Week of Dec. 2 – Dec. 8, 2007, Vol. 3, No. 5

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Openings “Light, light, the world needs more light.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe www.theatredatabase.com/18th_century/johann_wolfgang_von_goethe_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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     CCC Moncton stores at Record Street and Mapleton Road have been holding “Consumer Kitchen Meetings” once a month since April. In nine months more than 90 members and guests have attended the information sessions. Organized by the local council, and provided free of charge, topics have included Speaking of Bones:  Healthy Bones, Healthy You! Find out about Osteoporosis, Going Green at Home, Digital Photography, Taking pictures, composing, shooting, saving, printing, Winterizing Your Home Inside and Out, and Making A Christmas Centerpiece.  Spokesperson Maureen MacLean says “we are happy to be able to demonstrate this application of the Concern for Community principle and hope we will have a good variety of topics and great attendance in 2008.” For more information, contact kitchenmeetin@aim.com

·     The Baggin' It for the Food Banks Fundraiser event was a great success accumulating $1461.52 in donations plus $200 in groceries. Another $600 was raised from an auction for a total of $2061!!! A breakdown is below: 

o       $423 in cash + $200 in food at the Rexton Co-op

o       $338.52 in cash at the Mapleton Co-op, in Moncton, + a few grocery bags

o       $400 in cash at the Petiticodiac Co-op

o       $300 in cash at the Record Street Co-op, in Moncton

o       $600 raised in Auction. Scott Harris, a loyal C103 listener, was the winning bidder.

Staff volunteers from four Moncton credit unions bag groceries at local Co-op stores in   Moncton, Petitcodiac, and Rexton for a donation, with all money raised going to benefit the local area food banks. http://www.omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=50

·     Members of the Atlantic Beef Producers Co-operative are frustrated at funding delays http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?iid=2809&sid=24908 The president of the Co-operative, Gerard Pickard, has lashed out at the federal government for delays in funding Atlantic Beef Products Inc. The 215 members of Atlantic Beef Producers Co-operative, the majority of shareholders in Atlantic Beef Products Inc., were told a decision would be announced within two weeks, but that was over two months ago, says Pickard.

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Trends – This week’s Trends revisits a subject I have written about a couple of times – namely marketing. Most everyone is familiar with the Dove ‘Campaign For Real Beauty’ – whose marketing promotes the fact that real beauty comes in many shapes and sizes (as a side note, this concept apparently does not apply to men). The campaign has garnered its share of success and accolades. That’s not the trend I want to highlight, however. Dove’s latest campaign piece is a short video called ‘Onslaught’ – I’m not certain it has appeared on television, but if you Google ‘Dove Onslaught’ you will find it. ‘Onslaught’ ends with the words ‘Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does’ printed across the screen. Strong words...or are they? It turns out the world’s social media – an array of blogs and websites – has apparently pointed out that Dove is made by Unilever, which also manufactures (among many, many, many other products, some edible) products such as Axe, Lynx (the UK version of Axe) and Slimfast. Axe’s marketing line these days is that it ‘turns nice girls naughty’. This, coming from the same company that warns parents to ‘talk to their daughters before the beauty industry does’. So Unilever is warning their customers to be wary of...Unilever? To quote an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe: “Unilever is in the business of selling products, not values, and that means we, the consumers, are being manipulated...” Is it possible for a company to promote two diametrically opposed points of view or do people not care about what a company stands for anymore? Social media, which typically doesn’t receive advertising money, thinks we are being manipulated. See story in Adage at http://adage.com/article?article_id=122185   Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - From now until Christmas, Circle of Life will be featuring a variety of charities, causes and events that support people and communities around the World.  Often it is hard to know what to buy for people and making a donation to different organizations is a good option.  At Christmas time, most organizations also have a gift that comes with the donation, like a stuffed animal.  The Holiday season also tends to be a time when people look for a way to give back, a way to help others in their community, whether it is helping a person living in poverty or an elderly next door neighbor who needs some help shoveling or putting up Christmas lights. So, we will give you some ideas, but we also want to know what you and your local co-ops and credit unions are doing this holiday season.  Send your ideas to: news1@nbnet.nb.ca To help you find organizations in your backyard, and that fit your interests, go to www.canadahelps.org .  This is a searchable database of charities where you can donate directly or use Giving Pages and Gift Cards to encourage others to give. Canada Post and the Salvation Army have partnered to offer free shipping when donating gifts to needy families this Christmas. http://canadapost.ca/dec/share/default-e.asp?icid=hd07000325 Ten Thousand Villages is a great place to get fairly traded gifts to give this season. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ In Halifax, NS, you can now place your order for Chemical-free Christmas trees and wreaths with the Ecology Action Centre.  http://www.ecologyaction.ca/xmas_trees.htm  Look for similar products in your area. 

Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Co-op Ed 101 - I was thinking about snow a lot today because Moncton received over 50 cm in the last 24 hours. When I sat down to work on the Co-op Ed 101 portion of Co-op Circles, I decided to look at other co-ops in the snow.  Here is some information  about Arctic Co-op’s Naujat Co-operative Limited in Repulse Bay  http://www.arcticco-op.com/acl-keewatin-repulse-bay.htm   Repulse Bay is located right on the Arctic Circle, at the northern shore of the Bay. Sitting on a coastline with many steep cliffs, the area is rich with Thule heritage. The homeland of the Iglulik Inuit, it was first visited by Europeans in the early 18th century. Many Repulse Bay Inuit participated in the whaling industry, and the community relies on sealing, fishing, hunting and artistry as a part of everyday life. Whaling inscriptions, and historical sites are also accessible for photo opportunities. The co-op plays an important role in many northern communities.

- Maureen MacLean 

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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.  From Meghan, Grade 6, Saint John, NB: “Today I learned that in the Philippines, their main food is rice. Also, I learned that the biggest building they have in the community is usually their church.”

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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Contest of the Week - Last week we had four correct responses. First in was from Cathy Darland, Moncton, NB. Well done, everyone! The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be placed in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest: Our local scrap merchant had to travel to the county recycling plant, 60 miles away. On the way there he could only manage a steady 12mph, fully laden. On the way back, he could manage a steady 16mph. He placed 24 gallons of fuel in the tank ready for the round trip, thinking that this would be enough as the wagon managed to travel 8 miles per gallon. Unfortunately, a piece of metal pierced his fuel pipe at the start of the trip and the wagon started to lose 1 gallon of fuel per hour. Luckily, he only lost fuel when moving and he lost no fuel while unloading his scrap metal. Were 24 gallons enough for the round trip? Answer: Yes, the trip itself used 15 gallons and the wagon lost 8.75 gallons during transit = 23.75 gallons, of the available 24 gallons. And a cute response from one reader: “This would not happen in Canada. The fuel would be in liters, the distance in kilometers and the local co-op would have given him a plug to stop the leak.” Thanks, David, for the smile. This week’s contest: A woman took a certain number of eggs to market and sold some of them. The next day, through the industry of her hens, the number left over had been doubled, and she sold the same number as the previous day. On the third day the new remainder was trebled, and she sold the same number as before. On the fourth day the remainder was quadrupled, and her sales the same as before. On the fifth day what had been left over were quintupled, yet she sold exactly the same as on all the previous occasions and so disposed of her entire stock. What is the smallest number of eggs she could have taken to market the first day, and how many did she sell daily?

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Co-op Cooking – These days most of us are very conscious of what we eat. Good nutrition includes adding fruits and vegetables that are brightly coloured to our diets. Here’s a great looking, flavourful salad that also incorporates the wonderful flavour of maple syrup produced in our Atlantic provinces each spring.
Pomegranate and Feta Salad 
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn
1 bunch spinach, stems removed, washed and torn
seeds of 1 pomegranate
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp oregano
salt and freshly ground pepper
Toss lettuce and spinach in large salad bowl. Add pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and feta. Whisk remaining ingredients to make sauce. At this point, salad and dressing may be refrigerated for several hours. Add sauce to salad and toss gently just before serving. - Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, December 12, 2007