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Group wants Fair Trade community status for Guelph

A local advocacy group that wants to see Guelph become a Fair Trade community will be serving up fair-trade coffee and chocolate at city hall from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21 to raise awareness for its cause.
Fair Trade Guelph has been working to meet all the requirements in order for Guelph to join the 17 other communities in Canada and 1,300 around the world designated as Fair Trade Towns, a news release said.
Among the qualifications, the City of Guelph is required to include Fair Trade in its ethical purchasing policy, using Fair Trade coffee, tea and sugar at city hall, it said.
City staff are reviewing the proposal and will be preparing a report to go to committee in the first quarter of 2014, it said. The Fair Trade logo guarantees that farmers and workers receive a minimum price for their products, and that the products are produced in a democratic environment, free of ethnic, religious and gender discrimination and forced child labour, the release said. Many businesses in Guelph already sell and use Fair Trade products. These products must be available in 23 retails stores and 12 local cafés in order for the city to achieve the Fair Trade designation. The University of Guelph qualified as a Fair Trade campus in 2012.
To learn more, visit the Canadian Fair Trade Network website at www.cftn.ca, or the Fair Trade Canada website at www.fairtrade.ca.

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