Week of Nov. 18 – Nov. 24, 2007, Vol. 3, No.3

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Openings – “Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work, in all our relationships?” - Dorothy Day  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 Island Media Arts Co-op will be putting on their December Centred Screening on Monday, December 3rd at 7pm at The Guild in Charlottetown. Tara Wells will be the featured guest at the screening, which will also include animations made by independent artists from across Canada through centres such as the Saskatchewan Film Pool, Faucet Media Arts, Cinevic, Videopool, and more. Visit www.islandmedia.pe.ca for more information. – Todd MacLean

·     The PEI Certified Organic Producers Co-op will be hosting a workshop on pruning currant stocks at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, on Saturday November 24. For more info, visit www.organicpei.com – Todd MacLean

·     During Coop Week, the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes announced its intention to grant $50,000 in scholarships to 50 recipients for 2007. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship grant. The Caisses populaires acadiennes and the affiliated cooperative institutions congratulate the scholarship recipients and wish them the best of success in their post-secondary studies. Since 1983, the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes has contributed more than $1.1 million in post-secondary education scholarship grants to over 2,000 young people. The Fondation is a Caisses populaires acadiennes financial support institution, which manages the funds set aside for grants as well as the annual contribution of $50,000 in scholarship grants, and is actively and financially involved in a number of different partnerships. For details and winners in NB, go to: http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=159

·     Allister Ross Marshall (1928-2005) was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in October. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?iid=2803&sid=24799
Marshall was born in Trenton, NS and was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Macdonald College. He distinguished himself as a leader, both at NSAC where he managed the Aggies hockey team and at Macdonald, where he was president of College Royal.
 Marshall was involved with apple marketing through Scotian Gold Cooperative Ltd. He started at the board level as an associate director, then director and finally chairman in 1986. In that role, he was a key leader in the restructuring of Scotian Gold after a devastating fire destroyed the processing plant. Allister was also on the board of Co-op Atlantic.


Trends – I first came across the notion of ‘one laptop per child’ in August 2006 when the TED Conferences website posted a presentation by Nicholas Negroponte, the project’s visionary. Negroponte, the founder of the Massachusett’s Institute of Technology (MIT) and no slouch in things technological, made the pitch at TED for his vision and hope that every child in the world could one day soon own a laptop...and that the laptop would cost $100. Well this month, mass production of the ‘OLPC-XO1’ laptop began. The XO-1 runs the Open Source Linux operating system, includes a built-in microphone and video camera, long range wi-fi (wireless network access) and a hybrid stylus/touch pad. Power is provided by rechargeable battery packs, though initial designs included a ‘crank’ generator similar to some flashlights and ‘storm’ radios on the market. To keep power consumption low, the laptop has no moving parts – no disk drives, no fans – while the LCD screen is designed to show monochrome images in bright sunlight. From Nov. 12 to 26, you can ‘give one, get one’ by visiting laptopgiving.org. See more about the actual program at laptop.org or at Wikipedia by entering ‘OLPC XO-1’ in the search box.    Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - From now until Christmas, Circle of Life will be featuring a variety of charities, causes and events that support people and communities around the World.  Often it is hard to know what to buy for people and making a donation to different organizations is a good option.  The Holiday season also tends to be a time when people look for a way to give back, a way to help others in their community, whether it is helping a person living in poverty or an elderly next door neighbor who needs some help shoveling or putting up Christmas lights. So, each week we will give you some ideas, but we also want to know what you and your local co-ops and credit unions are doing this holiday season to support communities and give a little something back.  Send your ideas to: news1@nbnet.nb.ca  Here are a couple of ways to give: UNICEF:  Buy your Christmas cards and other gifts this year from UNICE with proceeds going to help children live better lives.  http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLEJSOALpE&b=258522 Grandmothers to Grandmothers: A group that seeks to raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers who are faced with the battle against AIDS.

http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/grandmothers.htmBronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 - This week in Farm Focus http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?iid=2806&sid=24857   I read about the strong Canadian Dollar  and its implication on Nova Scotia’s Christmas Tree Growers: “As the Canadian dollar continues to rise, tree operators are bracing for what is expected to be the most challenging export season in years.”  “It affects us in a huge way”, said Scott MacEwan, a Christmas tree specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.  “Growers are being forced to lower their prices if they want to compete in the American market.” Nova Scotia produces up to two million trees a year at a value of $30 million.
Ninety per cent of the trees grown in the province are shipped to the United States and Central America. I was again reminded that a
s consumers we should be mindful of the implications of currency fluctuations on our Atlantic businesses and our co-ops.   Here are some web sites of co-operative tree growers in Canada: http://www.christmastree.net/mem_eng.htm  and closer to home, the Lunenburg Balsam Fir Co-op which is located  in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia,  the Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of the World  http://www.lbfcoop.com/  For more information

Lunenburg Balsam Fir Co-op, P.O. Box # 485 Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2X6 ,Ed Walters, edwalters@bwr.eastlink.ca Phone : 1-902-543-9592, Fax : 1-902-530-2689 - Maureen MacLean 


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada has recognized the need to incorporate youth into housing co-ops by supporting their participation in co-operative governance. In 2005, CHF Canada designed a program for youth to sit on the board of directors of housing co-ops, named the Youth Mentoring Program. Find out more about the program by visiting http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pages2007/about_2_4.asp or contact Dave Spackman at dspackman@chfcanada.coop if you are involved in a housing co-op that would like to offer opportunities to youth. – 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 Matthew, PEI: “I liked how she brought different articles of clothing from different countries. I learned in some countries they have a rice god. Also, when people have lots of stitching on their clothes, it sometimes mean they are from Ghana in Africa.”


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      November 22-24 CWCF’s AGM/Conference “Community Sustainaibility & Worker Co-ops”, Ancaster, Ontario. http://www.coopzone.coop/en/CWCF_Conf07

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Contest of the Week – Cathy Darland, NB, Wayne Lee, NL and Joann Sheppard, NL were winners of our last contest. Their answers arrived within 10 minutes of each other . The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be place in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest:  Assume that penguins live with a density of 1,000 penguins per square mile and can run at an average speed of 7 miles per hour on land and swim at 20 miles per hour. Also assume that a polar bear has a territory of 10 square miles, can run at 25 miles per hour and swim at 10 miles per hour, how many penguins will an average polar bear eat in any given month, remembering that a polar bear could, as a maximum, only eat one penguin per hour and 7% of the land is next to the sea? Answer:

None! Polar bears live at the North Pole and penguins live at the South Pole!

This week’s contest:  Larry insists that he does not have enough time to go to school more than 17 days a year. He comes to this conclusion based on the following list that he put together.


Number of days
per year

Sleep (8 hours a day)


Meals (2 hours a day)




Summer vacation


Recreation (2 hours a day)




Inspired by the list, Larry claims he has only 17 days left in the year for school. What’s wrong with his thinking?


Co-op Cooking – It would sometimes seem there are as many recipes for rice pudding as there are cooks to bake it. This is one that my family enjoy. It comes from a recipe book put together by one of the church groups in our area more than 30 years ago. Although there are no spices in the recipe, I sometimes add a sprinkle of cinnamon and allspice along with a handful of raisins; (my Mom used to say a recipe is only a place to begin), but it is great just as it is written.
Creamy Rice Pudding
1 1/4 cups cooked rice
3 egg yolks
a little salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups milk
Mix rice, egg yolks, salt and vanilla. Mix flour and sugar and add to rice along with butter. Add milk. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into rice mixture. Pour into buttered dish; set in pan of water and bake at 350F for 1 hour. Note: If adding spices and raisins, I put them in after adding the egg yolks. Egg whites will rise to the top to create a meringue.- Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, November 28, 2007