Week of Sept. 13– Sept. 19, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 32

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      In an effort to attract young people to the benefits of outdoor recreation, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) www.mec.ca has launched a special promotion for new members aged 16 to 24.  People in that age category who sign up to become MEC members before October 31 will receive a free reusable shopping bag, a free LED “Turtle light”, discounts on a number of items and an entry in a draw for a $1,000 MEC gift card.  “MEC may have matured since its inception in 1971, but the cost of an individual membership is still $5 and we certainly haven't lost our youthful passion for discovering the outdoors,” MEC wrote on its website. “We want to share that passion and instill it in others, so one of our goals is to support and encourage young Canadians in discovering the benefits of outdoor recreation.” Mountain Equipment Co-op now has over three million members across Canada.

§      The CUMIS Group Ltd has raised $50,000 for KidSport Canada through its first annual CUMIS Insurance Charitable Golf Classic, a series of customer golf tournaments held across the country.  CUMIS, which partners with credit unions to deliver insurance and other financial products, held the tournaments at golf courses in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “CUMIS is proud to host an event that has brought together credit union leaders from across Canada in support of a cause that reflects our shared commitment to the communities in which we do business,” said Kenn Lalonde, CUMIS president and CEO. KidSport Canada raises funds to remove financial barriers to children's participation in organized sports.

§      John McNamara and Andrew McLeod, both students in the Masters of Management - Co-operatives and Credit Unions program at St. Mary’s University, in Halifax, NS, will each receive a $1,000 Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award, which is aimed at students who are active in the co-operative sector.  McNamara is looking into how co-operative management theory translates into practice through a study of Union Cab, a worker co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. McLeod is researching co-operative food systems, including producer, distribution and consumer co-operatives. In addition to the scholarship money, the award winners will each receive a free membership in Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation and free registration at the 2010 CASC conference, which will be held at Concordia University in Montreal next spring.

§      The New Brunswick Media Co-op has launched a province-wide, independent news website as well as a monthly print publication. The Brief, a two-page broadsheet, will be distributed free of charge across New Brunswick. “We aim to give voice to alternative views while covering communities and events that are ignored by the virtual media monopoly held by the Irvings,” said co-op member Alex Murphy. The Co-op was formed at a day-long conference in May and held its official launch on New Brunswick Day, August 3. The New Brunswick Media Co-op is seeking members, contributors and journalists from across the province and will accept submissions in both English and French. They can be reached at info@nbmediacoop.org.

§      An employee who recently worked at Co-op Atlantic’s warehouse in Moncton, NB, has to go to Toronto for a lung transplant.  Co-op Atlantic employees have committed to try and raise $25,000 to help cover costs for travel and accommodations while in Toronto. Employees are getting close to the $10,000 mark and are organizing a Spaghetti Supper / Silent Auction on Saturday, Sept 26 from 4-6pm at the cafeteria.  All employees are encouraged to participate. If you would like to lend a helping hand, contact Christine.Savoie@coop.atlantic.ca

§      Nova Scotia Co-op Council is celebrating its 60th anniversary through the production of a video. Watch it at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k4mVHdg2zh5LElW8ZB


Trends - Some events in the past week were highlighted in Monday’s Globe and Mail  by writer Judith Timson who called them entitlementia. Timson is not the first to use that word (there are earlier references on the web) but it describes the feeling of entitlement some people have over others or society in general. The first she noted was U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson who shouted ‘You Lie!’ during President Obama’s speech on health care reforms; the second was U.S. tennis player Serena Williams threatening the life of a line judge during the U.S. Open tennis championship; and the third was rapper Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV music awards. You could certainly argue that ‘entitlementia’ has been around for a long time, and it is not difficult to find fresh examples in the last decade or so – simply run through the long list of failed banks in the U.S.; the Ponzi schemes in the U.S. and Canada, etc, etc. I do not think that is the last of it either. There is an expression in French – l’enfant roi – that describes the overprotective raising of lone children by affluent parents and grand-parents. It is litterally translated as ‘child king’ though ‘mollycoddled’ has been used. Give these children 10 or 15 years to get into society on their own. It will not be pretty. See the Globe and Mail article here: http://bit.ly/Cf4I6 Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff is inviting applications for a PhD Studentship in Co-op Studies. The project, entitled, “Risk Society: Exploring the resilience of mutual financial institutions in a time of crisis” explores the stability, resiliency and sustainability of financial mutuals. This opportunity offers over 13,000 Euros per year for 3 years. To learn more, visit  http://www3.uwic.ac.uk/English/management/RandE/wirc/Documents/CICS_PhD_Studentship_ad.pdf - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - Quick Stuff Food Co-op: http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/coops_mem_quickstufffood.php The Quick Stuff Food Co-op in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is more than a place to pick up a few groceries. It’s a place where co-op members, who are mental health consumers, can earn extra money, build their employment skills and confidence, and contribute to the community and the economy. Quick Stuff is a partnership between Connections Clubhouse, in Halifax, and New Beginnings Clubhouse, in Dartmouth.–– Maureen MacLean


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§      Sept 24, 2009 - LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES - September Speakers’ Panel - Water Justice - noon – 1:30 pm, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 12-199. Speakers: Joe Cressy… is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Polaris Institute.  He will discuss the issue of bottled water and the need for public water infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally; Nancy Goucher... is the Program Coordinator for the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW).  She will discuss efforts to protect our critical fresh water resources, emphasizing the necessity of having all levels of government work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy to effectively address current and emerging threats to fresh water security; Mark Cazavara… is the regional organizer (Ontario/Quebec) for The Council of Canadians, and he will talk about dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates to water source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water. For more information, contact Lisa White at secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca or visit http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see website for detailed instructions.

§      Sept 25-26, 2009 – Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives Annual General Meeting and Co-op Conference, Holiday Inn, St. John’s, NL As part of the event, NLFC is partnering with the Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  This year’s dinner and entertainment will take place in Petty Harbour- Maddox Cove on Saturday evening.    

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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Dorothy McPhee, Moncton, NB, sent in first correct entry. Answer: The answer is Backslapping, Handsomeness, Overdecorate, Featherbrain. This week’s contest: What’s so unique about the word “happenchance”? 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 – Who does not like Tiramisu. This “no bake” dessert is just right for entertaining or sharing with your family at a special meal. 

2 cups brewed coffee, cold

36-40 Italian ladyfingers

1 lb container mascarpone cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate

Place cold coffee in a shallow bowl. Beat mascarpone, milk and vanilla until well combined; set aside. Dip both sides of each ladyfinger into cold coffee. Line the bottom of    9 x 14-inch baking dish with 18 cookies in 3 rows, trimming edges if necessary. Spread half the mascarpone filling on top. Dip remaining ladyfingers in coffee and arrange over filling in pan. Spread remaining filling on top and sprinkle with chopped chocolate. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Note: Tiramisu can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. - Glenna Weagle


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