Week of Mar. 11 – Mar. 17, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 20

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OpeningsIt is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” - Robert Kennedy www.rfkmemorial.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

·     Co-operators in New Brunswick - are you interested in having a provincial council to support co-op development? A meeting will be held this Friday, March 16 in Moncton at the Delta Beausejour to explore interest and determine whether a co-operative development council should be put in place for New Brunswick. Meeting begins at 10:30 am. Lunch is provided at no charge.  To register, or if you want additional information in order to decide if you should attend, call David Daughton, 902 626 7399. The initiative involves a partnership among Co-op Atlantic, the Canadian Co-operative Association, MYDAS Worker Co-op and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Please circulate this invitation to anyone on you email list who might want to attend.

·     Co-operators in Prince Edward Island - are you interested in having a provincial council to support co-op development? A meeting will be held Monday, March 19, in Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward to explore interest and determine whether a co-operative development council should be put in place for PEI. Meeting begins at 10:30 am. Lunch is provided at no charge.  To register, or if you want additional information in order to decide if you should attend, call David Daughton at 902-626-7399 This initiative involves a partnership among Co-op Atlantic, the Canadian Co-operative Association, MYDAS Worker Co-op and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Please circulate this invitation to anyone on your e-mail list who might want to attend.

·     Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the 2007 Business Hall of Fame in December, 2006, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union is a platinum sponsor. (https://www.nlcu.com/Home/InOurCommunity/CommunityPrograms/CorporateSponsorship/ ) Allison Chaytor-Loveys, CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, says the credit union is pleased to be involved once again in this year’s program. In 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union celebrates 50 years of providing financial services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. “We are proud to crown these celebrations through our platinum sponsorship of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.” Junior Achievement is calling for nominations to the Business Hall of Fame.  Laureates will be inducted at a Gala Ceremony on May 24, 2007 at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

·     At the Consumers Community Co-operative- Moncton location membership meeting held this week, the local council made its third donation of $1,000 to local charities. Raised thorough its successful 50-50 draws, with strong support from the staff, the council has been able to assist various community groups. This week CCC-Moncton donated $1,000 to Mobile 1 Soup Kitchen. Last fall $1,000 was donated to the Salisbury Boys and Girls Club and $1,000 was donated to Head Start. This is in addition to the Huntington’s Society of Canada and IWK Children’s Hospital fundraising done by the two CCC stores in Moncton.

·     Carolyn Grant, Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish, NS, and Mel Gosse of League Savings and Mortgage Company in Halifax will be plenary session speakers at the upcoming international YSI: Youth Strategy Investigation Conference on June 4-6 in Banff, Alberta. and we thought that other Atlantic credit unions would want to know this information. YSI: Youth Strategy Investigation Conference is an international Credit Union Strategy Conference for the attraction and retention of Youth, presented by SaskCentral and the Credit Union Association of New Mexico (CUANM). This is the first-ever international conference that will help credit unions incorporate youth strategies into their overall plan for success. Everything you need to know about youth culture and understanding it, marketing to youth and what works, human resources attraction and retention, research techniques to target youth and technology that connects to youth. Who Should Attend: CEOs, Boards of Directors, GMs, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals and of course bring your younger staff members. Full details and registration information can be located at: http://www.cumarketsolutions.com/retail/conferences/ysi.htm

·     This Friday, you can find out about Greening your Institution! – a Training March 16, Fri. 9:30am – 4pm if you are in the Tatamagouche, NS area. This workshop offers something for those getting started, as well as for those who have gone down this road and experienced some challenges. Topics include: reducing energy consumption in buildings; ideas for saving energy in transportation; integrating cost-effective renewable energy sources; and introducing work practices that save energy and money. Leadership is provided by Eric Tusz-King. He has co-led “Reducing Your Church’s Ecological Footprint” workshops throughout the Maritimes, and currently manages EnerGreen Builders Cooperative in Sackville NB, building energy-efficient and solar homes. Cost is $85 To register: 1-800-218-2220, tatacent@tatacentre.ca www.tatacentre.ca

·     A micro credit conference will be held April 4, 2007, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro.  The conference will feature keynote speakers Kathleen Close, CEO of Micro Business USA, and Catherine Ludgate, Manager of Community Business Programs at Vancity Credit Union, a micro client trade show, panel presentations, workshops, and a discussion on the possible creation of an Atlantic Canada Micro Credit Institute. Representatives from the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Rural Secretariat, Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia, and the Province of Nova Scotia will also be presenting. Contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca or (902) 893-8966 to register.

·     SeaSpray Atlantic is looking for input on HACCP workshop needs. The co-op wants to hear from you on interest in HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) workshops to be offered in early 2007. Familiarize yourself with on-farm safety, the whys, and how to establish a HACCP for your own operation. In order to make this right for you, please take a minute to let SeaSpray know what your specific needs are: do you want a centralized meeting or one in your home province? Are you a livestock, field crop, horticultural producer or a mixed operation? Please call or email Allison Grant, SeaSpray Atlantic Organic Farmers Cooperative, ph 902 798 7997 seasprayatlantic@hotmail.com


Expanding Your Back Yard  Is Whole Foods Wholesome? The dark secrets of the organic food movement by Field Maloney  http://www.slate.com/id/2138176/


Governing For TomorrowBuilding and Improving Membership Programs by Marilyn Scholl and Karen Zimbelman Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-op wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve the needs of its members. http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/cg1999/membership.shtml


What is Your Vision Statement?  Peak of the Market is one of Canada’s premier grower owned vegetable suppliers and has grown quality produce in Manitoba for 65 years. Peak of the Market supplies over 120 different varieties of Manitoba grown vegetables. They are year round suppliers of various vegetables as Manitoba growers have one of the most technologically advanced storage programs anywhere in North America. Many vegetables can be stored for long periods in controlled environment storage facilities. In these storage facilities, the temperature, humidity and air movement are carefully monitored to ensure the vegetables are maintained in optimum condition to provide excellent quality and value to consumers. Some of the vegetables that can be stored for long periods are beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes and shallots. Its vision is “to create a united team of growers and staff focused on exceptional quality and service”. http://www.peakmarket.com/v2_who.cfm Check out Peak’s recipes, available through e-mail subscription. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, I watched with interest the debate on the co-operative- bus list (cooperative-bus@lists.services.wisc.edu) on employees being elected to boards or hybrid co-ops. Judging from the amount of posts and replies it seems this is an issue with which many organizations are struggling. In a small worker co-op, like Rising Tide, we are both employees and directors. Many people have difficulty with this concept. As people joined the debate, it was great to know friends and acquaintances from all over the globe were willing to contribute their knowledge on this issue. Several examples were given of these hybrid co-ops. An example you might like to read more about is Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, North Carolina. http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com/about/wsm.php Weaver Street Market Co-operative is owned by both our consumers and our workers. The co-operative owns and operates two grocery stores, Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Weaver Street Market in Southern Village. It also owns Panzanella restaurant in Carr Mill Mall.


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, from Rhode Island, http://www.rhodyfresh.com/index.html the Rhode Island Dairy Farms Cooperative By purchasing Rhody Fresh Milk, the consumer is getting fresh milk from local farms that do not use artificial growth hormones. They are also supporting Rhode Island’s dairy farmers, and helping to preserve local farms, pastures and wide-open spaces for generations to come.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      March 16: Interested in a Provincial Co-op Council for New Brunswick – Meet at 10:30 am, Delta Beausejour, Moncton, NB

·      March 16: Greening Your Institution, Tatamagouche Centre To register: 1-800-218-2220, tatacent@tatacentre.ca

·      March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

·      March 19: Interested in a Provincial Co-op Council for Prince Edward Island – Meet at 10:30 am, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

·      March 21: Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Annual General Meeting, Capital Hotel, Ken mount Road, St. John’s, NL

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

·      March 30-31:  Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual General Meeting, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

·      April 4: Microcredit Conference, Truro, NS Contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca or (902) 893-8966 to register.

·      April 18-21: The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland 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: 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

·      May 28 – 29: Co-operative Corporate Governance Conference, Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Co-operative Association, in partnership with The Co-operators is lining up another strong roster of noted experts, practitioners and professionals working within the corporate governance and co-operative sectors. Building upon the success of previous conferences, this year’s event will be reviewing current trends and developments in corporate governance and relate it to co-operatives and credit unions. Aimed at corporate secretaries, governance professionals and staff working in the corporate secretary’s office, the conference will be addressing the themes of development and training; maintaining the integrity and identify of the co-op model; making evaluations effective; and directors liability. The conference also provides the opportunity through facilitated discussion for participants to share experience and best practices amongst their peer group. For further details, contact Quintin.Fox@coopsCanada.coop

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

·      June 26 – 29: Co-operative Development: Harness the Hidden Potential, National Congress and Canadian Co-operative Association and Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives AGMs, St. John’s, NL. Through a range of interactive and participative keynote presentations, plenary discussions and workshops, the Congress sessions will explore what co-operative development means and how the system can look to build a lasting legacy for the communities it serves. As part of the broader discussions over the three days, sessions will include dialogue and learning exchanges focusing on leadership and movement-building strategies from a global, national and local perspective. For more information, go to www.CoopsCanada.coop/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 had no correct entries last week.  Please keep trying. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer: If two hours ago it was as long after one o'clock in the afternoon as it was before one o'clock in the morning, what time would it be now? Answer: 9 o’clock This week’s contest: What are the next three in this sequence: 2 1 F  1 1 F  0 1 F  9 F  _ _ _


It’s Easy to Cook In March, we will feature cole crops. The plant parts eaten differ between the various cole crops more than in any other group of vegetables. In kale and cabbage, leaves are eaten; in broccoli, the green buds and fleshy flower stalks; in cauliflower, the thick flower stalks making up the round, white head or curd; in Brussels sprouts, the axillary bud; in kohlrabi; the swollen leaf. In honour of St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, we feature corned beef dinner with turnip, carrots, onions, potatoes, and cabbage.


  • 1 corned beef brisket, about 4 pounds
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 turnip, cut in chunks
  • 1 pound carrots, or about 8 to 10, trimmed, scraped, and left whole
  • 12 small whole onions, peeled
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, cut in wedges

Place meat in a deep stock pot or kettle; cover with water. Add bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to a boil; skim off foam. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 3 hours. Add vegetables; simmer for about 45 minutes longer, or until vegetables and meat are tender.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2007