August 2013 newsletter


Our Campaign Heats Up. A Busy Summer Continues.

How Close are We?

goal-progress-pie-chart,-AuWe at FTOÉ have been patiently putting together the pieces for our bid to make Ottawa a Fair Trade City, and as the image at the left shows, our persistence is paying off. Certainly the media awareness is there, as is the community support. The teeny grey slivers represent how close we are to completing the requirements for municipal support and availability of FT products. Find out more about the six goals to meet as set out by Fairtrade Canada — and help push us over the top by signing our petition or volunteering with FTOÉ. Join us today!

Fair Food on Film

It was a perfect summer evening for a movie outdoors. On July 26, FTOÉ got together with Engineers without Borders and Centretown Movies at Dundonald Park to present The People and the Olive. An estimated 150 people learned about how a group of American marathoners traveled through Palestine, running 129 miles over five days to support Palestinian Fair Trade olive farmers. Our volunteers were there to offer samples of Fair Trade products such as Bridgehead coffee, Cocoa Camino chocolate and Zatoun olive oil, and to send a message about the importance of putting a face on our food. Along with raising awareness, FTOÉ raised funds to put towards our outreach activities. Thanks for coming out, and see our photos on Facebook!

Picnic with a Purpose

We at FTOÉ love co-operatives — as a business model, they prove that there is strength and empowerment in numbers. And the numbers were certainly there at the Ottawa Co-op Network’s Cooperative Celebration Picnic on July 6. Under the sun next to Ottawa City Hall, FTOÉ volunteers joined members of our community, including our friends at the Otesha Project and La Siembra/Camino, for games, kids’ activities and great local food provided by the Stone Soup Foodworks truck. Even Mayor Jim Watson was there — could he sense that our Fair Trade Town campaign is reaching fever pitch?

Our other upcoming events:

Ottawa-area farmers’ markets: Come learn how buying local is a great complement to shopping Fair Trade.
Cumberland Market, Saturday, August 17, 8am to 1pm

Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Brewer Park), Sunday, September 15, 8:30am to 3pm

Visit the events page for up-to-date event information.

Spotlight on: Tivoli Florist

As FTOÉ starts ramping up to applying for Fair Trade status for Ottawa, we’d like to highlight some of the businesses that have offered letters of support to FTOÉ on our quest.

Tivoli Florist offers Ottawa’s largest selection of cut flowers from around the world, as well as a superb collection of exotic and unusual plants, floral accessories and garden decor. In addition, they insist that all of their flowers and plants be sourced from growers who are certified Fair Trade and who treat their employees and the environment respectfully.

282 Richmond Road 613-729-6911

18 Clarence Street 613-321-0969

New on Our Site

Catch up on the FTOÉ blog and read our posts about Fair Trade flowers (hello again, Tivoli!) and Fair Trade and organic cotton. If there is a topic you want to us explore in a future post, or if you think you can write one for us, let us know!


Sign Your Name!!   Show your support for Ottawa becoming a Fair Trade Town by signing the petition here.
While you are at it, support the use of conflict-free minerals by signing this petition.

Join our Fabulous Team!FTOE is looking for Fair Trade enthusiasts to help us out with outreach, communications (including social media) and other activities such as fundraising and blogging. Join the FTOÉ family by donating a few hours a week or month. For more info, click here or fill out our volunteer application form online.

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