Week of Oct. 29– Nov. 4, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 3

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Openings“I am not interested in picking up the crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu www.tutu.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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, in partnership with Nova Scotia Business Inc and Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia, is sponsoring a series of meetings across the province to outline details of new financing and equity programs available to local businesses. The luncheon meetings are open to all business operators and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about financing and collaborative risk sharing opportunities. The sessions will be held: Oct 31 - Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro; Nov 2 - Ramada Plaza Hotel, Dartmouth; Nov 8 - Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville; Nov 10 - Maritime Inn, Port Hawkesbury. All meetings begin at noon. Pre-registration is required by contacting (902) 893-8966 or via email at nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca It is an opportunity to meet the credit union and NSBI managers in your area and hear about the various financing and equity programs available in your community and for your business clients.

·      A group of PEI residents have been meeting with the intent to form The Citizens –Farmers Organic Alliance Co-operative. They are hoping to incorporate a co-operative which will create a vehicle to more closely address access to local produce on a small scale. The previous meeting saw more than 50 people attend, so organizers have determine there is a real interest  The next public meeting is set for Wednesday Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the University of Prince Edward Island in  Main 130. For more info, e-mail pamelach@isn.net (Prof. Pamela Courtney-Hall) or telephone 902-569-8724 (Jeanne Maki).

·      Mobilizing Youth to Deliver Advisory Services (MYDAS) is organizing consultations about the formation of co-operative councils for both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, says MYDAS Coordinator, David Daughton. An initial opportunity for co-ops to get together will take place on Friday, November 10th at the Hillsborough Community Centre in Charlottetown. The all-day event is being sponsored by the “Inclusion and Empowerment” sub-node of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) project on the Social Economy in Atlantic Canada, in which MYDAS is a partner. Several Island co-ops are among the presenters and all co-operators are welcome to attend. The event is free and a meal will be served. For more information, you can contact David at 902-626-7399 or via e-mail at info@mydas-mjasc.coop

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Expanding Your Back Yard – 2015: A Water Odyssey by  Bob Sandford: A ten-year vision for Canadian Water http://www.corporateknights.ca/content/page.asp?name=water_odyssey – Author says what is happening presently in Canada with respect to our fresh water resources is very troubling.

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Governing For Tomorrow Bylaws: How Strong is Your Co-op’s Foundation? By Karen Zimbelman - A quick assessment for board members: Are you thoroughly familiar with your co-op's bylaws and Articles? Do you understand all aspects of your bylaws and Articles? Can your members or fellow directors read and understand your bylaws the first time through? Do your bylaws consistently answer procedural questions without providing so much detail that you have to change them each time your board changes the way it wants to operate?  If you answer "no" to any of these questions, you need to devote some time to your bylaws. http://cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/index.php?id=39

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What is Your Vision Statement?  – Foothills Forage Association in Alberta provides unbiased forage information to forage producers.  It partners with industry, government and the agriculture community to achieve the goals of the association.  The members of this co-operative are actively involved and there is skilled leadership and management including staff and volunteers. http://www.foothillsforage.com/about.shtml Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational LinksBlack Gold www.blackgoldmovie.com is a movie about the Multinational coffee companies which rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. However, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. He is general manager for the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia. Approximately 425,300 households are involved in coffee production.  The coffee in the Oromia region is shade grown and is bird friendly.  All of the coffee is of the Arabica type. http://www.oromiacoffeeunion.org/

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You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week from Kansas, the Community Mercantile Coop. It strives to provide its community with outstanding selection of the finest and freshest foods in the region by emphasizing natural and organic foods, locally produced food, and food that was produced in a sustainable way. The co-op is committed to its community and to education and outreach within its community. http://www.communitymercantile.com/mission  This Lawrence, Kansas cooperative has  over 2,700 member/owners strong.

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·       Nov. 2 – Microcredit workshops, Halifax.  For more information contact brenda.mackinnon2@ns.sympatico.ca  or go to www.acic.caci.org/microcredit

·    Nov. 3 –5, 2006 Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative will be celebrating 10 years of business. There will be different events at its Cafes. The Schedule will be its Web site www.justuscoffee.com

·      Nov. 4, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conferences in Zones 2, 3, 7 and 8

·      November 10 - In a collaboration between the Social Economy Research Network and the Co-operative Sector, there will be a Fall Workshop on the theme of “Citizen Power” at the Hillsborough Community Centre on Friday 10th November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will help to demystify the “Social Economy” and will address ways that individuals, organizations and enterprises can help to build inclusive communities on sustainable and ethical foundations. For more information, contact David Daughton: 902-626-7399 or info@mydas-mjasc.coop

·      Nov.12 -15, Global Microcredit Summit, Halifax, NS http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

·      Nov. 16-18, Taking Global to Local — The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation Annual Meeting and Conference, Edmonton, AB. Javier Salaberria from the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain will be a keynote speaker. Full details and registration information will be available at www.canadianworker.coop

·      Nov. 17 – Dollars and Sense…..Ethical Fashions for the Socially Conscious – a fundraiser for the Co-operative Development Foundation, Charlottetown, PEI

·      Nov. 18 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conference in Zone 5

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

·      Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winner –  Jeannette Holmden, Moncton. and the lucky winner for October is Carole MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury.  
A small gift is on the way. All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for November will be announced the first week in December. 
Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca

Last week’s Contest and answer - I was born in December .As my birthday approaches I start to collect loonies, but I enjoy it! On the first day of the month I collect one loonie, on the second day I collect two and so on. So by my birthday I will have collected 276 loonies altogether. On which day of the month is my birthday? Answer: My birthday is December 23rd. This week’s Contest:  Bob is a keen dog admirer and over the years has had a number of dogs. He has had an Alsatian, a Dalmatian, a Poodle and a Great Dane, but not necessarily in that order. Bob had Jamie first. The Dalmatian was an adored pet before the Great Dane. Sammy, the Alsatian, was the second dog Bob loved. Whitney was housed before the Poodle and Jimmy was not a Great Dane. Can you tell each of the dog’s name and the order in which Bob had them?

 

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It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook.

When I was travelling in Asia recently, the fresh vegetable dishes were wonderful, beautifully presented and cooked with just the right amount of seasoning so that the natural flavours predominated. I was reminded how many recipes there are for stir-fries so I decided I would try a new one each week for a while. This can be cut in half for a family of four. Remember, peppers are on special this week at your Co-op.

Teriyaki Stir Fry (makes 8 servings)

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 green bell pepper, julienned
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned

1/2 cup red onion, julienned
1 cup thickly cut yellow squash (half-moon slices)
1 cup thickly cut zucchini (half-moon slices) 
1 clove garlic, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup canned straw mushrooms
3 cups sliced bok choy
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1/3 cup sliced bamboo shoots
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 cup snow peas

Start by preparing and cutting all the vegetables and measuring your ingredients so that they are ready to go. Once you begin stir-frying, it goes very quickly. In a wok or large sauté pan, heat canola oil over high heat, until it is almost smoking. While stirring constantly, 1 at a time, add in the peppers and onions, followed by the squash, zucchini, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and teriyaki sauce. Cook for about 2 minutes and then add in the remaining ingredients and seasonings, except for the snow peas. Cook about 2 minutes more. Stir in snow peas when done and remove from heat.

 

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006