Week of July 25 – July 31, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 18

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Advance Saving CU https://www.advancesavings.ca/  staff person took to the sky recently. Community Promotions Officer Jenn Marr (team captain for the Advance Savings Harley’s Heroes/emcee for the Relay For Life) and Lucie Landry, chairperson for Relay For Life, were so thrilled with the results of this year’s Relay that they jumped…out of a plane that is! Marr had the idea as a challenge to her team this year that if they reached a certain goal, she would jump out of a plane to celebrate. She made the jump June 19 at Skydive Moncton on Irishtown Road (for a  picture see  the link) https://www.advancesavings.ca/SharedContent/documents/WEBJune21_10%20-%20Press%20Release%20-%20Advance%20Savings%20CPO%20Celebrates%20Relay%20by%20Jumping.pdf 

·        A new national public opinion survey shows that the majority of Canadians view co-operatives as trustworthy, well-run businesses that provide good customer service and create jobs that help support local communities. The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), sampled public opinion across Canada on a variety of issues related to co-operatives.   Some of the survey’s key findings include: *One in five respondents identified themselves as a member of a co-operative; in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 61 per cent of respondents cited membership in a co-op, while the figure for Alberta was 44 per cent. *Seven in 10 respondents agree that co-operatives keep money in the local economy, are an important part of their communities and create jobs that help support local communities. *More than two-thirds of respondents agree that co-operatives are a trusted place to do business and save members money. *Two-thirds of respondents agree that co-operatives provide quality products and services.  The same percentage of respondents agrees that co-operatives offer good customer service and have a good reputation. *Three out of five respondents agree that co-operatives offer good value for money and are well-run businesses. *The words most commonly associated with co-operatives are “local”, “for all ages” and “about community”. *Two in five respondents consider themselves to be “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar” with co-operatives, while 18 per cent say they are “not at all familiar” with co-ops.  *49 per cent of respondents thought COSTCO was a co-op; other organizations mistakenly identified as co-ops by some respondents included Westjet, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, TD Canada Trust and Hudson’s Bay Company.  The full survey results are available on the CCA website at www.coopscanada.coop/en/about_co-operative/Coop_survey.

·         Jim MacDonald, a founder and former president of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, passed away on July 5 at the age of 90. An activist in both the labour and co-operative movements, he moved to Ottawa from Cape Breton Island in 1959 to become executive secretary of the National Labour Co-operative Committee.  He helped create CHF Canada and served as its president from 1972 to 1978.  In 1988, on the 20th anniversary of its founding, CHF Canada honoured his work by creating the Jim MacDonald Award for Social Change, which recognizes the achievements of co-ops in social justice and community work.  “Co-operative housing exists in Canada in large part because of the work of Jim MacDonald,” said Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada’s executive director. “Jim may no longer be with us but his memory and his legacy will live on.” As a young man he apprenticed as an auto mechanic in Sydney. He joined the RCAF when war began and served overseas. After the war, he spent three years at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, and displayed his leadership abilities in co-ops, credit unions and student programs. St. F.X. University in 1982 honoured Jim by granting him the degree of doctor of laws, honouris causa. For more information, go to www.inmemoriam.ca/.../announcement-199509-John-Jim-MacDonald.html  

·         The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, a five-year, $1 million research project aimed at measuring the social, economic and environmental impact of co-operatives, has launched its new e-newsletter. The Network is a partnership between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Victoria, Saint Mary's University and Mount Saint Vincent University.  Earlier this year, CCA and its university partners secured a $1 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to carry out the project. Go to http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/info_resources/CURA  to download the first issue of the newsletter, which was published on July 19.

·         Workers started picketing the Farmers Dairy plant on Hammond Plains Road July 11, with the workers claiming they were locked out and the company claiming they are on strike. The company has announced the job action will not interrupt its daily processing operations. For more information, read the story at: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/07/11/ns-farmers-work-stoppage.html

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Co-op Ed 101 – This week, we feature an interesting credit union in Detroit which offers membership world wide - Co-op Services Credit Union. http://www.cscu.org/aboutus/index.html A consumer group called Cooperative Services, Inc founded it in 1954. Anyone in the world may join this group with a two-dollar lifetime membership fee. Once you do, you are eligible to join the credit union and open a savings account with as little as a five dollar deposit, no matter where in the world you happen to live. You will be required to visit one of its offices in person to complete the membership application process. Co-op Services Credit Union is a full-service, non-profit, financial cooperative. It has 8 full service offices located throughout Metro Detroit. Its assets exceed $385 million and it has more than 52,000 members who are also shareholders of the Credit Union. - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The University of Victoria has recently established the Master’s of Arts in Community Development program, opening yet another door for people wishing to study co-ops, non-profits and community economy development. This program will be offered as a part-time professional program, largely using online delivery in addition to 2-3 short summer terms offered in person.  See the program flyer at http://publicadmin.uvic.ca/programs/graduate/maInCommunityDevelopment/PADM_01745_MACD_Flyer_StrengthLeader_OUT.pdf and listen to an episode of Each for All radio discussing the program at http://eachforall.org/episode/uvic-master-arts-community-development - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking - Although some of my friends now barbecue year round on their decks, many people still consider the barbecue a summertime cooking alternate. This is a great way to cook the more firm types of fish steaks; those which will not fall apart on the grill.

Barbecue Salmon Steaks

1/2 cup barbecue sauce (your favourite)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 green onion, sliced

salmon steaks

Heat greased barbecue to medium-high heat. Mix barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion until well blended. Grill fish 4 minutes on each side, brushing generously with sauce; (fish should flake easily with fork), Serve with rice and a side salad or vegetable mix of your choosing. Don’t barbecue? No problem. Steaks can be broiled 4-inches from heat for 4 minutes per side, brushing both sides generously with sauce. Note: Halibut or swordfish can be substituted for the salmon. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        August 6-8, 2010: The Work We Do is the Solution, 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference, Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley, Co-hosted by the USFWC and Bay Area worker cooperatives. http://www.usworker.coop/events/conference2010

·        Sept. 10-12, 2010, 750+ people will be in Boston for the largest Fair Trade conference in North American history. http://fairtradeconference.ning.com/ *Learn how to bring more Fair Trade into your Life, Town, and Business*Meet face-to-face with the Fair Trade Artisans and Farmers behind cool Products*Build Relationships with the larger Fair Trade Community*Pick up practical advice that's tailored to your needs as an Activist, Entrepreneur, Student, etc*Be a part of history! Futures Conferences only happen every five years - don't wait to be a part of this growing movement for change!

·        Oct 17-23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day

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