Sunday, October 28, 2007

Village of Wakefield declared Quebec's first Fairtrade town

Wakefield Bridge and the Gatineau River. Photo by Sue Frause. 

The village of Wakefield in the Outaouis has been declared Quebec's first Fairtrade town.

An article in The LowDown to Hull & Back News said the artistic community was awarded the designation. 
Wolfville, Nova Scotia was named Canada's first Fairtrade community in April 2007.

The U.K.'s Garstang became the world's first Fairtrade town in 2000. Since then, hundreds of towns across Europe have been given official certification. 
According to the CBC, support for fair trade products has grown steadily. 

Canadians bought 21,500 kilograms of fair trade coffee in 1998 and 940,000 kilograms in 2004.

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