What a WestFest!
FTOÉ joined the fun in Ottawa’s Westboro neighbourhood on June 8 and 9. While thousands swarmed the streets and took in the concerns and festivities, our team set up shop in front of the Ten Thousand Villages on Richmond Road to spread the news about Fair Trade. Armed with FT chocolates, fruit and iced tea, we entertained many passers-by while dressed as bananas, but the most popular attraction was the Fair Trade banana cut-out — seemed like everyone wanted to emulate us and even have their pictures taken as a banana!. Those who dared to go in front of our camera had the chance to enter to win a TTV gift basket worth $50 — congratulations to our winner, Jack Kardaras. Thanks to everyone for a great time!
A Vision for the Future (it’s closer than you think!)
Where is Fair Trade headed in Ottawa? Ask some of FTOÉ’s devoted volunteers, who met on June 23 to come up with a vision of our plans for the coming weeks and months. Along with working toward Fair Trade status for Ottawa, we are preparing for greater involvement of the community, becoming a hub of information on Fair Trade for the city and, in the longer term, creating a culture of ethical consumption in Ottawa. We have some ambitious goals — and if you feel like you’re up to the task to help us fulfill them, we’d love for you to join us as a volunteer (see below)!
Community on the Pitch
On June 30, FTOÉ joined some of the city’s most enthusiastic recreational soccer fans at Brewer Park for the Community Cup. This event is in part a celebration of Ottawa’s diversity and is a way of welcoming newcomers to Canada, as part of Canada Day weekend. Along with the soccer games, children’s activities and dance demonstrations, we were at the community tables to explain to visitors why Fair Trade status would be another reason to feel welcome to Ottawa! We also gave away two Fair Trade soccer balls from Play Fair — the winners’ names will be announced in the next issue.
A Fair Trade Night at the Movies!
Miss the days of the drive-in movie? You don’t even need a set of wheels (except human-powered ones) to come out to Dundonald Park and enjoy what the Boston Globe calls an “inspirational thriller.” FTOÉ is partnering with Engineers without Borders and Centretown Movies to present The People and the Olive on Friday, July 26 (show starts at sundown). The film documents the suspenseful trek of American ultra-marathoners along the West Bank as they support Palestinian Fair Trade olive farmers, plant olive trees and bridge cultures. FTOÉ will be giving away Fair Trade coffee from Bridgehead, and Fair Trade and organic chocolate from Cocoa Camino. You can also sample Fair Trade olive oil, provided by Ten Thousand Villages, and pick up a $2 coupon for olive oil from TTV stores in Ottawa. The park is at Somerset Street West between Bay and Lyon streets. Donations accepted.
The People and the Olive.
Spotlight on: Adorit Boutique
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.
Adorit Boutique houses a fabulous collection of Canadian-made and Fair Trade clothing and accessories, as well as good for the home from around the world, all made in a Fair Trade manner. All clothing and accessories are made with recycled and reclaimed fabrics, guaranteeing that each and every piece is a unique one-of-a-kind treasure.
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. Join the FTOE family by donating a few hours a week or month. For more info, see our getting involved page.