Week of July 29– Aug. 4, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 41

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Openings“If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.” -Buckminster Fuller www.bfi.org  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

·     Beginning last December, the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes board of directors entered the virtual era. For the first time in 60 years, the meetings took place in front of computer screens rather than the traditional sheets of paper. This new platform was developed by the Fédération subsidiary Réseau Acadie and is at the leading edge of Web innovation. This medium will allow them to access documents virtually and to open them from home or anywhere else in the world. This new secure application will be used from now on during all board meetings. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=87

·     An investment of more than $1.4 million will enable the Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker’s Cooperative (NIFCO) www.nifco.org , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of media arts in Newfoundland and Labrador, to upgrade its film production equipment to meet current industry broadcast standards of High Definition Surround Sound format. The goal is to insure that Newfoundland and Labrador’s independent filmmakers are able to develop their craft using leading-edge technology, enhancing their product for destination in a global marketplace. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing $375,000 through its Regional/Sectoral Diversification Fund for this project, there are outside funding sources along with NIFCO’s own contribution which will enable the equipment upgrade, and bring the project total value to $1,520,000. There are high hopes for the project, and many possibilities which presented themselves with the newly-received funding. The film industry is important to Newfoundland's Economy, as it provides job, increases visiting tourists, and initiates economic spin-offs from the films themselves. By allowing all aspects of film-making to take place at home these benefits for the province are maximized. For further information, contact Jean K. Smith, Executive Director, NIFCO, 709-753-6121 – Danielle HigdonPLEASE NOTE: Introducing our Newfoundland and Labrador correspondent: Danielle Higdon from Baie Verte, NL. She is pursuing a career in journalism, and will attend College of the North Atlantic for journalism this September. Her interest in co-ops began when she attended the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership youth camp and she then maintained her interest by becoming one of the founding members of the Advocate Youth Services Co-op in Baie Verte. Welcome aboard, Danielle!

·     Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative will hold a week of avant-garde cinema with The Frame X Week, August 23-26. There will be a series of public screenings, visiting artists’ talks and workshops. For more information, contact the Coop at 420-4572, or visit www.afcoop.ca or e-mail production@afcoop.ca

·     The Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes drew names to find who the scholarship holders would be for 2007-2008 and is pleased to announce the names of the winners. This year, 50 scholarship grants valued at $1,000 each were distributed in the five regions where the Caisses populaires acadiennes and its affiliated co-operatives do business. For the names of winners and more details see: http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=136

·     An investment of nearly $145,000 into Petty Harbour through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).was announced this week.  http://www.acoa.gc.ca/e/media/press/press.shtml?3908 The president of Petty Harbour's Fisherman Co-op and co chair of the Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove Development Corporation, Tom Best, has worked hard to make this a reality. This project will see the further development of the waterfront area, including a parking lot, landscaping, water and sewer infrastructure and the installation of interpretive panels some of which will tell the story of the fishing co-op.

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Trends – This will be the last article dealing with online collaborative technologies for awhile. This week I would like to talk about blogs. A blog – a contraction of the words ‘web log’ – is simply a website where entries are written in chronological order but published in reverse chronological order, i.e. most recent at the top. From Wikipedia: “Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.” As of last May, there were an estimated 71 million blogs in existence. Of those 71 million, very few are related to co-operatives...a quick Google search yields only two quasi legitimate co-op blogs in the first ten results, including one that admits they aren’t a co-op. All of this begs the question to Co-op’ers all around: Care to start your own Co-op blog? Google is the owner of one company where you can get started for free. Simply visit www.blogger.com and take the tour. Beyond the ease of use, you still need something interesting to write about.– Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Green rooftops are a great way to incorporate plants into city living without a yard, or into the workspace in your building.  Green roofs provide numerous benefits such as reducing heat island effect, reducing storm water runoff, air cleaning, building cooling by shading from solar radiation, occupant well-being, wildlife habitat creation, and sound insulation.  There are many companies that have begun to incorporate green roofs into the design of their buildings.  One example is the Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Toronto, ON. www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp;jsessionid=GhyRMQdQgmRGqGnQVjvSbBc0MhPjGC9NbT0y2sbjmlfhtLNzy9NQ!79276373  As well, housing co-operatives are using green roofs in their initiatives.  Check out the Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative in Ontariohttp://www.hughgarnergreenroof.ca/Bronwyn MacKinnon

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What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Woodslee Credit Union, a member-owned credit union serving Amherstburg, Belle River, Leamington, Kingsville, Harrow, Essex and Woodslee, Ontario: “To become the financial service provider of choice in the communities we serve.” https://www.woodslee.com/   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 - The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program is back in action and the new co-ordinator, Trevor MacDougall is organizing a seminar to happen September 27-30 at Camp Gencheff, PEI. If you have been involved before, Trevor is still seeking a few keen staff members to make this seminar a great success for teaching youth about co-operation. Staff training is happening August 18, so if you are interested, please contact Trevor soon at leadership@acyl.coop It is so very important to have experienced co-operators bring their energy and experience to the next generation of co-operators. – Erin Hancock

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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, the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis – it is an organization that was conceived in 1995 by a group of horticulture green industry representatives. Their vision was to create a professional organization to act as an educational forum for the exchange of ideas. It was organized for the purpose of promoting quality horticultural practices and materials by providing educational experiences for the green industry professional and the general community in the St. Louis region. http://www.hortcoop.org

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     August 23-26 - Frame X Week, Halifax, NS. There will be a series of public screenings, visiting artists’ talks and workshops. For more information, contact the Atlantic Filmmakers Coop at 420-4572, or visit www.afcoop.ca or e-mail production@afcoop.ca

·     September 27-30 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership camp,  Camp Gencheff, PEI http://www.acyl.coop/english/index.htm

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Contest of the week – Last week our first correct answer was from David Boese, NS. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be placed in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest and answer: Can you find three consecutive odd numbers that total 1287 when multiplied together? Answer:  9  11 13  This week’s contest: A lion takes 4 hours to eat one sheep, a leopard takes 5 hours and a bear takes 6. If a single sheep was thrown to them, how long would they take to devour 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 Matthew, PEI: “I liked how you brought different articles of clothing from different countries. I learned in some countries they have a rice god. Also, when people have lots of stitching on their clothes, it sometimes means they are from Ghana in Africa.”

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Co-op Ed 101 - Here in Atlantic Canada we are having a week of hot and humid weather. These temperatures typically put a strain on our electrical supply. In the United States, there are several electric co-operatives - 865 distribution and 65 generation and transmission cooperatives serve 37 million people in 47 states; 16 million businesses, homes, schools, churches, farms, irrigation systems and other establishments in 80 percent of the nation’s 3,100 counties;  12 per cent of the U.S. population. Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. http://tri-countyelectric.coop/weather_history.asp  is dedicated to providing members with safe and reliable electric service at the lowest practical price. Headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, Tri-County Electric is a not-for-profit distribution co-operative owned and controlled by its members. The utility serves approximately 23,000 customer accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. Tri-County Electric is a Touchstone Energy co-operative. For more information, visit:

www.tri-countyelectric.coop

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Co-op Cooking – With all the hot weather we have been having, easy meals quite often mean barbecued meals. Here is something you may not have tried from the people at the Kraft Kitchens who quite often offer great recipes.
Barbecue Sirloin Roast
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
1 beef sirloin tip roast (about 3 lbs/1.5kg)
3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
6 cups coleslaw mix
3/4 cup mayonnaise
12 sub or French bread rolls, split
Preheat barbecue for indirect heat by heating one side to medium heat and leaving the burner off on the other side. Mix chili powder, garlic salt and 1 tsp. black pepper. Rub evenly into all sides of roast. Place on cool side of barbecue. Cover with lid. Grill roast without turning 1 hour. When internal temperature of roast reaches 140 degrees F brush roast with 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Continue grilling 10 minutes, or until internal temperature of roast reaches 150F. Remove roast to carving board. Tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160F. Meanwhile, mix cole slaw veggies, mayonnaise and remaining pepper. Slice roast across the grain into thin slices. Add to remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce in large bowl. Toss to coat. Spoon into rolls and serve with coleslaw. Have a great week folks and remember if you have a recipe you would like to share with others, send it to co-opcooking@hotmail.com. -  Glenna Weagle

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