Week of Sept. 20– Sept. 26, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 33

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Soy Hardy Ltd.  www.soyhardy.com  of Alberton, Prince Edward Island, has been selected as one of the top ten innovative producers by Food in Canada magazine. Today everybody is looking for an inexpensive and healthy snack food. Now a 99 cents bag of soy nuts from Prince Edward Island can be a total meal replacement, says the Hardy family of Alberton, PE. John Hardy of Soy Hardy says his work with soy nuts goes all the way back to 1986. At the time he was a certified organic dairy farmer. “I was selling a lot of the soy nuts at school in the beginning,” he says. The company is now listed with Co-op and Sobeys supermarkets.

§      With an increasing demand for locally grown organic foods worldwide; Prince Edward Island is beginning to see a unique change in agriculture.  Roy Van Darmaar, who is co-ordinating this year’s 6th annual Organic Harvest Meal, on Sept. 27 at the Top of the Park restaurant at the Charlottetown Driving Park, says that more and more farmers are making the transition to organics and young new farmers are entering the field eager to produce a product that has less detrimental affects on our environment and personal well being. This meal showcases 100% organic ingredients that are primarily grown on PEI.  An award will be given to the organic farmer of the year and a $750 entrance bursary to its 2009 high school recipient will be given out at this meal. This year Chef Jeff McCourt and Chef Michael Smith will team up to prepare a four course meal with the freshest organic ingredients available. Tickets are $69(taxes included) per person. Tickets may be purchase online at Fall Flavours Web site www.fallflavours.ca  or the Charlottetown Farmers Market (Island Sunshine Booth), Timothys (Charlottetown) or the Turning Point (Montague).

§      Moncton, NB, area credit unions recently joined together to support Mobile One Community Service, which operates Moncton’s mobile soup kitchen bus and five mobile food pantries serving people as far away as Harcourt and Bass River. Representatives from Advance Savings Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, and PSE Credit Union this week presented a cheque for $1500 to Mobile One.http://omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=77

§      Co-operators Life Insurance Company (Co-operators Life) and Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) have announced an agreement to acquire The CUMIS Group Limited (CUMIS), subject to regulatory, shareholder and court approvals and other standard closing conditions. This transaction would result in a Canadian-owned supplier of insurance products and services to Canadian credit unions and their members http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn= Co-operators Life, based in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Central 1, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., intend to acquire 100 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares of CUMIS, pending required approvals. CUNA Mutual Group, based in Madison, Wisconsin, currently holds 87.4 per cent of the shares of CUMIS, and fully supports this transaction. In addition to her role as President and CEO of The Co-operators Group, Kathy Bardswick will become CEO of CUMIS on closing of this deal.


Trends - I was invited last week to attend a “flashmob for climate change” in Charlottetown that was to be held on Monday at noon at the Jean Canfield federal government building. As Wikipedia explains: “A flash mob … is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. The term is generally not applied to events organized by public relations firms or as publicity stunts.” It turns out the flashmob invitation I received was not really a flashmob event – it was sent by the Institute of Bioregional Studies to get people to tour the environmentally friendly building (look it up on Wikipedia). While the idea was good (using current social media to drive an agenda), the strategy was, I think, not quite right, unless the keepers of the building had no idea what would transpire, which I highly doubt. See ‘flashmob’ on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashmob  Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - I (shamelessly) wanted to share a new book that has recently been published as a response to the New Brunswick government’s goals concerning ‘self-sufficiency’. The book entitled Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Sufficiency in New Brunswick (Edited by Michael Boudreau, Peter G. Toner and Tony Tremblay, ISBN 978-0-9812715-0-7) contains two chapters specifically relevant to co-operators. The first (pg. 145-165) entitled “Sustaining Communities through Co-operation: How Co-operatives and Community-Centered Development Can Help Achieve Self-Sufficiency” was written based on my (Erin Hancock’s) thesis research. The second (p. 166-195) is entitled “Beyond Self-Sufficiency, Toward Sustainable Development: Creating a Sustainable New Brunswick and is written by Greg LeBlanc, a new Director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council in New Brunswick. The book launch occurs this Friday, September 25th at 3:30pm at St. Thomas University (Lower Concourse, Sir James Dunn Hall). You are able to purchase a copy of the book for just under $20 and can download an order form from   http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/nbasrdc/documents/OrderForm_002.pdf - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - This week I went to a co-op managers’ meeting at Kent Co-op in Kentville, NS. As I drove along I could see the apple harvest in full swing. The Annapolis valley is home to Scotian Gold Co-op http://www.scotiangold.com/ Its Web site says, “We are a producer-owned apple cooperative helping to maximize our growers’ yields and revenues. Through our 55 committed growers, we have over 2500 acres of apple production across the fertile Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia's agricultural centre.” Its Web site also has information about  Kentville Harvest Festival http://www.kentville.ca/explorekentville_events_harvest.cfm Kentville not only celebrates the beginning of the harvest season, but also the end. The annual Kentville Harvest Festival is held at the beginning of each October and welcomes not only the world famous Pumpkin People but also thousands of visitors who make the town a destination point during their autumn tour of the province.  Although not officially Festival time many yards had their pumpkin people already on display. It was a great drive. –– 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: Last week we had 6 correct entries, all arriving on Wednesday. First in was Cathy Darland, followed closely by Kathy Day, Joyce Humble, Glenna Weagle, Stephanie Christie, and Patrick Dempsey. Answer: What is so unique about “Happenchance”? It has 6 letters, all used twice (two of each “hapenc”) This week’s contest: The idea of this teaser is to split the given words into the relevant fractions and then add the two fractions of words into one single word, once you have worked out which fraction of the word you need. For example 3/5 of Green and 1/2 of Neat would be Great.
3/5 of green =Gre
1/2 of Neat= at
gre+at= Great
The first part of the fraction in the teaser will be in the first part of the finished word and all letters are used in the correct order with no skipping of letters, i.e. 2/5 of Green cannot be GE because it skips the letter R, but it could be EE.
1. third of add + 3/4 of over
2. 1/2 of thread + 5/6 of bottle
2/5 of fresh + 3/4 of game
5/6 of sprint
half of then + all of ere

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 CookingThis dish is an easy start to lunch. Just add a chef’s salad and you have it made. 

Chicken Potato Scallop

1 pound boneless chicken breast


5 potatoes

2 small onions

1 jar cheesy Alfredo sauce

1 can cream of mushroom soup

salt and pepper to taste

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and pan fry in butter to brown. Slice potatoes into thin disks. Slice onions into slivers. Combine all ingredients in a greased 13 X 9-inch baking dish and bake at 350F for 65 mins (until potatoes are tender). Or, place in a crock pot on high for 1/2 hour then turn to low for 5 hours. - Glenna Weagle


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