Week of Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 12

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For the eight weeks beginning February 17th, Circles Co-Editor Maureen MacLean will be away. As a result we are asking for volunteers from among our readers to help with submitting articles and news. We will work with you to suggest topics and contacts for news. If you can help in anyway please send an email to news1@nbet.nb.ca with your phone number. Let’s make this a true co-operative E- Newsletter with people helping people.

Openings – “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” - Soren Kierkegaard www.quotedb.com/authors/soren-aabye-kierkegaard  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

§      After being closed for a week to address a infestation of field mice that  resulted in a voluntary closure of the grocery section of the store, the Co-op store on Record Street in Moncton opened again last Friday with changes in place to address any future problems.  As well, management took the opportunity to do minor renovations, remove the escalator and paint. All shelves were cleaned and floors scrubbed and polished. John Harvie, CEO, Co-op Atlantic and Robert Lemoine, vice-president of food services for Co-op Atlantic, were both on hand to discuss the closure with the press and celebrate the re-opening. The store has completed renovations to keep mice from getting into the building and upgraded some of their shipping and receiving practices to ensure mice don't slip in with the any deliveries. http://www.coopatlantique.ca/htm.aspx?id=566 Sales on the opening day doubled the previous week and comments from members and customers indicated they were happy to be back shopping there and glad the problem was solved.

§      More than 60 members and guests of the Moncton Co-op stores attended an information session this week presented by the staff of Co-op Fuels.  http://www.co-opfuels.com/english/home.aspx The presentation was on solar panels that can reduce home heating costs, providing a return on your investment in five years or less. More presentations will be coming at various locations in the next couple of months. This made-in-Atlantic-Canada system is an energy efficient, environmentally friendly home heating solution available through Co-op Fuels. For more information see the web site http://www.co-openergy.ca/energy/ or call your local co-op fuels at http://www.co-opfuels.com/english/contacts.aspx

§      As part of the “Advanced Developer Training” to be held in Moncton, Feb 26-28, Marty Frost and Melanie Conn of British Columbia’s Devco are hosting a “meet and greet” reception on Wednesday, 27th February, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Moncton Press Club, 160 Assomption Blvd. Local co-operators are invited to meet and mingle with the course instructors and participants. RSVP to peicoopcouncil@gmail.com  


Trends - A few months ago, I mentioned that consumers (informed consumers) were increasingly demanding authenticity from the world’s global purveyors. The example at the time was of sweaters with tags that indicated which sheep the wool came from. Now comes news that Dole’s organic bananas come with stickers that include a three-digit farm code that you can enter on the Dole Organic website and “find the story behind their banana”. Each farm’s section on the website includes background information, shows photos of the crops and workers and tells consumers more about the origin of Dole’s organic products. How it works: Once you get the three digit code from ‘your’ banana, you can visit www.doleorganic.com and select it from a drop down menu on the right-hand side of the site. (You can simply pick a number from the list if you do not happen to have Dole organic bananas on hand). Once you’ve picked the farm, information about the owner, the crops and their certification appear, along with a limited set of photos. Click on a Google Earth link, and Google transports you across the globe to the actual location of the farm. Expect to see more manufacturers adopting these technologies to bring consumers closer to their products in the future.  - Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Project for Public Spaces:  PPS is a group that works to create better public spaces in communities.  Imagine a town square bustling with people who are greeting each other, buying, selling, and exchanging ideas. Their vision is to act as the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places. Since 1975, PPS has worked in more than 2,000 communities in 26 countries around the world, helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places, with programs, uses, and people-friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs. For more information on this interesting initiative:  http://www.pps.org/Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 – Did you know this is International Development Week (IDW) 2008?  (Sunday, February 3, to Saturday, February 9) . http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/idw What does International Development Week (IDW) mean to you? Perhaps it means participating in events being held in your region as part of Canada’s nationwide celebration of international development. It could be as simple as making a conscious effort to learn more about Canada’s role in international development. Are you interested in how young people can get involved in international development? Check out CIDA’s Youth Zone. If you are a teacher, visit CIDA’s Teacher Zone for new ideas on how to bring international development into the classroom and motivate students to become active global citizens. The Canadian Co-operative Association provides a lot of information thorough its electronic newsletter Dispatch. Read the latest issue at


- Maureen MacLean 


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree  – Nicole O’Connor and Jeff Melvin designed the new logo for the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Program (ACYL)-(winning the ACYL Logo Challenge). Nicole is an ACYL alumnus, attending her first camp back in 2004 and has since served as a junior stuff a number of times. She is now studying theatre at Dalhousie University, but has commented that the ACYL program not only taught her so much about co-ops that she never new before but it also helped her gain confidence in herself and her work. Jeff works on IT projects for the Advance Savings Credit Union. He joined the CU back in 1999 because he liked “being treated as a person (member) rather then a number” and he enjoyed the ability to negotiate and not just be subjected to a standard banking plan. When Jeff received notice from his CEO that there was a co-op who needed help designing a logo, he was keen to offer his skills. Check out the ACYL website to view the January newsletter with the flashy new logo http://www.acyl.coop/english/Newsletter012008.htm - 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 Jordan, Yarmouth, NS:  “Today I learned something new. The lady and Mr. Cooke told us about the places they went with the credit union. They brought cool things for us to see. Mr. Cooke said where he was, school was on the ground.”


Easy Sourcing for Parents – A new Web site http://www.babysupply.info. is a comprehensive source for parents which offers a unique way to save time when researching and buying pregnancy, baby, and nursing products. Especially valuable for the first-time parent, BabySupply.Info gives an easy way to research the best in baby gear while comparing pricing with more than 85 major retailers online and over 100,000 products. More than a shopping engine, BabySupply.Info does the product research for the parent. Using information from Consumer Reports, parental ratings and referrals, and expert recommendations, BabySupply.Info narrows down the products with the highest comprehensive ratings, and posts them on the site, with a list of benefits and places to find the product. BabySupply.Info is owned and operated by LN Tech. Inc., a privately held company based at Norcross, Georgia. The company is committed to providing new parents a place to go for information and a sense of community. Established at 2006, the company offers a shopping comparison service and product research focus of the product.


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 – This week we had only one entry. It was close. However, we should have added that the words are out of order. 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: The words below are all anagrams of other words, the initial letters of which form an anagram of another word. What is the answer?


Answer: The answer is ‘ANSWER’: asleep, nectar, silent, wander, envied, rubies This week’s contest:  Show the digits that, multiplied by seven, will give a result which is all ones. (1s)


Co-op Cooking – Sometimes your morning can be pretty hectic due to company in the house, a special event, or some other happening. Here are two versions of a breakfast dish which simplify the first meal of the day. They work equally well at the beginning of a busy day or after a late night So if you know you want to be off to a fast start and have a few extra minutes, pop one of these in the fridge to begin you day.
Overnight Oven Eggs
6 eggs
2 cups milk
2 slices bread, cubed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 lb. sausage meat, fried and drained
6 slices bacon, cut up, fried and dried
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Mix all ingredients together, pour into 9 x 12-inch pan, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In morning, remove cover and bake at 325F for 45 minutes.
Overnight Breakfast Casserole
12 slices bread (white or whole grain)
deli-ham slices
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
1 can mushroom pieces, drained
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp pepper sauce
Line 9 x 12-inch baking dish with half of the bread slices. Cover with deli-ham slices. Sprinkle with cheeses and mushroom pieces. Cover with remaining bread slices. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over ingredients in pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In morning, remove cover and bake at 350F for 45 minutes (or until top is browned and eggs are set. Note: Half and half may be replaced by milk to cut calories and/or fat. Other ingredients such as asparagus or chopped peppers may be layered with the ham, cheese and mushrooms if desired. - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, February 13, 2008