Week of Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 43

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Well, here we are. Another milestone for Co-op Circles - our third anniversary. We have changed and grown since we launched in 2005 with only the two of us. Now we have regular contributors who help with the content each week. We appreciate all our readers and enjoy the interaction we have with our contests and readers’ comments. Do take time to drop us an email if you have a suggestion or want to circulate news from your co-operative or credit union or community. You can help by forwarding this week’s issue to a fellow co-operator and encouraging them to sign up. Won’t you help us widen our “Circle?” Thank you for all the words of support and please this week during Co-op Week take time to reflect on the value of having local ownership and control of business enterprises here in Atlantic Canada - Brenda and Maureen


Openings  - “Even after all this time

The sun never says to the earth,

"You owe Me."

Look what happens

with a love like that,

It lights the Whole Sky.” -  Hafiz www.poetseers.org/the_poetseers/hafiz

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·           Colchester Transportation Co-operative Limited is community based transportation co-operative in the Colchester County area of Nova Scotia which is providing ground transportation to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, seniors and non-disabled individuals. Transportation is provided Monday to Friday between 7:30 am and 5 pm. The co-operative has three fully trained drivers who are available to take people to medical appointments, shopping and they are available to do small charters, as well. The vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Priority is placed on meeting the needs of people who are disadvantaged in terms of transportation. For more information on the co-operative, phone (902) 896-7433, or e-mail ctcl@ns.sympatico.ca

·           The winners of the 2008 Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Award have been revealed http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=357 The Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Award has announced the 2008 winners for the Quinquennial Award, the Annual Award and the Richelieu Youth Award, and also celebrated its 10th anniversary. The 2008 Quinquennial Award was awarded to Calixte Duguay for his work. The winner received a certificate, a bronze medal engraved with his name and a $5,000 grant. The 2008 Annual Award was won by David Lonergan for his essay Tintamarre - Chroniques de littérature dans l'Acadie d'aujourd'hui, published by Les Éditions Prise de parole. The winner received a certificate, a bronze medal engraved with his name and a $4,000 grant. Finally, the 2008 Richelieu Youth Award was given to Céline Pitre-Cool for her play, entitled J.A.M. The winner received a certificate as well as a $1,000 grant. The winners of the three awards were revealed at the official award ceremony which took place Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at the Édifice Martin-J.-Légère of the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes

·           On September 15, 2008 the Inverness Hospital Foundation launched their "Always There" Campaign to kick off its three year endeavour to raise $1.9 million toward the cost of the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Expansion project. These renovations will see the Emergency department totally renovated a new Renal Dialysis unit, and the sharing of laundry and kitchen services with the Inverness Manor. As part of the launch, East Coast Credit Union's Board Chair Guy Sanders was one of the speakers to announce the credit union's donation of $150,000 to the community project. As of the announcement the foundation has raised $1.2 million of the $1.9 required. They are well on the way to realizing their commitment to this project. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

·           The staff, management and board of directors at Shean Co-op in Inverness, NS, kicked off Co-op Week by raffling a heart healthy market basket for the benefit of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. The amount raised on behalf of and by the Members is $712 which will be matched by the Canadian government, three dollars for every dollar raised. The heart healthy market basket was won by long time Shean Member Helen Basker of Banks Road, Inverness.  The Co-op Development Foundation helps co-operatives all over the world be successful by providing seed money, and on-the-ground support functions.

·           The 2008 Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM/Conference will take place from November 13-15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The theme is: “Co-ops that Work!”  How can you improve the functioning of your worker co-op?  As usual, there will be great opportunities for learning, sharing and networking with other co-operators.   To register, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GJjvLBkjo7g9pjjWSvSang_3d_3d

       Please register as soon as possible — it will only take a few minutes. All other information about the CWCF Conference, including the full program, is now available in one place at: www.coopzone.coop/en/CWCF_Conf08.  The airlines are having another seat sale – Air Canada through October 16th, and Westjet through October 15th.   SUBSIDIES:  For worker co-op members from outside the province, half-airfare travel subsidies are available. NEW: there is a pool of registration fee subsidies, available to Manitoba residents.  Application deadline for fee subsidies:  October 23rd, and the details are at: www.coopzone.coop/en/CWCF_Conf08. 

·           Constable Trevor Wood, is the newest RCMP graduate to be assigned to the Clarenville detachment.  Recently, customers at the Clarenville Area Consumers Co-op watched him run around the store haphazardly snatching items off the shelves.  Several people reported seeing accomplices who were dressed in the easily recognizable purple and yellow Lions Club attire.  But instead of management and staff showing any concern over the matter, everyone clapped and cheered to encourage the young man. It was all part of the Co-op store’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  The “Mad Dash for Groceries” event was an initiative sponsored by the Clarenville Co-op/Clarenville Lions Club 50/50 Charity Program with proceeds being donated to the Clarenville Area Food Bank.  During a 3-minute shopping spree, Constable Wood collected a total of $703.66 which was added to the 50/50 committee’s weekly donation of $1500.  Additionally, delegates of the Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives who were in town for their annual general meeting donated $500.00 which was a portion of proceeds raised during a silent auction event.  Gloria Pond from the Clarenville Area Food Bank gratefully accepted the donation of food vouchers totalling $2703.66. The Co-op presented Constable Wood with a $25 gift certificate in appreciation for his participation in the Mad Dash and in a final act of generosity he subsequently handed it over to the Food Bank as well.  Pond stated, “Christmas has come early for the food bank this year.  $2728.66 will definitely help to replenish supplies which are greatly needed this time of year.”

·           The Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives held its annual general meeting in Clarenville on October 3-4th.  The Clarenville Area Consumers Co-op chose this occasion, as part of its ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations, to pay special tribute to the man who was instrumental in the initial establishment of their community co-operative.  Frank Collins was only 16 years old when he won a 4-H public speak-off and thus the opportunity to attend a youth co-op camp.  While there, he became intrigued with the canteen set-up which dispersed its profits to its customers. When Frank returned home he arranged a public meeting to educate the residents about the co-op advantage and invited a representative from the Newfoundland Co-operative Services to attend.  The concept was well received. On January 16, 1968 a provisional board was elected and a constitution adopted. Only six months later the Clarenville Area Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd. rented a space and opened its grocery store doors with a manager, 4 staff and 180 members. Today, 40 years later, this retail co-op boasts more than 8100 members and 68 staff.  It continues to be a very profitable business as evident from the payment of patronage dividends to its members every year.  Roy Carpenter, president of the Clarenville Co-op board of directors, speaking on behalf of current and previous board members, management and staff, formally recognized Collins for his tremendous contribution.  To show the board’s appreciation, Carpenter announced the creation of the Frank Collins/Clarenville Area Co-op Honorary Scholarship.  He stated, “As a high school student, Frank was instrumental in the establishment of the co-operative and without his interest and initiative, the Co-op would not exist today.”  In his honor, each year the Clarenville Area Consumers Co-op will donate $1000 to the Clarenville High Scholarship Foundation which will then be awarded to a Level III student who meets the following criteria: shows community mindedness, portrays a good work ethic, and is the child of a Clarenville Area Co-op member. The first scholarship will be awarded in December 2008.  Collins, who is an Honorary Life Member, attended the Co-op’s anniversary events over the weekend.  He was visiting from his home in Saint John, NB.

·           The Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick welcomes Melanie Bellamy as their new community economic development intern.  A recent Master's graduate from Dalhousie University, Melanie brings strong research and communication skills to the position and has already become a valuable member of the Council’s team.  Over the coming months, Melanie will be contacting co-operatives across New Brunswick to discuss ways the council can help you with your growth and development needs.  Please see CEC’s Web site at http://www.cecnb.ca for more information about the Council and its services.


Trends -  I’ve written in this space in the past about open source software development, and even crowdsourcing design and manufacturing. There’s another movement afoot in the UK that is seeing members of the public match up Hansard – the official written record of debate in the House of Commons – with BBC Parliament video that’s available on the internet, and turning out a timestamped, searchable video of debate. The implications are enormous on a number of levels. One is that video of parliamentary debate can now be keyword-searched from your computer. Want to know what your MP said about a certain issue, simply keyword-search the video and it will take you to the exact spot automatically. Two is that all of this work is currently carried out for free by members of the public. In fact, it took only two months to get the first 42,000-plus videos timestamped and ready to go. Currently, all videos are 100 percent searchable. Third, all of this was achieved with no budget. People can make a difference, and not always for a buck. See www.theyworkforyou.com for more information.   - Ron Levesque


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: “Everyone is different around the world.  Philippines are one of the most different people in the world.  Some other schools have only one wall and a roof and it seems like they’re outdoors.  The older children have to work when they finish school to help their parents.  Children had uniforms and if you couldn’t afford them you couldn’t go to school until you could get one.  Uganda was a place Maureen MacLean taught me about as well as the Philippines and  in East Africa,  they grow peanuts under the ground and smash them to make peanut butter. Uganda is close to the equator. I love to learn about other children.” – Hannah, Debert


Out of the Ordinary The Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto announces its new podcast series, ON CUE: Ontario Community University Extension. The podcast features its 2008-09 Speakers' Series, which takes a close look at some of the most pressing issues affecting Ontario's social economy. The first episode is The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing into Atkinson Housing Co-operative with speakers Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto & Jorge Sousa,  Assistant Professor, University of Alberta (September 24, 2008). Jorge Sousa discusses the Atkinson conversion as it relates to housing policy and community building initiatives, including the need to align the two.  Jorge also describes ongoing efforts to convert public housing projects into co-operative communities in other jurisdictions. Tom Clement introduces “Atkinson Co-op Revolution,” a short film about community development activities resulted in young people engaging in their co-op by running for the board of directors.  Atkinson Co-op’s board now has five directors under 25 years of age, and Tom is joined by members of the Atkinson Co-op to respond to questions and to share their experiences.This session is moderated by David Hulchanski, Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. To subscribe, click here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OnCue  Upcoming episodes:
October 15/08:  Participatory Local Development and Grassroots Planning: From Kerala to Leh
November 12:  K-Net: First Nations Initiative in Telehealth and Online Education
December 3:  Social Purchasing
January 21/09:  Youth and Social Enterprises
February 18:  New Canadians and the Social Economy
March 18:  Food Security
April 22: Green-Collar Jobs
May 20:  Ontario’s Secondary School Community Involvement Diploma Requirement
Podcasting enables you to automatically download audio files to your portable mp3 player or iPod. For more information on podcasts, see the wiki article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast 


Co-op Ed 101 - In Co-op Week, it’s great to be able to talk about a co-op success. During my recent trip to Newfoundland I had the opportunity to visit one of the Co-op fish plants on Fogo Island and learn about Shrimp processing    http://www.fogoislandco-op.com/profile.html   It was a great experience and I learned so much. I would encourage you to read all about Fogo Island Fisheries.  This is from the Fisheries’ Web site:

“Today, Fogo Island and the Co-op are a major force in the international fish harvesting community. We have a fleet of 30 long liners, three fish plants, two buying stations, a laboratory, welding shop and a marine service center complete with fishing supplies outlet. We have markets in the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Sweden, and Germany. And we have developed a rock-solid reputation for honesty, integrity, pride in performance, and world-class quality. Just ask our customers.”Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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 –This week’s winners are Cathy Darland, NB, and Marty Frost, BC (a bit of a puzzle this one was).  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. Good luck!!! Last week’s contest:  Can you write down this number using digits? Twelve thousand twelve hundred twelve Answer: 13,212  This week’s contest: Complete the word square by inserting the 9 letters into the grid, to create the same words reading down and across.
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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Co-operative College, based in Manchester, UK is holding a conference for young co-operators from October 16-18 in Manchester. For questions or registration, email euroycc@co-op.ac.uk or visit the College website to learn about all of their programs, events and courses at www.co-op.ac.uk/   - Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking – With the arrival of Fall there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables in our local stores, roadside stands and farm markets. Here's an easily prepared recipe that takes advantage of the wonderful apples now coming out of the orchards.  It was served at dinner at my house a couple of days ago and got rave reviews from family and friends. 
Apple Upside-Down Cake
1/3 cup butter, cut up
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
6 small red cooking apples, halved, cores and stems removed
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flower
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. Place 1/3 cup butter in 9-inch square baking pan. Place in oven long enough to melt butter (approx. 5 minutes). Sprinkle brown sugar into melted butter. Place 9 apple halves, cut side down in butter mixture. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (until bubbly). Peel remaining apples and coarsely shred; set aside. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Add shredded apple, milk, 1/4 cup butter, egg and vanilla. Beat at low speed until combined (1 minute). Spoon over apples, spreading evenly (apples may be exposed or butter may float to the top). Bake 35 minutes (until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean). Cool on rack 5 minutes, Loosen from sides of pan and invert onto platter. Spoon any topping remaining in pan onto cake. Cool 20 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired. - Glenna Weagle


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