Week of Nov. 9 – Nov. 15, 2008,Vol. 3, No. 46

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. "I'm known around the block as a writer and broadcaster," Terkel tells me, "but also as that old guy who talks to himself. I never learnt to drive. Why should I have? The bus was there. So one day I'm on the corner alone, waiting for the 146. I'm talking to myself, finding the audience very appreciative. Then other people arrive; I talk to them too. This one couple ignore me completely. He's wearing Gucci shoes and carrying The Wall Street Journal. She's a looker. Neiman Marcus clothes. Vanity Fair under her arm. So I told them, 'Tomorrow is Labor Day: the holiday to ' honour the unions.' The guy gives me the kind of look Noël Coward might have given a bug on his sleeve. 'We despise unions.' I fix him with my glittering eye, like the Ancient Mariner, and I ask, 'How many hours do you work a day?' He tells me eight. 'How come you don't work 18 hours a day, like your great-grandparents?' He can't answer that. 'Because four men got hanged for you.' I explain that I'm referring to the Haymarket Affair, the union dispute here in Chicago in May 1886. The bus is late. I have him pinned against the mailbox. Then I say, 'How many days a week do you work?' He says five." Terkel laughs, and takes a sip of water. "I say: 'Five – oh, really? How come you don't work six and a half ?' He isn't sure. 'Because of the Memorial Day Massacre. These battles were fought, all for you.' I tell him about that massacre of workers, in Chicago, in 1937. He's never heard of these things before. She drops her Vanity Fair. I pick it up, being gallant. I am giving it to them now: the past. Because, like James Baldwin said, without the past, there is no present. The bus arrives. They leap in. I never see them again. But I'll bet... they live in an upscale condominium that faces the bus stop. I'll bet she looks down every morning, from the 20th floor, and he says: 'Is that old nut still down there?' And can you blame them?" – Excerpt from an interview with Studs Terkel, October, 2007.  For complete interview go to: www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/studs-terkel-the-worlds-greatest-interviewer-395040.html Terkel died a couple of weeks ago at 96 years of age. 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 Basket Weavers are hosting a Christmas tea on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 2 to 4 pm at their new home, the Island Traditions Store. It is located at 17 Sunnyside Road in Richmond, PEI. Visitors are welcome to come for a cup of hot cider or coffee and a snack and view the work of artisans, chat with basket weavers and learn more about the history of old traditional ash splint basketry. They can also watch demonstrations and wood preparation.

·      Justice Wayne Dymond has ordered the Fogo Island Co-op on Fogo Island, NL, to pay share capital to former members. A Newfoundland Supreme Court justice has ordered the fisheries co-operative to turn over thousands of dollars to former workers. Four dozen plant workers and fishermen sued the Fogo Island Co-operative Society, a major force in the fishery on Newfoundland’s northeast coast for several decades. The average payout to each plaintiff is about $3,000. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/080924/canada/stjohns_fogo_decision

·      Heritage Credit Union with branches in Dartmouth, NS, and surrounding communities, supported the IWK Health Centre again in 2008 by participating in the District 4 Credit Union Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, October 25th. The event was once again a success with a large number of employees and family members from Heritage Credit union fund-raising and participating. https://www.heritagecu.com/

·      The Fredericton Co-op Golf Tournament took place Thursday, September 25th, and raised $3,139 for the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. http://www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca/ This event has raised more than $12,000 for the NBACL since inception in September 2004.

·      The Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op in Fredericton, NB, has announced the winners of more than $3,250 in scholarships including Melinda Kavanaugh, who is the recipient of the Sid Pobihushchy Scholarship valued at $1,000. This scholarship is given to a student who intends to pursue either an area of co-operative studies or work in the cooperative movement upon graduation. Melinda has a degree in Political Science with a major in Women’s Studies. She is now enrolled at Mount St. Vincent in a Masters of Nutrition Program. Upon graduation she intends to set up a Cooperative Wellness Centre in Fredericton read about all the winners at .http://www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca


Trends - You’ve got to give the folks at Google some credit for the way they’ve settled a recent lawsuit over book scanning. For the past few years, Google has been electronically scanning mostly out-of-print books in an effort to make them available to interested readers. What was sort of up in the air is how to compensate the authors of those books, some of which are still protected by copyright. The result is a $125 million agreement with book publishers and authors that “outlines a framework for a new system that will channel payments from book sales, advertising revenue and other fees to authors and publishers, with Google collecting a cut.” The breadth of the work is astounding: since 2004, seven million books have been scanned and many millions more will likely be digitally preserved. The plan does have its detractors – some worry Google will have too much control over books and other materials that are the backbone of the U.S. library system. And while the agreement was settled on revenue sharing, the thorny question of the legality of Google’s unauthorized scanning still remains. - 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: “What I learned from Ms MacLean was that in the Philippines it is very hot, about 30 degrees, so the school walls don’t have to be very thick. In school they have to share books because they don’t have enough for everyone.” - Kaitlyn C, 9,  Fogo Island, NL


Out of the Ordinary – The Fall 2008 issue of the Co-operative Management Advantage, a publication of the Masters of Management,  Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program, at St Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, is now available. You can access the issue by going to www.mmccu.coop  In this issue you will find a student profile, articles on globalization, co-operative style, co-op management in the non-profit sector, comparing the co-operative advantage in Italy and Canada and a look at Robert Owen today.


Co-op Ed 101 - This week I have been reflecting on the closure of the Record St co-op store in Moncton, NB, where I have been a member since 1969. http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/news/article/464999 This co-op was incorporated in 1941. I thought I would take a look at other co-ops incorporated that year. I found over a dozen electric co-ops in the US, a student housing co-op in Kingston and a farm co-op in Connecticut. Of course, a search doesn’t turn up other co-ops opened in 1941 but now closed. Perhaps Circles readers might like to read about other co-op which has been around for 67+ years. CHELCO was started in 1941 when the people of Northwest Florida decided to band together to form a member-owned, not-for-profit utility to bring lights to the sparsely populated areas in Florida’s panhandle http://www.chelco.com/

Putnam Farmers Co-op was incorporated in 1941 in Putnam, Connecticut http://putnamfarmerscoop.com/ Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative was incorporated in March 22, 1941, Washington USA  http://www.nvec.org/

Kingston, Ontario is located at the mouth of St Lawrence River and is  home to  Science 44 Co-operative, a student housing co-operative that was incorporated in 1941 http://www.science44co-op.com/ - Maureen MacLean


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§      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

§      Nov 18-19 – Energy Solutions for Our Farms and Communities, Moncton, NB -This is the first conference dedicated to finding energy solutions that will work for the agriculture industry in Atlantic Canada. CONFERNCE DETAILS: http://www.atlanticfarmenergy.ca/

§      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 – We had lots of correct answers to our last contest. The first one in was from Barb Freake, Newfoundland Labrador Credit Union. 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.  The monthly winner for October is Marty Frost, BC. A Music CD is on its way to Marty. Congratulations! Send your answer every week to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week’s contest: Can you determine what makes the following sentence unusual? “Next, pour liquid back in my five dozen washed jugs.” Answer: All letters of the alphabet are used at least once. This week’s contest: For each of the pairs of words below, insert a word in the blank space between them to form two separate words so that the inserted word finishes the first word and begins the second. For example, given “MAN ____ ON”, you would insert the word “GO” to form “MANGO” and “GOON”.


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Ontario Co-operative Association presented Spirit Recognition awards to a number of Ontario co-operators/co-operatives during the 10th anniversary of the Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards. The Youth Leader award was presented to André Brisebois from Sketch Orléans. Read more about André at www.eastottawa.ca/article-261041-Young-leader-honoured-for-hard-work.html The Youth Mentor award was presented to Gay Lea Foods Co-operative. Read more about Gay Lea Foods at www.gaylea.com - Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking In today’s world, sweet peppers are always available. I often bake them with a rice stuffing, but here’s a recipe that adds mushrooms instead and is a nice flavour change. It’s described as “a wonderful vegetarian meal or side dish that can be microwaved
Italian Stuffed Peppers
2 large red, green or yellow peppers
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup each diced celery and onion
1 lb mushrooms, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp each dried basil and oregano
1 cup grated mozzarella or crumbled feta cheese
Cut peppers in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out seeds. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; sauté celery and onion for 1 to 2 minutes or until softened. Add mushrooms and sauté another 3 to 4 minutes (until starting to brown). Stir in garlic and remove from heat. Stir in breadcrumbs, Parmesan, ketchup, basil, oregano and 1/2 cup of cheese. Spoon mixture into peppers and place in shallow baking pan or casserole dish. Bake 15 to 18 minutes at 400F (until peppers are tender). Sprinkle with remaining cheese; return to oven just to melt cheese. To microwave: Place stuffed peppers in microwaveable dish. Cook on high for 5 to 8 minutes or until softened and heated through. Cooking time will vary according to thickness of peppers and wattage of oven. Top with cheese and microwave on medium 2 to 3 minutes (until cheese is melted). - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008