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My (Shared) Vision for Fair Trade

A lot of thoughts and ideas were presented at this years Fair Trade Federation conference in Louisville Kentucky. Inclusion, diversity, domestic fair trade, support for First Nations, fashion. As we sat down for the welcome dinner, I took a glance around the dinning room and I felt uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable with the fact that all the wait staff were African American and we as a fair trade group are predominately white. My white privilege guilt was at an all time high. I've experienced segregation like this before in the states but it fails to feel acceptable. Turns out I wasn't the only one that felt that way. It created a new conversion within our group about diversity and inclusion....

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Canadian Fair Trade Network

I'd like to say that this past Canadian Fair Trade Network conference in Halifax has broke my fair trade lull but instead of energizing me it just made me more tired of the same old thing. Let me explain. For the past 8 months or so I've been lacking in my fair trade research, fair trade networking, blogging about fair trade etc. Perhaps it's the fact that I’m at a mental over load with fair trade or that three of my steering committee for Fair Trade Kitchener dropped out suddenly or maybe that the support for fair trade is so limited here in Kitchener or just simply realizing that selling and promoting fair trade consumerism just isn’t enough to change...

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Happy Birthday Abe.

My husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's day but we do celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12th. I'm not sure how it started but it's been a fun little celebration that's unique to the two of us. Abraham Lincoln played a major role in abolishing slavery in the United States in 1863, something that I will always greatly admire about him. When we were in Gettysburg this past summer it really put into perspective about how Americans fought for unity and freedom but also how some fought to continue the oppression. Every time we visit the U.S.A I'm reminded of why they are such a proud people, but sometimes pride has negative effects. As much as I love Abe and...

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Then and Now

It's been five months now since I closed the store and I am so glad I made that decision. It was a very busy September setting up the new website, cataloguing all the products and scheduling pop-ups for the holiday season. October to December was filled with community events like the Christkindl Market and Cambridge Christmas Market, partnering with other businesses like Truth Beauty Company, Kultrun Market and Legacy Greens, open houses and house parties. My favourite part so far has been the house parties. They've been so fun and encouraging. They have been great opportunities for educating about fair trade and the fashion industry as well as meeting new customers while at the same time catching up with regular...

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It’s Time For A Change

It’s Time For A Change It’s time for a change! As of August 19th, our doors at 8 King St. E are closing, but WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS! With all the over head costs and the lack of flexibility with our brick and mortar store, it has warranted a different business model. We may not be selling out of our lovely downtown shop anymore but will have even more ways to shop now. Here’s how it will work: Online Free deliveries to anyone living in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge (deliveries will be pre-arranged) You may also arrange to have your order picked up at the following locations: Legacy Greens- 10 King St. E Kitchener Monday-Friday 11am-6:15pm, Saturday...

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