Week of June 8– June 14, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 29

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Openings“Soon silence will have passed into legend.  Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life.” - Jean Arp www.guggenheimcollection.org/site/artist_bio_8.html

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Scotian Gold Family Fun Day http://www.novanewsnow.com/article-i218435-Scotian-Gold-Family-Fun-Day-a-great-time-for-all-ages.html  was fun for all ages at Scotian Gold’s fifth annual Apple Blossom Festival Family Fun Day in Coldbrook during Apple Blossom Festival weekend. There was live musical entertainment, dancing by the Mary’s Island Dance Troupe, sheep shearing, apple and ice cream eating contests, a woodman’s competition, wagon rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a royal party visit and more.

§      Credit unions and co-operatives around the world will use the theme It Belongs To Me as they celebrate International Credit Union Day on Oct. 16 and Co-op Week from Oct. 12-18. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=1.21.42.117&sfield=content.id&search=399  Demonstrating true co-operation at an international level, this year’s theme for International Credit Union Day and Co-op Week was chosen by a U.S./Canadian committee representing credit unions and co-operatives worldwide. This is the first year that Canadian co-operatives have aligned their Co-op Week theme and artwork with the international theme used by WOCCU and its members.

§      Heritage Credit Union https://www.heritagecu.com/   in Halifax, NS, opened a new branch In October 2007, at 120 Kearney Lake Road. In early 2008, it relocated its Milford Branch to the thriving community of Elmsdale. The new branch is able to serve members of the communities of Shubenacadie, Stewiacke, Milford, Elmsdale and Enfield. For more details and the annual report see https://www.heritagecu.com/SharedContent/documents/Web%20size%20Adobe7%20only.pdf

§      The Advance Saving Credit Union Community Champion award was designed to honour organizations or individuals within its community who make the world a better place and inspire everyone. This year’s winner of the ASCU Community Champion award is Monique LeBlanc Gough of Riverview, New Brunswick. http://www.advancesavings.ca/community_community_champion.ht Monique started a program called Blankets for the Metro Moncton Homeless.  She decided to collect blankets and coats that her family no longer needed. She created a Facebook group to help spread the word about the program. Soon there was radio hype from local radio stations, ads on localmoncton.com, and small blurbs in the newspaper.  In the end, she collected over 500 items.
From the credit union she received a $500 cheque to the charity of her choice.

§      Laquita Normore, marketing and communications manager for Eagle River Credit Union, in L’Anse au Loup, NL, submitted It Belongs to Me, the theme chosen for this year’s Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day celebrations. The French version of the theme is: Coopérer c’est s’enrichir mutuellement. Co-op Week will be celebrated October 12–18 this year, with International Credit Union day recognized on October 16.

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Trends - Today I want to talk about something that’s sometimes called ‘the fifth fuel’ – energy efficiency. While the use of other fuels to create energy oftentimes leads to negative byproducts – depleted uranium, greenhouse gasses, noise pollution as examples – energy efficiency has only wealth as a byproduct. Economists have adopted a term for energy efficiency – the negawatt. From Wikipedia: “This technique works by investing to reduce electricity demand instead of investing to increase electricity generation capacity. This ‘virtual generation’ method can supply growth of supply by improving the efficiency of existing electrical equipment rather than by building new power stations. Energy consumers may also reduce energy consumption for a few hours to ‘generate’ negawatts – hypothetical tradeable units of saved energy. By shutting off air conditioners during the peak electrical load hours – summer afternoons – peak electricity consumption can be reduced. This reduction in consumption is referred to as a negawatt.”  To close, a brief update on last week’s Trends. I had mentioned that the Chevy Tahoe hybrid SUV had, somehow, received a Green Car of the Year award. Turns out GM has only sold 1100 of them (including its sister Yukon hybrid) throughout the world so far. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/business/31hybrids.html?pagewanted=print– Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Spring/Summer Reading:  As the evenings get nicer to sit outside or you run into a rainy day, here are a number of magazines that I enjoy.  They are unique and cover a variety of interesting topics.
Mary Jane's Farm http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/magazine.html
Back Home http://www.backhomemagazine.com/
Natural Home http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/
What interesting magazines are you reading?  Share your suggestions at: news1@nbnet.nb.ca  – Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The upcoming Canadian Co-operative Association Congress and Annual Meeting, scheduled for June 25-27 in Winnipeg will be offering a youth forum. Details are yet to come, but visit http://www.coopscanada.coop/congress2008/ for updates coming soon. – Erin Hancock

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Trading Fairly - In partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Aid to Artisans South Africa Artisan Trust has begun a multi-year program in southern Africa to "facilitate the growth and sustainability of cultural industries through market and product development, training and entrepreneurship building in southern Africa.
To learn more,  visit:http://www.aidtoartisans.org

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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 that what we take for granted the less wealthy wish they could have, like proper schools, a roof over our heads, clean water and enough food. I also learned how much pollution we really have and that we should pick up after ourselves more.”Dara, Pugwash, NS

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Co-op Ed 101- A few weeks ago I spent some time with friends who after the food scare with dog food decided to make their own. I wondered if there was any co-op alternative.  Looking around I found this type of hybrid member / ownership /worker co-op that seems to offer many types of foods for pets. Sandy Hill Pet Food Co-op  http://www.sandyhillpetfood.ca/  is a non-profit co-operative serving the community with natural and holistic pet food, ecological soaps and cleaners, toys and other accessories. There were 750 members in 2007. Maureen 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 Sally White. Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end draw. The winner for the month of May is Theresa McDonnell, St. George's, NL A small gift is on the way. The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last 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? Answer: 3 spiders @ 24 legs plus 4 insects @ 24 legs = 48 legs We also want to thank Bob Potegal for making us smile when he sent his answer:  3 spiders @ 24 legs plus 4 insects @ 24 legs = 48 legs … or 7 bugs–a-boogie This week’s contest: A man applied for a job. The woman who interviewed him offered him two pay rates: a straight rate of $100 a day or a pay rate that would begin at one cent the first day and then double each day. The second rate meant the man would earn two cents the second day, four cents the third day, eight cents the fourth day, and so on. The man chose the second rate, and the woman hired him. Tell why, and prove your case.

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Co-op Cooking – Sometimes I get a bit bored with run-of-the-mill breakfasts. For a real change of pace, if there ever was a breakfast salad, this is the one. Or it's great for a brunch menu as the egg provides nourishment for the rest of the day.    
Breakfast Salad
1 red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, separated
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
3 tbsp red wine or sherry vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
pinches of salt and pepper
12 oz baby spinach greens, washed
4 eggs
1 tsp white vinegar
8 strips bacon
2 medium ripe red tomatoes
Toss onion rings in 1 tbsp olive oil and grill on barbecue or indoor grill until dark brown on each side. Allow to cool, and then chop into small pieces. Set aside. Combine garlic, wine vinegar, mustard, pinch of salt and pepper and whisk. Slowly add the remaining olive oil in a steady stream while continuing to whisk. Once a smooth sauce forms, add onion.
Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces and fry until crisp. Drain well on paper towel. Bring 16 cups of water to a simmer, add white vinegar; poach eggs gently in water for 4 minutes.
Slice tomatoes into 8 rounds. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss spinach with half of dressing and divide between 4 plates. Place 2 tomato rounds on top and in center of each. Set a poached egg on top of tomatoes (this prevents greens from wilting too quickly); sprinkle with bacon bits and drizzle remaining dressing over top. - Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 18, 2008