Week of Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 11

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Openings – “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” - Carl Sagan www.carlsagan.com 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

§      Many of us in the co-op movement in Atlantic Canada lost an active member and a good friend on Sunday.  Neil Tilley was on the board of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), he was active in the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation, and was a long time owner-worker with the Extension Community Development Co-op which arose out of Memorial University’s decision to close its extension department. He was a good man, as his friend and co-worker Pat Hann says…and always worked to make the world a better place. When Neil was chair of ACIC, he organized its annual meeting in Newfoundland where everyone stayed out around Conception Bay South and learned to dance "the Whip”. Neil was always available to help people with advice.  Both Neil and Pat  phann@extensionco-op.nf.net helped Rising Tide develop policies during our start up phase.  TILLEY, J. Neil (Che) of Kelligrews, Conception Bay South., NL (December 5th, 1950- January 26th, 2008) — Passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, on January 26th, 2008. Neil will be sadly missed by loving companion Colleen McLean; mother Fannie Tilley; Colleen’s mother Alice; and children Katie, Chelsea, Mark (Natasha), Kerri (Mark), Janette, co-workers Patrick Hann and Dr. David MacDonald. Donations in his memory may be made to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre or Daffodil Place. To sign the guest registry or send a message of condolence, please visit www.hickeysfuneralhome.ca.

§      The issue of The Halifax Chronicle Herald featured an article on funeral co-ops and how, in Nova Scotia, they are serving members from Cape Breton to the Annapolis Valley. Father Eloi Arsenault of PEI is credited with bringing the concept to his home province. While serving as a priest in Quebec, he became more discouraged with the tactics of private for profit funeral homes as they dealt with grieving families. Father Eloi took on the challenge, battled the established funeral homes and embalmers and his hard work paved the way so that those trying to do the same thing today have fewer obstacles and the concept itself is no longer foreign. See http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1033462.html

§      Gil Robinson passed away peacefully, at the Palliative Care Unit in Moncton Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008. Gil was the Divisional Manager for Retail Services for Atlantic Co-op from 1975 to 1995. Gil did not really retire - he worked with CESO • SACO (Canadian Volunteer Advisers to Business). He generously and enthusiastically shared his retail experience with several Eastern European companies http://www.cadmanbownessfh.com/obituaries.php

§      On January 28, Eastern PEI celebrated the grand re-opening of the Morell Consumers’ Co-op. http://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=563 The store has undergone not only an expansion, but also a major overhaul both inside and out,” says Greg Dunn, General Manager (and the grandson of the Co-op’s first manager, Frank Dunn). The changes include new refrigeration units, a doubling of the frozen food section, 25 per cent more dairy products, a 30 per cent increase in produce, a packaged bulk food section, and more bakery items, as well as a mini-oven to bake your own bread.


Trends – If a couple of years ago you thought GPS devices were cool – I sure did – then you probably thought on-board navigation systems for your car were pretty darned cool, too. For some reason, they have not clicked with me – perhaps it is because you really have to try hard to get lost in Atlantic Canada. In any event, a company called ‘Making Virtual Solid’ out of the U.S. has taken automobile navigation to the next level using Heads Up Display (HUD) technology. HUDs are displays of information that are projected (typically onto a windshield but it could be hi-tech goggles) so that you don’t have to turn your head away to read the information. It’s common in fighter planes and video games, and now, Making Virtual Solid is using it in cars. How it works: In a conventional navigation system, roads or streets are pictured as a series of lines on a small display, usually tucked away to the side on your dash. If you don’t have a GPS navigation system, picture the lines that represent streets or roads on a map and the trouble involved with orienting to one of those while you’re driving. On a conventional system you follow your route by looking at the display – on more advanced systems, a voice even tells you when to turn (when you’re using a map, that system is called a ‘spouse’). Now picture your route as a red line projected in front of you on your windshield, made to look like a cable from a ski lift, following the road as you drive and respecting 3D proportions. That’s ‘Virtual Cable’ technology. The only other way to explain it is to go see: www.mvs.net. Click on the videos on the left-hand menu to really see how it works.  - Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, NS:  In Halifax, NS, plans for a new Farmers’ Market building are underway.  The Farmers’ Market Investment Cooperative is now able to accept investment into their CEDIF.  Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs) are pools of capital which are available for investment into business(es) in their communities. These funds are controlled by a local board of directors, which are chosen by the funds’ investors at an annual general meeting.

Information sessions are being held for the Halifax Market on Wednesday, January 30, and Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm in the Brewery Market Courtyard and every Saturday morning at the Market. For more information about this CEDIF: http://www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=89 Examples of other CEDIF’s in Nova Scotia are:

Just Us! Fair Trade Investment Co-op Ltd., Wolfville

PURPOSE: Invest the proceeds in their fair trade coffee business.

La Residence Acadienne, Cheticamp

PURPOSE: To build and operate a seniors housing facility.

Valley Funeral Home Co-op, Coldbrook

PURPOSE: Invest the proceeds in the development of a co-operative funeral home in the Coldbrook/Kentville area.

Victoria County, Baddeck

PURPOSE: Invest the proceeds in the Victoria County Co-op store in Baddeck.

Since their inception 4 years ago, these funds have grown significantly. At the end of 2003, there were 16 CEDIFs which had raised money (a total of $7.3 million) and reinvested that money back into their communities. More than 1,000 Nova Scotians have chosen to reinvest in their communities through CEDIFs. General CEDIF information:  http://www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cedif/background/ Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 – In about three weeks time I will be leaving a cold, snowy Canada  to go to Ghana in West Africa as part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Credit Union Coaching Program. I am excited. I was last in Ghana in 1999 so I expect to see a lot of changes. This time I will be travelling to the Northern areas.  I have been doing quite a bit of research on CCA partnerships in Ghana and look forward to learning more. I though readers might like to share in my trip by reading about SEND and Peace Atinbiok, a graduate of the CCA Women’s mentoring program


and  http://www.iicd.org/articles/logon4d/supporting-ghanaian-farmers-in-the-eastern-corridor The Social Enterprise Development Foundation of West Africa (SEND Foundation) operates in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. It began with a team of volunteer staff in 1998. By January 2007, the number of staff had increased to 52 of which more than 30 percent are women and over 50 percent are professional staff with university degrees. SEND Ghana now has three operational offices located in Accra, Tamale and Salaga. Peace Atinbiok attributes the increase in membership at the union to SEND’s intervention, particularly the education it provided to community members, stating that the membership drive was previously very slow.
Peace was sent to Canada by SEND to attend the Women in Credit Union Mentoring Program, sponsored annually by the CCA. The program is for women from developing countries who work in credit unions. She speaks enthusiastically about what she gained from the experience: she learned about lending, customer-manager relations, and gender issues.
 - Maureen MacLean 


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree Visit the Canadian International Development Agency’s website to read about Narish Maharaj, a young man from Saskatchewan who helped organize a youth waste-management co-operative in the Philippines while on his CCA-sponsored internship at http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/ANN-82395548-JCFErin 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 Andrew, NS: “I didn’t know the villages were so small and in the middle of nowhere and that the Philippines has so many islands. I was surprised that all the students have to wear uniforms.”


Strawberries and Your Heart - Strawberries are not only delicious and nutrient-rich. New research from Harvard Medical School found that they may offer cardiovascular disease protection. http://www.nutritionhorizon.com/newsmaker_article.asp?idNewsMaker=16112&fSite=AO545&category=26&page=3The new study found that those who reported eating the most strawberries experienced lower blood levels of C-reactive protein, a biomarker for inflammation in the blood vessels. The findings revealed that women who ate the most strawberries, two or more servings per week, compared to those who reported eating none in the past month, were 14 percent less likely to have elevated C-reactive protein levels.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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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 – Many entries last week but no correct answers! 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:  My 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? Answer:  946 apples This week’s contest:  The words below are all anagrams of other words, the initial letters of which form an anagram of another word. What is the answer?



Co-op Cooking – Here's an Alfredo recipe which replaces the cream and butter with cottage cheese and milk. It has a surprisingly rich flavour. The sauce can be used in any Alfredo recipe to make it more heart-healthy.  
Fettuccine Alfredo
1/2 lb fettuccine or spaghetti
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain and return to saucepan. In food processor or blender, process cottage cheese until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese, milk, egg and spices; blend until smooth. Pour into saucepan with hot, drained noodles. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with herbs. Serve immediately.
Note: You can vary this recipe by adding one or more of the following:
1 cup chopped, cooked ham                                  4 cups cooked broccoli florets
1 can salmon, drained and flaked                            1 cup cooked, sliced mushrooms
1 can tuna, drained and flaked                               1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup frozen peas, thawed                                    1/2 cup kernel corn
1 cup cooked, julienned carrots, zucchini, sweet peppers of leeks- Glenna Weagle


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