Week of June 23– June 29, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 36

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Openings“Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.” - Thomas Alva Edison www.thomasedison.com/  www.edison.rutgers.edu/  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


Trends – Good Wednesday again. This will be the last Trends that talks about podcasts for awhile - mostly because there are not that many co-op-related podcasts out there in the wide expanse that is the internet. Also, because it is good to think of other things, too, sometimes. This week I would like to highlight the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies’ podcasts series, titled “Each for All” – find them here: <http://bcics.uvic.ca/radio/>.  A description from its webpage: “The show serves as an educational tool to introduce people to the possibilities in co-operative solutions.” If you follow their instructions for subscribing, not all the episodes will show up for download, though all are accessible by heading to the link above. Season 1 is archived (in webspeak, that means it is still available) and includes episodes such as a four-part series on “Co-ops 101”, “Community Involvement” and even “Car share co-ops”. Season 2 is being archived now (only one episode available) and season 3 is showing its maturity, with subjects that include “Co-ops and Trade” and “Ethical Purchasing Forum”. If you are not familiar with the BCICS, see <http://bcics.uvic.ca/> for a good introduction.

Ron Levesque


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Legacy Savings & Credit Union in Calgary, Alberta. It is: To be the preferred financial institution for current and future members. http://www.legacysavings.com/whoWeAre.html  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 - The students involved with the Grandhouse Student Housing Co-op in downtown Cambridge, Ontario were able to break ground on their hay bale green structure, accessibility friendly housing project earlier this month. With a lot of student advocacy, a significant amount of work put into the unique design, a plethora of housing material donations and some great co-operative spirit, the project is underway. The project will house 12 students, have a green roof, alternative energy, an elevator and other interesting details. The group is thankful that the project has finally come together, but they are still in need of a variety of housing materials. To find this list of needed items, to offer help or to learn about this unique project (and its progress), visit www.grandhouse.wacsa.org


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 Oklahoma Food Cooperative, selling only food and non-food products made in Oklahoma. http://www.oklahomafood.coop  In May 2007, the coop had1200 members, 101 of them are producers (although not all producers have items to sell every month).  The co-op is doing $35,000 - $40,000 each month in sales. 


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 1 –Happy Canada Day!

·      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, our first correct entry was from Margery Nichol, McAdam Credit Union, McAdam, 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: Apparently, one side of a cat has more hair. The findings of the Swedish scientific establishment have been corroborated by a special enquiry of 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? Answer: The side with more hair is the outside! This week’s contest:  Move from letter to letter and collect the necessary letters for DUCK. How many different routes can you take if you always start with the central D and always move either horizontally or vertically?



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 Jason, Fredericton, NB: “I thought that it was a great presentation and I learned how far you can go by just helping people and being part of an organization.

I learned that the Philippines is a group of a lot of small islands. I thought it was like Australia.”


Co-op Cooking – Everyone enjoys a barbecue on a warm summer day, and nothing says barbecue better than a good steak. Here's a cooking method you may not have tried.
Cedar-Planked Southwestern Steak
1 untreated cedar plank (14 x 7 x 1-inch)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 boneless beef sirloin steak (1 1/2 lb)
1 tbsp oil
3/4 cup co-op barbecue sauce
Immerse the plank in water, placing a weight on top to keep it submerged. Soak at least 4 hours or overnight. Mix sugar and seasonings; rub onto both sides of steak. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour, but not more than 2 hours. Preheat barbecue to high heat. Grill steak 2 minutes on each side to keep it from looking and tasting steamed and to add grill marks; remove from barbecue. Remove plank from water; brush top with oil and top with steak. Reduce heat to medium. Place plank on grill rack; cover with lid. Grill 15 minutes or until medium doneness (160F), brushing with 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes. Remove steak from barbecue; discard plank. Cover steak loosely with foil; let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak into thin slices and serve with remaining barbecue sauce. Note: Check occasionally during cooking to make sure plank is not on fire. Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case it is necessary to put out flames while cooking. Have a great week folks. -  Glenna Weagle


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