Week of Dec.10– Dec. 16, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 9

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Openings – “The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven.” – John Milton  http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/milton/ 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


This Week in Co-op Circles

·             Heritage Credit Union https://www.heritagecu.com/  with branches in the Halifax Regional Municipality and eastern NS area, has raised 433 pounds of food, enough to feed 36 families. After collecting food in their branches, the donation was made by the Heritage Credit Union elves on the morning of Friday, December 2 at MicMac Mall. The elves had a meeting with Lisa Blackburn from radio Q 104 and chatted on-air about their great results. All proceeds were donated to FEED Nova Scotia.

·             Credit Union Atlantic employee Terry Moore has been elected as Chair of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia. http://www.cua.com/aboutcua/newsandinfo.cfm Moore is currently Director, Marketing and Communications for Credit Union Atlantic. Moore’s appointment makes her the first female Chair in Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia’s history.  She has served on the Junior Achievement board for the past six years, and in addition sits on the board of the Nova Scotia Credit Union Charitable Foundation, is a member of the Nova Scotia Credit Union Provincial Marketing committee and serves on a National Marketing Advisory Committee for the Credit Union MasterCard.


Expanding Your Back Yard –From The Republic of East Vancouver, How to create more co-operative economy in the Lower Mainland: That was the question facing conference attendees, alumni of the VanCity-BCCA-University of Bologna co-op study program, by Kevin Potvin  

http://www.republic-news.org/archive/152 repub/152_kevin_potvin_coop.htm


Governing For Tomorrow Local autonomy versus rationalized integration; user control versus investor control – the evolution of Ireland’s co-op movement is traced through the efforts of co-operators to address these two major organizational dilemmas, familiar to successful co-operatives around the world. Irish Agricultural Co-operatives: An Overview – Olive McCarthy, Robert Briscoe, Michael Ward www.uce.ie/acad/foodbus/ccs/DiscussionPapers/c_dp2_b.html


What is Your Vision Statement?   This week, we share with you the Vision of ICAN (Immigrant & Refugee Co-op/CED Action Network), based in Prince Edward Island.
ICAN seeks collective solutions to conditions in immigrant and refugee communities,  with the common vision of a healthy, sustainable inclusive economy in which: we grow a new multiculturalism akin to a chemical reaction where both parties are changed by the interaction, there is no poverty, all people live in dignity and have opportunity to meet their full potential, it is planned for 7 generations, it is locally controlled, a relocalised economy, which is values based,  there is greater public space, and there is a redistribution of wealth and therefore a power shift. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, we continue with our look at Christmas as the opportunity to give gifts that are ethically or socially just.  We feature Just Us Coffee Roasters http://www.justuscoffee.com/AboutJustUs.aspx Just Us! Coffee Roasters was founded in the fall of 1995 and, in March 1996, was formally incorporated as a worker-owned co-operative, to import, roast and market organic coffee on a fair trade basis. http://www.justuscoffee.com/AboutJustUs.aspx Located in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, you can read more about them at http://www.justuscoffee.com/2009.aspx

Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is Canada’s first Fair Trade (read about fair trade http://www.justuscoffee.com/Links.aspx ) coffee roaster, and one of Canada’s most successful worker-owned co-operatives. To find out what they have to offer, call Colleen 1-888-668-8436 Ext. 228 or email info@justuscoffee.com Fax 902-542-4436 It is a business based on a firm belief in “people and the planet before profits”. Fair Trade is an innovative model for international trade, which offers, not only a fair price, but respect and empowerment for Third World producers


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, with the murders of sex workers in Ipswich, England, we have been hearing through the media, about the English Collective of Prostitutes. Since 1975, they have been part of the International Prostitutes Collective. It has been campaigning for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and our families, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages. The collective’s believe is that no woman, child or man should be forced by poverty or violence into sex with anyone. It provides information, help and support to individual prostitute women and others who are concerned with sex workers’ human, civil, legal and economic rights. http://www.allwomencount.net/EWC%20Sex%20Workers/SexWorkIndex.htm


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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

·      April 26, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Consumers Community Co-operative

·      April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic

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Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winners: Catherine Ann Fuller, Baddeck, and Cathy Darland, Advance Savings Credit Union, Moncton. Their correct answers arrived within seven minutes of each other so they are both winners. 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 noon.  We will make one draw on Dec. 22 from all the names we have collected in 2006 and send a lucky winner off a special grand prize. Be sure to get lots of entries in before then. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s answer:  Mrs. Scott with the Christmas Trees, Mrs. Jones with the angels, Mr. Tinsley with the snowmen, and Mr. Smith with the Santas. This week’s contest: Saint Nicholas was on holiday last year on Holiday Island. He arrived on Dec. 26 for 2 weeks. He had Mrs. Nicholas with him and several small adult children of short stature. Holiday Island is a really peculiar shape for an island. It is rectangular, 20 miles long and only 15 feet wide, and totally covered in trees! It has two tiny villages on it - Merry and Christmas. Unfortunately, a fire started at Merry and was travelling toward Christmas at around 1 mile per hour. There was also a wind, which was blowing toward Christmas at around 2 miles per hour. Now, St Nicholas and all the family, who are at Christmas, had no way of getting off the island. They cannot pass through the fire.  They could not put the fire out as coming from a home in the far north they have no experience fighting forest fires or working with water as they are mostly accustomed to ice ponds and frozen rivers. There is no one to help them because he wanted a rest and Saint Nicholas booked a retreat holiday on the secluded part of the Island near Christmas. They all got together and discussed several plans. Mrs. Nicholas had an idea. How did she save every one?



It’s Easy to Cook - On our way to Christmas dinner. Two weeks left! This week, gravy. I picked the following hint up from a cousin. She makes the gravy about an hour ahead of time and stores it in a wide mouthed thermos. It is an attractive thermos from a “kitchen store”, one with a handle. She uses it many times during the year for hot and cold beverages.  Just before the meal, she removes the gravy, reheats it in the microwave and returns it to the thermos to keep it hot during the meal.

Our Family’s Favourite Giblet Gravy
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
Giblets, liver, and neck from 1 turkey or commercially prepared stock from a can
1 cup diced onions
1/3 cup minced celery
1/3 cup peeled and minced carrots
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 sprig fresh thyme or dried thyme, if it is fresh
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a medium-sized, heavy pot, melt the butter and the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the giblets, liver, and turkey neck, and cook, stirring until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and sauté an additional 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, thyme sprig, and any reserved juices from the bottom of the roasting pan, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Strain gravy to remove giblets. Adjust seasonings with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006