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By Shania Sveinson

Shania is a Grade 12 student at Gimli High School who is spearheading Fair Trade Grad as well as rejuvenating Gimli’s Fair Trade Town Committee.

In 2009, the small town of Gimli, Manitoba (pop.6000) became Canada’s sixth Fair Trade Town. This was thanks to the dedication of a great group of people and the hard work of the Youth Community Partnership (YCP), a group of local students, along with merchants, political representatives, teachers and parents.

Over the years since Gimli was recognized as Fair Trade, knowledge about...

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During Halloween, we tend to eat a lot more chocolate than usual. While we reap the benefits, however, many cocoa producers live in abject poverty. In many cases, producers are forced to rely on child labour and even on child trafficking.

Where does chocolate come from

Recently, due to recent studies...

Fair Trade, local food systems, and environmental sustainability all have an increasing presence in today’s world. But for consumers, deciding what to buy, who to support, and for which reasons are just some of the issues that can arise among people concerned for the well-being of future generations. Canadian students, however, are quite clear on these concepts. In fact, their progress towards Fair Trade Campus designation has made them an integral part of the Fair Trade movement.

Fair Trade is a movement that puts social and environmental standards in place to protect producers and...

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Fair Trade Vancouver (FTV) has made many impacts in Canada. Within the last three years, the organization has become a resource for talent and expertise in many issues relating to Fair Trade. 


What distinguishes FTV — aside from overwhelming support from community businesses and organizations — can be measured in the depth of its achievements. Recognition has always been a strategic goal in increasing awareness and uptake of support for Fair Trade.

But publicity is only one of many goals for FTV. According to...

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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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