Thunder Bay City Council Votes Fair Trade

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City Hall debated Fair Trade

Thunder Bay Votes to Move to Fair Trade

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay City Council was following up on a motion to become a Fair Trade City. 

Earlier this year, the City Council heard from a delegation of Thunder Bay students about our city becoming a Fair Trade City.

“They know so much about this, you hope within their school, they can be the leaders for the community,” commented Ken Boshcoff. The Councillor at Large was speaking on how the process could work as Thunder Bay seeks to become a Fair Trade City. The practical process in the form of “an information report” is being sought, according to Councillor Rebecca Johnson. 

Councillor Andrew Foulds said that he is comfortable with the move being for fair trade coffee and tea.

Councillors were seemingly confused what it would mean if the process as to assigning staff to a non-council committee.

The Council was told that the process could be done, and with staff putting the process together was needed because of the quantities of food that the city is purchasing. 

Mayor Hobbs commented “We are arguing about something we can’t do”. The Mayor meant that in terms of a separate committee. 

Hobbs suggested the issue would be deferred. That motion was seconded by Councillor Virdiramo. Councillor Bentz sitting in the chair tonight said that “It looks like we need more information, and that referring this to another committee. The motion to defer was lost 6-5.

The overall motion was passed

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