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Institutional and municipal procurement was a key theme to come out of A Community Fair Trade Symposium, held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on October 29—where Kwantlen's staff, faculty, and student association, as well as representatives from the City of Surrey, the City of Vancouver, UBC, and Royal Roads University presented at the event.

Victoria Wakefield, purchasing manager for UBC's Housing and Hospitality Services, spoke about the importance of having third-party certification to make effective...

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Engineers Without Borders recently held an event at Western University, where they dropped a 600-lb pumpkin from a 200-ft crane to symbolize the smashing of poverty.

"The event is fun and always gets the attention of students," says Alex Hockin of EWB, who helped organize the evnt. "We always have a side message for the day of pumpkin drop, sometimes we are trying to get students excited about advocacy, but this year we focused...

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Fairtrade International recently published an article on the recent volitility of coffee prices. In 2011, the price of Arabica coffee on the New York futures market reached a 34-year high of US$3.09 per pound. Since then, the price has dropped to less than US$1.10 per pound.

The drop in price comes amidst...

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Fair Trade Manitoba begins its Fair Trade Challenge tomorrow, encouraging its participants to purchase fair trade products throughout the month of November. The event promotes consumer choice in supporting ethical purchasing, and encourages participants to be creative in confronting their normative purchasing practices.

Be sure to visit the newly redesigned Fair Trade Manitoba website, where...

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The University Students' Council at Western University recently announced its support in seeking Fair Trade Campus designation.

The council framed its goals in a document entitled "The Purple Paper," which outlines how Western could obtain the designation by 2015.

According to the Western Gazette, James Hirsh, chair of the Local and Campus Affairs Standing Committee and who moved the motion, thinks this is a good step toward achieving fair trade status.

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