Week of Jan. 28– Feb. 3, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 14
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Openings – “Have you ever noticed a tree
standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with
The music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away.
And this is the way of life.”- Krishnamurti http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/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
· PEI Organic Farmer-Citizen Co-operative Organization is one of 18 new projects — five biofuel and 13 value-added — to qualify for Technical Assistance funding under a new program that helps farmers and rural communities pursue biofuel and other value-added opportunities through co-operative ventures. To date, 25 groups have received more than a half-million dollars in funding under the Agricultural Co-operative Development Initiative (Ag-CDI). A partnership between the federal Co-operatives Secretariat and the co-operative sector, Ag-CDI is funded by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and co-managed by the two national co-op associations — the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC). The program was announced by Agricultural and Agri-Food Minister Chuck Strahl last July. It runs from September 2006 to March 31, 2007. While the deadline to apply for Technical Assistance has passed, groups can still apply for up to $5,000 in Learning Exchange funds. In addition, Ag-CDI is still accepting applications for Skills Development for co-op developers and agricultural business advisors. For more information, visit the website at www.coopzone.coop/en/ag-cdi
· Brigitte Gagné has been named the new Director General of the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC). She will assume her duties in March. Ms. Gagné comes to the position with many years of experience in the areas of the environment and international development, and was most recently Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Network. Gagné replaces Sylvie St-Pierre Babin who resigned from CCC at the end of December after 19 years with the association. Founded in 1946, CCC unites eight provincial francophone co-op councils across the country. It represents more than eight million co-opertors in almost 3,500 co-ops across the country.
Laurie Gallant of
Expanding Your Back Yard –In
Co-op 101 Educational
Links – In January, we are looking at co-op media in
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 Rose
City Cooperative Preschool in
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
· Feb 2 - 3, 2007 - 2nd Annual Atlantic Sustainable Campuses Conference, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia - Key-note Speaker: Elizabeth May, O.C. Former Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, Special Guest: Dr. David Suzuki, Science Broadcaster and Environmental Activist -The conference will focus 3 tracks - building sustainable operations and policy, curriculum, and campus culture - all of which will span the core concepts of sustainability: economics, society and environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· Feb 4-10 - International Development Week
· Feb 4 at 2:30 pm, Spring Garden Public Library,
5381 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax Public screening of the film “Wal-Town” There will be a special appearance by two of the
six activists who, in the summer of 2004 and 2005, ventured across the country
to put Walmart’s feet to the fire about their
business practices and the effects they were having on Canadian cities and
communities. A free event presented by NSPIRG and the Halifax Public Libraries.
A second screening of Wal-Town on
Monday, February 5 at 8:30pm NSCAD
· Feb 8 from 12 Noon to 3 pm, Westin Nova
· Feb 8 -Panel Discussion - Right to Be Heard: The World of Human Trafficking, 7 PM, UNB Fredericton Head Hall, Dineen Auditorium. Speakers Ric Esther Bienstock, award winning producer/director of documentaries, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, founder of World Hope International, and Alberta Kaikai, anti-trafficking coordinator for World Hope Sierra Leone, address the issue of human trafficking through a panel discussion. The work is funded by CIDA, Canadian International Development Agency, by a grant to World Hope Canada.
· Feb. 16 -deadline for submission of papers for the Co-operative Innovation:
Influencing the Social Economy conference being held in
· Feb 21-22 -
Bio-Fuels and Value-Added Co-ops – What are they all about? Through a series of
plenaries, case studies and break-out sessions lead
by a variety of experts from all over North America, we will explore a variety
of topics, including: Government policy, Establishing governance models and
board policies, Membership and equity drives, Funding for co-ops, By-laws,
policies and operations, Financing and taxation implications for co-ops in
planning equity, Success stories, Research on new generation co-ops in
Manitoba, Working together as a province. This conference is taking place in
30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel,
· 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
· 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 Sciences. http://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
June 22, 23 and 24 - 61e Congrès annuel du Conseil Canadien de la Coopération à
· July 20-22 –
Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and
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Contest of the week
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It’s Easy to Cook - This week, we are serving a green vegetable served with fish – a good, healthy combination.
Oven Fish and Garlic Broccoli
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package (approximately 2-pound) fish fillets
1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the mustard, 2 tablespoons of the oil, the garlic, thyme, vinegar, marjoram, salt and pepper and mix well. Rub the fish with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil and place in a roasting pan. Brush the mustard mixture onto the fish and lay the lemon slices over the top. Drizzle with the remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons oil and roast until the fish is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Place the fish on a platter and arrange the broccoli around the fish.
1 head broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup very finely grated Parmesan
In a pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the broccoli until just tender, 5 minutes. Drain. In a large sauté pan or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and starting to turn golden, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper flakes and stir to combine. Add the broccoli and cook until warmed through and coated with the oil mixture. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Toss with the Parmesan and serve immediately.
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