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UPDATE: ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ to take place at fair trade university

The Globe and Mail reports, “Earlier this month, Simon Fraser University (in Vancouver) became Canada’s second university to earn fair trade designation, meaning food service providers on campus, like Chartwells, sell and visibly promote fair trade coffee, teas and chocolate.

The SFU Harbour Centre campus (515 West Hastings Street) will be the location of the full-day of plenary sessions and workshops for our ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ on Saturday June 2. The Friday evening public forum will take place at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street).

The Globe and Mail adds, “For Mark McLaughlin, executive director of SFU’s ancillary services, it’s not just about coffee with a conscience. It’s about adopting policies that promote sustainability and ethical choices throughout the university administration. ‘We’ve completely changed our procurement policies for down the line. We want it to be part of our DNA’, says Mr. McLaughlin.” The Council of Canadians congratulates SFU on its fair trade designation and looks forward to the hopeful-next step of the university rejecting the naming of rooms after corporate sponsors (particularly the ones that are ‘free trade’ advocates).

To read about the associated Fair Trade Canada’s ‘Fair Trade Town’ initiative (Vancouver is also a fair trade town), please see http://canadians.org/blog/?p=3136.

To register for ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ this June 1-2 go to http://canadians.org/shoutout.