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Make Poverty History Edmonton, Fairtrade Edmonton Team

In recent years, Fair Trade has gained popularity amongst Edmontonians. The whirlwind of dedication originally began with the excitement and cooperation of enthused individuals, businesses, faith groups, and communities, which initially stirred interest within the city. Thus the word spread, and with it hope that one day Edmonton would receive its Fair Trade designation.

The past three years we’ve overcome many difficulties and made many...

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The Fairtrade system represents more than just certification; it’s part of a dynamic relationship that is continually evolving. To consumers the label may look the same, but underlying it is a system of constant change.

One of the more recent developments was a decision to increase producer representation within the General Assembly of Fairtrade International. The members voted
unanimously in October 2011 to abandon the “one member, one vote” model that had been used in favour of one in which ...

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Walk into any 7-Eleven in the country and you’ll see floor-to-ceiling posters within the store windows, advertising Fairtrade certified coffee from the Doi Chaang Coffee Company. The posters go match the tent cards set up around coffee stations and coffee cups that also sport the Doi Chaang brand.

If there was ever any argument that Fair Trade needs to be expensive, it’s been tossed out with the morning’s spent coffee grinds.It’s all part of 7-Eleven’s World Roast Program that aims to introduce quality blends of coffee from around the world and expand the credibility of the...

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Simon Fraser University (SFU) recently made headlines in Vancouver as Canada’s second Fair Trade Campus.

While UBC also celebrated its one-year anniversary as a certified campus, SFU’s designation could be a more significant marker for institutional change in Canada. 

Unlike UBC, which handles its food services in-house — and even produces many of its food products on campus — SFU outsources its food service contracts to the large multinational food company, Chartwells. It’s a scenario more typical of other institutions across Canada.


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Fair trade is about making connections. As consumers, we’re inevitably distanced from the producing arm of farmers working in developing countries. 

In an effort to connect either end of the supply chain, Santiago Paz, co-director of CEPICAFE (Central Piurana de Cafetaleros) in Northern Peru, recently toured four Canadian cities during May 1–8.

Over the last 20 years, the Peruvian native has worked closely with organized producers in his ...

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