Week of May 6 – May 12, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 29

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Openings“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” - J.M. Barrie http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jmbarrie.htm 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

·     From June 17- 22, 2007, the Island Media Arts Co-op (IMAC), in partnership with Telefilm Canada, present The PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp in beautiful Mount Stewart, PEI. The Bootcamp is a five day retreat-style intensive training session for emerging Canadian screenwriters. The Bootcamp is free but you must apply to attend. The deadline for application is May 11, 2007. To find out more about The Screenwriter’s Bootcamp, e-mail youthinkyoucanwrite@yahoo.ca

·     Farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia are working on a growth strategy for a sector that already contributes almost $63 million to the provincial economy. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?iid=2494&sid=21201  A group called the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Co-operative is conducting a series of brain-storming sessions with vendors and customers. Co-ordinator Don Black said a Cape Breton session—which was hosted by the Cape Breton Farmers’ Co-operative — was the first of five that will tap into the issues and concerns of all 10 farmers’ markets in the Nova Scotia co-operative.

·     Robert Acton has been inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame. http://nsac.ca/halloffame/citations/acton_robert.htm He was a founding member and chair of the Maritime Beef Marketing & Development Group, responsible for creation of the award winning “Atlantic Tender Beef Classic” beef brand. He has also been a founding member of the Atlantic Beef Producers Co-op, the body representing producer-owners of the Atlantic Beef Products Inc processing facility in Borden-Carleton, PEI. Acton was nominated by the New Brunswick Cattle Producers Association in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the agriculture industry,

·     New Brunswick grower Léopold Bourgeois recently visited France to explain his producer co-op’s success in getting food grown here on the tables of Atlantic Canadians. http://www.co-opsonline.com/sites/CoopDiffStory.aspx?id=8  Léopold is one of the owners and operators of La Fleur du Pommier, an apple farm in Cocagne, New Brunswick. They also grow strawberries, raspberries and vegetables

·     La Société coopérative de Lamèque Limitée was recently chosen to receive an Environmental Leadership Award for Business from the New Brunswick government. http://www.co-opsonline.com/sites/CoopDiffStory.aspx?id=21  Award recipients received a pewter medal embossed with the award logo. They will also receive a tree to be planted in their communities to serve as a living legacy for their outstanding achievement. La Société coopérative de Lamèque intends to donate the tree to the ecology park in the community.


Youth Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - The International Co-operative Alliance hosts the ICA Youth Network. This network provides a forum for youth to talk about co-ops, as well as and opportunity to share activities and projects undertaken by youth in co-ops around the world. Feel free to visit this website to meet other young co-operators from around the world, hear about interesting projects or start a discussion about a co-op-relevant issue. Visit http://icayouth.coop/issues


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Credit Union Atlantic in Halifax, NS. “Credit Union Atlantic is an integrated team of professionals providing contemporary financial solutions to customer-owners.  By living its values, Credit Union Atlantic helps more and more customer-owners reach their full potential.” www.cua.com Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – My computer’s home page is set to our co-op: Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd.  http://www.risingtidecoop.com/  However, this week I did a search for other “Rising Tides”. Here is one not far away from me in Maine. I plan to visit it when I travel down that way. Rising Tide Community Market is a co-operatively owned natural foods grocery in Damariscotta, Maine. Serving its community since 1978, Rising Tide carries a full line of local, natural and organic products in its grocery, bulk, produce, body care and vitamin departments


Rising Tide is committed to providing local, natural and organic food to its Mid-Coast community. See its Web site for interesting health information http://www.risingtide.coop/common/adam/HealthTools.asp?storeID=619D777AC6FD4BF6868E21701B44FA3B


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 the Hendersonville Community Co-op in Henderson County, North Carolina. During a recent Earth Day celebration, the store featured local vendors selling art, jewelry, soaps and handmade hula hoops; sustainable living groups; grilled veggie burgers; a raffle and live music. Radio station WTZQ carried the event live and a one-man band performed. The Henderson County Chapter of the American Red Cross Bloodmobile was at the event and blood donors and co-op members received five percent off purchases in the store. www.hendersonville.coop


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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. Guest speaker: Justin Trudeau

·      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 – The contest was a bit difficult last week. We didn’t have any entries with every answer correct. Many were stumped by the last one (see answer below).Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  All entries will be placed in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest and answer: The children’s encyclopaedia has suffered water damage. Below is a printout of reptiles and amphibians which have had every other letter removed. Can you replace the missing letters *e*r*p*n,--*o*t*i*e--*r*c*d*l*--*u*t*e--*o*c*s*n--*e*t--*k*n* Answers: Terrapin, tortoise, crocodile, turtle, moccasin, newt, skink (skinks are the most diverse group of lizards.) This week’s contest:  In a day of foraging, a tramp collects 274 cigarette ends. He knows that for every 5 cigarette ends he can make a new cigarette. How many cigarettes can the tramp make and then actually smoke?


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 Brittany, Grade 7, Charlottetown, PE: “What I learned is that there are lots of other places in the world that have poverty and are really poor in areas where we aren’t and that we don’t really appreciate. I love learning about how her organization really helps the kids and the people with things they don’t really have. I think some day I would love to go different places and help the way they do.”



It’s Easy to Cook – May will feature Chicken recipes: Roasted, broiled, grilled or poached, and combined with a wide range of herbs and spices, chicken makes a delicious, flavourful and nutritious meal. Read about the health benefits of chicken http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=116   If you have a favorite Atlantic Chicken recipe, please send it to us at news1@nbnet.nb.ca  Recently I spent a weekend with  a couple from New Orleans. They spent Saturday cooking up a family recipe for jambalaya made with traditional andouille sausage. They used a large saucepan, melted butter, mixed in flour, and whisked constantly for over an hour, until a thick paste-like roux was formed. Then they added the ingredients, one at a time, and cooked the jambalaya for over six hours.  I loved the meal but not the preparation time so here is a recipe that can be made more quickly.

Chicken Jambalaya

·     2 tablespoons margarine or butter

·     1/4 cup chopped onion

·     1/3 cup chopped celery

·     1/4 cup chopped green pepper

·     1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

·     1 1/2 cups chicken broth

·     2/3 cup long grain white rice

·     1 teaspoon dried basil

·     1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

·     1/4 teaspoon black pepper

·     1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

·     1 bay leaf

·     2/3 cup diced cooked chicken breast

·     3 cup cooked crumbled Italian sausage

·     2/3 cup peeled cooked shrimp

Melt margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, and green pepper; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and rice; season with basil, garlic, pepper, hot sauce, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is done, about 20 minutes. Once the rice has cooked, stir in chicken, sausage, and shrimp. Simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Remove bay leaf before serving.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 16, 2007