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 Prince Edward Island and Margaret Thompson of New Brunswick are among ten Canadian credit union professionals who will soon begin their three-week assignments sharing skills and knowledge with credit unions in Ghana. Beginning February 4 they will provide on-site coaching to managers, staff, and elected officials at credit unions across the country as part of the fourth running of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s annual Credit Union Coaching Program. The coaches are: Laurie Joseph Gallant (PEI), Larry Carnegie (SK), Robert Clark (ON), Gene Creelman (BC), Barry Delaney (BC), Marcia Greenwood (SK), Owen Nicklin (SK), Gail Peterson (SK), Margaret Thompson (NB), and Lorraine Moyse (SK). Barry Delaney and Marcia Greenwood will post blogs (internet connections allowing) about their work with credit unions in two different regions of Ghana. Visit www.coopscanada.coop to follow developments.


Expanding Your Back Yard –In Cuba, state farms now control only a quarter of all agricultural land – down from 80 per cent a few years ago. There is no doubt this worker-managed co-operative model has boosted food production. However, the transition is by no means complete and there are problems – the main one is the centralized management legacy of the state http://www.newint.org/issue301/land.htm


Governing For TomorrowCUNA presents Tips for a Successful Member Education Effort http://buy.cuna.org/static/educ_members.html


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, our vision statement comes from Advance Savings Credit Union in Moncton, NB – “To be the financial institution of choice, where our owners succeed in meeting their financial goals.”  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. The Canadian Press is a private co-operative, owned and operated by its member newspapers. This Canadian news agency was established in 1917 as a vehicle to permit Canadian newspapers of the day to exchange their news and information. Created by an Act of Parliament, the news co-operative was formed to help newspapers cover and distribute news across the vast country. Initially operating as a distribution network, CP’s first editorial staff came on board during World War I to report on the efforts of Canadians soldiers overseas. With the arrival of television and radio, CP branched out and created a subsidiary, Broadcast News, to deliver text specifically written for broadcasters as well as the production of newscasts and audio clips. CP and BN operate in both English and French, Canada's official languages. The French Service of CP was established in 1951. CP has bureaus across Canada and in Washington, DC. CP also operates a photo service which generates hundreds of images each day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Press  


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 Northeast Portland, Oregon, in the Rose City Park neighborhood. It is located in, but not affiliated with, the Rose City Park United Methodist Church, where the children enjoy a wonderfully bright classroom and spacious basement play area (with two jungle gyms and year-round bike-riding). http://www.rosecitycoop.org/


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 atlantic@syc-cjs.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 Bell Auditorium, Room D440 4th Floor 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, NS.

·      Feb 8 from 12 Noon to 3 pm, Westin Nova Scotia, 1181 Hollis St., Halifax, NS -In celebration of International Development Week, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation is hosting the Engendering Change Luncheon. Speakers will discuss the importance of gender equality in contributing to economic growth, sustainable development, and reducing poverty around the world. For tickets call 431-2311 or email communications@acic-caci.org. For more information please visit www.acic-caci.org

·      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 Saskatoon this Spring has been extended to February 16, 2007. The call for papers and instructions on how to submit a proposal can be found on the conference website at: www.usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      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 Portage la Prairie, MB If anyone in the Atlantic region is interested in following up on this conference, please contact info@manitoba.coop

·      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, Crowne Plaza and Moncton Coliseum

·      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

·      June 22, 23 and 24 - 61e Congrès annuel du Conseil Canadien de la Coopération à Québec, Québec City, Québec

·      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 entry to arrive was from Pierre Dupuis in Moncton, NB Congratulations! Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  P.S. Make sure your computer clock is set to the correct time. That is how we decide whose correct answer arrived first. Also, one of Week 12’s correct answers has been disqualified because the person did not read the details and used the Internet, giving him an unfair advantage. He did, however, admit that he didn’t follow instructions and we are allowing him to play again this week! Last week’s contest and answer - 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? They were sister and brother.  The beggar was a woman. This week’s contest: Each of the Johnson brothers has as many sisters as he has brothers. Each of the Johnson sisters has twice as many brothers as she has sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the Johnson family?


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.

Garlic-Parmesan Broccoli
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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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007