Week of Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 40

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Openings  - “People who optimize their personal capital can change their world. People who optimize their social capital can change the world.” - Mick Cope www.wizoz.co.uk/

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·           Co-op stores and Eden Valley Farms are two of the presenting partners in the Nova Scotia Drive Away Hunger tour, spearheaded by Farm Credit Canada. Every month more than 40,000 Nova Scotians use a food bank. About a third of them are children. FCC brings businesses and the agricultural industry together to help collect 100,000 pounds of food to help feed the hungry people in our province. It will roll across NS between Oct. 14 and 16. It will be stopping in Antigonish at the Braemore Co-op Food Market. It is an annual program that was started in 2004 and so far has raised almost one million pounds of food.  You can donate in person when the tour visits a location near you or donate online. Go to http://www.fac-fcc.ca/en/AboutUs/Responsibility/drivewayhunger/dah_novascotia_e.asp

·           OMISTA Credit Union ( Moncton Area NB)  employees lent a  helping hand to Habitat for Humanity with their most recent project, a duplex to house for two Metro Moncton families in need. All 15 employees volunteered their time to Habitat, an organization that not only assists the local community, but also families across the world. A $2000 donation was also made by OMISTA to the organization as part of OMISTA's Adopt a Day http://omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=65

·           In order to promote the “Lire, découvrir et grandir” literacy program, the Caisses populaires acadiennes are launching the second Caisses populaires acadiennes “Hat Trick” Contest for the Titan 2008-2009 regular hockey season. To participate in the contest and be eligible to win, you must be a resident of New Brunswick, be at least 19 years of age, respect the other eligibility conditions stated and complete the form on the Caisses populaires acadiennes Web site at www.acadie.com prior to each of the Titan home games and no later than March 6, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. http://www.acadie.com/en/contenu.cfm?id=1070

·           Valley Credit Union, with branches in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley http://www.valleycreditunion.com/web?service=page/Home announced that the recent charity golf tournament raised over $6100 for the Special Olympics. http://www.valleycreditunion.com/web;jsessionid=67F3930B851E5E8FD1723377DA7BD17F?service=direct/1/Home/SidebarBlocks/dlinkWNMore&sp=S1631


Circle of LifeFall Adventures:  For the next few Circle of Life’s, we will profile Fall Adventures from around Atlantic Canada.  October in Nova Scotia is Valley Pumpkin Fest.  There are so many events and activities for everyone, from wine harvesting and tasting to pumpkin races, corn mazes and apples.  Check out http://www.valleypumpkinfest.ca/ for more details.  Get out and have fun! - Bronwyn MacKinnon


Trends - This week is more about the end of a trend. There was a time in my life when I was very absorbed in 35 mm photography. It started in Grade 10 as a member of my high school’s Photo Club, first with black and white films (because that’s what we used for our yearbook) and then in Grade 12 with color slides (because the Photo Club used to put on a year-in-review slide show at the graduation ceremony). We used Kodachrome film on the advice of our teacher-supervisor and I remember the purchase price included processing exclusively by Kodak. Kodachrome, for those who never had the privilege of using it, was the film you used if you had time to take pictures and more importantly, if you shot in natural light and required natural-looking results. Kodachrome reproduced bright vibrant natural colours, without saturating the frame. Of course, if you wanted more speed and more convenience, you could shoot with Ektachrome, but it just wasn’t the same. Well, a story by the Associated Press today questions the future of Kodachrome, pointing out that current rolls have a 2009 expiry date, and that there’s only one remaining lab in the world that processes Kodachrome (Dwayne’s Photo World in Kansas) under contract to Kodak. A visit to Kodak’s website shows that Kodachrome is still for sale (in one speed – ISO 64), but you have to dig through a number of levels before you find it. Of course, it’s all because of the trend toward digital photography, which has many advantages and benefits over film and transparencies, but which for some reason, can’t reproduce the nuances of certain lighting conditions the same way Kodachrome can. Should it disappear, it would be the end of an era. - Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The North American Students of Co-operation annual institute (learning gathering) is being held from November 7-9 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Grassroots Run Deep” is the title of this year’s conference, with special focus on how co-operatives are involved with land rights, land use, community development and so forth. Registration is currently open. If you are interested in sharing and learning with 400 other co-operators, visit www.nasco.coop/institute/ They have special funding considerations for low-income people as well. – 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: “Uganda is in East Africa and their schools are small.  Grades 1 to 6 are in one classroom and all they had is lattice for windows.  If the mom or dad had enough money to send a kid to school sometimes they send the boy first.  If the girl did not go to school, she cannot spell her name.  I learned they sometimes burned their garbage.” – Marie,  grade five


Out of the Ordinary Initiated in 1998, GOONJ, the Indian NGO (non-governmental organization) of the year, sends out more than 20,000 kgs of material every month. It provides clothes and other basic amenities to millions in the far-flung villages of India by turning waste from some into a resource for another. Visit www.goonj.org  


Co-op Ed 101 - Are you, as a consumer, concerned about the recent rash of recalls and scares relating to food? You can do something about it. Buy fresh and buy local and buy co-op. This week, we look at the growing interest in buying from local producers in Nova Scotia. http://nsfarmersmarkets.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208&Itemid=87Maureen 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. 7-9 - The North American Students of Co-operation annual institute (learning gathering) is being held from in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Grassroots Run Deep” is conference title. Visit www.nasco.coop/institute/

§      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 –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 noons.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week, we had lots of correct answers - Cathy Darland, Moncton; Trien Wissink,  Moncton; Ron Levesque, Moncton; David Kerr Winnipeg; Larraine Perry, Grand Bay, NB and Theresa McDonnell, St. George's, NL. People had fun with it and that is our goal.  This week, a riddle that may take you back to your childhood (that’s a hint).  Good luck!!! Last week’s contest:  If a collection of cows and crows has 43 heads and 120 feet, how many of each are there? Answer: 26 crows gives 26 heads and 52 feet; 17 cows  gives 17 heads and 68 feet - Totals 430 heads and 120 feet This week’s contest:  You are driving a car. On your right is a steep cliff. Right in front of you there is a horse and right behind an elephant, both of which travel at your own speed. On your left there is a fire truck blocking you. How do you stop your car?


Co-op Cooking – I don’t often give tips, but if you love yogurt as much as I do, start checking the ingredients lists. Some yogurts are a mixture of milk and yogurt cultures while others have a whole list of ingredients ranging from sugars to chemical additives. 
Love the sauce but not the work? Try this simple version which is ready in 5 minutes or less.
Simple Hollandaise Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise-type dressing
1/2 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in small saucepan. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes (until heated through), stirring constantly.  Serve over steamed fresh asparagus, sugar snap peas, broccoli, or in egg dishes calling for Hollandaise Sauce. - Glenna Weagle


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·           I also thought Crystal Ball would have been good for previous week’s “Foreseeing the future” character....RL, NB

·           “Loved the story on recycling, if now we can get the manufacturers to use
the co-op model to develop regional recycling centers we can clean up
our country.” –


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