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Fairtrade International (FLO) recently revised its minimun prices for bananas. A news release published online cites one of the biggested challenges affecting the price of bananas as the "race to the bottom" between retailers to offer the lowest prices for customers. "These price wars reduce the value of bananas in the eyes of consumers and put pressure on the entire supply chain to keep banana prices low," states the FLO news release. ...

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Hosted by Saint Mary's University, Alternative Trade: Critical Approaches & New Directions in Trade and Development will discuss issues in North-South trade relations, while examining new approaches to cooperation in international trade and food security. 

Gavin Fridell, Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies and Associate Professor at Saint Mary's University, will participate at the event. 

"Over the past two decades, international trade has changed dramatically," says Fridell. "Conventional economic trade...

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Gimli unveiled a new municipal sign today, welcoming visitors to the city of 6,000 residents, and to recognize the community's commitment to fair trade.

The Fair Trade Gimli Committee, including Lisa Zolinski, Zack Gross, Shania Sveinson attended, along with MLA Peter Bjornson, Deputy Mayor Peter Peiluck, and the principle of Gimli High School, Tyler Moran.

The community became Canada’s sixth Fair Trade Town on July 1, 2009. Since then, its fair trade committee, politicians, business, and local high school have been leaders within the movement in Canada.

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Greater Vancouver's first Fair Trade Symposium will be taking place on Tuesday, October 29 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Hosted by CIR:CLE and KPU with the generous support of the Kwantlen Student Association, the free event will feature a range of conversations that relate to community engagement, academic perspectives, business, and political and non-governmental advocacy.

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Discussion panel with Q+A: The discussion will focus on some of Vancouver and...

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Ethcial coffee drinkers in Quebec will be happy to hear that Van Houtte, a Montreal-based coffee roaster, recently announced that its 61 café-bistros in Quebec will begin serving exclusively Fairtrade certified coffee.

This applies to its range of filtered coffees, as well as specialty coffees, including all espressos, lattes, cappaccinos, and mochas.

"Since 1919, Van Houtte has been a pioneer in the coffee field, but it is also a leader in sustainable development. Van Houtte's managers and...

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