Week of Oct. 3 – Oct. 9, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 25

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” - Galileo Galilei  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei   Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  


This Week in Co-op Circles

·        A well known and respected credit union and co-op leader, Joseph Gaudin, passed away on August 2010 at the age of 92.  http://www.peifuneralcoops.stpetersblueberryfestival.ca/Central_Queens/ <http://classicwebmail.bellaliant.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.peifuneralcoops.stpetersblueberryfestival.ca%252FCentral_Queens%252F>  Joe dedicated his life’s work to the Credit Union and Co-operative movements on Prince Edward Island, working with a number of retail and fisheries co-operatives, but most predominately as managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the PEI Credit Union League Limited (currently Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island) from 1964 until his retirement in 1981.

·        The Caisses populaires Acadiennes http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1534 are launching their mobile services which will allow their individual and corporate members to make several different transactions on AccèsD mobile and have access to information directly on their smart phone or digital assistant such as the iPod Touch*. With new technologies and the growing popularity of mobile devices, consumer habits of financial products and services are changing dramatically. With this in mind, the Caisses populaires acadiennes have developed a simple and secure mobile solution to meet the increasingly diversified needs of their members

·        The interim board of Atlantic Central has announced that Bernie O’Neil has been chosen as Chief Executive Officer of the new organization. Bernie brings a wealth of experience to the role. “I am honoured to have been chosen to lead Atlantic Central through its creation and beyond. With the leadership of the Board of Directors and the support of the talented and committed employees of the Centrals, we will combine these organizations into one responsive company that will support Atlantic credit unions to better meet the needs of their members.” The Interim Board of Atlantic Central comprises representatives from CUCNB, CUCNS, Newfoundland and Labrador, and CUCPEI, plus League Savings and Mortgage. For now, the new CEO will focus on the structural and organizational activities required to transform the existing Centrals into the new Atlantic Central on January 1, 2011. The interim board says the benefits that credit unions across the region can look forward to include a stronger voice nationally, greater access to capital through a larger liquidity pool, enhanced support to credit unions in priority areas, and better long term control over costs and supplier relationships.

·        Diane Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, has been nominated, and then selected, as one of the Top 3 Finalists for the Deloitte “Canada’s Women of Influence” awards, for the Atlantic region.  The winner for every region/city is chosen by online voting. Whoever gets the most votes, online, will be recognized as one of the “8 Canadian Women of Influence”, (Atlantic region event in Halifax, Spring 2011). You can vote at http://www.womenofinfluenceluncheon.ca/awards.html Please note that voting deadline is October 15th.

·        La Siembra Co-operative <http://www.cocoacamino.com/> , an Ottawa based worker-owned co-operative and creators of the Cocoa Camino and Cuisine Camino brands of Fair Trade and Organic cocoa, sugar and chocolate products is currently seeking new equity to support our growth into new Fair Trade product areas. La Siembra has over 10 years of operational experience in fair trade and organic product imports, marketing, and sales in Canada. Preference A shareholders have over $820,000 invested in La Siembra with the average investment equal to $8700.  Investors in La Siembra have had a positive return on their investment every year, with an average dividend of 3.72% in the last 5 years. The sale of Preference A shares will pre-finance producer purchases, launch new products and support producer value chain development. For more information contact Jennifer Williams – CEO at invest@lasiembra.com

·        The Rochdale Pioneers Museum <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=euuattcab&et=1103676419016&s=1645&e=00145wejx1IBvsXHatwUn2OccwKCkGA1kC11FY0ji_fuYyguwqgNSod-iIWHAs7d0UYGHacL7snWeacFLe2K9hgJ0Sklq29joJ9T2Pg6NX-br3KC2TVwzCiwVYeBz54hDIQVjB1QZoZ1WZ3eB2lc3mmMufShZmBlnipOA-UIiq7QTVhgTyNJsmzFrVx5A15XfkKLf9Il1HABvMXK9kYBf_Y5IAkz8yqO2F-EMWsUZPP27jiEmpd9TmIAFwUFcb7JYXq> , the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement in Rochdale, U.K., is set to be redeveloped in time for the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012. The museum received £1.5 million from the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund to modernize the complex. The museum will be transformed and updated, creating new visitor facilities and learning spaces. New displays will be designed incorporating images and objects from the National Co-operative Archive. Specialist staff will be recruited to teach schools, colleges and the local community about the co-operative movement using the archive and museum materials. Collections from the archive will also be available for public viewing for the first time, including some papers and books of co-operative pioneer Robert Owen as well as material charting the history of the modern-day Co-operative Group and Co-operatives UK. The museum closed its doors at the end of August for the 16-month facelift and is scheduled to reopen on December 21, 2011, 167 years after the opening of 31 Toad Lane as the Rochdale Pioneers’ first co-operative store.

·        The Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) is a Government of Canada program delivered in partnership with the co-operative sector. CDI is designed to help people develop co-ops and to research and test innovative ways of using the co-operative model. CDI will make the co-op option more readily available to Canadians, to respond to their present-day challenges.  The program has three interrelated components: The Advisory Services component is delivered by the co-operative sector through a network of co-operative development experts established across the country. The objective is to provide access to professional and technical services needed for the successful launch or strengthening of a co-operative. The Research and Knowledge Development component is designed to undertake, support and share research that will advance co-operative development and growth. The Innovative Co-operative Projects component provides funding to innovative projects that respond to public policy priority areas and generate best practices and learning.  The next deadline for applications for Innovative Co-operative Projects is October 31, 2010. The policy priorities to be addressed through the Innovative Co-operative Projects are: agriculture, including farmer-driven value-added agriculture and biofuels;  rural/northern community development; innovative goods and services, including innovative technologies; and capacity building and sustainability. The upper limit of funding for Innovative Co-operative Projects is $75,000 per year per project. The minimum proponent contribution for Innovative Co-operative Projects is 25% per individual project. For more information and contacts see www.coop.gc.ca <http://www.coop.gc.ca/>  and for guidelines and applications see www.cccm.coopscanada.coop <http://www.cccm.coopscanada.coop/> 

·        On September 9th, Victory Credit Union  http://www.victorycreditunion.ca staff wore PINK in support of STAND  UP Against  Bulllying Day!  The now-international event, STAND UP Against Bullying Day, was inspired by the actions of two Nova Scotia high school students <http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/09/18/pink-tshirts-students.html> . When the young men saw a classmate being taunted for wearing pink, they stood up to the bullies. Wearing pink to school and encouraging other classmates to do the same sent a strong grassroots message from student to student that bullying should not and would not be tolerated. http://www.victorycreditunion.ca/web?service=direct/1/ViewRotatingPortlet/RotatingPortalBlocks/dlinkArticle&sp=S2238&sp=3799


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op TreeThe Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program has a flashy website. See a video describing co-op camp on the main site at http://youth.sask.coop/ , see more videos about people’s camp experience at http://youth.sask.coop/scyp_youth_intro.html, buy co-op tshirts/tattoos/buttons at http://youth.sask.coop/scyp_swag.html and more. Find out how to get more involved in the youth programs as a camper, staff or sponsor. - Erin Hancock


Contest of the WeekLast week’s winner: David Kerr, MB I do not know why this flashed through my mind when I saw it, I am not a card shark but have played a lot of crib with my Grandfather and Father and later with my children and grandchildren as a way of improving arithmetic skills. Have a good day and thanks for keeping Co-op Circles alive and well. It has to be quite a bit of work.” Last week’s winner: Marty Frost, BC - Answer to last week’s contest: Mary! See how easily we get led astray, following the “obvious”. This week’s contest: Double my number, I'm less than a score, half of my number is less than four. Add one to my double when bakers are near, days of the week are still greater, I fear. What am I? Please keep those entries coming! The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca


Co-op Ed 101 – Working with community groups to raise money.

Farmers Co-operative Dairy Ltd. http://www.farmersdairy.ca/pages/aboutUs/index.php has been a part of the Atlantic Canada community for over 80 years. Owned by more than 125 Atlantic Canadian dairy farmers, it is a local co-operative that provides Atlantic Canadians with quality dairy products made right here at home. Products are made at its plants in Bedford, NS, Truro, NS and St. John’s, NL. Check out the Farmers Cheese Fundraising program. Farmers Cheddar Cheese is produced in Salmon River, just outside Truro, and is Nova Scotia’s only Cheddar Cheese Plant. http://www.farmersdairy.ca/assets/media/pdf/PleaseSayCheeseForm.pdf


Co-op Cooking - If you know a farmer who raises turkeys, it is possible to get a fresh, flavourful turkey to grace you table for Thanksgiving. If you buy your turkey at the market like most of us do, you may like to try brining the bird. Brining is a chef’s trick for improving flavour and texture, and this dry method is easier than the wet method. It’s essential to use kosher salt and to rinse all traces of the sugar-salt mixture from the turkey before roasting.

Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Gravy

3 cups packed brown sugar

3/4 cup kosher salt

5 to 7.5 kg turkey, thawed if frozen

1 bunch fresh sage

3 tbsp melted butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup white wine

2 cups water

salt and pepper

Stir brown sugar and salt together. Rinse turkey and dry very well with paper towels. Place turkey in a large pan or plastic bag, Pack brown sugar mixture all over the turkey, placing some in cavity as well. Cover pan or tie bag, and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.  When brining time is finished, rinse brine from the turkey, (inside and out), gently rubbing under cold running water so it all comes off. (Don’t worry if the legs and wings look purple, this is the result of brining.) Pat turkey dry; stuff sage into cavity and place on a rack in the roasting pan. Bend and tuck wings under the body and loosely tie drumsticks together. Brush butter all over turkey. Loosely cover with foil. Roast for 30 minutes at 450F Reduce oven temperature to 325F. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 175F, (about 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours). Remove foil during the final hour of cooking. Transfer turkey to a platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest at least 25 min before carving.  Carefully spoon most of the fat out of the roasting pan, leaving about 4 tbsp fat as well as all the brown bits. Place the pan over medium heat and stir in flour, whisking to completely incorporate flour into drippings. Cook for 30 sec, then whisk in wine and water. Increase heat to medium-high, whisking constantly, until thickened, (about 10 to 15 min), scraping up and incorporating all the brown bits from the pan. Reduce heat to low. If needed, whisk in additional water or homemade turkey stock to reach the desired consistency for gravy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Happy Thanksgiving folks! – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        Oct 9 – 16 – Organic Week www.organicweek.ca/

·        Oct 13 - The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council extends an invitation to their annual Wine & Cheese Reception, Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax, 6 – 9 PM. RSVP to info@nsco-opcouncil.ca or 902-893-8966 by October 8, 2010

·        Oct 17-23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day

·        Oct 28 - 29, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation/CoopZone Conference, Vancouver -Information is available at: www.canadianworker.coop

·        Nov 4-7, 2010 New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative Silver Wave Film Festival, Fredericton, NB Contact NBFC at info@nbfilmcoop.com or go to http://swfilmfest.com/index-e.html


Smile of the Day – Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?



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