Week of Feb 7– Feb 13, 2010, Vol. 4, No. 51

Edited and Compiled for you, by the Rising Tide Collective*

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” - Marion Wright Edelman www.childrensdefense.org/who-is  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca 

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The international federation of worker co-ops (known as “CICOPA”) is doing a survey on how the economic crisis is affecting worker co-ops around the world. Previous studies have shown that co-ops generally can weather an economic storm more effectively than other types of businesses.  Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation’s role in this is to survey the worker co-ops in Canada. It would be best if the person with the most knowledge about your co-operative's financial situation completed the survey. Responding to the survey will likely take about 10 minutes.  The link to the survey is here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/828CCHN .  CWCF has also added three questions of its own at the end. The deadline to complete it is February 17th, 2010.

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association is calling for nominations for the following CCA awards: Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award, Global Co-operator Award, and Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductees. The deadline for nominations for these three awards is Friday, April 9, 2010.  The awards will be presented at CCA’s National Congress in Vancouver on June 15, 2010. For more information go to: www.coopscanada.coop

§      T he Halifax Local of the Dominion News Co-operative http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/stories  is progressing toward the 50-sustainer mark. With 50 sustainers, it can commission four professional articles per month, and pay a part time organizer to keep things moving, and continue to grow this local news co-operative. The Dominion News Co-operative has published a special issue on the upcoming Winter Olympics. Check it out at http://www.dominionpaper.ca/olympics/

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The New TrendsNewspapers have been on a steep decline over the past year or so. The trend has been to go online and the next step will be looking for online subscribers that will pay.  Now we hear that the magazine industry in North America is under assault. There are nearly 600 consumer magazines in the U.S. and Canada. ABC, Audit Bureau of Circulation came out yesterday with there semi-annual report: 67 per cent saw their paid circulation drop. Ad revenue fell 18 per cent in the U.S. in 2009 compared to 2008, and ad pages dropped 25 per cent, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Canadian data from earlier in the year suggested the industry here fared slightly better, but still saw a 21 percent decline in ad pages in the first nine months of the year, according to Nielsen LNA. Some periodicals will reduce the page count with each edition, some will have a reduction of frequency, say going from 12 issues to 10, others will cut down on their titles and yet others will go out of business unless they change. Many are looking for an online presence. Question: How many magazines do you buy in a month and how many subscriptions do you have? Let us know at circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  - Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   

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Co-op Ed 101 This week Co-op Ed 101 features the second co-operative that is featured in Michael Moore’s most recent film “Capitalism: A Love Story” - Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing.  From the beginning as an engineering partnership to incorporation as a workers’ co-operative, Isthmus Engineering has evolved into a world-class builder of automated equipment. The company was started with the idea that quality designs and first-class manufacturing could be accomplished by a small collective of motivated individuals.  http://www.isthmuseng.com/home/home.aspx Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing is located in Madison, Wisconsin. - Maureen MacLean

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This Week’s Smile Today, in honor of St Valentine’s Day our smile: Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell. - Joan Crawford

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - I just got back from a trip to Berkeley, CA for a North American Students of Co-operation (http://www.nasco.coop/) Board Meeting. While I was there I was able to tour some great student housing co-ops and the central kitchen where the food for all 17 of the residence style co-ops organize their orders. I was impressed with how these large student co-ops built a close community and were able to keep themselves well-organized. You can view my photos from the trip at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3487717&l=bd66def3d5&id=503820804 You can also read more about the Berkeley Student Co-operative, which is the largest student co-op system in North America at http://berkeleystudentcooperative.org/about-bsc  -  Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week - Winner: Kathy Day, NS guessed “hourglass” and that’s the answer we had. David Daughton, PEI, says an “atomic clock” is the answer and he is probably correct, so with Kathy’s and David’s agreement, we can call it a tie.

This week’s contest: Can you play with these words and guess the animals?

1. hair-control foam
2. tellin' falsities
3. a lamenting cry
4. a precious or loved one
5. first you get a parking ticket, then you get this

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

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Co-op Cooking - With the Olympic Games about to occupy our television screens, you might want to consider how you can combine your favourite sports event with a family meal. Perhaps home-made TV dinners might be the answer you are looking for. The trick is to begin preparation of the next dish while waiting for something else to cook or reach the next step.

Home-Made TV Dinners

1 garlic bulb                                         

small amount cooking oil

2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes           

2-3 tbsp buttermilk

salt and pepper to taste            

finely chopped chives

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp cold water

1 cup dried bread crumbs

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1 tsp Cajun spice

pinch salt

3 green onions, chopped

2 small zucchini, ends removed and cut into small cubes

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp oregano

1 cup frozen corn kernels

¼ cup apple juice

¼ cup peanut butter                                         

2 tbsp apricot jam

1 clove garlic, finely minced                              

1 tbsp cider vinegar

Cut top from garlic bulb, drizzle with a small amount of cooking oil and package in tinfoil. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

When garlic is in the oven, peel potatoes, cut into chunks, place in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and cook covered until done. Next step, add coriander, Cajun spice and salt to breadcrumbs. Dip chicken strips in egg mixture and roll in crumbs to cover. Place on sided baking sheet. Place in oven to bake. Now on to the side-dish, heat a skillet or wok over high heat. Add a small amount of cooking oil and green onion. Stir-fry 1 minute. Add zucchini, 1 tsp salt, pepper and oregano. Stir and cook until zucchini softens Add frozen corn; stir occasionally until corn has heated through. While the corn is heating, mix apple juice, peanut butter, apricot jam, minced garlic and vinegar in a microwavable bowl. Warm through in microwave stirring to combine ingredients.

Final preparation; mash potato. Squeeze roasted garlic from skin into potato; add buttermilk, salt and pepper. Mix just until combined. Place on plates or into divided dishes; sprinkle with chives. Add cooked chicken fingers. Divide Zucchini/Corn salad between plates. Place sauce in small dishes for dipping. Hopefully everything finished at the same time. Enjoy the games and the meal. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Apr 15-17, 2010 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting

§      Apr 23-24, 2010 - Credit Union Central of New Brunswick holds its 2010 Tradeshow, being held in conjunction with it Annual General Meeting on April 23/24 in Saint John, NB

§      May 28-29, 2010 – Co-op Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting

§      June 9 – 12 – Co-op Housing Federation Annual General Meeting, London, ON

§      June 14-16, 2010 – Canadian Co-operative Association Congress 2010: Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS

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Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle, Steve MacDowall