Week of Mar. 9 – Mar. 15, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 17

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Openings “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston Churchill nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1953/churchill-bio.html   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

§      The Nova Scotia Co-operative Youth Alliance will launch its first leadership seminar in Baddeck, Nova Scotia at the St.Ann’s Gaelic College. 12-15 youth will be recruited from Cape Breton and surrounding areas to take part in a 2 ½ day leadership seminar, which will discuss co-operative values and practices and how co-operatives work and their contributions to the business world.  This youth program is aimed at educating youth about the business styles and practices of Nova Scotia co-operatives. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and supported by the Co-operatives and Credit Unions of Nova Scotia, the program will involve youth in an extensive training program that will consist of three phases: an educational session, the development of a co-operative youth internship, and a co-operative youth conference. This conference will take place at the Hall of the Clans at the St.Ann’s Gaelic College, near Baddeck, and will be open to co-operatives and funding partners. The Conference will be a sit down meal with presentations throughout from guest speakers and participants.  All participants will be offered membership to the Nova Scotia Co-operative Youth Alliance and will assist in helping youth and co-ops develop strong and long lasting networks. Co-ops and Credit Union will be able to contact NSCYA when seeking assistance for seeking youth involvement in their communities, as well as future employees. If your Co-operative is interested in sponsoring an intern or if you would just like to know more about the program, please contact program co-ordinator Meghan Farrell at 902-595-0876.

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association is looking for the following Technical Cooperant: Insurance Specialist – Ghana  The consultant will be based in Accra, however some travel might be required throughout certain regions of the country. For more information about this assignment contact: Monique Charron, Program Officer – Africa/YEI, Tel.: (613) 238-6711, Ext 224; Fax: (613) 567-0658, E-mail: monique.charron@coopscanada.coop APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 28, 2008


Trends – Those familiar with co-operatives will undoubtedly know that people working together toward a common goal is one of their reasons for being. There’s a group in Quebec – the Quebec Collective Kitchens Association (http://www.rccq.org/index.html) – that though not a cooperative per se, functions much like a co-operative to ensure that collective action brings good to the community. A paragraph on their website under ‘What We Do’ caught my attention: “The values promoted by the collective kitchens include self-sufficiency, empowerment, dignity, democracy and social justice.” Sounds familiar. Many of the 1300 collective kitchens in the group consist of people regularly getting together to cook meals for people in need in the community. But going a step further, they make it a point to use the time together to learn – actually learn – about economics, society, world politics, and anything else of interest to their ‘members’. Reading further yields more benefits to the participants: “They (the collective kitchens) allow us to: Break out of loneliness and isolation, build self-confidence, encourage initiative, value self-sufficiency and empowerment, value, acquire and share our knowledge, gain experience working on projects as a group, and build a network for helping each other, etc.” It’s a wonder there aren’t collective kitchens like these in communities across Atlantic Canada.  - Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Natural Easter Egg Dying:  This Easter when coloring eggs, why not try more natural dying methods by using plant materials rather than synthetic food dyes.  It is also a more fun process, mashing things to get the color, than dropping a tablet in water.  For more information on which plants make which colors:  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-natural-easter-egg-dyes.html

 – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The Advocate Youth Services Co-operative (AYSC) is an active youth co-op in Baie-Verte, Nfld. They exist to engage youth in community development. The AYSC was featured as a success story under the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) funding http://www.coopscanada.coop/cdi/success_stories.htm The group is currently planning a conference for youth across Newfoundland and Labrador for May 2-4, 2008. If you would like more details, contact them at ayscbaieverte@gmail.com  – 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. This week from Kim, NS, Grade 4: “In Uganda, the houses in the rural communities have no bathrooms or water and they cook outside.”


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·     March 13 – Workshop with Peter Couchman, Mid-Counties Co-operative, United Kingdom at Nova Scotia Community College, Truro, NS, beginning at 1:30 pm

·     March 14-16 - The 1st Annual General Meeting of the New University Cooperative near Toronto, Ontario. At this AGM the Cooperative will be bringing together individuals from across Canada to discuss the current state of universities in Canada, elect a board and decide on future directions. More information at: www.newuniversity.ca

·     March 18 – Antigonish Farm and Garden Co-op 91 St Andrew St will be hosting an informative workshop on Tuesday March 18th from 7-9 pm, Sustainable agriculture and the transition to organic methods. A detailed review of farming methods in order to document your present on-farm practices and consideration being given to taking your farm operation, market and/or home garden to certified organic status. Guest Speaker: Brian Ives; Coffee and Goodies supplied

·     April 7, 7-9 pm – Solar Education Session, Co-op Fuels, Antigonish Farm and Garden Co-op, St Andrew’s St 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

·     April 8, 7-9 pm – Solar Education Session, Co-op Fuels, Braemore Co-op Food Market, Church St Extension 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

·     April 25-26 – Inaugural annual general meeting, Co-operative Enterprise Council, Crowne Plaza, Moncton, NB

·     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 – There were no correct entries last week.  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: Tanya wants to go on a date and prefers her date to be tall, dark and handsome. Of the preferred traits - tall, dark and handsome - no two of Adam, Bond, Cruz and Dumbo have the same number.  Only Adam or Dumbo is tall and fair.  Only Bond or Cruz is short and handsome.  Adam and Cruz are either both tall or both short. Bond and Dumbo are either both dark or both fair. Who is Tanya’s date? Answer: Cruz This week’s contest: My first is a color; my second is an agreeable exercise; my third is an article of clothing; my whole is a celebrated character. Who am I?


Co-op CookingWinter doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to leave and so my slow-cooker still sits on my counter and occasionally offers a nice hot supper. Here’s a dish you may not have tried yet, and with the dietary emphasis on omega 3 oils, it’s a heart-healthy choice.   
Easy Salmon and Bok Choy
1 1/2 lbs salmon, patted dry
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth (low -sodium is best)
3 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce (again, I look for low-sodium)
1 medium-size head bok choy, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces, stems and leaves separated (about 4 cups each)
1 tsp hoisin sauce
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
 Coat a 5 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl with cooking spray and arrange salmon in it, tucking the thin end of fillets underneath. Sprinkle ginger and garlic over salmon.
In medium-sized saucepan, bring broth, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce to a boil over high heat. Pour around salmon, not over, and cook on High for 1 hour or Low for 2 hours.
Stir the bok choy stems into slow cooker for last 30 minutes of cooking time on High, or the last hour of cooking time on Low.
Add leaves to the cooker for the final 10 minutes on High or 30 minutes on Low.
Carefully remove salmon from cooker with a wide spatula; set aside and keep warm. Stir hoisin into liquid. Sprinkle salmon with scallions and serve with bok choy and liquid.
Note: While this dish can be cooked on High, the colour will be more vibrant and the flavour more delicate if it is cooked on Low. - Glenna Weagle


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