Week of June 14 – June 20, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 23

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The friends of Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-op invite people to a summer evening social at the wHy loft, corner of Prince and Euston Streets in Charlottetown, PEI, on Thursday June 18, 7 -10-00 p.m. Join them for an evening of great music, delightful cakes by world-class chefs, wonderful coffee, choice Chinese teas and an art auction. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to the Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-op.

§      Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia and League Savings and Mortgage Company are being formally recognized for their comprehensive approach to business continuity planning. The Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI Canada) selected the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia as the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence in the small company category. The selection was based on a presentation made to a panel of judges by LSM Vice-President of Operations Michael Leonard and CUCNS’s Business Continuity Manager, Margie Douglass, who holds a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) designation from DRI Canada. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

§      The Caisses populaires acadiennes have won four awards for excellence in their marketing projects in a nationwide competition, at the annual gala which took place at Château Frontenac in Québec, from June 1 to 3.  http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=381
The Caisses populaires acadiennes won four Achievements in Marketing Excellence Awards (AIME Awards) for the quality of its marketing campaigns in the following categories: Corporate communications: Youhaveamessage.ca promotional campaign Printed material: Student Advantage Line of Credit  Info Letters: Marketing Direct campaign for Lines of Credit  Brochures: Asset Management marketing tools

§      The Caisses populaires acadiennes are launching a new contest http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=380  As a major partner of the 2009 World Acadian Congress (Congrès mondial acadien, or CMA 2009), the Caisses populaires acadiennes want to celebrate. The “Viens-t’en fêter au CMA 2009!” contest offers the possibility to win one of three prizes, and the draw will take place on July 31, 2009. Each winner will receive free access, with seven guests, to the Caisses populaires acadiennes private lounge and attend one of the following three major concerts of the CMA 2009: the opening night concert in Shippagan on August 7, the August 15 concert in Caraquet, or the closing concert in Tracadie-Sheila on August 23. Three draws will take place, with one winner per show, an estimated $1,500 value each.


Trends - The movie Food, Inc, opened in a limited number of theatres across the U.S.  last week and, while I have not seen it, the consensus is that it is ‘eye-opening, shocking, and disgusting’. The movie exposes U.S. (or perhaps we should say ‘big corporate’) food production, particularly the food that ends up on supermarket shelves. As I said, I have not seen it, and given that the Empire corporation (Sobey’s) owns many of the movie theatres in Atlantic Canada, let’s just say we may have to wait until it comes out on video to see it. Food production is an emotional issue – we all want to believe our meat comes from cattle grazing in green pastures or chickens pecking in sunny farmyards, or that our vegetables come from quaint little gardens that dot the countryside, but the reality is that it is all a pipe dream (there’s a contradiction). We simply cannot feed everyone in Canada, let alone the rest of the world, using less-intensive methods and living the way we do. And that is the rub: living the way we do. I would argue that before clamouring for organic or local or less-intensive, we take a serious look at our own consumption habits: a study by Statistics Canada (Human Activity and the Environment, find it here: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/090609/be090609a-eng.htm) released last week showed that 38 percent of food sold at retail is thrown out at some point between the shelf and the plate, or the equivalent of 183 kilograms of food for EACH Canadian. –Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101 – This week, I would like to share a bit about the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City, Iowa.  For more detailed information, check out its Web site at http://www.newpi.com  Its mission statement is all encompassing, and one that I would like my co-op to embrace: New Pioneer is a co-operatively owned business, fully serving the needs of the natural products consumer. We emphasize high quality, fair prices, and product information. We are an environmentally and socially responsible member of the community we serve. New Pioneer’s mission is to serve the needs of its members and to stimulate the local agricultural production of natural and organic foods by providing a market for such foods. The Co-operative fully recognizes the value and dignity of work and shall place a high priority on the health, welfare, and happiness of all its employees. The Cooperative shall strive to set a community standard for the best possible working conditions, training, wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement for members.”

- Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO) are currently seeking proposals for presentations for their November 2009 Action Camp. Their themes this year include environmental justice, marginalized communities among others-----of course relating to how co-operatives can help address these issues. The proposal deadline was extended into this week so if you are interested, visit their website right away at http://nasco.coop/institute/node/2538 .NASCO can offer travel stipends to selected presenters on an as-needed basis. If you are able to offer skill-building workshops, informative presentations or would like to attend as a participant, stay posted on the above website. - Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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”.

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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: We didn’t have a winner last week. Answer: There are five women having dinner on a circular table. Mrs. Smith is sitting between Miss Cooper and Miss Andrews. Annie is sitting between Connie and Mrs. Grey. Miss Cooper is seated between Annie and Yvette. Elizabeth is seated with Mrs. Summers on her left and Miss Andrews on her right. Teresa paid the bill. What are the full names of these five women? Annie Summers, Elizabeth Grey, Teresa Andrews, Yvette Smith, Connie Cooper This week’s contest: Camp Pineview’s cook, Margaret Johnson, was just about to begin preparing the picnic lunch for all the campers. She already knew she needed to fill 55 bowls of the same size and capacity with the same amount of food. When she was done, she decided to read the guidelines for the picnic, just out of curiosity. The guidelines said:
1. Every camper gets their own bowl of soup.
2. Every two campers will get one bowl of spaghetti to share.
3. Every three campers will get one bowl of salad to share.
4. All campers are required to have their own helping of salad, spaghetti, and soup.
After some rapid calculations, Margaret was able to figure out how many campers were going to the picnic. Can you? 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. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.


Co-op Cooking – Here is a great salad which will add lots of colour to your summertime table.   

Bistro Mushroom and Salmon Salad 


1 1/2 cup olive oil

5 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh dill


1 lb fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
8 oz green beans, halved
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
12 Romaine or Boston lettuce leaves
2 cans salmon, drained
3 hard cooked eggs (optional)
1/2 cup slivered black olives (optional
1 large lemon, cut in wedges
fresh dill sprigs (optional)
 In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper and dill together. Place mushrooms in a large bowl; pour ¼ cup dressing over and stir to coat well. Marinate at room temperature 15 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile add beans to boiling water and cook until tender-crisp about 4-5 minutes; refresh under cold running water and drain well.
Add tomatoes, beans, onion and remaining dressing to mushrooms; toss to mix well; arrange lettuce on large platter or on individual plates. Spoon mushroom salad onto lettuce leaves; remove bones from salmon, breaking into chunks and place on top of salad. Slice eggs or cut into wedges and arrange on top of salad, and garnish with olives if desired. Garnish with lemon wedges (to squeeze over salmon) and dill sprigs.
Substitute 2 tsp dried dill weed for fresh dill and add ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley to the salad.

Kalamata or Nicoise olives cured in oil or brine are more flavourful than canned.
Omit canned salmon and top salad with grilled filets of salmon or cold poached salmon.
Substitute Seafood Snack (Imitation Crab) for salmon. 
Substitute canned or grilled tuna for salmon and replace dill with tarragon. - Glenna Weagle


Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads –This week, Coastlines. It is an anthology of poetry from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. Organized by province into four sections and spanning the period between 1950 and the present, it features a number of established and emerging poets. It is published by Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, New Brunswick. www.gooselane.com   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 24, 2009


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