Week of May 25– May 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 27

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Openings “This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.” -Author Unknown  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

§      Heritage Credit Union with branches in Dartmouth and surrounding communities, held its 69th AGM on April 29th https://www.heritagecu.com/SharedContent/documents/newsletters/april%20newsletter.pdf  Heritage’s new board of directors  includes Heather Matthews, Chair, John Peach, 1st vice-chair, Dan McDonald, 2nd vice-chair, Bill Mills, secretary, David Borden, Bruce McLaughlin, Ron Norquay, Caroline Wolfe Stewart, Brian Smith, Paul Adams and Braden Urquhart

§      In 2005, Atlantic Business Magazine decided to recognize the extraordinary achievements of its five-time Top 50 CEO award winners by creating the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. As the magazine marks the 10th anniversary of its corporate leadership awards, it revisited the 14 individuals who have been inducted thus far. Among this year’s recipients were Jamie Baillie, President & CEO of Credit Union Atlantic Ltd and Allison Chaytor-Loveys, CEO of Newfoundland & Labrador Credit Union. http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.com/

§      Credit Union Central of Canada presented its annual National Credit Union Awards for outstanding achievement during a recent ceremony that concluded its annual conference.  Four young credit union professionals were recognized as National Young Leaders including from Atlantic Canada Terry Moore, Director, Marketing Communications, Credit Union Atlantic, Halifax.  http://www.ns-credit unions.com/default.asp?mn=1.21.42.117&sfield=content.id&search=388

§      At its annual meeting, Chaleur Credit Union revealed its 2007 record financial performance to its members, a record annual surplus earning before patronage rebates and income taxes, with a result of $797,000 for 2007. This record amount represents an increase of 14.7% over the 2006 record year and a progression of 290% compared to the year 2000 http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=184

§      Prince Edward Island is Canada’s largest potato producing province, and is often known as “spud Island.” Potato farmers and packers in the province have been supporting food banks across Canada for many years, but this is the first time a tractor-trailer load of PEI potatoes has been donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank .http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?iid=2833&sid=25314 The donation was arranged as part of celebrating the International Year of the Potato. Several potato growers and packers donated the potatoes.

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Trends - There is little doubt about the renewed consciousness people have about the environment – global warming and climate change, off-gassing and hazardous chemicals, fossil fuels, carbon footprints and carbon neutral, eco-friendly, renewable and sustainable, post-consumer and pre-consumer – to quote Monty Python’s Protest Song: ”What the hell does it mean?” Well, it turns out many consumers are asking the same question: What does it mean? And more succinctly, how can we tell? Corporations and manufacturers are taking advantage of the confusion to sell consumers on a vast array of so-called ‘green’ products...except they aren’t so green after all. It’s a phenomenon called greenwashing and it exists because there are no set rules for making environmental claims. Case in point: The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV, which seats eight, was just named the Green Car of the Year by an automobile panel that included the executive director of the Sierra Club...the Tahoe Hybrid SUV gets 20 miles per gallon or roughly the same mileage as the non-hybrid Honda Pilot SUV, which also seats eight. Which is the greener vehicle? What about bottled water? Nestlé has just launched a bottled water product in a single use ‘eco-shape’ format. Eco-shape? It simply uses less plastic...it’s not eco-shape. Simply Google “bottled water hype” to see why single-use bottled water is simply not good for you or the environment and caveat emptor. – Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - HRMSmartTrip.ca: The municipal government in Halifax, NS has just launched a website where people can go and connect with others who may be travelling in the same direction as them to potentially carpool together.  This is only one of many examples of initiatives to provide alternative transit options to commuters and reduce pollution in cities.  There are also pay services like Greenrider.ca which offers a for-pay carpooling service over a wide distance in NS each day.  As the price of gas increases, what changes are you making in your daily routines to save money, energy and reduce pollution?  Let us know. – Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The deadline for scholarship applications to Northumberland Dairy Co-operative in New Brunswick is fast approaching (only 1 month left to apply). If you are living in NB, you can apply. Two scholarships are going to students entering community college, two are going to children of Northumberland Dairy Co-op employees and two to other young NBers who are pursuing post-secondary education (all with a $1000 value). You can find information on the scholarship at http://www.northumberlanddairy.ca/e/1000/scholarships.cfmErin Hancock

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Trading Fairly - Many co-operatives and organizations involved in fair trade offer ways for school students to learn more about the concept. Trading Fairly in Our World is a Social Studies Unit offered in Grade 6 by the Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Co-operative and produced with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency. Topics covered include an introduction to poverty in the world, where do our goods come from and how our goods are sometimes made, what is fair, fair trade values and principles, and making our world a fairer place. To learn more go to:http://www.eoccc.org/fairtrade/index.html 

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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: “I learned about the Philippines and how different the country is from ours. I really don’t know if I could live with out snow. I learned how to take a bicycle to school and sometimes they have little shops inside their house.”Ryan, Sussex, NB

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Co-op Ed 101- This week, we are looking at preschool co-ops. There are many in Canada. This preschool in St Catharines, ON, caught my attention: the North End Co-operative Preschool Corporation, 677 Niagara Street, St. Catharines, http://northendcooppreschool.ca/ Have a look at their photo page. I would like to spend some time playing here. Another in Markham, ON http://www.markhamcooppreschool.com/

and another at http://www.parentspress.com/educooppreschools.htmlMaureen 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 entries last week were from Cathy Darland and Glenna Weagle at almost the same time. Congrats!! Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end draw. The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last 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  Answer:  The second to the largest number is LXIV (64); the second to the smallest number is XLVI (46). This week’s contest: As you know, one way to tell an insect from a spider is to count its legs. All insects have six legs, and all spiders have eight legs. So if some insects and spiders went to a dance, and there were 48 dancing legs, how many insects and how many spiders were at the dance?

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Co-op Cooking – Mushrooms are one of the most versatile veggies in my house. They can be added to a sauce, a stir-fry, a soup or casserole, or thrown into a salad. Here's a recipe I just received from 'Mushrooms Canada', a site sponsored by mushroom growers. If you enjoy mushrooms you might like to check out their site or subscribe to their e-mail newsletter. 

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

8 large jumbo or stuffer fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 finely minced, garlic cloves

4 finely chopped, pitted black olives

2 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil

2 tbsp finely chopped marinated artichoke heart

2 tbsp finely chopped green or sweet onion

2 tbsp light mayonnaise

1/2 tsp dried oregano or basil

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and finely chop. In a medium bowl, combine chopped stems, bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, garlic, olives, tomatoes, artichokes, onion, mayonnaise and oregano; mix well. Brush oil on outside of mushroom caps. Spoon filling evenly into caps, mounding as necessary and place in shallow baking pan. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake in 425°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are heated through. Makes 4 main course or 8 appetizer servings
Variation: Substitute about 16-20 large mushrooms for jumbos or stuffers. - Glenna Weagle

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