Week of Jan. 20 – Jan. 26, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 10

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association is holding its annual 144th convention in Wolfville, NS, from Jan 29-31. The title this year: Buy Local: Can We Benefit? As well as being a sponsor, Scotian Gold Apple Co-op will have personnel participating in workshops. David Cudmore, General Manager, is part of a panel exploring “Buy Local: Can We Benefit?” and Larry Lutz will talk about cultivars. Most conference sessions will take place at the Cornwallis Room, Kentville Agricultural Centre in Kentville, NS.

§      Atlantic Beef Products, of Borden, PE — the only federally inspected meat packing plant in Atlantic Canada— has received assistance from the federal and three provincial governments to help it develop higher value beef products. Peter MacKay, the federal minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $6 million from the federal government to help the plant adjust to market changes. The provincial governments of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each added $2 million as a regional development investment. The plant is 90 per cent owned by a 210-member farmer co-op and 10 per cent by Co-op Atlantic.

§      The Co-operators, a leading co-operative and provider of insurance and financial services has expanded its membership, welcoming three new members. Amalgamated Dairies Limited, the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, and Fédération des cooperatives québécoises en milieu scolaire/COOPSCO bring to 40 the number of cooperatives, credit unions and like-minded organizations that comprise the ownership group of The Co-operators Group Ltd. Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) strengthens the Prince Edward Island dairy industry. It buys and sells products on its members’ behalf, and manufactures and processes dairy products under the ADL label as well as other private and store-brand labels. Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is a non-profit co-operative representing approximately 65 worker co-op members and 75 cooperative developer members across Canada
Fédération des coopératives québécoises en milieu scolaire, operating under the banner COOPSCO, is a federation of 60 student co-ops present in the majority of post-secondary institutions and a growing number of high schools in Quebec

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has issued a call for nominations for its annual Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and Global Co-operator Award. Nominations from individuals or organizations are to be submitted to CCA by January 31, 2008. The awards include honourary membership in CCA and will be presented during the CCA Annual General Meeting and Congress in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 25 - 27, 2008. For more information including terms of reference and past recipients, please go to www.CoopsCanada.coop/aboutcca/members/honorary.htm  Staff and members of CCA’s board of directors and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada’s board of governors are not eligible for nomination.

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association is also accepting nominations for the inaugural Innovations in Co-operative Governance Award. These awards will recognize governance innovation and excellence in co-operatives and credit unions across Canada. The awards seek to showcase the movement’s strengths in the area of governance and provide the opportunity for co-op and credit union boards to learn from each other. The closing date for applications is January 31, 2008. Winners will be announced at CCA’s Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in June 2008. The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation’s 2007 Annual Report is now available on-line, at: www.coopzone.coop/en/worker While there, CWCF encourages you to explore CoopZone, the web site regarding all aspects of co-op development in Canada, which it maintains.

§      Students can win a 2008 scholarship from the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes. The Fondation contributes $50,000 in scholarships annually and 50 students will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students can register on line on the Caisses populaires acadiennes Web site www.acadie.com or pick up a participation form at any Caisses populaires acadiennes and Coops. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=169

§      Valley Credit Union in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley sponsored the Valley Regional Hospital Foundations' Festival of Lights as a Gift of Joy sponsor.  Through various sponsors and support, $120,000 was raised for new equipment for maternal and child care at Valley Regional Hospital. Local food banks received cheques totalling more than $4,200.  Through Valleys  Skip-a-Payment option on their loan portfolio, the credit union donated funds to the  food banks to assist with making Christmas dinner a possibility for families. For more information  http://www.valleycreditunion.com/web;jsessionid=A49F5FAD2C63FB493939035E037635D3?service=direct/1/Home/SidebarBlocks/dlinkWNMore&sp=S1432


Trends – Most Co-op Circles readers are probably more than a little familiar with alternative energy technologies – solar panels, wind turbines and hydrogen fuel cells. A Dutch company has come up with technology that will allow households to manage their energy use and production, all in one smart device and concept. It is called Qurrent (www.qurrent.com) and its people are forward thinkers. For example, they see a day when electricity rates will rise sharply (many will argue we are already there, but there is more to come) but they also see a time when rates will fluctuate with demand – even in time spans as short as 15 minutes. Households will create energy based on the above mentioned technologies and share it with other households on their street or in a cluster (Qmunity) – becoming, in a sense, their own power company. The heart of the technology is a product they call the Qbox, the brain that will not only measure consumption and production, but actually allocate power to various appliances based on when it is most efficient to do so. Example: if you want to do your laundry while you are away at work or asleep, you can tell the Qbox to allow power to your clothes washer within a set timeframe, and the Qbox will pick the best time to allocate power to your appliance. Excess power that you produce is shared locally with your Qmunity through a central server, contributing to the benefits of ‘community’. - Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Maureen St. Clair:  Maureen is an artist who uses her talents to engage and educate her local community in Grenada.  Along with painting as a part time profession she facilitates a community art program with a group of children from Harford village, St. Andrews, the community in which she resides. They use art as a means of empowering self and community. The children are engaged in a variety of creative cultural activities which include writing poetry, painting, collaging, story telling, making masks, dancing, acting and singing.  They have also started a project called Under One Roof which will include a women’s textile collective, a children’s art program, a non-profit arts and crafts gallery and training workshops.  For more information on Maureen, the community projects and her artwork, visit:  http://www.imaginationseverything.com/solution/mscweb/index.htmBronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 – I have been watching with interest the political events in Kenya. I thought I would share with readers that Kenya has an active co-operative sector. Members have participated in the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) Women’s Mentoring and Youth Experience International Programs You can read more about Co-operatives in Kenya on the web site of the Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing http://www.cooperative.go.ke/index.html  Since the Ministry was re-established, the co-operative sector has made tremendous achievements toward wealth and employment creation. Currently, there are more than 12,000 registered co-operative societies with a membership of more than 7 million. About 63 per cent of the Kenyan population directly and indirectly depends on co-operative related activities for their livelihood. The sector has mobilized over Ksh.150 billion in savings which is about 31per cent of the national savings. - Maureen MacLean 


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Each year, The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto provides awards to youth living in housing co-ops who show a commitment to diversity in their community. Their applications for 2008 are now available at http://www.coophousing.com/diversity/documents/2008SuccessBecomesYouDiversityScholarship.pdf. However, the profiles from the 2007 winners are also available on their website and there are some very interesting stories about how young people in Toronto are making a different in their communities (http://www.coophousing.com/diversity/receips/receips_current.asp).– 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 Matt, Yarmouth, NS: I learned that the people in Uganda live in houses with straw roofs and they make a lot of what they need. They eat a lot of rice in the Philippines and the kids wear outfits to school


Milk Marketing in India - Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation is India’s largest food products marketing organization. It is a state level apex body of milk co-operatives in Gujarat which aims to provide remunerative returns to the farmers and also serve the interest of consumers by providing quality products which are good value for money. It is composed of 13 district co-operative milk producers’ unions, which have in total 2.6 million members. Total milk handling capacity is 10.16 million liters each day. For more about this organization, go to: www.amul.com/   


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·     Feb 26-28 – Advanced Co-op Developer training, Moncton, NB -  A detailed outline is posted at http://www.coopzone.coop/en/node/2070

·     April 26 – Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting

·     June 23-28, 2008 - What’s Working in Community Development conference, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia The pre-conference announcement can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/PreConfLo.pdf  If you are submitting an abstract or presentation outline, it must be received by December 31st, 2007.  The call for abstracts/presentations can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/AbstractsLo.pdf


Contest of the Week - This week, we had two winners: Cathy Darland, Advance Savings Credit Union, Moncton, and Shauna Fuller, Charlottetown, PE. Their answers arrived within 4 minutes of each other.  We had 8 other correct responses as well. Congratulations everyone!! The 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:  These words follow a logical progression:
Which of these could be next?

Answer: “KID” is next, because the letters flow alphabetically in a zigzag pattern down the list (start with a, end with b, start with c, end with d, etc...) This week’s contest: Our local co-op produce manager is a would-be mathematician. She likes to arrange her apples in nice rows. However, when she lays her apples in rows of 3 she has one left over. When she lays them in rows of 5 she also has one left over. Remarkably she also has one left over when she arranges them in rows of 7 and 9. But 11 seems to be the magic number, for, in rows of 11 there are no apples left over. How many apples does the produce manager have?


Co-op Cooking – Most sweet and sour dishes feature chicken or pork. Here's a great one which uses the lowly meatball. You can cheat by using store-bought meatballs, but homemade are always better. Directions are for microwave cooking but this can be done using a conventional range (meatballs in oven at 350F for about 30 minutes; stir gently halfway through cooking. Make sauce in a pan on top of stove, adding green pepper and pineapple to sauce almost at end of cooking. Add hot meatballs just before serving.)          
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
1 19-oz can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve juice)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup soya sauce
1 lb lean ground beef, crumbled
1 large egg
1/4 cup unseasoned dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
hot, cooked rice or noodles
In 2-cup measure, combine reserved juice with enough water to equal 1 1/3 cups; set aside. In 2-quart casserole combine brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch and 1/4 cup soya sauce. Blend in pineapple juice mixture. Microwave at High for 7 to 15 minutes, or until mixture is clear and thickened, stirring 3 or 4 times during cooking. Set aside.
Combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, and 1 tbsp soya sauce. Shape into 20 meatballs; arrange in 9-inch square baking dish and sprinkle evenly with green pepper slices. Microwave on High for 8 to 10 minutes or until meatballs are firm and no longer pink in the center, stirring gently to rearrange once or twice during cooking time. Drain.
Add meatballs, green pepper slices and pineapple chunks to the sauce. Microwave at High for 4 to 6 minutes, or until mixture is hot, stirring once or twice during cooking time. Serve meatballs over hot, cooked rice or noodles. - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, January 30, 2008