Great Glebe Garage Sale

Ingrid is bananas for Fair Trade!May 26, 2012 (9:00am-3:00pm) at Ten Thousand Villages on Bank Street

FTOÉ has partnered once again with Ten Thousand Villages (Bank location) to participate in the Great Glebe Garage Sale! Be sure to come visit us to learn more about what we’ve been up to, where we’re going, and how you can help out. Also be sure to pick up some samples of delicious Fair Trade goodies, which our volunteers will be handing out to passers-by.
The fun will run from 9am to 3pm. See you there!

Run to End Poverty – secure your spot!

Success!May 26-27, 2012 in downtown Ottawa

FTOÉ has partnered with the Ottawa Chapters of Engineers Without Borders to bring you the Run to End Poverty! During the Ottawa Race Weekend, run (or walk) as part of one of our teams to help raise funds and awareness for EWB’s programs and Fair Trade advocacy in Ottawa! Simply visit the R2EP website to get more information and begin your registration!

You can also join and help promote our event on Meetup or Facebook!

WestFest 2012

Stephanie is spreading the Fair Trade love!

Stephanie is spreading the Fair Trade love!June 9, 2012 (10:00am-6:00pm) and June 10, 2012 (12:00pm-5:00pm) at Ten Thousand Villages Westboro

This will be the street party of the year! Come visit us outside of the Westboro location of Ten Thousand Villages and celebrate WestFest in style! There will be activities for kids of all ages, and be sure to partake in the goodies we’ll be giving out, as well as talking to our knowledgeable volunteers about exactly what a Fair Trade Town is all about.

Running two days (Saturday and Sunday), there’s plenty of time to stop by and say hello!



“Take a Step for Fair Trade” creates Canadian opportunity for global change

OTTAWA, May 1, 2012 – Kicking off alongside Fairtrade Fortnight (May 1), the “Take a Step for Fair Trade” campaign provides an opportunity for Canadians to register their personal socially-conscious contributions towards a national effort. The project, spearheaded by Fairtrade Canada, is already working alongside businesses, organizations, community groups and passionate individuals to hit a goal of 150,000 steps taken across Canada by year’s end.

The campaign launch coincides not only with Fairtrade Fortnight, but also with a growing consciousness among consumers about the consequences of day-to-day purchases for producers across the globe. Each year, sales of Fair Trade products grow by about 30% globally, empowering more and more small-scale producers in the process.

The campaign invites the Canadian public to take its own step for Fair Trade this year. Whether it be to try a new Fair Trade product or to switch out the coffee served in their workplace, Canadians are already showing their enthusiasm by adding their voice to a growing number of supporters across the nation. “I’m already really passionate about Fair Trade, so for me, the campaign is a chance to challenge myself,” says University of Ottawa student, Lia Walsh. “But a lot of my friends don’t even know what Fair Trade is, and they’re getting involved just by learning more. The campaign has something for everyone.”

It’s not just individuals that are taking steps this year. Organizations, businesses, schools, and faith groups have begun planning “Take a Step” events across the country. Home-grown talent like The Dragon Den’s Arlene Dickinson and CBC’s George Stromboulopoulos have already voiced their support.

“This campaign is a chance for people to see the kind of impact even small steps can have,” says Sean McHugh, director of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. “Something as simple as buying one Fair Trade banana becomes significant when 150,000 other people are doing the exact same thing. It’s a step that could make a huge impact on the lives of producers and their families in the developing world, and this campaign is trying to help people to see that.”

For more information or to register steps, visit

World Fair Trade Day at Ten Thousand Villages!

May 12, 2012 (10:00am-6:00pm) at Ten Thousand Villages Westboro

On World Fair Trade Day (May 12th), you can get your Fair Trade goods from Ten Thousand Villages and help out Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable all at the same time!In celebration of World Fair Trade Day, Ten Thousand Villages Westboro has partnered with FTOÉ for a fundraising event! Come by the store on Saturday and speak with one of our volunteers, and also be part of the fundraising event simply by purchasing already amazing Fair Trade products from the store!

Bring this coupon with you to donate 15% of your purchase to FTOÉ at the Westboro location:

See you there!

“What is Fair Trade?” info-session

May 9, 2012 (7:00-8:30pm) at the University of Ottawa (Arts Hall, room 141)

Join Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable for a night of information and discussion about Fair Trade! Whether Fair Trade is something you really aren’t too familiar with or you live and breathe social justice, this will be a great forum for discussion about how Fair Trade works. Also hear about some of the ways in which the University of Ottawa is becoming a leader in Fair Trade, and what it means to become a Fair Trade Campus!

Representatives from Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable and Engineers Without Borders University of Ottawa will be in attendance. Meet some of the faces behind the Fair Trade work going on right here in Ottawa!

This session is free to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Fair Trade Breakfast

Kyla totally owned the banana suit!May 7, 2012 (7:00-10:00am) at Bridgehead (Slater at Kent location)

Volunteers from FTOÉ and other Fair Trade enthusiasts will be at the Bridgehead storefront on the corner of Slater and Kent from 7:00-10:00am, handing out FREE, Fair Trade Certified products to morning commuters to spread the word about Fair Trade. This gives people the chance to make a small difference on the spot and also enjoy a tasty and ethical breakfast!If you’d like to join in the fun and get some delicious Fair Trade Breakfast at the same time, be sure to drop by for a banana and a coffee!

Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Bridgehead Camino Equicosta Ottawa Organics Ten Thousand Villages

The event was a great success, with over 800 people connecting with our volunteers! Check out the photos below:

Producer visit: Santiago Paz from CEPICAFE, Peru

May 1-3, 2012 in various locations in Ottawa

Mr. Paz will be at various locations over the next few days to talk to the public about his experience as a Fair Trade producer and what it means for his co-operative. This is part of a 9-day visit to Canada through Camino (La Siembra). For more information, contact Nicole at Camino:

Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 1st (1:30pm – 2:30pm): Store visit at Food Smiths (in Perth)
Wednesday, May 2nd (3:00pm): Store visit at Market Organics on York Street
Thursday, May 3rd (10:30am – 12:00pm): Store visit at Ten Thousand Villages Westboro
Thursday, May 3rd (1:00pm – 2:30pm): Store visit at Rainbow Foods on Richmond Road