Week of Jan. 14– Jan. 20, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 12

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OpeningsThe beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”Thomas Merton  www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Thomas_Merton/  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 town of Wolfville, NS, http://www.town.wolfville.ns.ca/ wants to become the first officially designated “fair trade” town in Canada. A launch with TransFair Canada, a national non-profit certification and public education organization, is being planned for February. The launch will include fair trade products like roses, chocolate, coffee, tea and sugar. Mayor Bob Stead said being a fair trade town means that the people accept the concept of a fair return o the producer for a good product. Media, PA, became the first fair trade town in the United States last July. http://www.mediaborough.com/

·             Correction: In a joint initiative, OMISTA (www.omista.com), PSE Credit Union, Advance Savings Credit Union and Rexton Credit Union www.rextoncreditunion.ca  in Moncton and Rexton, NB, reports that the recent Baggin’ It for the Food Banks Fundraiser event was a great success accumulating more than $3,400 in donations. An auction raised $875.00, more than $1,100 was raised in cash, more than $300 was raised in UPC donations and $1050 in food value donations. Together, these credit unions have had tremendous success in making sure Moncton and area food banks are well stocked.

·             The Co-operators www.cooperators.ca moves up in the list of best 50 Employers in Canada. International human resources firm Hewitt Associates announced today that for the fourth consecutive year The Co-operators is on the firm’s list of the 50 Best Employers in Canada. The Co-operators, based in Guelph, Ontario, is ranked No. 20, up from No. 25 last year. http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1501032791&view=27607-0&Start=0

·              The annual general meet­ing of Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op www.fredericton was held in mid-January in Fredericton, NB. Fredericton Direct Charge as placed in Atlantic Progress magazine’s annual Top 101 businesses in Atlantic Canada. As well, it was recognized by the federal government’s Co-operative Secretariat as one of the top 50 non-financial co-operatives in Canada. The co-op opened a new on-site 14,000 square foot warehouse in September. With this facility, the store was able to consolidate its storage under one roof, freed itself of the trailer units parked at the rear of the store and eliminated the need for off site warehousing. You can visit Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op at www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca

·             Four credit unions in the Halifax Regional Municipality joined forces this year, collecting more than 250 toys for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive. Toys were donated by staff members, customer-owners, family and friends at credit unions located throughout HRM. “Heritage Credit Union www.heritagecu.com  has been involved in the toy drive for a decade,” says marketing manager Janet Brine. “But 2006 was our biggest year ever with Province House, Teachers Plus and Halifax Civic Credit Unions joining us to collect toys for those less fortunate.” On-air coverage of the credit unions’ toy drive by the Q-104 Breakfast Crew also helped provide awareness and support from the community. 

·             Robert (Bobby) McVeigh, first vice-chairperson of the board of Credit Union Central of Canada, board member of the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia and past-chairman of the board of the World Council of Credit Unions, is representing the credit union system on the new United Nations Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors.  The advisory group, which has 25 members from around the world, is working to increase the number of poor people and micro and small businesses that have access to a broad range of financial services. McVeigh is one of 10 members of the UN group from alternative financial institutions, and is the only one from Canada. Other members are from government, central banks, universities and the private sector.

·             Atlantic Canada’s League Savings and Mortgage Company www.lsm.ca  is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded under a special act of the Parliament of Canada in 1966, League Savings was initially established to assist credit unions in meeting the mortgage needs of their customer-owners. Today, League Savings is a leading credit union service provider in Atlantic Canada, enhancing credit unions’ ability to deliver a full range of mortgage and investment products to their customer-owners. Credit unions in Atlantic Canada and the credit union centrals of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are the primary shareholders of League Savings.

Expanding Your Back Yard –What VanCity Credit Union is doing to be part of the solution around climate change https://www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/WhereWeFocus/Climate/


Governing For Tomorrow What is Governance? "Governance" - a word derived from the French "gouvernance" - was first used in English by Chaucer and refers to the exercise of authority and control. "Corporate Governance" entered the mainstream in 1992 with the publication in Britain of the watershed Cadbury Committee report, whose definition is broadly accepted today: Corporate Governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled...Boards of directors are responsible for the governance of their companies. (Cadbury Committee Report, U.K. 1992) http://www.coopscanada.coop/NewsLetter/Governance/


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, Emma’s Eco-Clean, an environmentally conscious, women-owned housecleaning cooperative. Located in California, its vision statement is “to preserve the environment and promote the health of our customers and ourselves, to share with their customers what they have learned so that they may be more informed and environmentally responsible. The members have formed this cooperative based on their desire to support their families and be economically self-sufficient. When their cooperative is successful, they wish to help other women start their own businesses.http://www.wagescooperatives.org/emmas.html#ourvision Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links CFRO is a community radio station in Vancouver, British Columbia. Broadcasting at 102.7 FM, the station operates as a co-operative and is branded as Co-Op Radio. The station was launched in 1975 by a coalition of activist groups in Vancouver. The station airs public affairs, music and multilingual programming. Co-op radio, non-corporate media, is located in the downtown eastside. The Radio Station Cafe, which is an attached but separate unit to the station hosts special live broadcasts, and serves fresh fair-trade coffee daily. CFRO, 102.7FM http://www.coopradio.org/ is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station. Located in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Co-op Radio is a voice for the voiceless that strives to provide a space for under-represented and marginalized communities.  As a member-owned co-operative, Co-op Radio does not have one owner – it has  approximately 30,000 owners. They do not accept commercial advertising, so remain accountable to those who matter most, listeners and members. The heart of Co-op Radio is more than 400 volunteer programmers who produce the programming. Each programmer at Co-op Radio is required to contribute 2 hours of non-programming-related time to the co-op every month http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFRO-FM


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative or collective formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, we visit Mountain States Lamb Cooperative in Douglas, Wyoming.  It consists of a group of family ranchers raising premium quality lambs in the high plain and mountain areas of the American West.  They take pride in the way they care for their lambs and their land. http://www.mslamb.com/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Jan 18, 7 PM, 4th Fl, Sobey Building, St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS - An engaged workforce improves productivity, raises morale and stimulates innovation.  It can also raise tension.  How do you do it right? – a workshop with researcher and consultant Ryszard Stocki

·      Feb 4-10 - International Development Week

·      March 30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Saint John, NB

·      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.

·      April 26, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Consumers Community Co-operative

·      April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic

·      2007 – May 28-June 1 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      July 20-22 – Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and South, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

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Contest of the week - We welcome back many of our regular contest participants after a Christmas holiday.  We received a new co-operative group submission from Asurion in Moncton. You are always welcomed to work together with family, friends or co-workers to enter. The first correct entry to arrive (based on the e-mail time stamp) was from Glenna Weagle in N.S. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer - At the local games evening, four lads were competing in the Scrabble and chess competitions. Liam beat Mark in chess, James came third and the 16 year old won. Liam came second in Scrabble, the 15-year-old won, James beat the 18 year old and the 19 year old came third. Kevin is 3 years younger than Mark. The person, who came last in chess, came third in Scrabble and only one lad got the same position in both games. Can you determine the ages of the lads and the positions in the two games?


Name   Age  Scrabble  Chess
James  15         1          3
Kevin  16         4          1
Liam   18          2          2
Mark   19         3          4

This week’s contest - For Christmas, we received a new game called S.T.O.P.

(State, Territory or Province)-  North American Edition. We thought as Canadians we would have more than a 50/50 chance because both Provinces and Territories are familiar to us but of course there are 50 states and 10 provinces so we were still at a disadvantage. For fun I have included a sample. This weeks contest features 3 questions from the game.  See if you can answer with out using the Internet. Play as if you were sitting at the kitchen table.

What State? _____________ “Boasting the largest stained glass church window in the world is the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.”

What territory?  __________ “Only seasoned white water purists should travel the Bonnet plume.” 

What province? ___________ “The 19th century shipbuilding industry is commemorated at Green Park Shipbuilding Museum.”


It’s Easy to Cook - Following along with last week’s theme, I went looking for something easy and fresh. This recipe can be made ahead and looks great served in a clear glass baking dish.

Make ahead vegetable dish

1 1/2 bunches broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds)
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices on a diagonal
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups very coarse dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Trim broccoli, and cut florets into 1-inch pieces. (yield 5 cups). Trim cauliflower and cut florets into 1-inch pieces. (about 5 cups) In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook vegetables until crisp-tender, 2 to 5 minutes. In a colander drain vegetables and refresh under cold water to stop cooking. (Be sure to drain vegetables well. This can be prepared 24 hours ahead ) In a large heavy skillet heat oil and 2 tablespoons butter over moderately high heat until foam begins to subside and sauté bread crumbs, stirring, until golden. Stir in Parmesan, cayenne and salt to taste and sauté, stirring, until crisp. Bread crumbs mixture may be prepared 3 days ahead and kept in an airtight container.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In skillet melt remaining tablespoon butter over moderate heat and in it toss vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle vegetables with bread crumbs and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a glass baking dish and bake, uncovered, 10 minutes, or until just heated through


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007