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What's fair about fair trade?

This weekend I will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day on May 13 and Mother’s Day on May 14. The combination seems very appropriate, as it was my mother who introduced me to the world of fair trade over 40 years ago. 642 more words


My Canada, 62/150: Plain and not so simple

It took many years for me to realize, growing up, that not everyone had horse-drawn buggies clomp-clomping by their home.

Those buggies were, and are, transportation for the Old Order Mennonites who immigrated to Waterloo County in the early 19th century, whose ancestors came from Europe and who settled, for a time, in Pennsylvania U.S.A. 974 more words


Pick of the week #2

This week has been a busy one. Lots of lovely things and places.

So, #2 pick of the week is this lovely star shaped hurricane lantern from Marks & Spencer; 322 more words


Darn Good Yarn: A Review

I had a Visa gift card for $50.00 that I received as a Christmas gift.  I was poking around on Amazon, and it’s unusual that I can’t find anything on there that that I want, so I decided to look around my bookmarks on my web browser to check out other merchants.  799 more words


Fair Trade for the Holidays

While many shoppers were out on Black Friday checking off their lists, some Frederictonians began their shopping a week earlier at the Ten Thousand Villages Craft festival in Wilmot United Church on Nov. 434 more words


A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making

A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making

Handmade rugs are beautiful, versatile and last forever! Ten Thousand Villages has been working with Bunyaad rug artisans in Pakistan since 1982, and we have volunteers and staff dedicated to educating customers about Oriental rugs and the fair trade difference — both in the quality of the artisans’ lives and the quality of their product. 801 more words