Week of Sept. 14 – Sept. 20, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 39

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Openings  - “Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”- Ben Okri www.emeagwali.com/nigeria/biography/ben-okri-19jul92.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

·           Canadian Co-operative Association offices in Ottawa have been extensively damaged by fire. Fire department officials said when they arrived at 275 Bank St. shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, flames were visible on both the second and fourth floors of the four-storey structure. Damage is estimated at $4 million http://www.ottawasun.com/News/OttawaAndRegion/2008/09/15/6768891.html Most of the co-operative employees are working from home until  temporary office space is found  The extent of the damage will be determined on Wednesday (today) when senior management is allowed to temporarily enter the premises.  For a video  of the fire  see http://ottawa.ctv.ca/    click on CTV video player - “fire forces several business to close|”

·           For the fourth consecutive year, an independent survey of thousands of Canadians has shown that credit unions rank first in customer service excellence among all financial institutions. The Synovate Customer Service Index (CSI) 2008 survey was sent to a total of 124,000 demographically and regionally representative Canadians. The Best Banking Awards for 2008 were based on the cumulative total of 35,000 responses for the year ending August 2008.  The CSI survey has been conducted since 1987. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?id=190&pagesize=1&sfield=content.id&search=433&mn=

·           Concentra Financial is now accepting applications for the 2008 Dennis Lyster Leadership Bursary.  The value of the bursary is $5000.  Full details and the application form are available via at www.concentrafinancial.ca/press_conf/dennis lyster_bursary.asp?p2p=yes  

·           Strait Area Transit Co-operative Ltd. is holding its grand opening of a public transit system on Sept. 22. The system will serve from Chapel Island to Mulgrave, says the general manager Malcolm Beaton. The system will include one transit bus and two commuter vans. Initially for the first year, the bus will make two trips daily with rates for students, seniors and a special rate for those who use the bus regularly. It includes a dial-a-ride service where people can receive driveway pickup if booked with 48 hours notice. The Strait Regional School board is providing the drivers with training and maintaining the bus.

·           The Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick’s new Web site is http://www.cecnb.ca   They are currently developing a promotional campaign and have applied to Google and Yahoo to add the Website to their search engines.

·           Co-op Food Market, Moncton, is planning a special event during Co-op Week,  Wednesday, Oct 15.  A turkey dinner will be held for members, staff and guests.  Theme of the evening will be “Celebrating Our Success”.  As part of the evening, in conjunction with their 50/50 draws and fundraising activities, the Co-op will donate $1,500 to various charities in the community.  The council will also provide $500 in door prizes for members in attendance. Discounted tickets are available for $5.00 from the member services representatives at both Moncton Stores.

·           There has been a lot of news lately about school students drinking energy drinks. Schools in Prince Edward Island plan to ban these. There is a co-operative alternative - Northumberland Chocolate Milk: A Natural Sports Drink http://www.northumberlanddairy.ca/e/1000/Details.cfm?ID=53 Chocolate milk has scored a victory as a sport recovery drink. A study at Indiana University published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found when athletes drank low fat chocolate milk after an intense bout of exercise, they were able to work out longer during a second round of exercise compared to when they drank a carbohydrate replacement beverage.


Trends - I like creative approaches to situations and the environment is no different. Some readers may find that difficult to believe, given my stance on plastic bags, but in essence, I don’t think we’re quite there in finding ways to supplant the bags in favour of something more environmentally friendly. In any event, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran across the Worn Again website – already, they had me hooked with their catchy name – what were they about? For sure, second hand clothes are nothing new… Turns out Worn Again is a recycling company, taking old things and turning them into fashion items. Admittedly, fashion isn’t my forte but the idea behind Worn Again has some merit. Their latest project is having taken 1000 or so seat covers and seatbelts from Virgin Atlantic airplanes (of Richard Branson fame) and converted them to pretty nice handbags for men and women. (They also manufacture bicycling shoes). What’s interesting about Worn Again is that it is making recycled products cool (for lack of a better word), creating jobs, and co-operating with Virgin to decrease the airline’s carbon footprint, all in one fell swoop. These types of alliances can be win-win situations, and I predict things will get better: manufacturers are already designing and building products with recycling in mind (as opposed to disposal). Recycling has the potential to become one of the largest industries on our planet...if we want it, to paraphrase John and Yoko. Read more about Worn Again here: http://www.wornagain.co.uk/  –Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree Uniterra, Canada’s largest international voluntary organization (a partnership between the Centre for International Studies and Co-operation and the World University Service of Canada) has some exciting placements available for the adventurous and those committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (as well as being a voluntourist). Currently, there are a number of placements open including a Co-operative Development Advisor in Malawi (http://www.uniterra.ca/postesVacants_en.html) and a Credit Union Counselor in Nepal (http://www.uniterra.ca/postesVacants_en.html). Check out their website and their overseas placements (http://www.uniterra.ca/postesVacants_en.html) for more information– 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. This week: “I learned that not everybody gets to go to school and about Uganda and the Philippines.  In the Philippines they have to work after school at the age of 13 helping their parents.  Sometimes grades 1 to 6 are all in one classroom. If they don’t have uniforms they can’t go to school.  I learn that mosquitoes carry malaria and people may have to have a net on their bed so they don’t get bitten. I learned about Uganda and that it’s in East South Africa. Thank you for the coin.” – Monica, grade 5



Out of the Ordinary Healthy child development is one of the determinants of how successful and healthy we and our communities will be. Read about an experiment in public education: a boarding school, with all the privilege and prestige that such a concept implies, in Washington, DC. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16283-2004Jun29.html


Co-op Ed 101 - Appreciate your democratic freedom. Please vote on Oct. 14. Here are some of the issues identified by the co-op system. The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is promoting several important recommendations during the federal election campaign. First in importance is the renewal and expansion of the Co-operative Development Initiative. Among other key recommendations is the establishment of a Co-operative Investment Plan, which give tax credits to co-op members of agricultural and worker co-ops when they invest in their co-op. And finally, CCA is asking that a new government commit to increasing international development assistance and augmenting the role of co-operatives and other non-governmental organizations in its delivery. 

“The election also provides an opportunity for us to educate the parties and their candidates on the co-op model and co-op development as a means to deal with major national issues,” says CCA Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy John Anderson. Further information on co-op election issues can be found on the CCA website at http://www.coopscanada.coop. CCA will be re-launching its special election website to provide co-op members with information, tools and resources to help them participate in the election http://www.bcics.org/content/coop-sector-identifies-major-issues-for-federal-election  - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Oct 15 – The Big Co-op 50/50 Charity Give Away, Moncton Co-op stores – inquire at Mapleton Road and Record Street stores

§      Nov 13-15 – Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM and Conference, Winnipeg, MB www.coopzone.coop/CWCF_Conf08  

§      Nov 15, 2008 – CUSO’s Dance for the World event, Halifax, NS

§      Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative Studies, Banff, AB. Presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Institute of Co-operative Studies is the only national co-operative event that contributes to the development of leadership across organizations and sectors within a co-operative and credit union context. Details, as they become available, will be posted to www.CoopsCanada.coop/meetings/instituteofcoopstudies.


Contest of the Week – Last week was for fun.  We recognize Larraine Perry for her submission. See below. There was no correct answer. In this game, you have to think of a suitable punning surname for the author of an imaginary book. The most popular example used to be The Broken Window by Eva Brick (which is a pun on 'heave a brick').

Can you complete the names for the authors of these imaginary books?

Word Challenge

1.         Politeness by Hugo First

2.         What's for breakfast? by

3.         Native American Weaponry by

4.         Easy Money by

5.         Successful Books by

6.         Foreseeing the Future by

7.         The Perfect Marriage by


1.         Politeness by Hugo First

2.         What's for breakfast? by Hammond Eggs

3.         Native American Weaponry by Tom A. Hawk

4.         Easy Money by Robin Banks

5.         Successful Books by Bess Sellers

6.         Foreseeing the Future by Horace Scope

7.         The Perfect Marriage by Ruth Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzruth

Larraine sent this along: ‘I did some research and sent the question to two writer friends of mine. Unlike me, they have imaginations and came up with some good ideas. I think it would be fun if you shared some of the creative answers that your readers came up with. I know I really enjoyed reading the answers my friends sent me.

1. What's for Breakfast by Tiffany O.M. Cumming 2. Native American Weaponry by Gaston Reserve 3. Easy Money by Payno Wunn 4. Successful Books by O. N. Lyvenmee 5. Forseeing the Future by Harper C. May 6. The Perfect Marriage by Gaye D. Vorsay

1.         Politeness by Hugo First

2.         What's for breakfast? by Cyril N. Dulait,  Boyle Dags, and Ora Anjou Saw

3.         Native American Weaponry by Tom A. Hawk

4.         Easy Money by Ely N. Steele

5.         Successful Books by Del E. Gent, Bess Reiter, and Loza Luck

6.         Foreseeing the Future by Seifert A. Head

7.         The Perfect Marriage by Rose Collard Igleises, Patience Ann Love, and Hart Worke” Good luck this week!!! This week’s contest: If a collection of cows and crows has 43 heads and 120 feet, how many of each are there? Everyone who enters has their 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.


Co-op Cooking – Here's a great after school snack that can be enjoyed by the adults as well as the children. They can be made ahead, or the ingredients can be provided for the children to prepare their own snack. Either way, they are great.    
Crunchy Portabella Fingers
2 cups cheese or multi-grain tortilla chips
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
6 oz. slices Portabella mushroom (1/2 to 3/4-inch slices)
salsa or ketchup

Place chips in the plastic bag; seal or tie with twist tie. With a rolling pin or the bottom of a mug crush the chips to make coarse crumbs. Or pound them with your fists if you prefer. Pour crumbs onto a large dinner plate; set aside. Brush or spread mayonnaise on sides of a mushroom slice. Press the mushroom slice into the chips; turn over to coat both sides. Place on serving plate; repeat with remaining mushrooms. Enjoy eating them with your fingers using paper napkins or serve on small plates; dab with salsa or ketchup and eat with knife and fork. Variation: Substitute large pre-sliced fresh white mushrooms for portabellas. - Glenna Weagle


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