Week of Jan. 21– Jan. 27, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 13

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OpeningsEven if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” - Martin Luther King Jr. nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.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

·             Marian Lucas-Jefferies will travel to Soweto, South Africa, on behalf of the Canadian Co-operative Association to work with the Soweto Home-based Caregivers Co-op, a group of 21 people caring for people with AIDS. This is her second trip to provide support for the work of this co-operative. To learn more about the co-operative, visit: www.coopscanada.coop/pdf/newsletter/IDDigest/Autumn2004/page.pdf and www.ica.africa.coop/news_d.php?news_id=13

·             Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op (www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca) has rescheduled its annual meeting to Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Fredericton Inn.

·             The Master of Management – Co-operatives and Credit Unions program www.smu.ca/mmccu at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, was invited by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants to submit a proposal for a Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives and the proposal was accepted in November 2006. The objective for the centre is to be the global thought leader for co-operative performance reporting through: identifying research needs and encouraging and funding research, developing accounting tools for co-operatives, holding conferences, symposia and think tanks on a regular basis, disseminating research and knowledge to not-for-profit and co-operative business managers as well as the academic and accounting practitioner communities, documenting excellent practice, developing case studies and curriculum materials and building on existing networks linking academics, professional associations, standards bodies and co-operative businesses.


Expanding Your Back Yard –Is Nicaragua too green? By Rory Carroll from The Guardian Weekly – finding a balance between sustaining forests and sustaining livelihoods


Governing For Tomorrow Monitoring Reports: Closing the Loop on Member Expectations, by Patricia Cumbie: “At many food co-ops, members have expressed the desire that their co-op make a real difference in areas like community, education, sustainability, or supporting local food and economic systems. Local board of directors, accountable to the members, have taken these aspirations and created policies that guide the activities of the co-op to these ends.” http://cdsfood.coop/sept2006.html


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, Canora Credit Union’s vision: Working together to build a better community and provide the best financial service – anywhere, anytime, and any way. This credit union is located in Canora, SK Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – In January, we are looking at co-op media in Canada. Wireless Nomad is a non-profit cooperative based in Toronto, providing subscriber-owned home and business internet along with free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access to Toronto residents. Free Wi-Fi web access is available at each of the 100+ nodes, making it one of the largest free Wi-Fi networks in the country. http://wirelessnomad.com/

As a co-op, Wireless Nomad's members are the owners of the co-op, so the profits that shareholders would normally receive are used to improve the network, support our community and lower access costs for everyone. For more information, write to:  422-1071 King St. W., Toronto, ON M6K 3K2; phone 647-722-2094


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 an initiative of Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives (WFC). In 2003, WFC created Co-opCare to take on one of the biggest problems facing its cooperative members: the high cost of health insurance. By working hand in hand with elected officials, WFC was successful in getting legislation enacted to create “Co-op Care,” a pilot project consisting of five health insurance purchasing cooperatives focused mainly on rural areas of Wisconsin. http://www.wfcmac.coop/wm/coopcare/coopcare.htm


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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

·      May 28-June 1, 2007 -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 Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for presentations at the Co-operative Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy conference in Saskatoon in May 2007 is rapidly approaching. The deadline is February 1st. http://www.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   - The first correct entries to arrive (within minutes of each other) were from Ron Levesque, Moncton and David Kerr, Manitoba. Congratulations to both of you!!  Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer --3 questions from a game called STOP.  See if you can answer without using the Internet. Play as if you were sitting at the kitchen table.

What state? (Kentucky) - “Boasting the largest stained glass church window in the world is the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.”

What territory? (Yukon) - “Only seasoned white water purists should travel the Bonnet plume.” 

What province? (PEI) - “The 19th century shipbuilding industry is commemorated at Green Park Shipbuilding Museum.”  This week’s contest - A blind beggar had a brother who was killed in an automobile accident. At the funeral it came out that the deceased had no brother. What, then, was the relationship between the two?


It’s Easy to Cook - This week we continue with “green vegetables”. It is a two-part recipe that makes asparagus into an attractive and easy side dish. Begin by making your bread crumbs ahead of time.

Seasoned Bread Crumbs:
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs
Pinch salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (grated lemon)
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Tilt the pan and then add the minced garlic and sauté briefly until pale gold. Add the bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper, and lower the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bread crumbs are toasted, about 3 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and add the parsley, lemon, and Parmesan. Toss well and cool. These will keep, tightly sealed and refrigerated, for several days.)


1 large bunch asparagus, about 1 1/2 pounds, trimmed to even lengths and blanched for 4 minutes in boiling, salted water
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Seasoned bread crumbs
8 thin slices  mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a shallow baking dish that is long enough to hold the asparagus. Season the asparagus with salt and pepper, bread crumbs, mozzarella and olive oil, to taste.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007