Week of May 18 – May 24, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 26

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Openings “People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.” - Edwin H. Friedman www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-807614.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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Prince Edward Island Co-op Council peicc@peicc.coop has hired a new Executive Director, Charles Crockett. The PEI Co-op Council has also re-located its office. Please update your records with the following contact information. 6 Alexandra Court, Stratford, PE, C1B 1K8, Office: (902) 569-7322, Fax: (902) 569-7337 Charles’ Cell: (902) 314-9110

§      International human resources firm, Hewitt Associates, has announced that The Co-operators is among Canada’s 50 best employers for the fourth consecutive year. The Co-operators, based in Guelph, Ontario, is ranked No. 20, up from No. 25 last year. http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1501032791&view=27607-0&Start=0

§      Juno Award winner Mitch Dorge, former drummer of Emmy-nominated Crash Test Dummies, recently teamed up with The Co-operators and is taking his advocacy for responsible decision-making to high schools across the country. He is bringing his In-Your-Face and Interactive presentation to schools in Ontario as part of the Life Choices campaign aimed at Canadian youth. Dorge said of his partnership with The Co-operators, "They were looking for innovative ways to engage young people and offer them alternative perspectives on important decisions.” http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1604227878&view=27607-0&Start=0

§      Cathy Darland, branch manager of Advance Savings Credit Union (ASCU) Peoples Park Tower, recently presented a cheque for $1,000 to Mike Belong, principal of Hillcrest Elementary School for the newly created Advance Savings Credit Union Literacy Program.  This new initiative that was recently launched at Hillcrest Elementary School involves a financial commitment from ASCU PPT of $1,000 per school year, which will be used to fund the books needed for this project. http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_literacy2008.html

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association is looking for a Technical Co-operant for Project Evaluation in Africa. If you are interested, fax or e-mail your resume to Monique Charron, Program Officer – Africa/YEI, Tel.: (613) 238-6711, Ext 224; Fax: (613) 567-0658, E-mail: monique.charron@coopscanada.coop Application deadline is May 30.

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Trends - Paul Stamets (www.fungi.com) believes mushrooms can help save the world from environmental disaster, or at the very least provide solutions to some of Earth’s more pressing environmental and health-related problems. Stamets is a mycologist, a mushroom or fungi scientist who specializes in the vegetative part of mushrooms called the mycelium. We already know fungi produce strong antibiotics – penicillin is from a variety of penicillium mold, but Stamets has patented over 20 processes where mycelium can be used to clean up petroleum saturated soils, revamp pesticides, filter water and generate ethanol. You can hear Stamets talk about six ways mushrooms can save the Earth at the TED.com website (search for his name), or buy his books (search Amazon). Still not convinced about the benefits of fungi? Consider that other varieties of the penicillium molds are used to make Gorgonzola, Brie, Camembert and Roquefort cheese.Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Free Concerts:  They probably aren't happening yet, but keep your eyes open, because once the weather warms up many communities offer free concerts throughout the summer months.  These concerts are great ways to meet your neighbours and support local musicians.  In Nova Scotia, keep your eyes open for concert series happening in Halifax, Antigonish and Chester, just to name a few locations.  For other provinces or countries, check with your local tourism or recreation office to see what's playing in your backyard. – Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO) have recently completed their 2008 Board of Director elections. Their Board members include 2 Canadians: Ava Shannon from Cambridge, Ontario who is a member of the Grand House Co-op (eco-friendly student housing co-op) and Karine Fortier from Montreal, Quebec who is a member of Co-op Sur Genereux (student housing co-op). Read more about the new board at http://nasco.coop/node/1421 and the organization at www.nasco.coop  – Erin Hancock

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Trading Fairly – Over the next few weeks, Co-op Circles will feature Web links to fair trade projects and products.  Prescraft started in the early 1960s as a mission project of the Presbyterian Church in the English-speaking northwest province of Cameroon. Its goals are: 1) to provide employment, 2) to stem the flow of peasants from the rural areas to the cities, 3) to preserve traditional craft skills, and 4) to instill self-confidence in the craftsmen. Currently, about 75 artisans are marketing their products through Prescraft. Three well-equipped workshops in the villages of Bali, Bafut, and Bamessing produce musical instruments, brass, ceramics, woodcarvings, baskets, and toys. http://www.aworldaway.net/m_20.asp?g=8
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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: “One thing in that presentation that really kind of made me think was about how can we help but help so it actually can help and not just tell them what we are going to do for them but like ask them and work together.  I really liked the stories because they really teach you stuff.  I learned that the Philippines was in Asia, not U.S. I was shocked to hear that women in some places had to cover their faces. I can’t stop thinking about the rice god statue. It was cool.” – Justin, Grade 8, PEI

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Co-op Ed 101- Owned by some 50 producers, St-Albert Cheese Manufacturing in St Albert, ON, employs more than 60 people who are guided by a common concern for quality and freshness to ensure their cooperative's success. They have an interesting web site with recipes and a virtual tour:  http://www.fromage-st-albert.com/eng/historique.htm For over 100 years, worldwide connoisseurs have enjoyed savory products from the St-Albert Cooperative Cheese Manufacturing Association. For more info http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/?q=en/node/4013Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      June 12 – Co-op Leadership Workshop with Francoise Morrisette, author of “Made in Canada Leadership” – 1 PM, Best Glengarry Hotel, Truro, NS

§      June 12 – Annual General Meeting, Nova Scotia Co-op Council, 3 PM;  Banquet with keynote speaker Peter Mansbridge, 6:30 PM

§      June 12-14 – Co-op Housing Federation’s Annual General Meeting, Toronto, ON – The Future is Now

§      June 21-24 – 2008 Cooperative Communicators Association Institute, Portland, Maine, Hook Line & Sinker To register on-line go to www.communicators.coop For further information, e-mail susie.bullock@communicators.coop

§      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

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Contest of the Week - The first correct entry last week was from Marsha Damon, Bayview Credit Union, Saint John, NB.  Congrats!! Everyone who enters has his/her name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week’s contest: The dog named Jam is heavier than the dog named Jelly. Jam is a black and tan bulldog. He got his name because as a puppy he followed so closely he was always getting jammed in the door. Copper is a retriever who will play Frisbee by the hour. He weighs more than Brandy but less than Pumpkin. Copper, whose shiny coat gets him lots of attention when walking with his owner, will sit quietly outside tied to the railing while his owner goes to the post office to get the mail. Brandy weighs more than Jelly. Brandy is a mostly black water spaniel who will jump out of a canoe, swim along side for 15 minutes, and then come back in for a rest. He will also pick and eat blueberries from the bushes in season. Pumpkin is a golden Lab.  Pumpkin, who loves to swim in St Georges Bay, NS, is a true water dog who also loves to go with his owners on their sailboat. He weighs less than Jam. List the dogs in the order of their weights, starting with the heaviest. Answer:  The heaviest dog is Jam, the next heaviest is Pumpkin, the next heaviest is Copper, the next heaviest is Brandy, and the least heavy (or the lightest) is Jelly. This week’s contest:  What is the second to the largest number and the second to the smallest number that you can make if you have one each of the following Roman numerals? I V L X

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Co-op Cooking – One of the best of spring’s vegetables is asparagus, and it’s a wonderful salad component, especially when grilled. This salad is great for a light lunch, served with a baguette, or as a side for an early season barbecue.
Grilled Asparagus Salad
2 lbs asparagus, woody stems removed
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
8 ounces goat’s milk feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tsp course sea salt
1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
pinch of coarsely ground fresh black pepper
pinch of salt
Preheat barbecue or indoor grill to high.  Toss asparagus in 3 tbsp olive oil and season with a little of the salt and pepper. Grill for about five minutes (until slightly charred but still firm). Place on a large platter and sprinkle with tomatoes, feta and olives. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked black pepper. - Glenna Weagle

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