Week of May 31 – June 6, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 21

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles.  “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Andre Gide www.andregide.org/

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Instead of a single theme as in past years, Co-op Week 2009 will celebrate the advantages of co-operatives in the current economic environment. Three Co-op Week posters, available in English and French and illustrated with silhouettes of people rooted in their communities, will reflect three of these advantages:
* Co-operatives are...putting people first
* Co-operatives are...creating sustainable jobs
* Co-operatives are...investing in communities http://www.bcics.org/content/coop-week-icu-day-2009-focus-advantages-cooperatives

·      In Summerside, PEI, a former west-end warehouse’s transformation into a million-dollar multi-unit condominium complex is planned. Peter Brown and Mike Fraser are converting the old Co-op feed building at 359 Water St. into mid-scale condos and commercial space.   The building has been vacant since Atlantic Co-op Country Store’s closure in July, 2008. http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfm?sid=255741&sc=118

·      ACOA’s $6-million investment in the money-losing Atlantic Beef Products plant in Albany, Prince Edward Island, was always intended to be a loan, which means it was always intended to be paid back, says a spokesman for the regional development agency. Richard Gauthier of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency says the loan was supposed to be used for marketing, equipment purchases and staff training http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=255468&sc=586 “An investment, from our point of view, when you invest in something you have an expectation that you will get repayment in one way, shape or form,” said Gauthier. Atlantic Beef Products continues to lose $200,000 to $300,000 every month. It has funding for another five months, based on current losses. After that, the plant could be shut down.

·      There are still some tickets remaining for the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s 60th annual gala with special guest speaker Rev Jesse Jackson. The June 15th event will be emceed by Costas Halavrezos of CBC Radio. It will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. For tickets or for more information contact  Andrea Jackson, andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966.


Trends - The New Republic last month made what I though was a compelling argument that the environmentalism bubble had burst once again, as it had in the past when the economy took a turn for the worst. Authors Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger posit that environmentalism is really the product of the affluent and runs in cycles that correspond with the booms and busts of the economy. They argue that environmentalism is really another way of (over)consuming and hyper-materialism. “Green consumption became what sociologists call ‘positional consumption’ – consumption that distinguishes one as elite.” They back it up with some numbers: in 2007, a survey found that almost 6 out of 10 Prius owners (hybrid vehicles) said they purchased the car “because it makes a statement about me.” There’s more: “It’s easy enough to point out the insignificance of planting a garden, buying fewer clothes or using fluorescent lightbulbs…the ecological irrelevance of these practices was beside the point...What downscalers offered was not a better way to reduce emissions, but rather, a way to reduce guilt.” They conclude with:  “The problem is not that most greens are elites, per se, but rather that too few of them acknowledge the material basis for their ecological concern and that too many reject the modern project of expanding prosperity altogether.” Read the original article here: http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=6cd5578a-85ab-4627-b793-680ea8d44c7f  – Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101 – Although this item is not about a co-op, it is a story of co-operation and an event that everyone in Atlantic Canada knows about - the sinking of the Titanic. About 600 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland, the ship hit an iceberg. So many people co-operated to rescue those in the water and it was almost a miracle that so many survived.   Many of the survivors came to this area. Some of them remained. This week   Melvin Dean, 97, the last Titanic survivor passed away.  The Toronto Star headline: Remarkable, sparkling lady dies on the anniversary of launch of ship meant to take her to a new life in U.S. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/643413 - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Tanya Gracie presented on youth as part of a panel titled The Future of Co-ops for a joint session between the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation and the Association for Non-Profit and Social Economy Research in Ottawa on May 27th. She has recently graduated from the Master’s in Community Economic Development program at South New Hampshire University and is currently working to put together the 100th Anniversary Congress for the Canadian Co-operative Association. Learn more about the event at http://www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.htm  Tanya raised a couple important points during her presentation including the fact that many youth fall into the co-op movement all too accidentally and also that we should not speak about youth only in the context of the future of co-ops, but also in the discussion of the present.  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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 3, 2009  Canadian CED Network’s Food Policy Working Group is hosting a One-Day Forum on Local Food (9:00am - 4:00pm, Riddell Hall – University of Winnipeg). For more information, contact Matthew Thompson by email at mthompson@ccednet-rcdec.ca or by phone at 416-760-2577.

§      June 15, 2009 60th Annual Gala, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council with guest speaker Rev Jesse Jackson at World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS. Tickets can be obtained by contacting andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966

§      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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Wendy Cook and Catherine Ann Fuller were winners. Answers: Delete a letter from the words below and then add a 3-letter word to them (doesn't matter where) to form a new word that matches the clues in the ( ).
1. Rich (to look; to ____)
2. Spite (a place you go to when you are on the internet)
3. Mite (to send; to ____)
4. Elf (to show what something is, like to put a ____ on an item to show what type of item it is)
5. Ice (when you use your brain, you use your ____) Search (delete ‘I’ and add ‘sea’) 2. Website (delete ‘p’ and add ‘web’) 3. Submit (delete ‘e’ and add ‘sub’) 4. Label (delete ‘f’ and add ‘lab’) 5. Logic (delete ‘e’ and add ‘log’) This week’s contest: Each of the clues below describe a famous pair (example: Salt & Pepper). Can you name each pair?
1. Jingly sound makers & accompanying sounds heard on the Seven Dwarfs commute
2. Corny phrase used by photographers & thin crisp wafers
3. Small spherical play toy & a letter propagated to many people threatening bad luck unless forwarded
4. Mayberry's deputy sheriff & hollow round percussion instrument
5. A cheery, cheerful or joyous disposition & a unit of company stock
6. Long slender conifer leaf & message board continuous chain of postings
7. Kevin of “Six Degrees” trivia fame & chicken predecessors
Writing implement loaded with ink & bank employee that receives or pays out money
9. A paste made from ground goober peas & sweet spread prepared from Concord Grapes

Please keep those entries coming! 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. May’s prize is a CD of International Music.  Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.


Co-op Cooking Want to treat Dad to something special for Father’s Day? Perhaps he might like the following:             
Peppered Beef Steak with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze
Strawberry Balsamic Glaze:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped, frozen strawberries
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey or granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil or parsley
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 sirloin steak (about 1 ½ lb), cut 1-inch thick
In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and strawberries and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 to 6 minutes, or until strawberries are just softened. Add vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Purée in blender or food processor. In a small bowl, combine mustard, garlic, pepper and salt. Rub over steak. Grill steak for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or longer until desired doneness. Tent with aluminum foil and let stand for 5 minutes. Carve steak thinly, across the grain. Arrange on a serving platter. Spoon over sauce. Garnish with basil. Note: Boneless rib steaks can be substituted for sirloin steak - Glenna Weagle


Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads  –This week, we feature CBC Radio’s Book Club web site http://www.cbc.ca/canadareads/bookclub/index.html  for all those looking for that book to read while relaxing in our Atlantic summer breezes. Check it out. It has lots of “good read” suggestions from readers across the country. If you have a favourite book or publishing house (from the East Coast) that you would like to promote, let us know and we will include it. Send your suggestions to news1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 10, 2009