Week of Oct. 7 – Oct. 13, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 51

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     On Friday, September 28th, the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op hosted the 4th annual "Concern for Community" charity golf tournament in support of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL). $3000.00 was raised at this year's tournament, which was held at the Gage Golf and Curling Club in Oromocto. All proceeds raised will help fund programs and projects offered by NBACL in support of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. A special thanks to all the members, staff and suppliers who took part in this year’s event and kept smiling despite the rain! NBACL/ANBIC is a non-profit, charitable organization, which works on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. NBACL/ANBIC was formed in 1957 and has 15 local branches throughout the province of New Brunswick. For more information, contact www.nbacl.nb.ca.

·     A video produced for the City Market of Halifax Co-operative is available at  http://halifaxfarmersmarket.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=86 Work is being done to develop a New Seaport Farmers’ Market. The new market at Pier 20 on the Halifax waterfront will provide year-around opportunities for Nova Scotia producers to sell their products daily, weekly or seasonally as best suits their needs, and to fill the growing demand for fresh local food.

·     The Caisses populaires acadiennes and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan hockey team have signed a three-year agreement http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=154 The Caisses populaires acadiennes and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan http://www.letitan.com/eindex.cfm#  have renewed their partnership agreement for another three years. By virtue of this agreement, the Caisses populaires acadiennes will contribute an amount of $96,000 over three years, beginning this year. This agreement specifies that equal amounts of $32,000 be paid annually. The social involvement of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan organization and its players is a tremendous asset to the communities in northern New Brunswick. With this new partnership, the Titan will once again show its involvement by becoming ambassadors of the literacy program for young hockey fans. For further details, visit the Web site at www.acadie.com.


Trends Marketers are forever trying to find ways to get people to purchase a product. If you are watching television and a commercial comes up, you know that the marketers of the product paid a sum of money for the ad to be there. It is the same situation with print ads, radio ads and even World Wide Web banner ads. What is becoming troubling is product placement. Most people are somewhat accustomed to seeing brand name products in movies and television shows, and most people are attuned to the fact that product manufacturers pay for the privilege of having their products shown in certain settings. Then, unbeknownst to most consumers, product placements took a turn for the worst – marketers were hiring armies of drones to surreptitiously ‘market’ their products in social settings – you would be accosted in bars, malls or subways and shown the latest cool gadgets as though the drones were your friends.  Now comes word that there is a company willing to match product marketers with YouTube producers. [Overwhelmingly, YouTube producers are everyday people, not professional television studios.] What that means is that the ‘independent’ video you could be watching on YouTube may not be so ‘independent’ and may even have been created simply to highlight the soda can that is strategically placed in the background. The company serving as the intermediary is a Canadian company, see them here: http://www.brandfame.com. This is not good. It blurs the line between one of the most trusted brand referral systems ever – word of mouth – and corporate desperation to get their product ‘out there’. Or maybe this is something that has been going on in some form or another for thousands of years – caveat emptor comes to mind. – Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Fall bulbs: now is a great time to plant fall bulbs to see their beauty in the spring.  Why not have a bulb party?  Invite friends to bring different kinds of bulbs to exchange with each other.  Include planting tips, designs, etc. Create some beautiful flowers to look forward to in the spring. www.veseys.com/ca/en/gardeninfo/guide/bulbinfo  http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm?task=viewdetail&itemid=6380– Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 - Here in Atlantic Canada we have a famous co-operative training institute. Coady International Institute in Antigonish, NS, is often better known in Africa, Asia or Central America than it is right here in our region. Created by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International Institute is world renowned as a centre of excellence in community leadership education. For nearly five decades, the Coady Institute has been working to promote community self-reliance and innovative ways to improve the lives of people around the world. St. Francis Xavier University president, Dr. Sean Riley and university vice-president and Coady director, Mary Coyle, at the end of September announced success with the Coady Capital Campaign, the fundraising effort to build the new Coady International Centre. The campaign has raised $14 million, which provided the St FX Board of Governors with the confidence to vote earlier in the day to give the green light to move ahead on plans to construct the new facilities. For more details, go to: http://www.coady.stfx.ca/sept28newsreleasefinal.pdf  Coady’s 5,000 graduates are working with millions of people in 130 countries to build a fair, prosperous and secure world, one community at a time. The Coady Institute is named for one of Canada’s great heroes, Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, founder of the Antigonish Movement and author of Masters of their Own Destiny. To find out more, visit www.coady.stfx.ca.- Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Saskatchewan Co-operative Association has added a new award this year to their “Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards” tradition; the “Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Leadership Awards”. Next Monday, October 15th, Tricia McNair and Michael Crowter will be the first youth recognized in this way for their contributions to the co-operative movement in Saskatchewan. Both have been heavily involved in the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program (http://youth.sask.coop/). Tricia completed a six month internship in the Philippines through the Canadian Co-operative Association and Michael currently works as a Loan Officer for the Diamond North Credit Union (White Fox).  – 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 Robert, PEI: “I learned that there are millions of people that have like not a thing after disasters and how that whatever they (CCA) fundraise, the government, I think, will triple it. Then her organization helps and lends money for animals, like water buffalos to farmers and helps other people to re-construct their community.”


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     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 16 - The Prince Edward Island Co-operative Council’s (PEICC) inaugural Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. For more information, or to nominate a Board member, please email peicoopcouncil@gmail.com. All PEI co-op and credit union members are welcome to attend.

·      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 we had no correct answers but several good guesses.  Thanks to Larry Higdon, Baie Verte Co-op in NL for providing us with the contest. See the “tricky” answer below.  The 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:  Just 12 riders riding by, only 12 apples in a tree hanging high, each took one apple but still 11 remained in the tree, how could this be? Answer:  One of the riders whose name was “Each” took an apple, leaving eleven on the tree. This week’s contest:  James ordered a fishing rod, priced at $3.56. Unfortunately, James is an Eskimo who lives in a very remote part of Greenland and the import rules there forbid any package longer than 4 feet to be imported. The fishing rod was 4 feet and 1 inch, just a little too long. So how can the fishing rod be mailed to James without breaking the rules? Ideally, James would like the fishing rod to arrive in one piece!


Co-op Cooking – They say that this time of year you can tell the people who don’t have friends who garden – they are the ones in the grocery stores buying zucchini. Several years ago the Board at Town & Country Co-op put together a small cookbook titled “Cooking for Two” to give away at Michelin’s Seniors’ Expo. This was one of the recipes it featured.
Crab Stuffed Zucchini 
2 small zucchini
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp soft margarine
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup light cream
1 7-oz can crab meat
salt and pepper
buttered breadcrumbs
Cut zucchini in lengthwise halves. Boil in salted water until just tender (about 10 minutes). Drain and scoop out seeds. Sauté onion in margarine for 5 minutes. Blend in flour and curry powder. Slowly stir in cream. Add crab meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fill zucchini halves. Top with buttered breadcrumbs. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes. -  Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, October 17, 2007