Week of May 27 – June 2, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 32

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Openings“Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.” - Myla Kabat-Zinn http://www.pbs.org/bodyandsoul/217/zinn.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

·     Middleton’s Fresh Air Foods Co-op is in the thick of efforts to boost Annapolis Valley farms http://www.novanewsnow.com/article-83812-A-breath-of-fresh-air.html Some view the co-op as a small but vital force in the drive to revitalize local agriculture and consumer habits.

·     Coastal Community Radio Cooperative Ltd in Glace Bay, NS, is awaiting CRTC approval for its community radio license application. The application was submitted in August 2006 and was recently reviewed as a non-appearing item on the CRTC hearings held at Membertou Trade & Convention Centre April 16 & 17th. If approved, The Coast 89.7FM will expand its special event station to a permanent community radio station serving the majority of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality with a maximum 6000 watt signal. Currently the Coast 89.7FM operates under authority of Industry Canada and is limited to a 28 day license and 50 watts maximum signal per special event broadcast. The new Coast 89.7FM will bring a fresh editorial perspective with emphasis on local news and sports content including live daily newscasts 7 days a week. In addition the station will focus on community oriented programming pertaining to the interests of all Cape Bretoners from youth to seniors. The station will also continue to specialize in east coast music along with some additional music selections providing a variety of music programming. http://www.coastalradio.ca/

·     Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia has announced the provincial winners of its Youth Leadership Competition from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. One youth from each province has won a trip to a national credit union conference. Donna Careen, Supervisor, Financial Services for Eastern Edge Credit Union is the winner in  Newfoundland and Labrador and Amber Gammon, accounting supervisor for Valley Credit Union, is the winner from Nova Scotia. For more details http://www.ns-creditunions.com/default.asp?mn=


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from The Co-operators www.cooperators.ca  It is “to be the Canadian champion, to be where Canadians are, with the financial security products and services they need, when they need them, however they wish to buy them and to be a member of, and contributor to, a strong co-operative community”. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - If you are a youth who wants to become more involved in the co-operative movement, but you are not sure how, there is a great book that might help you on your search. Editors Julia Smith, Robin Puga and Ian MacPherson compiled the book, “Youth Reinventing Co-operatives: Young perspectives on the international co-operative movement” in 2005. This book offers excellent reflections on the co-op movement from youth from around the world as well as detailed case studies of interesting projects youth are involved with. You will find case studies of AIDS youth projects in Africa, the Federation of Young Co-operators in Argentina and even a host of Canadian examples. If you are interested in this publication, visit the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies online: http://web.uvic.ca/bcics/.


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 Connacht Gold Co-op in County Sligo, Ireland. It is a large multi-purpose co-operative engaged in a wide range of activities including dairy processing, liquid milk distribution, feed milling, retail stores, livestock marketing, wool trading, and timber sawmilling. http://www.connachtgold.ie/?q=node/129


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 – Last week there were four correct answers and two people tied with first correct entry in because they were so close in time: entries from Larry Higdon, Baie Verte Co-op in NL, and Sally White from CUCNB arrived within 15 minutes of each other on Wednesday morning. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be place in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest and answer: In the following line, cross out nine letters such that the remaining letters spell a well known animal -

ENILNEEPLETHTAENRST  Answer: ELEPHANT, by crossing out nine letters.

This week’s contest: By changing the third letter of each of the words below, can you make another valid word? You have to change each word so that the third letters will reveal a ten letter word when read downwards. Therefore, what now reads KRZSAPROKD will be a real word.




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 Michelle, Grade 8,  New Brunswick: “I learned that there are millions of people that have like not a thing after disasters and how that whatever they fundraise the government I think will triple it Then her organization lends money and animals like water buffaloes to farmers and other people to help reconstruct their community.”


It’s Easy to Cook – Looking Forward…. Looking Back … Maureen

This will be my last week to share a recipe with you and I want to thank all those people who sent in requests and recipes over the 18 months that Co-op Circles has been sent out. It was fun to meet you and learn what interests you have in the area of food and cooking. Thank you each and every one for being part of our circle. Next week you will meet one of our new Circles contributors:  Glenna Weagle from Bridgewater, NS. We have known Glenna for many years as she was extremely active in her local co-op . Glenna will be sharing recipes and cooking stories with you in the future. Welcome, Glenna!!!

This week, we progress from chicken to eggs. Here is some interesting reading on how to cook and keep eggs:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/CoddledEgg.htm

Eggs with Hollandaise Sauce

6 eggs room temperature and separated
6 slices of seven-grain or multi grain bread
Hollandaise Sauce (see recipe below)*
Chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bread on a non-stick baking sheet. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites approximately 2 to 3 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Divide egg whites over bread rounds in mounds; using the back of a spoon, form a hollow in the centre (top) of each. Gently place one egg yolk in each hollow. Bake approximately 10 to 15 minutes until egg yolk is set and the meringue is lightly browned  (be careful not to overcook. Yolk needs to be firm. Remove from oven and place on individual serving dishes. Drizzle Hollandaise sauce over the top; add a dash of paprika and chopped parsley Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of butter and lemon juice using egg yolks as the emulsifying agent, usually seasoned with salt and a little black pepper or cayenne pepper. It is a French sauce, so named because it was believed to have been, or to have mimicked, a Dutch sauce. Hollandaise sauce is well known as a key ingredient in eggs Benedict.


2 slightly beaten egg yolks
2-3 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 lb. butter
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. oregano seasoning

Place ingredients in saucepan. (double boiler)  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until butter melts and sauce becomes slightly thickened


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 6, 2007