Week of June 17– June 23, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 35

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Openings“The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature.” - Albert Schweitzer  nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1952/schweitzer-bio.html  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

·     The Canadian International Development Agency’s Atlantic Regional office congratulates Falls Brook Centre, which has received funding under the Global Classroom Initiative (GCI).Fallsbrook Centre Ecological Governance, Knowlesville, N.B. – New Step for Global Citizens. Falls Brook is a member of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation. The project aims to provide students (grades 4 to 12) and educators with an in-depth exploration of their rights and responsibilities as global citizens through the concept of ecological governance. This project includes the development of in-class workshops focusing on global education; take home assignments; dramatic presentations;  web-based learning units; and  teacher training workshops http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/gci  

·     At the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting www.nsco-opcouncil.ca held June 7th in Truro, NS, Distinguished Co-operator awards were awarded to Alex Mombourguette who was nominated by Village Grocery in St Peter’s and posthumously to Thom MacIntyre, Amherst, NS, nominated by the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. The Co-op Development Foundation of Canada, for their signification contribution to the fundraising efforts, recognized Eric Meek and his wife Pauline from Canning, NS.

·     The Co-operative Management Education Co-operative (CMEC) http://www.smu.ca/academic/sobey/programs/mmccu/cmec.html, which was formed in 2001 to support the creation of a Master’s program for the co-operative movement, saw its mission realized on May 25 with the first 10 graduates from the St. Mary’s University Master’s in the Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions receiving their degrees. The Co-operators www.cooperators.ca  has supported the program development with financial contributions and participation on the CMEC Board of Directors. In addition, it had seven students in the program; three of whom graduated on May 25.


Trends – Good Wednesday again. Last week I mentioned two co-operatives that figured prominently (as far as co-operatives go) in the podcast realm – Kootenay Co-op Radio and the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies. Kootenay Co-op Radio (93.5 MHz on your FM dial if you live anywhere near Nelson, BC), or http://kootenaycoopradio.com/live to listen via internet, is presenting its second year of ‘Canadian Voices’. From their website: “Through a series of one-hour programmes, Canadian Voices presents listeners with the opportunity to hear talks by Canadian authors, academics, activists, artists, and thought-provoking citizens who explore ideas and events that characterize our country.” The podcasts can be subscribed to by searching for ‘Canadian Voices’ in Google – the series even has its own website http://www.canadianvoices.org/ that you should visit if you want to learn more about the series or to download or subscribe to the podcasts. Some of the authors included in seasons 1 and 2: Linda McQuaig, “It’s The Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil, and the Fight for the Planet”; Roméo Dallaire, “Child Soldiers in Africa: New Angles on this Instrument of War”; Percy Schmeiser, “Genetic Contamination and Its Effects on Family Farms” (I wrote about Percy Schmeiser in an editorial in The Atlantic Co-operator back in the day – glad to see he hasn’t lost HIS voice). Youth subscribers, especially, and perhaps others, would likely find Matt Hern’s talk, “Deschooling, Democratic Education, and Social Change” very interesting, if not simply thought provoking. The first line of his topic background reads: “Matt Hern suggests that we need a lot less schooling in our lives, not more.” Well, this should be interesting, me thinks. And that’s what I find interesting about this series. Listening to Canadian Voices is thought provoking. Whether or not you agree with the speaker is not what is important, it’s that you think about the issues.

 - Ron Levesque


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Equal Exchange www.equalexchange.com In June, 2006, Equal Exchange members wrote a vision statement for the next 20 years. “There will be….a vibrant mutually cooperative community of two million committed participants trading fairly one billion dollars a year in a way that transforms the world.” 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 - More youth information from the Canadian Community Economic Development Network: The youth committee for the CCEDNet, Emerging Leaders, has been involved in a variety of the work undertaken by the CCEDNet. For example, the youth involved were instrumental in co-ordinating the CCEDNet conference in Newfoundland earlier this year. Emerging Leaders state their purpose as " increasing the number and quality of young practitioners entering into the CED field and ensuring an active and meaningful voice in CCEDNet." Find out more about this group and the various initiatives they are involved with or spearheading by visiting http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/pages/emergingleaders.asp . You will find their projects (including a work experience program), a blog, their newsletter and more. If you require more information, contact Farrar Brodhead, the Emerging Leaders Coordinator at fbrodhead@ccednet-rcdec.ca


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 Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA). It is a nationally recognized, South Bronx-based owner home care agency. Founded in 1985 to provide quality home care to clients by providing quality jobs for paraprofessionals, CHCA now anchors a national cooperative network generating over $60 million annually in revenue and creating quality jobs for more than 1600 individuals. http://www.chcany.org/


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, 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 – Correct entries,  all five of them, arrived last week within minutes of each other. They came  from Susan King,  NS,  Kerniel Aasland MB, Cathy Darland, NB, Melanie Conn, BC, David  Boese,  NS,  and Joyce Humble, NB.  Well done !! 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: What number comes next in this sequence:

1/1 3/2 7/5 17/12 41/29 ==?== Answer: 99/70: each successive term better approximates the square root of two and is formed as (a + 2b) / (a + b). This week’s contest:  Apparently, one side of a cat has more hair. The findings of the Swedish scientific establishment have been corroborated by a special enquiry by the BB Feline Federation. Many hair counts were taken of the side in question and consistently it was found to contain more hairs. The scientists determined that more hair was required on this side to insulate the cat from the elements while it was lying down. Perhaps you would like to examine a cat to confirm the findings. Before you do, can you guess which side of a cat has more hair?


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 Sophie, Prince Edward Island: “I learned they had classes outside sometimes for school and I thought it was cool and I liked how the water was so blue. I was surprised that in some countries women still have to have their face and bodies covered.”


Co-op Cooking – Growing up in Digby at a time when scallops were sold by the local fishermen for 45 cents a pound, we were served scallops at least once a week. My mother believed that you cooked them as simply as possible so that you kept the delicate flavour. Here are two of her favourite methods.
 Pan-fried Scallops
1 lb. scallops, ears removed
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
2 to 3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp cooking oil
sprinkle of salt and pepper
(For those of you who didn't know that scallops have ears, it's the small piece that runs across the grain on the side of some scallops and tends to get tough when cooked. My cat loves them.)
Heat skillet quite hot. Place flour in small bowl. In second small bowl, beat egg and milk together. Add oil to skillet. Roll scallops in flour and then dip in egg wash. Add to skillet. Fry just until done. Do not overcook. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Broiled Scallops for Two
1/2 lb. fresh or frozen scallops
1 lemon
sprinkle of salt and pepper
small amount of butter 
Place scallops on well-buttered scallop shells. If using large sea scallops, cut each into smaller pieces. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon over scallops, sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with butter. Broil 5 to 8 minutes about 4-inches from broiler element. Do not overcook. Slice remaining 1/2 lemon into wedges. Serve scallops with lemon wedges, sliced cucumber, a tossed green salad and hot rolls. -  Glenna Weagle


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