Week of Oct. 11– Oct. 18, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 36

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Nova Scotia Co-op Council wants to advise members that Fred Pierce has returned to work, on a contractual basis, providing co-op development support to the central and northern regions out of the Council’s Truro office. http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/ Fred was the inspector of co-operatives for more than 30 years. He has a wealth of co-op knowledge, expertise and experience and he will be putting that to work for the benefit of NSCC’s members.

§      The first Mountain Equipment Co-op-brand bikes are rolling into MEC stores in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Longueuil. Some bikes will also be available in MEC’s Burlington and Montreal (Marché central) locations. The bikes are built to MEC specifications. There are twelve models in four categories: mountain, urban, road, and specialty (including a kids’ model). The line was designed to appeal to members who ride for recreation, who commute to work and around town, as well as those who cycle tour or ride off-road. Complete details about the bikes will be added to the website in November 2009 http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302886210&bmUID=1255489713100

§      Pumpkins are a seasonal fixture but anyone who misses out on finding a giant gourd this fall may be able to blame it on the bees. As a rule, if you look at the honeybees, they’re not going to work as hard during inclement weather and this spring was very wet in some areas. Buzz Harvey, a farmer in Maugerville, N.B., just outside Fredericton, runs a popular roadside vegetable stand that is normally overflowing with pumpkins at this time of year. However, Harvey is now trying to ripen pumpkins in his greenhouse and the few pumpkins he does have are smaller than usual. Normally, Harvey hauls 30 wagon loads of pumpkins out of his field, but this year he was able to harvest just two. He had to buy about 3,000 pumpkins from areas like Bouctouche and Sussex. Go to your local Co-op or farmers’ market early to get your pumpkin Read more at  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/10/06/nb-pumpkin-shortage-650.html

§      Caisse populaire de Clare has been honoured for Excellence in Community Development with an award at the 2009 Celebrating Communities Conference and Awards. The Clare-based caisse populaire was nominated and selected as a result of its support of more than 60 community initiatives, including the establishment of a $50,000 Community Development Fund and a $2,000 grant to École Stella-Maris. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

§     College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Alumni and Advancement department has announced the formation of the Credit Unions of Newfoundland and Labrador Bursary Program. The Nova Scotia Credit Unions Charitable Foundation administers the bursary program on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador credit unions. The $3,500 program will consist of seven awards of $500 each, which includes an individual bursary of $500 provided by Public Service Credit Union. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

§    Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Credit Union Photo Contest. These photos will be showcased in the 2010 Atlantic Provinces Credit Union Calendar Have a look at the 12 winners.http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

§      Thursday, Oct. 15, is International Credit Union Day and Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia, League Savings and Mortgage and League Data will celebrate the credit union system and honour Nova Scotia credit unions and the great community work they are doing. Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia is also celebrating the final few months of its 75th anniversary year. Along with participating credit unions, CUCNS, LS&M and League Data are holding a food drive for FEED NOVA SCOTIA. Staff will also view a movie about the history of cooperatives and credit unions created by the Antigonish Movement Multimedia Cooperative. Community work staff participates in will also be celebrated. There will be a presentation from Early Intervention Nova Scotia, the primary recipient of the Nova Scotia Credit Unions Charitable Foundation. Staff will dress in yellow and blue and enjoy cake and coffee.  For more information, go to www.nscreditunions.ca

§      CORRECTION to item which appeared in last issue: The Clarenville Area Co-op - Clarenville Lions Club 50/50 committee has announced a $60,000 commitment to the local Vista School Board to purchase a SMART Board interactive white board for each of the 15 schools in the district. This equipment is the latest technology that accommodates different learning styles and especially benefits children with special needs. The donation was announced during a teacher’s professional development conference on September 29th. This is the third “special project” since Clarenville began the 50/50 program in April, 2007. $36,000 was donated to furnish the Great Room in the new Dr. Albert O’Mahony long-term care facility and $25,000 was donated to the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital for an Ultraviolet light treatment (UVB) machine. From April 1, 2007 to September 30, 2009, total proceeds of $642,614 have been shared between winning members and local non-profit organizations through the 50/50 Charity Program.

§      The Canadian CED Network has issued a Request for Proposals for immigrant social enterprises that are ready to scale up their business. ISISE Social Enterprise Business Plan Grant Application – Submission Deadline:  October 23.   Letter of Intent by October 16th This grant will support six social enterprises in different provinces to develop business plans outlining how they plan to increase the number of immigrants they work with and broaden the range of immigrant supports they provide. For more information, go to www.ccednec-rcdec.ca

§      The community of Chéticamp is celebrating Co-op Week all week long, starting with a community brunch this past Sunday. The co-operative radio CKJM (106.1) is holding its radiothon during the week with music from local artists highlighting festivities. As well, there will be co-op trivia games and prizes, educational vignettes from Vieux Grégoire. Thanks to Laurette Deveau and to the work of Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien, there will be fun for everyone.

§    À Chéticamp, on célèbre La Semaine de la Coopération. Il y a plein d’activités qui font preuve des efforts déployés par les membres à tous les niveaux.

§     Pour lancer La Semaine, Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la N.-É. parraine un Brunch communautaire, le dimanche 11 octobre de 10h30 à 13h00.  Les coûts de la nourriture seront défrayés par le mouvement coopératif de la région. Toutes les recettes de la porte seront versées au comité de la salle paroissiale. Les coûts d’entrée sont de 7,$ la personne, 4,$ pour les 12 ans et moins.

§     La même après-midi, La coopérative de radio CKJM (106,1 à Chéticamp, 92,5 à Pomquet et au www.ckjm.ca sur la toile) organise un radiothon, qui sera diffusé sur les ondes à partir de 14h00. La musique est assurée par des artistes locaux. Les personnes qui veulent faire un don sont priées d’appeler le numéro (902) 224-1242. 

§     Au cours de la Semaine, Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la N.-É. invite les gens à remplir un questionnaire sur le mouvement coopératif. Les prix à gagner sont les suivants : 1e prix (certificat-cadeau d’une valeur de 200, $ du magasin coop) 2e prix (cadeau de La Caisse Populaire Acadienne d’une valeur de 100, $), 3e prix (certificat-cadeau du restaurant Acadien et un CD de Gérard Romard d’une valeur de 75, $). Tirage sur les ondes de CKJM le 19 octobre.

§     Pendant toute la Semaine, on diffusera sur les ondes de CKJM, des capsules sur le mouvement coopératif, rédigées et animées par Melvin Doiron du N.-B., dans le personnage du Vieux Grégoire. 

§    Le magasin coopératif célèbre cette année son 72 anniversaire de fondation et au courrant de la semaine, il y aura des aubaines, des concours et des prix à gagner. La Caisse Populaire Acadienne aura portes ouvertes le jeudi avec thé, café et beignes, ainsi que des prix  pour les membres et les élèves à l’école.

§    On invite les membres à venir s’amuser!  


Trends - Everyone knows it: we live in a world wrapped up in complex supply chains that put small farmers who wish to sell their goods in a difficult situation: do they sell to the supermarkets and get less cash for their carrots, or do they spend a lot more time and effort trying to sell directly to customers? Customers, meanwhile, are torn between loyalty to local businesses and the convenience of supermarkets. Well, in Germany, there are now farmers who sell milk, eggs, butter, cheese, potatoes and sausages from...vending machines! The specially designed Regiomat machines have been used elsewhere to sell fresh goods (some solar powered machines are apparently used along hiking trails) but this is one of the first to focus on locally and freshly produced goods. You can find out more about the machines here: http://www.stuewer.de/automaten/regiomat/index.html. (Note: the site is in German so if your German is not quite up to speed, use Google Translate to get a good English approximation.) I could certainly see this concept applied to crowded urban settings, but also at campgrounds, hotels with suites, and apartment buildings, to name a few. –Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The BC Institute for Co-operative Studies at the University of Victoria is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 fellowships. These fellowships provide funding and institutional support for co-op-related research. These include faculty, graduate student and community-based fellowships. Learn more at http://www.bcics.coop/content/201011-fellowships-available-bc-institute-cooperative-studies Applications due November 5, 2009. - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - Happy Co-op Week to all our subscribers at Co-op Circles! Sometimes when I am wandering around on the Web I see things I would like to explore or visit or attend. Tonight, Oct. 14, I would like to be in Ontario to attend OnCo-op’s Gala Co-op Week event. Have a look at OnCo-op’s Web site and see how some provincial associations celebrate Co-op Week. Congratulations OnCo-op!! Well done!! http://www.ontario.coop/pages/index.php?main_id=114 –– Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Oct. 21, 2009 – Annual Wine and Cheese Reception, Nova Scotia Co-op Council at Windows, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. Space is limited. Please RSVP to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966.

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

§      Nov 25, 2009 NBTA Credit Union Annual General Meeting / Call for Board of Directors takes place at 650 Montgomery Street, Fredericton. Details at  http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Last week we had no entries which is strange but the contest email account had at least 10 spam messages. If you sent an answer, we apologize that it wasn’t received. Maybe it was a bit difficult. This week’s contest is easier Answer: What number should finish this sequence? 23, 14, 19, 6, 20, ? ANSWER 19. Take the first letter of each word in the question (W, N, S, F, T, S). If A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4 etc, then this sequence is the value of the letters in the question. This week’s contest: You are a prisoner sentenced to death. The Emperor offers you a chance to live by playing a simple game. He gives you 50 black marbles, 50 white marbles and 2 empty bowls. He then says, “Divide these 100 marbles into these 2 bowls. You can divide them any way you like as long as you use all the marbles. Then I will blindfold you and mix the bowls around. You then can choose one bowl and remove ONE marble. If the marble is WHITE you will live, but if the marble is BLACK... you will die.” How do you divide the marbles up so that you have the greatest probability of choosing a WHITE marble? 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 – After the holidays we all look for alternatives to the turkey which sometimes seems to go on forever. And we are all looking for ways to eat healthier these days. Here’s a grown up lasagna dish which features smoked salmon.

Savoury Salmon Lasagna

8 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained

8-oz cream cheese, softened

1/3 lb. smoked salmon, thinly sliced

1/2 cup pasta sauce

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Fresh dill sprigs (optional)

Spread cooked noodles with cream cheese and top with salmon. Beginning at narrow end of noodle, roll up in jelly-roll fashion. Place seam sides down in greased 13x 9-inch baking pan. Cover with pasta sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 400F 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes (or until heated through). Garnish with fresh dill sprigs if desired. - Glenna Weagle


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