Week of Apr. 11– Apr. 17, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 7

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” - Martin Luther King Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.  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

·        Your credit union could be part of the tenth annual Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due women’s mentoring program, a popular training program that provides overseas staff of financial co-operatives with a unique opportunity for professional development. The Canadian Co-operative Association needs credit unions from across Canada to host overseas credit union managers arriving this June. Fourteen women from credit unions in the developing world will spend ten days (June 9 – 19) within a credit union receiving general leadership training and learning the ins-and-outs of managing a loans program. If your credit union is interested in hosting a participant please contact Program Co-ordinator Kati Clark by April 30, 2010 at Katherine.clark@coopscanada.coop.

·        Co-operatives around the world will focus on women when they celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives on July 3, 2010. The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has announced that this year’s International Day theme will be “Co-operative enterprise empowers women” and will highlight the role co-ops play in responding to women’s needs. ICA has celebrated the first Saturday in July as International Co-operatives Day since 1923.  In 1995, the same day was proclaimed by the United Nations as a way of increasing international awareness of co-operatives. In Canada, the themes of Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day will be announced later this spring.  Co-op Week will take place on October 17-23rd, 2010, with International Credit Union Day on Oct. 21.

·        Canada’s two national co-op associations have created a new information service aimed at providing a first point of contact for groups who are interested in starting a co-op. The Co-op Development InfoService, which was launched on March 31 by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil candien de la coopération et de la mutualité, includes a toll-free telephone number, a dedicated e-mail address and co-op development information on the CCA and CCCM websites. The InfoService is funded by the federal government through the Advisory Services component of the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI). The object of the service is to make it easier for people to obtain co-op development information and assistance, regardless of where they live in Canada. Provincial co-op associations will continue to be responsible for "on-the-ground" co-op development, and in many cases, users of the InfoService will be referred to the appropriate provincial association. There are three ways to contact the InfoService: by phone at 1-877-268-9588 (toll-free), by email at coopdev@coopscanada.coop (English) or devcoop@cccm.coop or by visiting the InfoService pages on the CCA or CCCM websites.

·        The Board of Directors of Northumberland Co-operative has re-elected for 2010-2011 as President, John MacDiarmid of Napan, as Vice President, Percy Scott of Stonehaven, and as Secretary-Treasurer, Glenford Copp of Trout Brook. http://www.northumberlanddairy.ca/e/1000/Details.cfm?ID=61 The members of Northumberland Co-operative Limited held their 67th Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Lion’s Center in Miramichi. At the meeting, reports were given by the directors and management on the Co-op's operation. Sales for 2009 were $82,194,789, an increase of 4.9% from 2008.

·        The P.E.I. government should be backing a new fishermen’s co-op to drive up lobster prices, says MLA Charlie McGeoghegan. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2010/03/23/pei-mcgeoghegan-lobster-coop-584.html McGeoghegan, who fishes lobster himself, went to the Boston Seafood Show recently and said there is plenty of demand. In order to get a fair price for Island fishermen, the catch needs to be held until the height of tourist season, he said.

·        Groups in Nova Scotia recently receiving funding under the Government of Canada’s Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) are listed below. The projects are funded under the CDI, a four-year, $19.1-million program that helps Canadians develop new co-operatives and experiment with innovative ways of using the co-operative model.  This initiative has been successful in making the co‑operative option readily available to Canadians by improving access to advisory services, helping co‑operatives raise the funds they need to succeed, and advancing research and knowledge development.  The CDI is managed by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité in partnership with the Government of Canada. To learn more about the Co-operative Development Initiative, visit www.coop.gc.ca.

Clean Annapolis River Project, Annapolis Royal, NS, $15,000 Description: The proponents will explore the feasibility of creating an Atlantic Ecosystem Co-operative that will market the specialized environmental protection expertise that its members have developed over the years. The proponents of this co‑operative are 18 non-profit environmental management organizations. The co‑operative will generate new funds to reinvest in charities and environmental activities.

Grainery Food Co-op, Halifax, NS, $12,700 Description: The goal of this co-operative is to offer locally grown, organic produce. This project aims to modernize the co-operative by stabilizing and documenting its operations and by developing a new business plan that will include relocation to the new Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.

Scotia Direct Lobster Co-op Ltd., Saulnierville, NS, $20,000 Description: The goal of this project is to use a new transportation method to revitalize the fresh lobster market for Nova Scotia fishers. Aqualife technology is now used in complement of airplanes for the transportation of live shellfish. The ability to export live lobster, freshly caught from the ocean, will greatly increase the value of the catch, thereby increasing profits for fishers.

Annapolis Oilseed Co-op, Lawrencetown, NS, $15,000, Annapolis County has a wealth of agricultural lands, but many of them are lying fallow. The goal of this project is to study the viability of an oilseed processing plant that would primarily produce soybean meal, with biodiesel as its main by-product. The plant would operate using a closed loop system.

Le Conseil coopépartif acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse for the Public transit co-operative project committee, Chéticamp, NS, $20,000 Description: This co-operative will offer a public transit service for persons with mobility issues in the Chéticamp region. The main users will be elderly persons, but some residents without vehicles are also expected to use the service. This project will address a need identified by the residents of the municipality, which does not even have a taxi service.

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The New Trends - Top 10 Strategic Technologies and Trends in 2010 According to Gartner Research:1 - Cloud Computing, 2 - Advanced Analytics, 3 - Client Computing, 4 - IT for Green, 5 - Reshaping the Data Center, 6 - Social Computing, 7 - Security – Activity Monitoring, 8 - Flash Memory, 9 - Virtualization for Availability, 10 - Mobile Applications // Gartner defines strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next 3 years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. - These technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives. For example, Cloud Computing - Cloud computing is a style of computing that characterizes a model in which providers deliver a variety of IT-enabled capabilities to consumers. Cloud-based services can be exploited in a variety of ways to develop an application or a solution. Using cloud resources does not eliminate the costs of IT solutions, but does re-arrange some and reduce others. In addition, consuming cloud services enterprises will increasingly act as cloud providers and deliver application, information or business process services to customers and business partners. “Companies should factor the top 10 technologies into their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years. However, this does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the technologies. They should determine which technologies will help and transform their individual business initiatives” - David Cearley - Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   

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Co-op Ed 101 – An interesting innovative way of looking at Community services in a co-op structure is the United Community Services Co-op, 201-1638 East Broadway Vancouver, BC (UCS Co-op). It was incorporated in October 1998 by eight founding directors.  The Co-op grew to 107 members in 2008. The Co-op’s mandate is to provide a mechanism for supporting community-based organizations in BC to collaborate where there is public good from their joint action. Read more at: http://www.ucscoop.com/about_coopstory  To look at its interesting blog go to http://www.ucscoop.com/bigscoop3 - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Great news! There are still some spots available for the May 13-16 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminar (near Bouctouche, NB). This amazing opportunity is open to Atlantic Canadian youth. Get sponsored by a co-op or credit union in your community and come for free. For more details visit: http://www.acyl.coop/english/know.htm This week I started working for the Canadian Co-operative Association (as their Program Coordinator for the new national Community University Research Alliance on co-ops) and when people would ask me how I first got involved with co-operatives, I was quick to respond by enthusiastically explaining how the ACYL program got me hooked. I can only hope that other youth have the opportunity to attend a seminar, learn about co-ops and how to become more involved in their communities. It’s been 11 years since I attended my first ACYL and I still have so many positive memories. The seminars cover a lot of valuable lessons that do not enter into your typical high school curriculum, plus you meet wonderful people and have a great time too! If you want to attend, but are not sure about how to find sponsorship, contact Trevor MacDougall at leadership@acyl.coop  - Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week – Last week’s winners: David Kerr, MB, Glenna Weagle, NS and Dennis Williams, NB Congratulations! Answer: It would have to be Mark Smith as the “?” represents his name. This week’s contest: George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Using logic, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda? 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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Today’s Smile - If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and drycleaners depressed?

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Co-op Cooking - This succulent salmon dish, which requires only 15 minutes of roasting time, is dressed for spring in a fresh tasting vinaigrette made while the fish is cooking.

Salmon with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette

1 bunch of green onions

3 to 4-lb side of salmon

pinch of salt

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon

1 tbsp capers

2 lemons

bok choy or fennel (optional)

Trim and discard ends from onions, then slice in half crosswise. Line a baking sheet with foil, (do not oil). Place salmon on foil and scatter onions around it. Sprinkle all with salt. Roast in centre of oven at 450F for 15 minutes, or until a knife tip inserted in centre of salmon and held there for 5 seconds comes out warm. Meanwhile, squeeze juice from lemons into a medium bowl. Whisk in garlic and Dijon. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in tarragon and capers. Remove the cooked salmon to a serving platter that has sides deep enough to hold the vinaigrette. (To serve fish without skin on, slip two wide spatulas between skin and salmon, then carefully lift, leaving skin on foil.) Scatter onions around fish. Drizzle with half of the vinaigrette and serve the remainder alongside the meal.  Serve with steamed bok choy or braised fennel if desired. – 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

§      April 15-18, 2010 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      April 21, 2010  - CWCF Telelearning Session #2 – Conflict Resolution: Effective Strategies to Handle Conflict in a Worker Co-op with Russell Christianson, Rhythmn Communications – there is no charge for this session. To register call David Wilson, (403) 276-8250 or e-mail david@canadianworker.coop – this session is for CWCF members only

§      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

§      Mar 24-25, 2010 - Social Enterprise in Rural and Urban Development: A Learning Event Waterfront Campus – Nova Scotia Community College
Dartmouth, NS If you are involved in community development in Atlantic Canada or if your work involves non profit organizations or co-ops that serve marginalized communities, then these workshops and presentations will be informative and useful. Registration fee- $145 (includes ticket to Thursday evening’s gala event). Please note:  Financial assistance for travel and accommodations may be available to community groups who wish to send members.  Please apply soon as funds are limited. Write to patricia.beaton@cbdc.ca for more information.  Find out more information about the event at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=343773985927&ref=mf

§      May 13-16, 2010 - Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Wildwood, Bouctouche, NB. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      May 28, 2010 Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB’s AGM, Moncton, 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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·        I liked the common sense answer for the contest about the warm bulb. I had forgotten about that process and it brought back memories of a rewiring job with my grandfather back in the 60’s. I got to run up and down the stairs as shouting was not allowed in the house.”- DK, MB “Still connected to the real world of cooperatives thanks to your publication.”

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