Week of Apr. 8 – Apr. 14, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 24

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Openings“The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever you go to the doctor. If your doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, well, I read a science fiction novel that tells me it’s not a problem. If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.”- Al Gore  www.climatecrisis.net/  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

·     GuitarFest Cape Breton Co-operative Limited is pleased with the success of its inaugural Guitarfest, G-1, which occurred on April 1, 2007, in Sydney, NS. The event, staged to provide professional through to beginner guitarists with a day of guitar performances, workshops, and product demonstrations, saw over 125 musicians attend. “The event exceeded our expectations, the feedback from those participating has been excellent, and yes, we’re planning for next year’s Guitarfest Cape Breton, G-2, with March 31st as a working date,” says John Aylward, president of Guitarfest Cape Breton Co-operative Limited. “We know that we will have even more support from instrument manufacturers and suppliers, and we have already had several guitarists come forward to ask for performance slots on the main stage.”

·     Co-op Atlantic has announced the appointment of Annie LaPlante as its first ever manager of The Co-operative Difference. In this role, Laplante will be working with stakeholders across the region to increase partnerships and awareness for the integral role the co-op system plays in our communities. From Co-op Atlantic’s perspective, the four pillars of The Co-op Difference are Grow Atlantic, Member Focus, Community, and the Co-operative Business Model. These pillars reflect the core values that make co-operatives different from other businesses and organizations. As the communities of the region continue to face challenges to their sustainability, The Co-op Difference manager will work with local communities, food producers and co-operatives to ensure that they enjoy the benefits of co-operation. “The time is now to let people know about our Co-op Difference,” says John Harvie, CEO of Co-op Atlantic. “The more we can help people take advantage of this, the greater the benefits for all of us.” Examples of  The Co-op Difference in action include: helping local Co-op stores increase the amount of Atlantic-produced food for sale in their stores; contributing to programs that provide unique benefits to Co-op members; improving awareness among government officials about how strong co-ops benefit the communities; and helping food producers gain the benefits of working together co-operatively. Laplante is a Professional Agrologist with degrees in agriculture and science. Previously, she had worked for Co-op Atlantic for six years as a Feed Sales Representative. Laplante can be contacted at 506 858-6054 or annie.laplante@coopatlantic.ca.

·     Wolfville, Nova Scotia www.town.wolfville.ns.ca  will become the first Fair Trade town in Canada with a celebration on April 17 at Acadia University’s Festival Theatre building on Main Street from 5 to 7 pm. The event will include booths and displays with the theme of sustainable communities featuring samples of fair trade products, a viewing of the movie, Buyer Be Fair, and a presentation of recognition by TransFair Canada, leader of the Canadian Fair Trade Town Campaign. www.transfair.ca

·     The Creamery Square building in Tatamagouche, NS, will be undergoing renovations throughout 2007 and will open spring 2008 as the “Creamery Square Museum & Archives”. In 1930, J. J. Creighton purchased the Creamery and after he passed away in 1967, Scotsburn Dairy Co-operative Limited acquired it. Scotsburn kept the Creamery operational from 1968 until they closed its doors in1992. Soon after, they donated the one-acre lot and 2 buildings to the village of Tatamagouche http://www.centralnovascotia.com/members/creamerysquare/ ACOA is investing $619,675 to the project through the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), The Department of Canadian Heritage is investing $309,829 under the Cultural Spaces Canada Program. http://www.acoa.ca/e/media/press/press.shtml?3780


Youth Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - Krystal Payne, a founding member of the Underground Co-op Café in Fredericton, NB, and an enthusiastic co-operator, is hoping to better her participation in the co-op movement through advancing her education. She has recently been accepted into the University of London’s School of Advanced Studies, pursuing her Masters in Human Rights. She intends to return home after completing this degree to “help with the co-operative movement in the Atlantic provinces.” Krystal has been resourceful in finding funding to attend many co-op conferences in the past, including the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation conference and AGM last year. She now needs support from other co-operators in order to stay connected and informed about co-operatives in Canada by attending the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperatives Conference and the Ontario Cooperative Association’s Building Cooperative Futures Youth Conference, both in May of this year. If you are interested in helping Krystal or if you have funding ideas, please contact her at gvmrd@stu.ca


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Saskatchewan Co-operative Association www.sask.coop Its vision is “Co-operatives...creating a higher quality of living in Saskatchewan communities.” Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – What one co-op can do! A few weeks ago, on a trip to the Annapolis Valley, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Just Us Coffee Roasters Co-op at the Wolfville/Grand Pre location http://www.justuscoffee.com/AboutJustUs.aspx  This was the first time I had the opportunity to see their Coffee museum

http://www.justuscoffee.com/Resources/Docs/issue%2016%20-colour.pdf  It was great and the member owners and staff were wonderful hosts. They have a movie and interactive displays for everyone. All this, plus the opportunity to snack on the finest fair trade, organic chocolate products on the market. Learn more about this cooperative’s success and its work in the area of fair trade by reading their newsletter archives at



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, Frontier Natural Products Co-op which specializes in natural and organic products found in natural products stores and specialty shops throughout the United States and Canada. Frontier is the world’s largest global supplier of organic herbs and spices and began as a two-person operation in 1976 in a cabin along the Cedar River in Eastern Iowa.  http://www.frontiercoop.com/company.html


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      April 14: New Ross Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Location:  Forties Community Centre; Time:  Social - 6:00pm, Dinner - 6:30pm, Meeting - 7:30pm

·      April 16-17: Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia AGM

·      April 17: Wolfville, NS, celebrates becoming first Fair Trade town in Canada

·      April 18: League Savings & Mortgage Company AGM

·      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 10-13: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Annual General Meeting and Symposium, St. John’s, NL. Theme of this year’s conference is “Moving Forward: Future Trends in Development” Tel/Tél: (902) 431-2311 Fax/Téléc: (902) 431-3216 E-mail/Courriel: info@acic-caci.org http://www.acic-caci.org

·      May 15-16: Working together to make a difference – A National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum for co-operatives, credit unions, community investment organizations and co-operative developers, University of Guelph. Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.

·      May 17: Canadian Community Investment Network Co-operative (CCINC) Meetings at University of Guelph – CCINC is a network of community loan funds, social enterprise funds, co-op funds, microloan funds and financial institutions with community investment programs. Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.

·      May 17: CoopZone Forum at University of Guelph (www.coopzone.coop) Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.CoopZone is a network of co-operative developers and it hosts a Web site which contains practical resources on starting and improving co-operatives.

·      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

·      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

·      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. Possibly the contest was so simple it looked hard.  Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer: Rearrange 'new door' to make one word instead. Answer: ONE WORD This week’s contest: Where in the world are you situated and in what direction are you facing if the following conditions are true?

If you move to the right, it’s Saturday, July 1.

If you move to the left, it’s Sunday, July 2.

If you move forward, it’s summer.

If you move backward, it’s winter.


Today I Learned Something New: International Development Through the Eyes of Students - During the year as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association,  I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through comment sheets.   This week from Paige, Grade 8B, Truro NS: Since yesterday I’ve learned a lot about the Philippines. I have never really thought about them and other similar countries like Guatemala. I also was interested to hear about their Muslim religion. I found it sad to hear how easily these kids can be assisted with so little money (Canadian) and it makes me want to help them!


It’s Easy to Cook During the month of April, we will feature Fish recipes: Cod, salmon, trout, smelts, or other Atlantic species.  If you have a favorite Atlantic Fish recipe, please send it to us at news1@nbnet.nb.ca  Read about the health benefits of fish http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/fishfood_health.htm This week we share an easy and attractive dish and some details about this fish  http://www.oceansalive.org/eat.cfm?subnav=fishpage&fish=58

Mackerel with Sun-dried Tomatoes

4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 strips lemon peel (about 2 1/2 inches long)
2 strips orange peel (about 2 1/2 inches long)
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/3 cup olives
1/3 cup roughly chopped oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
 salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) mackerel fillets, with skin

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet with the garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the onions and cook until brown and tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme, rosemary, lemon and orange peel, pepper flakes, olives, and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and cook until herbs and zest are fragrant, about 3 minutes more. Transfer vegetables to a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the skillet. Make 1-inch diagonal slashes into the skin to prevent the mackerel from curling while cooking. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet over high heat and season the mackerel with salt and pepper. Place fish, skin side down, in the skillet and cook undisturbed until crisp brown and a spatula can easily be slipped under the fish to flip, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook another 2 minutes, until just firm. Set on top of the pre cooked vegetable mixture and serve.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2007