Week of June 10 – June 16, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 34
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This Week in Co-op Circles
As a credit union, Steel Centre in
In order to meet the rapidly rising consumer demand for food produced in
Nova Scotia, the Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia Co-operative, with the
participation of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Agrapoint, has contracted with Service Canada (HRSDC) to
carry out a Labour Market Development Study. The
purpose of the study is to give us accurate information that will allow it to
effectively bring more
Trends – (Editor’s Note: This
week we welcome Ron Levesque into the Circle. He is an information junkie, as
well as possessing a keen interest in all things co-operative. We look forward
to his contributions!) Good Wednesday! I'm calling this contribution to
Co-op Circles ‘Trends’, but it could just as easily be titled ‘Found on the
Web’ or ‘Happening Somewhere’... What I would like to do is introduce
subscribers to trends or things happening elsewhere in the world, and ideally –
but not necessarily – related to co-operatives. This week, I would like to talk
about podcasts. What are podcasts?
Podcasts started as audio media that was delivered
initially to iPod music players – hence the name ‘podcast’ – but they have quickly evolved into media
available to computers, for the most part. A podcast
can be audio, audio-visual or another recent trend, Portable Document Format
(PDF) files that you can view on your screen or print out. One recent evolution
is that podcasters are now offering transcripts along
with their audio or audio-visual podcasts. Think of podcasts as radio programs or television programs available
anytime you want them. While you don’t need special software or hardware to
play podcasts, there is software that makes the whole
podcast experience more like watching TV or listening
to the radio, but with direct access to a program guide with hundreds of
thousands of programs of your choosing. The great thing about using software to
manage podcasts is that you can ‘subscribe’ to a
series of podcasts, and your computer will either
advise you or even download new ones as they become available. Some gadgets
also allow you to play podcasts on your car radio or
on your television. (I use iTunes – free, at www.apple.com/itunes – to manage my podcasts, but there are other applications available that
do sensibly the same thing - Juice is only one example, available free, at www.juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/index.php
Beyond the resources available through iTunes
or any other podcast directory, there are many other podcasts available directly from universities, media
sources, and other organizations that make subscribing and listening to podcasts very appealing to information junkies like me.
What is Your Vision Statement? –This week, a
vision statement from Steel Centre Credit Union in
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) has posted a 24-week position for a Youth Services Assistant which is funded in part by the Government of Canada and based in Victoria, BC. CCEDNet is a network of community organizations that spans the entire country, including a plethora of co-operative members.
This position entails tasks such as writing articles and newsletters, organizing teleconferences, assisting with youth recruitment, helping with program funding applications and others. The hiring committee is looking for someone who fits the following criteria among others:
• a post-secondary college or university graduate, out of school
• can demonstrate a lack of labour market attachment to field of study (under-employed or unemployed)
• can demonstrate that working in the field of community economic
development is a career goal
• has not previously participated in a Service Canada Career Focus work experience placement
For more information on CCEDNet please go to its Web site: www.ccednet-rcdec.ca You may contact Farrar Brodhead at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Applications are due to Farrar over email (attach CV and letter of application) by Friday, June 15.
Co-op Ed 101: Last week when I
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 Dairy Goat Co-operative (N.Z.) Ltd
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
· 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,
· July 20-22:
Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and
Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
Contest of the week – Last week, our
first correct entry was from Catherine Ann Fuller,
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Children and fools must not play with sharp knives.
Dog does not eat dog.
Moderation in all things.
You can’t kid a kidder.
This week’s contest: What number comes next in this sequence?
1/1 3/2 7/5 17/12 41/29 ==?==
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 Donna in Prince Edward Island: “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 – Sometimes cooking
at my house revolves around the four-legged members of the family. Following
are treats for your dogs and cats. My animals will do anything they can to
attract attention and earn one or two of these.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 packet beef bouillon granules
1 tbsp garlic powder
3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp oil
Mix dry ingredients. Mix water and oil and add all at once, mixing until well combined. If dough is too sticky, add more flour as needed. Roll out and cut into 1-inch pieces or shapes. Bake at 375F for 1 hour. When in a hurry, I sprinkle a jelly-roll pan with a small amount of flour and press the mixture onto the pan. Half way through baking remove from oven; cut with a pizza cutter, turn pieces and return to oven. If you wish to change the flavour, try adding one of the following: 1/2 cup grated cheese, peanut butter, cheese spread or crisp, crumbled bacon.
Savory Cheese Cat Treats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup shredded cheese
5 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal
Combine cheese and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into small pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. - Glenna Weagle
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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 20, 2007