Week of July 1– July 7, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 37

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Openings“When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.” - Rachel Naomi Remen  www.rachelremen.com/ 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

·     At the Canadian Co-operative Association Annual General Meeting in St John’s, NL, representatives from Advocate Youth Services Co-operative from Baie Verte, NL, made a presentation to a packed workshop about their youth co-op. Advocate Youth Services Co-operative was created to find new opportunities for its members and help support the community. Co-op members have already given presentations to several interested organizations, and are currently working on proposals to create education and career development opportunities for their members and community. To find out more about joining Advocate Youth Services Co-operative or creating a youth co-operative of your own, ayscbaieverte@gmail.com

·     Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) has announced the hiring of Trevor MacDougall as its new coordinator, starting in early July. The co-op education and youth development program plans to have two youth camps this fall, and a full slate of programming for 2008 http://www.acyl.coop/english/index.htmYou can find out more about the evolution of ACYL and this year’s schedule by contacting Trevor at leadership@acyl.coop after July 1.

·     Joyce Humble, Capital Credit Union, http://www.capitalcu.nb.ca/ Fredericton, NB, organized a “Joint Sharing Opportunity” around the topic “School Credit Unions and Youth Involvement in Credit Unions” on behalf of five Canadian Co-operative Association International Study Tour guests. Representatives from York Credit Union and the New Brunswick Community College also attended. Capital Credit Union has been involved in CCA’s programming for more than nine years.

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Trends – On Wednesday, April 25, of this year, five Tibetan independence activists were arrested by China’s authorities in occupied Tibet after protesting for a free Tibet. Notwithstanding the politics of the protest, something else happened at the same time that will likely change the way people use YouTube. YouTube, for the uninitiated, is a website <www.youtube.com> where people can upload (send) videos which can then be broadcast to any other internet user (soon on your television). Without getting into the technology involved, think of YouTube as television everybody creates and that everybody can watch...or ‘really democratic television’. Long the domain of teenagers dreaming they could be rock stars or starlets, YouTube is taking a decidedly more serious shape. In the case of the Tibetan protest mentioned at the outset, the real story was that as the protest was happening, it was being filmed, sent wirelessly to a nearby laptop, edited lightly, then sent by satellite phone to the web and YouTube to be broadcast to the world – no big satellite trucks and no big budgets required. [link to the video here: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfe57qES7F8>]. The protest was one example – but search YouTube for ‘rats’ and ‘KFC’and you will get video of...rats at a KFC in New York City. Search for ‘Ernie Fage’ and you will get the infamous 22 second ‘hit and run’ video...More on YouTube and Co-ops in the coming months... – Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Our actions always have an impact on something else in this world, positively or negatively.  Circle of Life will look at examples of actions we can take in our daily lives that will minimize the negative affect on the earth and positively affect the communities we live in. Summer is here and Circle of Life will focus on the season by bringing you tips and resources that will allow us all to have a fun, environmentally friendly summer. Beach Sweeps: Most of us make a trip to the beach at least once a summer and some live close to a beach year-round.  An activity that can bring a community together, clean up our shores and make beaches enjoyable for tourists and local citizens is a beach sweep.  Many communities have annual beach sweeps scheduled. Contact your community centre, recreation department or municipal government to see if there are any in your area.  If there aren’t, why not start your own?  The following link provides resources for you to plan a beach sweep in your community: http://www.wildeducation.org/programs/ocean_ed2001/lessons/Lesson9.asp

A beach sweep is a great community oriented activity for your co-operative organization to sponsor.  Why not try a beach sweep for your next promotional activity? – Bronwyn MacKinnon

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What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Teachers Plus Credit Union with offices in Bedford, NS. Its vision statement: To be the financial institution of choice for Nova Scotia teachers. http://www.teachersplus.ca/web?service=album/2561   Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - The Guelph Campus Co-op has been operating since 1913, providing better rates for student books, housing and food. They are currently expanding one of their houses into a green, accessible house. This, the Accessible Student Housing Initiative, has begun with the renovating and addition to the 7 College Avenue West building (ground breaking happened in early May). They are renovating each room so that students with physical challenges or a wheelchair will be able to occupy any room of their choosing. The student co-op is also attempting to integrated new technologies in order to make the building energy efficient; collecting rainwater for flushing the toilets, the use of solar panels and solar hot water heating, green living roof and more.  In order to learn more about this innovative project, visit http://www.guelphcampus.coop/page.php?id=51

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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 woodworkers, writers, painters, jewelers, and crafters of many talents living in Lake Ontario's south shore counties. They have formed the Chimney Bluff Artisans’ Co-op http://www.chimneybluff.com/.

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      July 20-22:  Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and South, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

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

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Contest of the week – We had no correct answers last week. However, the lucky winner for June was  Susan King, NS. A small gift is on its way. 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: 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? 

   K
  CUK
 KCKUK
KUCDUUC
 UCKKU
  KUK
   C

Answer: 5 ways This week’s contest:  I was having trouble sleeping last night and I tossed and turned well into the night. Our local town hall has a clock which strikes on the hour and also strikes just once on the half hour. During one of my more awake moments I heard the clock strike once, but I could not tell what time it was. Half an hour later it struck once again, but I still could not tell what time it was. Finally, half an hour later it struck once again and I knew what the time was. What time was it?

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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 Kelly, Grade 7, PEI:I would like to know how you can join your group and how old you must be?”

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Co-op Ed 101 - For the past three weeks I have been travelling with Canadian Co-operative Association www.coopsCanada.coop  study tour guests from five organizations in four different countries. Stops included a worker co-op, a co-op feed mill, fishery co-op, co-op farm store and credit unions, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, church and community-based community economic development organizations, Co-op Atlantic and the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. These guests are now Co-op Circles subscribers:  Mr. Rizal Malik, Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia; Ms. Henny Buftheim, CCA Program Team Leader in Indonesia; Mr. Raymond Avatim, Project Officer with Social Enterprise Development Foundation in northern Ghana; Mr. Tom Wa’Kighoma Tibamwenda, Chairperson of the Uganda Co-operative Alliance; and Mr. Joshua Bendlys, President of Cooperativa Hermandad Blufeña in Nicaragua. After touring New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, they attended CCA’s AGM and Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In the next few weeks, I will introduce their organizations to Co-op Circles’ readers.

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Co-op Cooking – Would you like to try a new taste from the barbecue? Perhaps one of the following marinades or rubs is what you are looking for.
Marinades - Whisk ingredients together, add 1 lb boneless or 2 lbs bone-in meat or poultry, cover and refrigerate 4 hours (or up to 24 hours). Barbecue or broil.

Lemon Pepper:    1 tbsp grated lemon rind
                             3 tbsp lemon juice
                             3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
                             4 cloves garlic, smashed
                             1 tbsp cracked black peppercorns
                             1/2 tsp salt
 
Red Wine:               3 tbsp red wine or red wine vinegar
                             3 tbsp vegetable oil
                             4 cloves garlic, smashed   
                             1 tbsp Dijon mustard
                             2 bay leaves, crumbled
                             1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
 
Tangy Apple Thyme:  2 tbsp apple juice
                             2 tbsp cider vinegar
                             2 tbsp vegetable oil
                             1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
                             1 tbsp grainy or Dijon mustard
                             1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
 
Chili Orange              1 tbsp grated orange rind
                              2 tbsp orange juice
                              2 tbsp wine vinegar
                              2 tbsp vegetable oil
                              1 tbsp tomato paste
                              1 tbsp chili powder
                              1/2 tsp each dried oregano, salt and pepper
 
Rubs - Stir ingredients together and store in airtight container. For each 1 lb boneless or 2 lb bone-in meat, stir together 2 tbsp mixture, 1 tbsp vegetable oil and 1 clove garlic, minced. Rub over meat or chicken; let stand for 10 minutes (or up to 24 hours). Barbecue or grill.
Mole Spice            1/4 cup chili powder
                              2 tbsp cocoa powder
                              3/4 tsp each salt and pepper
                              1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
                              1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
                              1/2 tsp ground allspice


 Perked-up Pepper 3/4 tsp salt
                              3 tbsp instant coffee granules
                              2 tbsp cracked peppercorns
 
Middle East Rub   3 tbsp sesame seeds
                              3 tbsp grated lemon rind
                              2 tbsp ground coriander    
                              1 tbsp ground cumin
                              3/4 tsp salt
                              1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Have a great week everyone. -  Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 11, 2007