Week of Dec. 14 – Dec. 20, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 51
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Openings - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. This week, a quote for this “season of peace”: “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” - Norman B. Rice http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1758&category=PoliticalMakers 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
Private Justin Jones, the 21-year-old
from Baie Verte, NL, who
Nova Scotia Co-operative Council http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/ , is
one of 14 business leaders that Nova Scotia’s premier Rodney MacDonald has
recruited to the Premier’s Economic Advisory Panel. The panel will be in place
for two years and meet quarterly. Members will provide the government with
advice on economic trends and opportunities in
· Scotian Gold Co-operative, www.scotiangold.com an Annapolis Valley, NS, apple processor says the largest crop of apples ever was brought through its doors this fall. A warm growing season, new orchards and the right amount of rain made for a bumper crop. “Renewed optimism in the orchard industry as a result of higher-value varieties such as Honeycrisp, Gala and Ambrosia has led to rapid plantings of new, high-density orchards,” said David Parrish, vice-president of apple sales for Scotian Gold.
· Bergengren Credit Union www.bergengrencu.com in Antigonish, NS, has provided $10,000 to a fund to help Antigonish town and county residents who might experience difficulties paying for heat during the winter. The credit union is part of a group of community organizations, businesses and local government who have put in place a heat poverty strategy committee to ensure residents are warm this winter. The goal is a fund of $50,000. Town and county municipal governments have each contributed $5,000.
· The Co-operators www.cooperators.ca has introduced green insurance options, socially responsible investment funds http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1612015421&view=27607-0&Start=0 Canadians want their values and priorities to be reflected in financial services and products, and The Co-operators is introducing three new offerings. It has unveiled new initiatives in its home insurance, auto insurance and investment portfolios that promote environmentally, socially and economically responsible behaviour.
A campaign is under way to ensure better
health care in northeastern
Credit Union in
Credit Union https://www.tignishcreditu.com in
The Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative www.afcoop.ca
invited everyone in the
Trends - I so wanted to write something nice about co-operatives and Christmas, but alas, I can’t find anything. (For those wondering why I don’t mention all the donations that Co-ops (and other businesses) make to food banks, my view is that Co-ops should be doing more to fix the problem than simply replacing the Band Aid® every holiday season). Instead, this week’s Trends comes from the Earth Times, which reproduced a Co-op America press release highlighting the top CEO Scrooges for 2008. One in particular had me wondering (again) what kind of world we live in. It seems the CEO of Nestle, which owns Nestle Waters, threatened to sue Miami-Dade County in Florida “after the county aired public service messages telling people that the county’s public tap water was cheaper, safer and purer than bottled water...Multiple studies uphold Miami’s claim that tap water is just as safe if not safer than bottled water”. The International Bottled Water Association, which represents water bottlers, is also considering legal action against the county. So if you ask me what my tap water (which comes straight from the ground) tastes like, the official answer is ‘yucky!’ for fear of being sued. Read more here: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/worst-ceos-of-the-dismal,652749.shtml and Merry Christmas - 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: “I learned a lot from Ms. MacLean. I learned
that in the
Bad Choices – I feel a Rick Mercer rant
coming on but I will just present the facts as I heard and read them (with
perhaps a touch of commentary!). Box lunches provided by the army to some army
cadets training at
Co-op Ed 101 –See how one co-op in the
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
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§ Jan 7, 2009, 9 am – NOON: MARKETING FOR SOCIAL ECONOMY ORGANIZATIONS with BRENDA GAINER, Associate Professor, Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University This session will cover basic marketing strategies and tactics, including segmentation, targeting and positioning, as they apply to non-profit and other social-purpose organizations. By the end of the workshop participants will understand how to bring the course learning together to create a practical marketing plan for their organization or issue. COST: $100 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022 LOCATION: Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)
Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative
Studies, Banff, AB. Presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the
Contest of the Week – Last week’s winners were Cathy Darland,
1. Nut + a = tuna
2. Tour +t = trout
3. Prickle + e = pickerel
4. Floured + n = flounder
5. Mason + l = salmon
6. Ringer + h = herring
7. Papers + n = snapper
8. Gyro + p = porgy
9. Apron + t = tarpon
10. Pompon + a = pompano
This week’s contest: From
the following clues figure, out who gave what gift, who received the gift, what
color wrapping paper the gift was wrapped in, and where the gift was given.
People: Sam, Thalia, Victor, and Zach
Gifts: Diamond watch, a Best Buy gift card, a Computer, and
People who received gifts: Joe, Jill, Jason, Jack
Wrapping paper colors: Blue and green, red and white, orange and yellow, and pink
Places: A bedroom, a restaurant, a living room, and a cruise
1. Sam loves his wife Jill and didn't give her her gift at their house.
2. The man who gave the diamond watch wrapped the gift in two colors.
3. Jason received his gift from his wife at her favourite restaurant,
4. The gift wrapped in orange and yellow wasn't received by a woman and was not received outside of a house.
5. The person who gave the baseball tickets knew his best bud would love them.
6. Victor was holding a Christmas party where he would give his roommate a Best Buy gift card.
7. The guy who gave Joe his gift wrapped it in pink.
8. During Jack's Christmas party his bud snuck into his bedroom where he put his orange and yellow wrapped gift on Jack's bed.
9. The man who gave the diamond watch thought that the blue and green wrapping paper matched the sapphires and emeralds on the watch.
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - In sad young co-operative news, past participant of the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program and strong young community leader, 21-year-old Justin Jones from Baie Verte, NL, died while serving in the Canadian military abroad. A Facebook page to honour his memory has been established. See the “In Memory of Justin Jones” page and add to the thoughtful memories of the young leader. - Erin Hancock
Co-op Cooking – Looking
for something that says “From my house to yours” or is suitable for a
hostess gift. Perhaps one of the following might fit the bill and as they are
pretty simple, you can enlist the help of your children in the
Coffeehouse Chocolate Spoons
8 oz semi-sweet cooking chocolate
8 oz white cooking chocolate
20 to 24 plastic spoons
In heavy saucepan over low heat, warm semi-sweet chocolate until it begins to melt. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Dip half of the spoons into the chocolate, coating the bowls. Tap the handles against the side of the pan to remove excess chocolate. Place on wax paper and refrigerate to set. Repeat with the white cooking chocolate and the remaining spoons. When chocolate is set, place remaining warm semi-sweet chocolate in a small, self-sealing plastic bag. Using scissors, snip off one corner of the bag. Pipe chocolate designs onto white chocolate spoons. Repeat with the remaining white chocolate, using it to decorate the semi-sweet chocolate spoons.
Gift giving ideas: Enclose two or more spoons with a coffee cup filled with coffee beans. Wrap in cellophane and tie with gold, green or red ribbons. Or you can wrap several spoons in cellophane and tie with curling ribbons for a festive touch.
Chocolate Raisin and Oatmeal Cookie Mix
In a clean 1-quart jar or container, layer the following ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup chocolate-covered raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Seal and decorate the container. Add the following instructions:
To make Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Cookies: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil. In a large mixing bowl, stir together contents of container with 1/3 cup softened butter, 2 eggs and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until well combined (dough will be soft). Drop by rounded teaspoons 2-inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes (until edges are browned). Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.-
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