Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 17, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 2

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” - Mother Teresa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa  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

·      ACA Co-operative in New Minas, Nova Scotia is beginning to convert chicken manure into liquid energy. Dr. Peter Fransham of Ottawa has spent decades researching how to use pyrolysis to capture the energy in poultry litter so that energy can be stored and released later by burning what he calls biooil.  See http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=189748&sc=593 ACA is an integral part of Nova Scotia's agricultural industry, which generates about $450 million in the province. Along with chicken, it processes nearly all of the turkeys available in Nova Scotia and 25 per cent of the eggs, offering people the opportunity to buy local food products." http://www.edenvalleyfarms.com/

·      With the Dec. 19 opening of a new state-of-the-art pre-sort facility at its Coldbrook, NS, operation, Scotian Gold Co-operative has taken a bold step into the future. Scotian Gold president and CEO David Cudmore described the change as “a radical change in technology, and in the way apples are graded and sorted.” It is “the largest single investment” in the co-op’s 50-year history.  The new facility, part of an infrastructure upgrade of more than $6 million, will allow Scotian Gold “to handle more fruit” and double its production capacity “with the same amount of people, and allow for a lot of added efficiencies.” This will allow the co-op “to reach more of the local market, and also be more of an influence in markets outside our area.” http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/

·      The Wolfville Library is having a free sleepover to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Friday, January 23rd, and Valley Credit Union http://www.valleycreditunion.com is supplying the pizza. Valley libraries are also attempting to break the Guinness world record for “most children reading with an adult.”  All local branches of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library will be participating in the Guinness World Record attempt this year, each branch in its own way.

·      The Sobey School of Business Master of Management - Co-operatives and Credit Unions (MMCCU) program at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, is organizing a symposium to explore issues related to co-operatives and public policy.  The theme is Legislative Issues and Public Policy Issues. Papers are welcome from: Co-operative scholars and academics, Co-operative managers with experience and responsibility in the field and Government officials involved in legislation and public policy related to co-operatives. Key legislation and policy issues include:

·                    Do legislation and public policy foster or hinder co-operatives?

·                    Do legislation and public policy reflect benefits of co-operatives to society?

·                    Does/should legislation and public policy for co-operatives differ from legislation and policy related to investor owned business?

·                    What are good or bad examples of legislation and public policy?

·                    Are there lessons from the global economic crisis?

Deadlines are: Abstract – must be received by March 31, 2009, Final Paper and presentation slides if applicable by June 1, 2009. For further information contact: Larry Haiven (902) 420 5082 ( larry.haiven@smu.ca) or Tom Webb 902 496 8170 or 902 634 4536 (tom.webb@smu.ca) The symposium will be held June 18-20.


Trends - For someone who writes about trends, it certainly took me a long time to get my face on Facebook. Facebook, for the few who don’t know, is a social networking website for the rest of us. By that I mean, it appears to be more of a controlled atmosphere than MySpace, though that doesn’t preclude teens from joining Facebook in any way at all. You start out with a Facebook page that you create, then typically you invite others to become ‘friends’ of yours on Facebook, and when they do, you have access to their profile, and they have access to yours. My biggest surprise, perfectionist that I try to be, came during the days immediately following the creation of my page, when people I know began asking me to accept their invitation to become friends – brothers, sisters, in-laws and acquaintances – quite out of the blue. It’s a little bit disconcerting, until you begin to understand how Facebook works and how to limit its reach when you tell it to find your friends on Facebook. It will look in your email address book to suggest friends; it will suggest friends of your friends as friends of yours; it may even suggest people from your same networks: your old high school, your university – everything is fair game, unless you limit its reach to stay within your comfort zone (which eventually expands). I’m not there yet, but its coming. See more at www.facebook.com 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: “Today I learned how diverse the world is and how little we know about these cultural and economical differences. I learned that we can make a big difference by doing something very small. Very inspirational and motivational.” - Kayu E., Moncton, NB


Co-op Ed 101Last week I was in Ottawa and that city is in the middle if a transportation strike.  everyone is having trouble with the time it takes to get to work and dealing with car pooling and parking. I found this interesting web site on re-cycles, a co-op in Ottawa. The Re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op is a not-for-profit, volunteer-staffed, bicycle recycling shop, based in Ottawa. It promotes bicycle transportation by repairing donated bikes that it sells to the community. It also provides an equipped shop and bike repair know-how so that people can maintain and repair their own bikes. http://www.re-cycles.ca/about.html Re-Cycles was founded on the principle that the earth’s limited natural resources should be used wisely. It wants to put more bicycles on the road by providing affordable, recycled bikes to the community. It also wants to provide low-cost access to a fully equipped bike repair shop and reduce materials going into landfills by recycling bikes and bike parts. It also promotes a healthier environment and lifestyle and offers a place for like-minded bike enthusiasts to meet and exchange ideas. - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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 – Last week Joanne Sheppard, NL, had the first of eight correct submissions. Was it too easy? Maybe, but we wanted to start off 2009 on a positive note. 

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. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week’s contest:  Inside each set of the following words, there is a pair of smaller words. By putting & between them, lo & behold, you will make a familiar phrase. For example, "Thighbone/Swallowtail" conceals "High & Low."
1. Gulliver/Clearness
2. Tragicomedy/Pentagon
Thundershower/Intellectual What am I?


1. Live & Learn
2. Come & Go
Hill & Dale
Trial & Error
Show & Tell

This week’s contest: What am I?

You may praise your good fortune and curse all you hate,
Yet I rule all your chaos and gamble your fate.
By some I’m avoided by others I’m game,
Called by fat or slim, my meanings the same.

Hint: I’m dieing for you to guess!


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - On January 2nd, a consensus-run young workers co-op in Winnipeg, Manitoba was featured on the Food Network Bazaar website. Read more about this vegan café and bookstore at http://www.foodtv.ca/BLOG/blogs/shopping/archive/2009/01/02/vegan-fare-at-the-mondragon-coffeehouse-winnipeg.aspx or visit its website at http://mondragon.ca/ 

- Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking – If you are a fan of pestos, here are a couple of versions you might like to try.
Basil Pesto 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
6-oz Asiago cheese, grated
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and quartered 
In food processor, combine 2 tbsp of the olive oil, spinach, basil, walnuts, cheese and garlic. Cover and process until nearly smooth, stopping processor and scraping sides as necessary. Drizzle in remaining olive oil until mixture is smooth. Place in airtight container, cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Makes about 1 3/4 cups. Note: To prepare in blender, coarsely chop spinach, basil, walnuts and garlic on cutting board. Place all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend until mixture is smooth.
Pesto Vinaigrette
1/2 cup Basil Pesto (see above), or purchased pesto
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and ground white pepper
In bowl, combine pesto, vinegar and lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use (keeps about 3 days). Makes about 3/4 cup.- Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009