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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.

Things to watch for

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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The Peak recently reported that Tim Hortons has no plans to offer fair trade products to their retail location on SFU campus. While this isn't encouraging, the issue highlights the positive growth for businesses that are willing, if not eager, to champion fair trade in their practices.

Recently, SFU and Starbucks...

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Michael Gidney, Fairtrade Foundation Chief Executive, says that "though progress has been made -- we must do more to make supply chains fairer and markets more secure for farmers and workers who produce the food we love."

His message is important in looking at where we stand in our mission to support producers in developing communities, but it also highlights that this work is ongoing.

Gidney recently returned from a visit to smallhoder tea...

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By Sasha Caldera and Sean McHugh

Public Works and Government Services of Canada (PWGSC) spends $14 billion dollars on goods for departments, agencies and crown corporations[1], yet it is difficult to ensure  that purchases of international products such as coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and cotton uniforms don’t exacerbate issues of poverty, child labour, human trafficking and sweatshop labour. This is because...

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