Week of Sept. 23 – Sept. 29, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 49

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     The Antonine-MailletAcadie Vie Literary Award unveiled the names of its 2007 finalists  http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=150 The awards are supported by the Caisse Populaire movement in New Brunswick  The Annual Award and Richelieu Youth Award winners will be unveiled during the official awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday October 3, 2007, at 6 p.m., at the Édifice Martin-J.-Légère of the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes. Since 1999, the Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Award has given out a total of $45,000 in grants to 17 Acadian authors in recognition of their works, to help them pursue their passion for writing.  Created in 1998 during the 50th anniversary of Acadie Vie’s foundation, the Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Award aims to recognize Acadians who, through the quality of their literary work, contribute to the visibility and promotion of Acadia throughout the world.

·     Three retirement receptions will be held for Fred Pierce, formerly with the Nova Scotia government’s Co-operatives Branch and now a retiring development officer from the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.  The Council is hosting “open houses” for Pierce following the Building Better Co-operatives workshops taking place at the following locations: October 10 • Agritech Park, Truro • 4:30 - 6:00 PM , October 12 • Wagmatcook Cultural Centre • 4:30 - 6:00 PM, October 23 • Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville • 4:30 - 6:00 PM  For more information about the workshops and to RSVP to attend the reception at the location convenient to you, contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.   


Trends – I was going to write about a new marketing trend that is called ‘conversational marketing’ and in researching the subject further, I came across this paragraph: ‘(Pam) Larrick believes there is a need to “operationalize and systematize a process, creating platforms where consumers are empowered to engage with brands around some type of structure”.’ What? Then I remembered the Plain English Campaign – “fighting for crystal-clear communication since 1979” and decided to write about them instead. The group is located in England and is funded by offering commercial services such as editing and training to different organizations. So far, they have offered their services in a dozen countries (Canada is not among them, so I guess that’s a good thing). They also award two prizes annually – the “Goldenbull” and the “Foot in Mouth” – you can guess what for. Visit their site here: <http://www.plainenglish.co.uk> and check out their Goldenbull awards by clicking on ‘Awards’ in the left-hand menu – they are hilarious if you are not on the receiving end of the verbiage. While the group has “been fighting crystal-clear communication since 1979”, it appears there is still much work to do.
Oh, and Ms. Larrick was saying companies need to find new ways to talk to their customers about their products. Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Hiking Trails:  Fall is a great time to enjoy some of the beautiful hiking trails in your backyard.  The leaves are changing and the weather is a bit more comfortable for walking.  It is a great time to see what nature has to offer.  Follow http://www.canadatrails.ca/ for a listing of various Canadian Hiking Trails. – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 - I was interested in the news item on local television and radio in New Brunswick last week about local produce and imported produce at a farmers market in Fredericton. “New Brunswick farmers say they’re getting squeezed out of Fredericton’s farmers’ market by vendors importing fruits and vegetables, and their complaints are leading to new rules. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2007/09/11/nb-boycerules.htmlVendors and shoppers are both complaining about this.  “When you go to a farmers’ market, you expect to have local produce, because why would local farmers bring anything but their own produce? You kind of have the public believing that when they arrive on site.  Farmer Chip Hunter said he loads a truck with produce and drives to the Boyce Farmers’ Market every weekend. His farm is 140 kilometres away in Florenceville, which means he’s not considered a local grower. However, Hunter said there are other people at the market whose produce doesn’t even come from New Brunswick, and that those vendors are deceiving customers. What do Circles’ readers think about this issue? Would it be different if the farmers’ market was a co-operative?  Comments? Send them to news1@nbnet.nb.ca


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from the Guelph Campus Co-op. It has existed to meet the needs of students since 1913.  Its vision: “The Guelph Campus Co-op will be a model organization of co-operative action, owned and controlled by students, for students.”  http://www.guelphcampus.coop Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Two young co-operators will be honoured with the ‘Youth Leadership Award’ at the 7th Annual Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards event on October 7th in Burlington, Ontario. Graeme Hussey was nominated by the Ontario Natural Food Co-op. Graeme’s interest in local food security has driven his involvement on the board of the Ontario Natural Food Co-op, his service as manager of the Karma Natural Food Co-op and his latest project, The West End Food Co-operative in Toronto.  Sonja Carriere was nominated by the Ontario Co-operative Youth Advisory Committee. Sonja is currently in Ghana on a youth internship through the Canadian Co-operative Association. Sonja developed her understanding of co-operatives through her involvement with the Co-operative Young Leaders program and she will be working on promoting this program among others when she completed her internship. – Erin Hancock


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, PEI: “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.”


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, Ewenity (pronounced “unity”) is a co-operative of Ontario farmers who milk sheep and turn the milk into cheese and yogurt. http://www.ewenity.com/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     September 26 – Member Association Meeting – CCC Carol Wabush, 8 PM, Union Center

·     September 26 – Member Association Meeting – CCC Central Farmers Rustico, 7 PM, Rustico Lions Club

·     September 26 – Member Association Meeting – CCC Ken Val, 7 PM, Saint Mark’s Church Hall

·     September 27 – Member Association Meeting – CCC Consumers and Central Farmers Spring Park, 7 PM, Farm Center, University Avenue

·     September 27 – Member Association Meeting – CCC Mid Valley, 7 PM, Carleton Civic Center

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

·     September 27 - the Credit Union Atlantic  Fall Classic Golf Tournament in support of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia. The tournament takes place at Oakfield Golf & Country Club https://www.cua.com/

·     October 10 – Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, AgriTech Park, Truro, NS. For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.   

·     October 12 - Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, Wagmatcook Cultural Centre. For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.   

·     October 23 - Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, Old Orchard Inn.  For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.   

·     November 3 – Special Membership Meetings for Co-op Atlantic and Consumers Community Co-operative, Moncton, NB

·      November 22-24 CWCF’s AGM/Conference “Community Sustainaibility & Worker Co-ops”, Ancaster, Ontario. The basic info on the conference is available at:

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Contest of the week – Last week the only correct answer was from Ron Levesque, NB. Well done!!  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: Last week I painted a one-foot cube block of wood using red paint. Yesterday, I decided to cut this cube into smaller blocks, each 3 inches wide. How many of these smaller cubes had red paint on: a) 4 of the sides? b) 3 of the sides? c) 2 of the sides? d) 1 of the sides?  e) 0 of the sides? Answer:  From a total of 64 blocks:
a) 0. b) 8. c) 24. d) 24. e) 8. This week’s contest: At the annual dancers’ ball a number of very experienced dancers performed their favourite dance with their favourite partners. Alan danced the tango, whilst Becky watched the waltz. James and Charlotte were fantastic together. Keith was magnificent during his foxtrot and Simon excelled at the rumba. Jessica danced with Alan, but Laura did not dance with Simon. Can you determine who danced with whom and which dance they each enjoyed?


Co-op Cooking – These days blueberries are in all the markets and, although everyone likes them fresh by the handful, here’s a new twist on an old favourite you might enjoy. 
Shortcut Blueberry Pie 
18 to 20 shortbread cookies
1/4 cup melted butter
1 to 2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp cold water
4 cups fresh (or 2 pkg frozen) blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp finely grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
Coarsely break cookies and pulse in food processor until fine crumbs form. Pick out any large chunks (and eat them :>) (<:) Crumbs should measure about 2 cups. Turn into bowl and stir in melted butter until evenly moist. Press onto bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate. In small bowl, stir 1 tbsp cornstarch into water until dissolved (or 2 tbsp if using frozen berries). Place berries, sugar and ginger in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in cornstarch mixture and continue to boil, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in butter, lemon peel and vanilla. Pour into crust, spreading to edges of plate. Refrigerate, uncovered, until set (5 hours or overnight). Serve with dollops of whipped cream and a garnish of grated lemon peel (optional).-  Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, October 3, 2007