Week of Apr. 5– Apr. 11, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 13

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.” - Henry Van Dyke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_van_Dyke 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

§      Representatives of Canada’s two national co-operative associations are confident that the Co-operative Development Initiative will be renewed following a meeting with the federal Minister responsible for co-operatives, Jean-Pierre Blackburn.  The meeting was attended by Carol Hunter, executive director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA); John Anderson, CCA’s director of government affairs and public policy, Michel Rouleau, president of the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutalité (CCCM) and CCCM director general Brigitte Gagné. Anderson described the meeting as "extremely positive" and said the co-op representatives emerged confident that the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), which supports the development of new and emerging co-ops, will be renewed in the not-too-distant future. Blackburn is responsible for the federal Co-operatives Secretariat in his capacity as Minister of State for Agriculture and is also Minister of National Revenue. The CDI program has been very important for worker co-ops around the country, as well as for CWCF.  For example, CWCF has recently completed a CDI project with a focus on promoting, and piloting, the worker co-operative model for immigrant and refugees.  A paper on strategies for developing worker co-ops in immigrant and refugee communities has been drafted.  www.canadianworker.coop/

§      A merger of all three Credit Union Centrals in Atlantic Canada is a possibility. Each will vote on at its annual general meeting soon to determine if members want to merge into one central. An “Atlantic Central” has been proposed and committees were set up to investigate the possibility. The boards have determined that this would be a viable merger and so all three memberships will have the opportunity to vote.  At Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island’s meeting on March 20th the vote was unanimously in favour of a merger.  NB credit unions will vote April 18th and those in NS will vote on April 25th.

§      Heritage Credit Union was busy February supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Annual Dress Red Day”.  HCU employees dressed red and contributed their casual day funds to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. HCU also supported Cystic Fibrosis by participating in “Sixty Five Roses” Valentine Bear sales. “Sixty Five Roses” is a brand used by the CCFF and it originated from a young child who when they heard their parents talk about her having Cystic Fibrosis, she thought she had sixty five roses. https://www.heritagecu.com/SharedContent/documents/newsletters/Feb%2009%20Statement%20Newsletter.pdf

§      One of Canada’s oldest continuing co-operatives, The Canadian Press (CP), has announced that it is planning to change its structure and will no longer be a co-operative.  CP was created as a co-op of newspaper publishers in 1917 to facilitate the exchange of news across Canada. At one time, virtually all Canadian daily newspapers were members of CP; however Canwest Global Communications dropped out in 2007, and the Quebecor-owned Sun Media chain recently announced it would leave at the end of June 2010. The change in structure means that CP would no longer be a co-operative and instead, newspapers will be commercial customers buying services from the agency. www.thecanadianpress.com

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Trends - Perhaps this week’s Trends could also be this week’s Co-op Circles Contest. Guess who this is: Their Corporate Responsibility Report claims “Our Values Make Us Different”; they have a stated goal to make all their private label products healthier (their private label soft drinks contain no artificial colours or flavours and none of their private label products contain hydrogenated fats); they have a stated goal to source their products ethically through Fairtrade and local producers (all their bananas are sourced through Fair Trade – in fact, they are the biggest retailer of Fairtrade products in their country; they gave beef farmers computers, software and training to help them become more competitive); they have a stated goal to help protect the environment (their reusable shopping bags contain 33 percent recycled material and are replaced free of charge when they wear out; they have a stated goal to make a positive difference in their communities (in the past three years they have donated over $100 million in sports and activity equipment in the communities they serve, and they committed in writing to fight childhood obesity) among other initiatives. The answer next week. - Ron Levesque

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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. This week: “Today I learned there are many more opportunities to get involved in international aid and development than I knew, and how I as an individual could really make a difference.” -  Karla, Moncton, NB

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Co-op Ed 101 –You can help select the award for Canada’s Greatest Co-operator.  Please vote before April 30th.  It only takes a minute. Follow this link:

http://www.coopscanada.coop/100th/vote.php Two co-operators from Atlantic Canada are in the running: Rev Moses Coady and Rev J D Nelson Macdonald. - Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      April 17, 2009 Credit Union National Young Leaders Think Tank, Delta Fredericton. To register, please contact Credit Union Central of New Brunswick http://www.creditunion.nb.ca/cucnb.htm

§      April 17-18, 2009 Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

§      April 22 -23, 2009 Blueprints of the Brand Forum, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS – designed specifically for Credit Union CEOs and General Managers, this forum offers the tools to further enhance the brand for Credit Unions.

§      April 24, 2009  Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, Co-operatives and other community organizations with Jane Garthson, Garthson Leadership Centre Workshop includes:  How to set direction in a way that focuses the tireless efforts of your volunteers (and staff, if any) on what really improves your community, How to oversee the development of a strategic plan that gets results, attracts supporters and funds, builds enthusiasm, and stays relevant and  12 great tips to make strategic planning worthwhile, effective and even fun COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included. TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@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)

§      April 24, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 24-25, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 30, 2009 Valley Credit Union Annual General Meeting, 7 pm, Waterville and District Fire Hall

§      April 30 - May 3, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting it first youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island.  Apply today.

§      May 21 - May 24, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting its second youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Killdevil Camp in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

§      May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, 9:00 – 12:00 at the Ramada Inn in Moncton, NB.

§      June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary Congress, Ottawa, ON. See www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.cfm

§      June 19-21, 2009 Symposium organized by the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. Theme is “Legislative and Public Policy Issues”. Abstracts of papers must be received by Mar 31. Final paper and presentation slides by June 1, if applicable. More information and a style guide are available from Tom Webb, jtwebb@auracom.com or tom.webb@smu.ca or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or larryhaiven@smu.ca

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: There was a tie last week. Winners were Marty Frost, BC, and Falcon Owen, NS. Last week’s contest: The unscrambled word/s will have something to do with the clue.
1. Clue: A step too far
Puzzle: Le ped lex
2. Clue: Random things or people that are placed together
Puzzle: Semolina clues
3. Clue: A plethora of facts
Puzzle: Oceanic played

Answers: 1. Expelled  2. Miscellaneous  3. Encyclopedia

 This week’s contest: In the legendary country of MADADIA, Crowned Prince Mad Ade II said: “If I were to give seven coins to each beggar at my door, I would have twenty-four coins left. I lack thirty-two coins for being able to give them nine coins apiece.” How many beggars were there, and how many coins did Crowned Prince Mad Ade II have? This month’s prize is a nice handmade wooden ballpoint pen, won by Catherine Irving, Marie Michael Library, Coady International Institute, Antigonish, NS. April’s prize is a day/date portfolio so keep your submissions coming in. 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 entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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Co-op Cooking – Easter is one of the occasions when you might be tempted to roast a turkey. After the initial meal, do you find yourself looking for new ways to use up leftover turkey? You might like to tuck this recipe in your file for such occasions.  
Turkey Pot Pie
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup sweet potato, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 can peas, drained (or 1 cup frozen peas, thawed)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3 cups turkey meat, cooked and cut into small pieces
2 ready made pie crusts (or use your favourite double crust recipe)
salt and pepper to taste
Line a pie plate with a pastry crust and bake at 350F for 4 to 5 minutes. Sauté garlic, onion, carrots, sweet potato and celery over medium-high heat until onions become translucent. Set mixture aside to cool. Toss turkey, yogurt, mushroom soup and peas together. Add the cooked vegetables, stirring gently to mix. Pour into half-baked pie shell. Cover with remaining pastry crust; cut small vents in top. Bake for 50 minutes; let stand for 10 minutes and serve. - Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 15, 2009