News Updates

  • One-Month Challenge 2013

    Posted February 5th 2013

    Are you ready to take the One-Month Challenge?  The 2013 One-Month Challenge begins on February 14th. Read More »

  • Win Big with Fair Trade Manitoba’s Facebook Quiz

    Posted October 22nd 2012

    MCIC’s Fair Trade Manitoba program is pleased to announce that its Facebook Quiz will begin Tuesday October 23, 2012.  ‘Like’ [Fair Trade Manitoba’s Facebook page]( for the chance to win Fair Trade prizes daily. Read More »

  • Manitoba Liquor Control Commission wins Canadian Fair Trade Award

    Posted October 12th 2012

    The first annual **Canadian Fair Trade Awards** were presented to seven Canadian retail and food service businesses on September 20, 2012 at a ceremony in Toronto. These organizations were recognized for their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade – an ethical approach to doing business that supports farming communities, ethical labour practices and sustainable agriculture around the world. Read More »

  • Green & Black’s Responds to Black & White Issue

    Posted September 25th 2012

    The British chocolate firm, Green & Black’s, announced in March of 2011 that it had fulfilled its pledge to go entirely organic and fair trade as of the end of that year.  This made the company, actually now somewhat unhappily a small part of the Cadbury’s and Kraft empire, the world’s largest retailer of fair trade chocolate.  It also continued the legacy of its founders in supporting producers in developing countries since they made a commitment to cocoa growers in Belize in 1994. Read More »

  • Olympics Go Green & Fair Trade

    Posted August 13th 2012

    By Zack Gross With the Olympics now wrapped up, some of us will be relieved to get our favourite TV programs back or have a chance to sit out in the yard, rather than in front of the widescreen. Others will be going through withdrawal and looking forward to the next Olympics – winter of 2014 in Sochi, Russia and summer of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the background items to this year’s version of the Olympic Dream that has received very little coverage is the step forward that the Games have taken in adopting green and fair trade policies and practices in managing events and in the products they serve. Read More »

  • Poll results show two-thirds of Manitobans are willing to pay more for Fair Trade products

    Posted May 3rd 2012

    A new poll by Probe Research Inc. indicates that nearly two-thirds (64%) of Manitobans said they would be inclined to purchase fair trade goods, even if they cost more than competing products. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 Manitobans on their views on Fair Trade, also indicated that Manitobans want to see Fair Trade products more widely available in our restaurants (52%) and workplaces (44%). It also found that also half (47%) say they purchase Fair Trade goods on at least a monthly (31%) or weekly (16%) basis. MCIC announced these results on May 3, 2012 at Elements – The Restaurant, which serves Fair Trade and locally-sourced food. Read More »

  • World Gives Fair Trade Liquor a Shot

    Posted March 19th 2012

    *By Zack Gross* Manitoba can boast that its Liquor Control Commission now carries thirty-two Fair Trade Certified Wines, more than any other jurisdiction in Canada.  There are three hundred FTC wines available worldwide. This strong commitment supports fairer wages and better working conditions in the wine industries of South Africa, Argentina and Chile.  And the world is moving on to new products such as fair trade beer, vodka and rum! Read More »

  • One-Month Challenge 2012

    Posted January 30th 2012

    The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is excited to present the sixth annual Fair Trade One-Month Challenge. We invite all Manitobans to take up the challenge by only consuming fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate, rather than conventional brands, for the period from Valentine’s Day, February 14th to March 14th.  Read More »

  • Fair Trade: A Sweet Deal

    Posted September 30th 2011

    Fair trade Gummy Bears?  You can’t mean it!  Yes, fair trade principles have penetrated the confections industry and I’m about to chow down on my first helping of fair trade certified gummy bears, with a choice of plain or sour!  Not only that, but I can now get Belgian chocolate-style seashells, chocolate and chocolate/hazelnut spreads and Coke-like fair trade soft drinks!  It must be true, then, that fair trade is a sweet deal! Read More »

  • Twenty-six Fair Trade Wines Available in Manitoba

    Posted August 30th 2011

    MCIC is pleased to announce that there are now twenty-six Fair Trade wines available for purchase at Liquor Marts throughout Manitoba. Take a look at the list of Fair Trade wines here Read More »

This program was made possible with financial support of the Government of Manitoba,
and was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

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