Week of June 29 – July 5, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 31

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Openings“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” - Joseph Addison www.theatredatabase.com/18th_century/joseph_addison_001.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 Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada celebrated its 40th anniversary with the publication of a new history of co-operative housing in Canada. Under Construction: A History of Co-operative Housing in Canada is a success story, built on the principles and perseverance of people who just wouldn't take no for an answer in their pursuit of a place for housing co-ops in Canada. The official launch of Under Construction: A History of Co-operative Housing in Canada took place at CHF Canada's annual general meeting in Toronto, on June 14, during which time author Leslie Cole spoke to more than 700 housing co-op members from across Canada. There are more than 93,000 co-op homes in Canada, providing affordable housing for a quarter of a million Canadians

§      Nova Scotia’s co-op businesses are reporting significant growth at a time when the economy is suspected to be slowing down. Speaking at the 59th annual meeting for the Nova Scotia Co-operative council in Truro, council CEO Dianne Kelderman announced a business growth of 5.6 per cent. This equates to an increase of $80 million since this time last year. http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=145239&sc=107 There are 402 co-ops and credit unions in Nova Scotia. They employ more than 7,000 people and generate revenues in excess of $5 billion annually.


Trends - It may just be the time for the ‘people’ to take back their government. There’s a trend happening in New Brunswick and it’s not very pretty. First came a judge’s decision overturning the launch of a new immersion program for the province’s schools – the judge ordering the education minister to consult with the people before making decisions that affect them. Then there is the ‘silent majority’ (an MLA’s words, not mine) which is in favour of uranium exploration and mining in their backyards...riiiight. And last week, in the francophone media, was the story of a new NB Power customer being asked, in an official capacity, who would be the people living with that customer. Seems NB Power wants to find delinquent past customers, and I assume they can refuse to hook you up if one of the people living under your roof hasn’t paid a bill in the past.  Not to be outdone, there’s the story of a group of residents in Montreal (not in New Brunswick, I know, but trends know no boundaries) being ordered to install handrails on their steps (many with four stairs) if they wanted to continue to receive mail. All of a sudden, Canada Post deems their steps ‘dangerous’ and ‘hazardous’. Now, people being rational and creative beings that they are, have decided that one good turn deserves another, and will report any mail carrier NOT using the handrails. – Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Eco-Action Funding:  For groups interested in funding opportunities for various projects, check out Eco Action Community Funding Program.  This funding supports projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment.  Visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/what_is_e.html  for more information. – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree At the Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation conference, held within the larger Social Sciences and Humanities Congress in Vancouver, BC in early June, I was able to have lunch and speak with a few young and passionate co-operators. The three, Kathryn Foulds (working with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)), Tanya Gracie (currently with the CCA) and Chelsea Lake (founding member of the New Practice Facilitators Co-operative) presented “Co-operatives and Youth” at the conference. They used interactive methods to involve the audience in the presentation (activities). They provided many lessons that were worth remembering, including that youth need opportunities in the co-op movement, but also that the co-op movement needs youth. While speaking with the three over lunch, a key lesson emerged, youth are not the leaders of tomorrow (which is a common tagline used), but rather they can be the leaders of today as well. Perhaps this lesson can be useful in your own co-op and we can all make a point to provide opportunities to bring youth and their energy into the movement. – Erin Hancock


Trading Fairly – Some readers may know that Wolfville, NS, became the first fair trade town in Canada during this past year. For a quick peak at another fair trade town, visit Hebden Bridge in the United Kingdom and learn more about the Fairtrade Town initiative. http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/fairtrade/fairtrade_directorypage3.htm#HebdenBridge


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 oceans in other countries are very dirty and there is plastic on the beach.” -  Colby, Grade 5, Sackville, NB


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§      August 10, 2008 – Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run, Pier 21, Halifax, NS. To register or fundraise and to learn more about the NS Lung Association and the Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run visit www.ns.lung.ca or call 1-888-566-8864.


Contest of the Week - Last week Cathy Darland, Advance Savings Credit Union, was our winner. Good luck this week!!! 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: In your mind, follow these instructions:

  1. Beginning with a full cup of coffee, drink one-sixth of it.
  2. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the coffee.
  3. Now drink one-third of the mixture.
  4. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the mixture.
  5. Now drink one-half of the mixture in the cup.
  6. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the mixture.
  7. Drink the whole cup of liquid.

Have you had more milk or more coffee? How much of each have you had?

Answer: You have had the same amount of milk as you have had coffee. The cup originally held a cup of coffee (one-sixth plus one-third plus one-half), and you have poured in the same amount of milk. This week’s contest: Here is a set of letters that make no sense: umboet. The letters can become a familiar two-word phrase if you put a j at the beginning and add another j where a second word should start. The phrase you can make out of the letters above is jumbo jet.  Figure out how to make each of the sets of letters below into a two-word phrase in the same way. Add a letter at the beginning. Then add the same letter where a second word should begin.

  • otow
  • tudykills
  • astood
  • oubleate
  • oodrief


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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§      Thank you so much for including us in the current issue of Co-op Circles! It’s certainly rewarding to be acknowledged as a Best Place to Work by our employees. It’s just as rewarding to be recognized in our media, by our system partners, and the residents in the communities in which we do business. Have a great day! – Trisha Leaver, OMISTA Credit Union, Moncton, NB


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 9, 2008