Week of Mar. 18 – Mar. 24, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 21

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Openings – “Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman http://www.howardthurmanbooks.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

·     Nova Scotia Farmers’ Markets are looking for new producers to respond to the increasing demand for locally grown food. Don Black, co-ordinator for the co-operative says, “Taking everything into consideration, it’s reasonable for us expect a 25 per cent increase in the number of our customers over the next two years. The relocation of the Halifax market to a larger space in the new Seawall project by itself means a substantial increase in the number of customers we will be able to serve in 2008. http://nsfarmersmarkets.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=87 Through January and February of this year, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Co-operative personnel met with market communities throughout the province to ask for their help in reaching their farming neighbours who may have produce to sell. For more information contact dblack@chebucto.ca

·     Funded by Atlantic Canadian co-operatives and credit unions, the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) Program encourages youth to become active leaders in their community and co-operative organizations. Currently the program needs a co-ordinator. Reporting to the Chair of the ACYL Governance Committee, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating youth programs and overall strategy for the meaningful involvement of youth in co-operatives and credit unions in the Atlantic Provinces. If you are interested, contact ACYL Program, P.O. Box 750,Moncton, NB , E1C 8N5, Fax: (506) 858-6473 Email: recruitment@coopatlantic.ca Deadline date:  March 30, 2007

·     The New Brunswick Film Co-op http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/history.htm  is presenting the Fredericton Monday Night Film Series. The series partners are the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival and the UNB Faculty of Arts. The NB Film Co-op is a non-profit, charitable organization involved in the production of 16mm and digital films. It is in its 28th year of operation. The Co-op provides broad-ranging support (workshops/training, creative support and mentoring, grant writing assistance, equipment, human resources, socials, informal writer/director/actor labs). It also presents diverse quality films and videos through its annual provincial Film Festival. The Co-op also seeks to give a voice to, and develop the talents of, artists.  The Monday Night Film Series http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/fs.htm  takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus  Telephone: 455-1632 or email info@nbfilmcoop.com

·     Heather Harkins, chair, board of directors of the Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative welcomes everyone to the Is Film Dead? Symposium from March 21-24.  Guests will gather with guests from across the nation to discuss the evolution (and revolutions) of media art technologies.  In the past year, the Canadian filmmaking community suffered the painful loss of Roberto Ariganello and Helen Hill.  It is hoped this symposium will do justice to their memory, and inspire people to express themselves through the medium of film. The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative began in 1974 when a dozen dreamers gathered with a plan to put the tools of filmmaking into the hands of independent artists. A third of a century later (33 years), says executive director Walter Forsyth, “seems like a great time to gather media artists and academics from across Canada to discuss where film fits in the world of media art.  Welcome to the Is Film Dead? Symposium and the inaugural Halifax Independent Filmmakers’ Festival.” Check out the many events happening during the Symposium at http://www.afcoop.ca/main.htm


Expanding Your Back Yard – Wal-Mart's 'China Price' by Joshua Holland http://www.alternet.org/workplace/27829


Governing For TomorrowEffective Organizations Call For Effective Chairs

Effective leadership is a key quality of any successful organization. A not-for-profit organization is no exception. This information bulletin is dedicated to the role of the Board Chair, so if you are choosing a Chair, or choosing to Chair, you'll know what is involved! http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/building_communities/volunteer_community/programs/bdp/services/resources/newsletters/index.asp


What is Your Vision Statement?  – “St. Joseph's Credit Union will be the provider of choice for the ultimate financial service experience.” Located on Isle Madame in Petit de Grat, NS its Web site is: https://www.stjosephscreditu.ca  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksLast Friday I attended the meeting in Moncton, NB, to explore the level of interest and determine whether a co-operative development council should be put in place for New Brunswick. Nova Scotia Co-operative Council representatives made a presentation on it success and gave examples. I decided to look at some examples from our neighbours to the south where it appears the federal government is supportive of co-op development centres and co-operatives.  I am sure we could move ahead quickly with financial support such as they received. The Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) http://www.cdi.coop/    is the Northeast’s center for cooperative business education, training and technical assistance. CDI’s mission is to increase economic opportunities and benefits for people in the Northeast by fostering the growth and success of all types of cooperative enterprises. CDI serves communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York. The Cooperative Fund of New England http://www.cooperativefund.org/index.html  is a community development loan fund that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York). Read about their 30 year history http://www.cooperativefund.org/cfne_turns_30.html


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 British Columbia, the Redeye Collective.  Redeye has been broadcasting every Saturday morning on Vancouver Cooperative Radio since the late 1970’s. For the majority of those years, they have operated as a collective — making decisions together about everything from how they run their meetings to what they cover and who they interview. They say working as a collective is one of the factors that keeps the show vibrant and open to new ideas. http://www.vcn.bc.ca/redeye/collective.html


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 but lots of good guesses including 1 F 7 and  1 9 F.  This was a hard one. See the solution and explanation below. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer:  What are the next three in this sequence: 2 1 F  1 1 F  0 1 F  9 F  _ _ _  Answer:   8 F 7  from the function keys on a computer keyboard. Starting with F12, F11, F10 reading it backwards. This week’s contest: A fire engine was rushing to a small fire, 15 miles away. The fire engine set out with 120 gallons of water. However, the water tank had a leak and the fire engine was losing water at the rate of 2 gallons per minute. The fire engine travelled at a constant 30 miles per hour. The fire required 50 gallons of water. Did the fire engine have enough water when it arrived?


It’s Easy to Cook In March, we will feature cole crops. This week for those who might like to try a less commonly used vegetable, we are suggesting parsnips. http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/facts/parsnip.htm The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler and have a stronger flavor. Parsnips can be boiled, roasted or used in stews, soups and casseroles.

Roast and Vegetables for an Atlantic Sunday Dinner

1 (1 1/2 to 2-pound) roast (Atlantic Tender Beef or Pork)

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry red wine
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 green onions (green parts only), chopped

Combine marinade ingredients in a measuring cup and whisk to combine. Pour over roast in a plastic bag. Marinate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 45 minutes test and return to oven for approximately 30 minutes more or until meat is cooked . Allow meat to rest about 10 minutes before cutting into 2-inch serving pieces. Drizzle a small amount of the meat juices from cooking over each piece of meat. Serve with the root vegetables

Vegetable Dish 
5 parsnips
5 carrots
1 small turnip

 2 red onions, peeled and quartered

Olive oil
Seasoning (prepare ahead and use only a small amount. Keep the remainder for use with other dishes) 

1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and cut root vegetables into large chunks. Arrange in a roasting pan and season with olive oil and seasoning. Roast until tender. Check vegetables for doneness after 25 minutes and then every 10 minutes thereafter. Serve with the roast.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2007