By David Klassen
It’s World Fair Trade Day today and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is marking it with chocolate demonstrations at ethical retailers around Winnipeg and the province.
“World Fair Trade Day is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on products that are produced in a sustainable manner, with no child labour and ensuring the producers are paid a fair wage,” says Janice Hamilton, executive director of MCIC.
A chocolate demonstration will be held at six Manitoban businesses, where free samples of Camino chocolate will be offered:
- Two Farm Kids, 565 34th Street, Brandon (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Food Fare, 905 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
- The Fresh Carrot, 24 Centre Street, Gimli (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Mountain Equipment Cooperative, 303 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Ten Thousand Villages, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- Vita Health, 1-3500 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
The businesses have also performed “acts of karmic goodness” throughout Fair Trade Fortnight which runs from May 1-15 across Canada and encourages Canadians to promote Fair Trade through public events, special promotions in stores and individual choices people make every day.