Week of Apr. 15 – Apr. 21, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 25

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     The Atlantic Filmmaker’s Cooperative announces the broadcast premiere of 30 Takes: Three Decades of Independent Filmmaking in Atlantic Canada (Directors: Chuck Lapp and Walter Forsyth, Producer Sonya Jampolsky). The one hour film will premiere on CBC Atlantic this coming Thursday, April. 19th at 7 pm in the Maritimes, and 7:30 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Commissioned in 2004 in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Atlantic Filmmaker's Cooperative, this documentary brings together thirty filmmakers from three decades to recollect the past, discuss the good times and bad, and share their thoughts on why AFCOOP is still a central part of the Nova Scotia community thirty years and counting. “In truly cooperative spirit, the entire community came together to make this film happen and it was a great honour to be a part of it,” says Co-Director Walter Forsyth. Woven into the program are ten short films made by past and present AFCOOP members including Andrea Dorfman, Thom Fitzgerald and Bill MacGillvray. To find out more go to: www.afcoop.ca

·     The Canadian Co-operative Association is asking fourteen credit unions across Canada to host overseas credit union managers/loans managers this July. The visitors are in Canada as part of the seventh annual Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due women’s mentoring program, a popular training program that provides overseas staff of financial co-operatives with a unique opportunity for professional development. This July 11-21, fourteen women from credit unions in the developing world will spend ten days with credit union women like themselves receiving general leadership training and learning the ins-and-outs of managing a loans program. CCA project officer Laurie Tennian is again asking credit union managers/branch managers/loans managers from across Canada to sign on to host and share their knowledge with the visitors. If your credit union is interested in hosting a woman credit union professional for ten days this July please contact: Laurie Tennian Tel: (613) 238-6711 ext. 209; laurie.tennian@coopscanada.coop or visit: http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/internationaldev/womensmentoring/

·     Turnstile Pottery Co-operative, www.turnstilepottery.com on Gottingen St in Halifax, NS, is holding its annual spring pottery sale Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 10 am to 5 pm. The sale will feature works by many clay artisans. Turnstile is a co-operatively managed, fully equipped, pottery studio, available to clay artists through monthly membership and to the general public through community workshops. The studio is open for pottery sales Fridays 2 to 6 pm or by chance.

·     Atlantic Council for International Cooperation's member Rescue Mission Canada is seeking an Environmental Education Intern to work in Charlottetown and with their partner in India, ARIVU/Peace Child International. Rescue Mission Canada is a youth-run, youth-led organization committed to community involvement through action and education on environmental and world issues. Its mandate is to empower young people to take action on issues that concern them and to support international cooperation through interaction and travel. Arivu is an India-based, registered organization set up in 2001. It works with Dalit (oppressed) and other marginalized communities to raise awareness about health, education, sustainable income generation, and human rights issues. Peace Child India is hosted by Arivu. Go to ACIC Web site to see detailed posting: http://www.acic-caci.org/opp_intern.html#4

·     Credit union delegates from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador celebrated a successful year at Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting next week. The 73rd annual convention took place April 16-17th in Halifax. “We are pleased to share in the success of the credit unions of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Board Chair David MacLean. “Operationally, last year was a very challenging one for credit unions as they began to implement a multi-year strategy to strengthen our credit union network. Despite these internal pressures, they are continuing to grow and prosper by meeting their customer-owners’ needs.” Between the two provinces, credit union assets rose by more than 7 per cent to approximately $2.1 billion. Many credit unions are sharing profits with their customer-owners in the form of patronage rebates.  “In 2007, work on our multi-year strategy will remain a top priority," adds MacLean. "The purpose of this strategy is to enable all our credit unions to meet all our customer-owners’ needs through access to a full range of financial products and services including everything from student accounts and retirement planning to business loans. Other goals include developing rewarding careers for our employees and living up to our commitment to community development.” www.nscreditunions.ca

·     League Savings and Mortgage Company enjoyed another successful year in 2006 growing total assets on and off-balance sheet to $545 million. The company shared its profits with credit unions by way of a five per cent dividend and other significant fees for referral services. “In 2006, we had a total of $310 million in mortgage referrals from credit unions,” says Bernie O’Neil, President and CEO of League Savings. “The mortgage brokerage enjoyed an exceptionally good year with an increase of close to 50 per cent in funded mortgages. That translates into an additional 165 families that credit unions assisted in meeting their financial dreams of home ownership last year alone.”  “Building stronger alliances and improving communications with all Atlantic Canadian credit unions is our top priority for 2007 to ensure we understand and meet their needs,” says Marion Garlick, Board Chair of League Savings and Mortgage Company. www.lsm.ca

·     Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish, NS, has won this year’s Coady Award at the annual meeting of Nova Scotia credit unions. Bergengren Credit Union has one of the oldest and most active school savings programs with 1.5 full-time employees dedicated to managing the program. It was also responsible for introducing a high school literacy program to Canada, which will be available to all schools in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador free of charge this fall. Highlights of Bergengren’s other community involvement include a generous annual donation of $20,000 to the St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation, sponsoring the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and Festival Antigonish, donating of a piece of land to the St. Andrews Seniors Housing Authority for the construction of a seniors’ complex and providing flexibility at work that enables staff to do more volunteer work. The Coady Award is given in memory of Dr. Moses R. Coady. Heralding from Margaree, Nova Scotia, Coady is often described as a man ahead of his time. He was a social activist with a keen interest in the environment. He rose to prominence during the Depression by promoting principles of cooperation, self-help and community development. www.bergengrencu.com


Youth Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - Nick Scott, a young co-operator living in Fredericton, NB, will be graduating from St. Thomas University this spring. Currently, Nick is finishing his sociology honours thesis on the internal dynamics within a local, collectively run co-operative cafe and bookstore in which he was a founding member (Under the Ground Co-operative, a.k.a Underground Café).  His thesis is focused on the structural and inter-personal issues faced by the co-operative in the pursuit of their democratic-collectivist ideals and the delicate balance in which they exist between theory and practice. He has been accepted to the Sociology Graduate program at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, where he hopes to work under the supervision of Dr. James Sacouman and expand on the research he began at St. Thomas University Nick is currently seeking support in order to attend upcoming co-operative conferences; the Building Co-operative Futures (youth) conference in Guelph , ON (May), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation conference in Saskatoon (May/June), Saskatchewan as well as the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in November. If you or your co-operative are able to help Nick continue his co-operative involvement by attending these conferences, please contact him at gvmpr@stu.ca.


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from the Quint Development Corporation in Saskatoon, SK. Its vision is “We see citizens who are caring and self reliant in communities that are safe and stable, where all citizens can participate. We see a vital local economy that uses local resources, sustains jobs, business and community enterprises, with neighbourhoods that are prosperous, beautiful and environmentally sustainable. We see the community initiating and supporting cultural, recreational, educational and social-economic opportunities for us all.” This corporation specializes in affordable housing through home ownership co-operatives in five core neighborhoods in Saskatoon. http://www.quintsaskatoon.ca/index.html Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – “When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call ‘The Special Period.’ The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.” The film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, has won many awards. To find out more about it, go to: http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php


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, the Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative situated between the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains of Southeastern British Columbia where the tiny villages of Harrop and Procter are hard at work developing a new approach to forestry in British Columbia. For the first time, local loggers and environmentalists have set off into the woods together to harvest trees from their own watersheds. http://www.hpcommunityforest.org/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 7: The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro, Nova Scotia, beginning at 4:00 PM.

·      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 six correct entries last week. The first to arrive was from Ron Levesque, Moncton and special recognition to Kerniel Aasland, Winnipeg, MB whose detailed response is found below. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12, noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last week’s contest and answer: 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.

Kerniel’s answer: “You are on a boat (hopefully a yacht) in the Pacific Ocean facing North. You are on the precise junction of the equator and the international date line. Because it is July, the northern hemisphere is in Summer, and you enter it when you step forwards. The southern hemisphere is in Winter, and you enter that when you step backwards. Because you are on the date line, moving left puts you in to the new day, Sunday July 2, while moving right puts you into the last point to leave the old day, Saturday July 1. If you had arrived a day early, you could have celebrated Canada Day for 24 hours to the left of the date line and then again for another 24 hours to the right of the date line”. This week’s contest: Find out what the animals are! (for example, “To run away or escape” could be a “flea”)

1. hair-control foam

2. very exposed

3. tellin’ falsities

4. a lamenting cry

5. a dull person

6. a precious or loved one

7. first you get a parking ticket, then you get this

8. these make up a chain


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.   From Katie, Grade 8, Charlottetown, PE: “I thought that all the things from Africa and the Philippines that you showed us were really cool and really interesting to see all the different things that they do and have that we don’t. My favorite part was learning about the different things about other people’s lives, like about how they pray everyday at school or the rice god. Over all, it was very interesting.”


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  

Lightly Seasoned Baked Fish Fillets

This recipe, from the Heart & Stroke Foundation Web site, provides a delicious, lower-fat alternative to deep-fried fillets or prepared fish sticks. The seasoning is mild, so the dish will appeal to kids as well as adults. For more intense flavour, you can increase the amount of herbs used or experiment with different seasonings.

Makes 4 servings.

1 lb (500 g) sole fillets, fresh or frozen and defrosted

½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour

2 egg whites

1 tbsp (15 mL) water

¾ cup (175 mL) dried bread crumbs

¼ tsp (1 mL) each: salt, pepper

1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme

1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh parsley, chopped

1 tbsp (15 mL) soft, non-hydrogenated margarine, melted

1 lemon, cut in wedges

Cut fillets into finger-sized pieces. Pat fish dry with paper towels.

Place flour in shallow dish. Beat egg whites and water in another shallow dish. In a third bowl, combine bread crumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley.

Dust each piece of fish with flour. Dip into egg whites, allowing excess to drain off. Dip into herbed crumb mixture.

Grease a baking dish with melted margarine. Place fish in baking dish. Bake at 450 °F (230 °C) for 5 minutes, turn once and bake for another 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve fish with lemon wedges. For more heart healthy recipes, go to http://ww1.heartandstroke.ca/Page.asp?PageID=38&SubCategoryID=36&Src=recipes&Type=Article


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·     Our secretary has been using some of the resources from the following site, especially on minute taking. http://www.elimina.com/ It may be helpful to others. Good job on the newsletter.CG, NB


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