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The Canadian Fair trade Network in partnership with the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) is seeking 10 schools to pursue and achieve Fair Trade School designation by December 31, 2016.

This pilot project provides an incentive of $300 to each of the 10 schools that qualify to participate. Examples of eligible expenses could be website and/or social media development, a Fair Trade school flag, banana constumes, newsletters, posters, events such as a film night, lunch and learn etc.

We only have 5 spots left in the program, so hurry, this could be your opportunity to educate...

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June 28, 2016 | La Baie, Quebec. École Secondaire des Grandes-Marées, in the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean region of Quebec, has been designated a Fair Trade School. They are the 5th school in Quebec and the 10th in Canada to receive this designation.

The school has had a long history working on such issues, with its focus on responsible citizenship. Students focus on ecology, pacifism, solidarity, respect for democracy and human rights, over their five years of high school. The school is also a UNESCO associated school, one of only a handful in Quebec...

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June 22, 2016 | Port Colborne, Ontario. McKay has become Ontario’s First Fair Trade designated School! The designation comes after a great deal of planning and preparation. The new designation was celebrated at a school wide event on June 22nd, and staff and students at McKay are thrilled to be a part of the Fair Trade movement.

Local dignitaries and community partners were in attendance as well as all members of the school community. During the ceremony, guests enjoyed world music, Fair Trade refreshments and snacks, and a formal presentation of what it...

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June 13, 2016 | L'Assomption, Quebec. Celebrations were held, a certificate was awarded, recognizing the school’s efforts to promote fair trade. The school has had a World Shop since 2009, with the support of Oxfam-Québec. Over the years, more than 250 students have been involved in this project. The store is run by the students throughout the year. The students also take the shop on the road, as they participate in the Christmas Market, which lasts a month. The aim is to educate students and faculty about fair trade.

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June 4th, 2016 | Chelsea, Quebec. The Municipality of Chelsea has been designated Canada’s 22nd Fair Trade Town, joining a growing movement across the country. There are now over 1,500 Fair Trade Towns in 32 countries around the world.

Through its Fair Trade Town designation, Chelsea, a community of 7,000 residents, is demonstrating its commitment to developing an ethical and sustainable approach by supporting local economies both at home and abroad.

The process started in November 2014, when a small group...

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