Week of Apr. 12– Apr. 18 2009, Vol. 4, No. 14

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Pictou County Co-op Food Market members will be holding a series of fundraising events throughout May in support of IWK Foundation. The kick off is an auction where items include a framed, signed picture of Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, large Chicago Black Hawk framed picture personally autographed by the whole team, Don Cherry autographed Rock'em Sock-em 16 DVD, and local artist contributions. Plan to be at the New Glasgow's North End Community Centre, 34 High Street, New Glasgow, NS, at 10:00AM, Sat. May 9th. More info is available by e-mailing koo4iwkid@gmail.com

·      The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council annual general meeting is scheduled for June 15, 2009, at 2:00 pm, at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax. Members wishing to submit a resolution to be considered during the annual meeting must submit it to the office of the Council no later than May 29, 2009.  As per Section 16 of the by-laws of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, a resolution can be submitted by any member in good standing, and should be clear and concise.  Resolutions should include clear rationale and a concise statement on what action is being proposed. All resolutions must be signed by an officer of the co-operative or credit union submitting the resolution.  Resolutions can be submitted by email to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca , or by mail to:  Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, PO Box 1872, 339 Willow Street, Truro, NS B2N 6C7. Should you have any questions, or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Council at (902) 893-8966.

·      First it was the Bank of Nova Scotia. Now it’s the Campobello Island branch of the Charlotte County Credit Union. The credit union’s efforts to provide Island residents with financial services after the bank left town, will end on June 26. The credit union came to Campobello Island eight years ago when the bank closed its doors. Now it’s leaving. It is also closing the Blacks Harbour branch, leaving branches in St Stephen and St George. Residents are feeling betrayed and are concerned about the hardship this closure will bring but the credit union says people did not borrow enough money for the branch to show a profit and it is difficult to justify being there. For more information, go to http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/624145  and http://quoddytides.com/campobello4-10-09.html

·      The latest issue of St Mary’s University’s Master of Management - Co-operatives and Credit Unions newsletter is now available.  In this issue you will find a mix of profiles of people and co-operative innovation and thinking about where co-operatives fit into the new economic realities. Go to www.mmccu.coop to check it out.

·      The Co-operators is offering those who sign up for their free bi-monthly e-newsletter, Your Better Place, a chance to win $10,000  and  be entered  into our draw for a chance to win $10,000 in “green” home upgrades. https://contest.cooperators.ca/green-home/default.asp

·      Co-op Atlantic and New Brunswick’s Co-op stores are sponsors of the 2009 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge http://www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca/, with participating teams from high schools throughout New Brunswick. The final presentations and competition will take place on May 14, 2009 at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, NB.

·      John Thompson has resigned as president of Atlantic Beef Products Inc. He lasted four months. It’s another setback for the Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island meat processing plant.  According to CBC News, last month a grant from the federal government was downgraded to a loan. Thompson returned to his former position with Enterprise Greater Moncton on April 6. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=238551&sc=586

·      Valley Credit Union (NS)  http://www.valleycreditunion.com is accepting donations at all branch locations, on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a community-based, non-profit organization working toward everyone having an affordable, safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity has recently started a project in the Annapolis Valley.



Trends - Well, there is no prize, but some readers did guess that the grocery chain I was talking about last week was indeed Sainsbury’s. The purpose of the exercise was to show that other companies can and are appropriating some of the long-time marketing of co-operatives. Referring to ‘our values’, for example, used to be daily fare for co-operators, but other companies are increasingly using that position in their marketing. I think much of it has to do with several different trends working toward similar outcomes that are completely different. Here’s what I mean: For one, customers are the most informed and most mobile that they’ve ever been: information is available at their fingertips, and thanks to world-wide courier companies, they can buy pretty much anything from anywhere. They can also demand responsible business practices from any company they do business with – and some companies will acquiesce. The opposite is also true though: customers armed with the same communications tools and mobility can demand the cheapest most inexpensive product and not ask questions about the obviously exploitative business practices...and some companies will acquiesce, even while cloaked in the banner of the ‘responsible corporate citizen’. Now, I’m not saying Sainsbury’s isn’t a responsible corporate citizen. I’m saying it’s more and more difficult to tell the co-operatives apart from the rest. - Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101 –Sometimes I get lost wandering around the Web and have a hard time deciding what story to share. This week the pictures in the newsletter from the Ontario Co-op Association are worth having a look at and the story of an emerging co-op is always worth reading.   River Village Co­op Market store manager Dale Edgar and board chair Wendy McKague talk about their co-op which only started two years ago in a small community halfway up western Ontario’s Lake Huron coast. http://www.ontario.coop/upload/Advantage%202008%20final.pdf  Two years ago, Teeswater’s only grocery store and anchor business closed its doors. But rather than watch “chain store syndrome” board up their main street like so many other rural Ontario communities, a group of residents decided there had to be a better way. After an initial public meeting, seed money was pledged towards the creation of a grocery co­operative. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) will provide scholarships of $3000 through the  'Emerging Leaders in the Social Economy Research Scholarship Program' to promote “original research by emerging leaders in the Social Economy sector, and advance the capacity of successful candidates to strengthen the Social Economy in their academic and practitioner sectors.” Successful candidates are pursing research that will be peer reviewed and published through the CSEHub (to be completed by spring 2010) and research should coincide with national policy research priorities of the CSEHub (such as poverty reduction, rural development, agriculture and food security and others found at http://www.socialeconomyhub.ca/hub/index.php?page_id=9&lp_lang_pref=en). In order to meet the April 15th deadline, please submit a completed application form, your thorough CV, up to 3 references, letters of support and a letter outlining your research and how it can contribute towards strengthening the social economy. There will also be a second call for proposals in fall 2009. For more information or to submit a proposal, please email secoord@uvic.ca or Ashley Hamilton-MacQuarrie at sekm@uvic.ca (Knowledge Mobilization Canadian Social Economy Hub / Centre canadien d'économie sociale University of Victoria), Telephone: (250) 472-4976 Website: www.socialeconomyhub.caErin Hancock


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 3-5, 2009 Canadian CED Network Conference, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB - three days of learning, networking and celebration Go to www.ccednet-rcdec.ca for details on conference.

§      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”. More information is 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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Marty Frost, Carolyn MacPherson and Larraine Perry were winners. Although he wasn’t a winner, Bob Potegal wrote: “Hey Co-op contest people…By giving coins to beggars, Crowned Prince Mad Ade II is only going to continue the cycle of economic oppression rife in that unfortunate country… how about a micro-lending programme for some co-operative enterprise start-ups instead? That being said, the prince had 220 coins and a crowded doorway with 28 beggars hanging around. Regards.” Answer: 28 beggars and 220 coins This week’s contest: Which 3 letter word can be placed before all the words in this list, to make 5 new words?

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.


Co-op Cooking – Here’s a very nice pork tenderloin recipe. I sometimes substitute Shredded Wheat for the Weetabix cereal and it seems to work just as well. 

Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pkg fresh white mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped and divided
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, divided
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 Weetabix whole grain biscuit, crumbled
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, optional
2 pork tenderloins (about 2 lbs)
1/4 cup apple jelly or peach jam
2 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard 
Preheat oven to 400F. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic, 3 tsp rosemary and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned; cool slightly. Stir in the green onions, crumbled biscuit and walnuts.
Slice each tenderloin almost all the way through, down the length of the meat to open like a book. Season evenly with the remaining salt and pepper. Arrange half the stuffing down the centre of one tenderloin. Secure snugly using kitchen twine; place on a rack on rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining stuffing and tenderloin.
Stir the apple jelly with the mustard and remaining rosemary; brush one half evenly over the pork. Roast for 15 minutes. Baste with the remaining jelly mixture. Roast for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until an instant thermometer registers 165F when inserted into the stuffing. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing. - Glenna Weagle


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·      Dear Editor: I am appalled at the endorsement, “Bayview Poultry Farms eggs are a new, environmentally friendly product that draws on an abundant natural resource to power its 12,000-bird layer hen operation.” (Co op Circle Newsletter, March 23). A factory farm that employs intensive confinement practices, housing 18,000 hens, and employs techniques and production methods to maximize their corporate profit. The excessive use of electricity is necessary to produce unnatural light so the animals will be in constant production. Crowding and stress from these conditions compromise animals' immune systems, and they must ingest antibiotics regularly to prevent disease. This is the corporate marketing spin, glorifying the development and use of a natural resource as renewable energy, while overlooking possible food safety problems, environmental degradation, loss of smaller farms, and animal mistreatment. Yours sincerely, Jane McNeil, PEI Growing Circle Organic Food Co operative

·      Thanks for keeping the Circles coming.  Aside from the puzzles and the recipes, I love to keep up with what's happening back east and elsewhere. – MF, BC

·      Just reviewing the recent Co-op Circles and noted that in the Trends section, Ron seems to be describing Sainsburys. I didn’t think they were a co-operative, but could be wrong. I’m a bit more partial to the grocery store side of The Co-operative UK, myself…. Good with Food!! Just wanted to express my 2 cents worth! – SR, NS


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