Week of Dec. 3– Dec. 9, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 8

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OpeningsDo what you can, for who you can, with what you have, from where you are.”  - We don’t know who said it but Heather Clarke, a director with Clarenville Co-operative in Clarenville, NL, shared it as one of her favourites. If you know who did say it, please send us an e-mail.  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

·             This Friday, Dec. 8, people in the Metro Halifax area and beyond are invited to come celebrate both the holidays and the one year partnership anniversary between TEAM Work Cooperative and The WorkBridge Association. The first Annual Open House Christmas Party will be held at The Village at 7071 Bayers Rd, Suite M278 from 2-5 pm.  The Four Amigos will get people in the holiday spirit with their merry tunes. The Veith Street Gallery will also have some fine artwork created by some of the city’s best on display. For more information or to RSVP please contact Nancy McIntyre at (902) 422-8900 or nmcintyre@teamworkcooperative.ns.ca

·             The Co-operative Secretariat team encourages all co-operatives to submit their Co-operative Development Initiative “Innovation and Research" funding proposals before December 18, 2006.   All groups wishing to develop an innovative co-operative project can apply to this federal funding program for financial assistance.  The CDI Steering Committee will meet for one of the last times in February to review the proposal submitted to the "Innovation and Research" component.  For more details on proposals and the key dates, visit the Co-op Secretariat website at the following address:http://www.coop.gc.ca

·       The Co-operative Development foundation of Canada (CDF) http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/coopdevfoundation/ and the Voluntary Resource Centre (VRC) in Charlottetown PEI presented a partnership fundraiser “Dollars and Sense…Sounds and Fashions for the Socially Conscious” on November 17. The evening featured an ethical fashion show featuring preloved clothes, musical performances, door prizes and an international food bazaar. Doug Bridges from Metro Credit Union was the emcee for the evening.  More than 150 tickets were sold and over $1400 was raised to be shared by CDF and VRC.

·         An ambitious program designed to confront the challenge presented by increasing weather-related catastrophes, recently celebrated an important 
milestone, with the completion of Canada’s first safer living home. Located in Prince Edward Island, and designed and constructed to withstand winds 
of 200 km/hour, the house is the first to be completed under the Designed...for safer living program. The program is a partnership between the Institute 
for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the Canadian insurance industry. The construction, which involved special construction material 
and methods from the foundation to the roof, was funded by The Co-operators. http://www.cooperators.ca/The cost of damage from natural disasters 
has doubled every five to seven years since the 1950s, and more and more people are living in vulnerable areas. This is an alarming trend that is not 
sustainable and must be confronted,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators and member of the ICLR board of directors. 
“We’re proud to support this program because as an insurer, we see first-hand the devastation wrought by natural disasters. It is incumbent upon us 
to do all we can to promote safer living, and we hope this will encourage all stakeholders to embrace safer standards.” For further information: 
Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 1-877-795-7272, ext. 2707, cell: (519) 820-4133.

·             Consumers Community Co-operative (CCC) stores across the region have just completed member association meetings. These meetings are held twice yearly, in the spring and in the fall. They are an opportunity for members to participate in governing their co-operative, to here about changes in operations and to learn more about their co-operative. Many CCC stores are moving toward the Co-op Food Market concept, which focuses on four key areas: support for local producers through the agri-food strategy, fair trade, healthy food choices and making membership meaningful. Both Moncton locations at Record Street and on Mapleton Road, held very successful grand re-openings this past weekend. Locations in Sackville, NB, and the River Road store in the Saint John area, have already had re-opening celebrations. To learn more about the co-op in your community, go to http://mycoop.co-opsonline.com

·             It’s Mitten Knittin’ Time Again! Advance Savings Credit Union continues with the mitten program started by (formerly Trico Credit Union) member Joan Steeves. http://www.advancesavings.ca/your_credit_union_newsletter.htm
For the past two years, the owners of the four branches of Trico Credit Union have generously helped donate more than 700 pairs of mittens to local schools. The credit union is asking owners for donations.  “Whether you are a knitter or you might be able to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves to donate, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they are definitely appreciated and needed.”  The mittens are all displayed as they decorate the branch Christmas Trees in the spirit of giving. All mittens brought into each branch are then given to the respective school in the community. Joan Steeves, the Advance Savings owner who started this whole tradition, is nearing 100 pairs, all on her own!

·             Grenfell Memorial Co-op contributed the largest amount in an Atlantic Co-operative Development Foundation fundraiser. The co-op in St. Anthony, NL, a community of 4,500, made the single largest donation of $968 in the Co-op week event.  Manager Gordon Head has been supportive of international development since his exposure to the Canadian Co-operative Association’s international programming at Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminars. Eleven co-ops and credit unions in Atlantic Canada helped raise funds during Co-op Week for infrastructure reconstruction in the fishing villages of Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Those involved in the fundraiser were Dalhousie Credit Union, Beaubear Co-op, Beaubear Credit Union, Consumers Community Co-operative (Mapleton Road-Moncton, Sackville, Antigonish locations), Baie Verte Co-op and Grenfell Memorial Co-op in NL, Community Credit Union in Amherst, Bass River and Truro, OMISTA Credit Union in Moncton, and Rexton Credit Union in Rexton, NB. A total of $3,109 was raised. Grenfell manager’s commented that “this is something we as a community are happy to do. People in Newfoundland know about depending on fisheries and we wanted to support the rebuilding of these communities through CCA’s work.” To read more about CCA’s work in Indonesia http://www.coopscanada.coop/pdf/tsunami/AsiaReconstructionBulletinWinter05.pdf   (Page 2 )

·             Local council chairs and board presidents and/or secretaries should have by now received the notice for submitting resolutions to the 2007 Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting. All resolutions must be submitted to the resolution committee before the January 31, 2007 deadline.

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Expanding Your Back Yard –McOrganic? Is corporate organic changing the organic landscape in Canada? by Hillary Lindsay http://dominionpaper.ca/agriculture/2005/11/24/mcorganic.html

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Governing For Tomorrow Should we hold “in camera” sessions at meetings? Should we take minutes of “in camera” sessions? http://www.coopscanada.coop/NewsLetter/Governance/April2006/#a4

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What is Your Vision Statement?   Digital Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by and operated for its members. DCU was chartered in October of 1979. Since then, DCU has been chosen as the credit union for more than 640 companies and organizations. DCU serves more than 250,000 members and their families in all 50 states. Its vision – "All members achieve financial well-being"

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Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, we feature an option for escaping the consumerism of big brand name shopping and consumer advertising overload. Check out La Siembra Co-op. It is a leading North American fair trade organization offering consumers high-quality, certified fair trade organic products that improve the livelihoods of family farmers and the well being of communities at home and abroad. http://www.lasiembra.com/home.htm La Siembra means the ‘sowing’ or ‘'planting’ time in Spanish. Its cocoa comes from co-operatives of family farms that grow organically, under a shade canopy in the rainforests of the Dominican Republic. Looking for a unique gift that can be mailed and shipped without breaking? Think chocolate and hot chocolate. Think Fair Trade Christmas gifts. Check out La Siembra’s retail network in Canada to find a store near you: http://www.lasiembra.com/retail.htm

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You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burning Association (EPPBA): http://www.ranchmanagement.org/eppba/page2.html Members of the EPPBA are restoring Edwards Plateau rangeland through the application of prescribed fire.  They use fire to suppress noxious woody plants and improve rangeland health.  In reality, it is neighbor helping neighbor so the Texas Rangelands can be restored and sustained for future generations.  Members of EPPBA share equipment and labor and foster good relations between neighbors and also within the community in regards to the use of prescribed fire.  EPPBA has more than 200 members who represent over a million acres of rangeland.  The association says the application of prescribed fire on these rangelands improves wildlife habitat, water quality and yield, carrying capacity for domestic livestock and restores their historical diversity and productivity.   

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·                              Dec. 13, 2006 ACORN Organic Workshop: “Managing Weeds, Insects, and Diseases Organically” in Truro, NS. Learn state-of-the-art tools, technologies, and resources to produce food, control pests and disease and maintain a healthy ecosystem. Price per day: $20 (ACORN members), $30 (non-members), $45 (special rate: membership + 1 workshop). Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call ACORN at 1-866-322-2676, email admin@acornorganic.org or visit our website at www.acornorganic.org

·      2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth - Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation. Conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.  The Canadian Co-operative Association is attempting to coordinate submissions on co-op topics and would appreciate knowing what is being submitted to the conference organizers. Please contact Lynne Markell, lynne.markell@coopsCanada.coop  if you are planning on submitting a co-op topic.

·      March 30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Saint John, NB

·      2007 – May 28-June 1 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

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Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winner - Ron Levesque, Moncton. We want to thank Ron as he submits an answer almost every week and we 
appreciate his participation. Thank you to everyone for sending in your entries. The lucky winner for October is Ruth Sampson, Halifax.  A small gift is on the way. 
It is fun for us to interact with our readers. Don’t forget! Everyone gets their name placed in the contest can and the lucky submission for December will be 
announced the first week in January. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noonSpecial prize announcement: We will make one draw on Dec. 22 
from all the names we have collected for all of 2006 and send them off a special grand prize. Be sure to get your entry in before then. 
Send your answer to: contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  
Last week’s contest and answer: A petrol tanker drives along at a steady 30 kph. At the moment it began to move, someone put a hole in the petrol tank and 
ignited the petrol. The flames are following it at a speed of 25 kph. After 26km, it stops. How long before the flames reach it? 
Answer: 10 minutes and 24 seconds. 
This week’s contest: There are four bungalows in the Winter Haven cul-de-sac. The people living in them are having a decorating contest and everyone hopes 
to win a prize. All of the houses are decorated for Christmas. They have themed yards - Angels, Santas, Snowmen and Christmas trees. Mrs Scott’s bungalow is 
somewhere to the left of the yard where many Santas are on display and the third one along has lots of snowmen made of wire with arms and heads that move. 
Mrs Jones owns bungalow with a 10 ft angel in front and Mr Tinsley does not live at either end, but lives somewhere to the right of the one with the Christmas trees 
of all sizes and shapes in the yard. Mr Smith lives in the fourth bungalow, and the first bungalow does not have any angels. Left to right, who lives where?

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It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook. We are on our way to Christmas dinner. Three weeks left! This week, we share a recipe for a bread and savoury dressing. Although easy to make, this is a “Christmas time only” dish at our house  and everyone looks forward to it.

Our Family’s Favourite Dressing

1 cup celery chopped

½ cup onion chopped

1 cup fresh or canned mushrooms cut in pieces

Cook these in ½ cup of margarine until soft. Add the following and mix well:

1 cup chicken broth or bullion

1 tsp summer savoury (or more depending on your taste)

1 slightly beaten egg

¼ cup chopped green pepper

salt and pepper and a bit of seasoning salt

5 slices of bread cut or torn in small pieces

Put stuffing into turkey cavity, which has been rubbed with lemon juice and salt. Hint: My friend makes stuffing bags out of tulle fabric. Sew the fabric into a rectangle 4 inches by 10, leaving one end open. Place stuffing into the tulle bag. Fold over the end and place in turkey. When cooked, all stuffing can be removed at once, just cut the bag and dispose of it. Place stuffing in an attractive dish. Another way in which “It’s easy to cook”.

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006