths.shtml Changes are coming to the production of paper, moving away from wood base production  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper#The_future_of_paper Here is a good resource to learn more about paper recycling - http://www.conservatree.org/index.shtml  Conservatree, 100 Second Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 561-6530
Fax: (509) 756-6987 email paper@conservatree.org


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, Bloomingfoods Market & Deli in Indiana. The current cost of membership in this co-op is $90, payable in full or by means of a payment plan ($7.50 a month or $22.50 quarterly). Above and beyond all of these advantages of ownership is the knowledge that members are helping build a strong local business that has demonstrated a firm commitment to its community for the past 30 years. http://www.bloomingfoods.org/membership/index.shtml


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

October 15-21 - Co-op Week

·                  October 19, 2006 - Credit Union Day

·                  October 28, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conferences in Zones 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10

Nov. 3 –5, 2006 Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative will be celebrating 10 years of business. There will be different events at its Cafes. The Schedule will be its Web site www.justuscoffee.com

·                  Nov. 4, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conferences in Zones 2, 3, 7 and 8

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

·                  Nov. 16-18, Taking Global to Local — The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation Annual Meeting and Conference, Edmonton, AB. Javier Salaberria from the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain will be a keynote speaker. Full details and registration information will be available at www.canadianworker.coop

·                  Nov. 17 – Dollars and Sense…..Ethical Fashions for the Socially Conscious – a fundraiser for the Co-operative Development Foundation, Charlottetown, PEI

·                  Nov. 18 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conference in Zone 5

·                  2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth - Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation. Conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.  The Canadian Co-operative Association is attempting to coordinate submissions on co-op topics and would appreciate knowing what is being submitted to the conference organizers. Please contact Lynne Markell, lynne.markell@coopsCanada.coop  if you are planning on submitting a co-op topic.

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Contest of the week -Announcing last week’s winner: Ron Levesque NB –All entries in October will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for 
October will be announced the first week in November. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca 

Last week’s Contest

Which number does not have 6 as a factor?






Answer: Two of the numbers don’t have 6 as a factor - 18548 and 38888.

This week’s contest: Word Challenge

  1. A three word phrase which means ‘to like more’ or ‘to like less’.
  2. Acceptance and approval or disapproval and punishment.
  3. A two-word phrase meaning either ‘working’ or ‘refusing to work’.
  4. A two-word phrase meaning either ‘definite’ or ‘not possible’.
  5. A two-word phrase meaning a small leap or a massive leap.
  6. A two-word phrase meaning to stop something and to start something


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.

So many varieties of apples are available this month at your local co-op store. This recipe calls for Granny Smiths but I have used different varieties with equal success.

Mom's Harvest Apple Pie
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
The peel of 1 orange, cut into very thin strips ( zested )
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped ( optional be careful of those with allergies)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pie crust dough, enough for top and bottom (from your own favourite recipe)
1/4 cup half-and-half ( 1/8 cup whole milk and 1/8 cup cream)
Sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, orange zest, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Roll out the bottom dough and place it into a 9-inch pan, leaving 1-inch of pie dough hanging over. Pour the pie filling into the crust. Roll out the top dough and cut it 15 strips. Gently twist the strips 2 or 3 times, beginning with the longest ones, place them on top of the pie, working outward and in various angles. Gently fold the bottom crust up over the edge of the pie and flute the edges with your fingertips. With a pastry brush, gently brush the half-and-half (milk /cream) over the entire top crust and edges
and then sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake until apples are cooked, about 45 to 50 minutes. (You can check the apples with a fork to make sure they are tender). Remove to a rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006