Part Three of The Current
Changes to the fair-trade movement
The fair trade idea is probably as familiar to most coffee drinkers as the smell of roasted beans. The details behind the fair trade movement however are probably not that familiar to most consumers. Even people directly involved know it's a moving target. Lately, some feel the target's moved too far from the original intentions.
Exactly how to support producers in the developing world split the Fair Trade movement when Fair Trade USA announced plans to certify estates and plantations that met its standards. Up until then, fair trade products came exclusively from small farmer cooperatives.
To pursue its model of fair trade, Fair Trade USA parted ways with Fair Trade International -- the organization representing fair trade groups worldwide, including Canada's. Paul Rice is the CEO and President of Fair Trade USA. He says this innovation to the fair trade model could help lift millions out of poverty in the developing world. Paul Rice joined us from Oakland California. And Michael Zelmer is the Director of Communications for Fair Trade Canada. He was in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.
Last Word - Arcade Fire & Mick Jagger on SNL
Our Last Word word today goes to the Montreal band Arcade Fire and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, they performed together on NBC's Saturday Night Live on the weekend. Arcade Fire generated buzz for appearing with little red squares pinned to their shirts.
The red square has become the symbol of Quebec's student protesters, who continued to take to the streets over the weekend despite the province's controversial new law aimed at cracking down on the demonstrations. Police used tear gas and made dozens of arrests when some protesters turned violent on Saturday night. And last night, the protests continued with a number of violent clashes with police arresting 300 demonstrators.
Students are preparing for what is expected to be an even larger demonstration tomorrow night. Tomorrow on The Current, we'll ask what can be done to break the impasse and resolve - once and for all - the crisis that began over tuition fees in Quebec. And on Wednesday, we'll look at some of the unintended consequences of the protests.
But we ended today's program with some of that performance from Saturday Night Live.
* Please note music is not included in this online streamed audio. *
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