Key Food System Roles in Ontario

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Director, Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI), is looking for an inspiring, experienced and dedicated individual to fill the position of Director. The successful candidate is someone who can articulate the long-term outcomes for healthy food and farming in Ontario, and move Sustain Ontario toward those long-term goals. They are passionate about the work and have a proven track record of leadership, including the ability to guide and motivate teams comprising people of diverse backgrounds and experience.

Sustain Ontario faces a turning point in its life cycle and is looking for a dynamic individual who can lead the organization through the changes. A planning exercise has developed a Three Year Strategic Plan and Sustain Ontario is looking for a person who can take this plan, find funding to carry it out, and continue to innovate and support actors within the food system in Ontario. Read more

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, CFCC

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is looking for a Knowledge Exchange Coordinator to play an important role in supporting knowledge dissemination and exchange activities between CFCC and its partner Community Food Centres, member Good Food Organizations, and the broader community interested in learning about the best practices and issues around CFCs and other grassroots food programs.
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Water + Ice

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On March 19, 2015, the governments of the Northwest Territories and Alberta signed the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Agreement. This historic agreement governs water resources, ecosystems and communities in the largest Canadian watershed and has implications for broader water and energy policy issues in Canada. Two of the leaders in the negotiations will describe the successful development of the agreement and what makes it innovative for Canada and the world.

Please join us on April 29, 2015 for a discussion with The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Government of the Northwest Territories and Merrell-Ann S. Phare, Chief Negotiator.

This discussion will take place at Maureen Forrester Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University from 1:30-3:00pm, followed by a reception.

Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Max Blouw, Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor, and will include comments by Dr William Quinton, Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Hydrology, and Dr Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change.


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Other Ways of Eating

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Congreso Otras maneras de comer

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Food consumption is an important aspect of cultural behavior. No society permits their members to eat absolutely anything, at any moment, in any place, in any way, and with anyone. Food has been subjected to rules and customs that intersect with each other at different symbolic levels. The uses of a food and its different combinations, the order in which certain foods are consumed, the composition of a dish, the number and hours eaten of the different meals of the day, are all phenomena that are codified in a more or less precise manner. These codes are the result of a process whose reasoning can uncovered in the history of every society and culture. Given the symbolic meaning of food, the food practices of an individual links them to a determined group, whether it be social, ethnic, age, age, ideological, or religious…
Nonetheless, in today’s hypermodern context it seems that our traditional relationship with food has changed. It is no longer based so much on an inherited culture but instead on multiple considerations that have nothing to do with this inherited culture. Ideological, ethical, aesthetic, and health considerations superimpose themselves on our established food consumption models.

more details on the congress, Barcelona June 9-12, 2015…

Quebec Budget Boosts Social Economy

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… from CCED Network

Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, presented the 2015-16 budget on March 26th. Some of the most significant positive measures include:

  • The $20M addition to the Programme d’infrastructure en entrepreneuriat collectif (PIEC) [Collective entrepreneurship infrastructure program];
  • The $10M recapitalization of Réseau d’investissement social du Québec (RISQ);
  • A $30M budget to relaunch Investissement Quebec’s program to stimulate the capitalization of social economy enterprises;
  • $10M over five years for an action plan for seniors and persons in loss of autonomy as well as the renewal of the Financial Assistance Program for Domestic Help Services (PEFSAD);
  • $3.5M over five years to support innovation and the development of markets, and the confirmation of funding for five years of the liaison and transfer organization, Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire (TIESS);
  • A $1M fund over five years to support workers in their process to create worker cooperatives in the context of business reactivation;
  • $29M over five years for various grassroots organizations that work to support the development of social economy enterprises, especially in rural and remote regions.

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Food for Health Research Forum

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Join us Thursday, April 9 for the 2015 OMAFRA – University of Guelph Food for Health Research Forum at the Conference Centre, 1 Stone Road, Guelph from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Details include:

Health Promotion in Ontario – The Link Between Food and Chronic Disease

Martha Greenberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Promotion Division, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care — 9 am

Industry and Consumer Perspectives on Food for Health — 9.30
Crossing the Divide – From Academic Research to Industry Output — 10.45
Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging — 11.15
Food Literacy and Healthy Eating — 1 pm
Building Local Food Capacity to Increase Healthy Eating and Create Social and Economic Benefits — 2.30
Grad Student Poster Prize Announcement and Closing Remarks — 3.30

To attend via webinar or see the agenda


New Free Sustainable Farming Tutorials

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ATTRA is now offering two new additions to the series of sustainable agriculture tutorials available on the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s ATTRA website.

The free, self-guided tutorials are more than just online talks. They contain multiple lessons with ATTRA specialists and other well-known experts in sustainable agriculture. They’re designed so you can delve deeply into the subject while working at your own pace and include calculators, worksheets, resource lists, and other downloadable tools. And as further encouragement, the tutorials include “case study” conversations with successful producers who know what it takes to make a go of farming.

The two new tutorials are geared toward current producers:
Scaling Up for Regional Markets and Pest Management

Read more about the tutorials

Ontario’s Local Food Act and Food Literacy Goals

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Webinar hosted by The Nutrition Resource Centre (OPHA)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

The Ontario government is spreading the word about local food to help increase the demand for the good things that are grown, harvested and made in Ontario.  In this context, OMAFRA will present on the Local Food Act and the development of the recently announced aspirational food literacy goals in relation to local food.
Presenter: Sherry Persaud, a Policy Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Read more

The Food Hub Future

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The Future of Local Food for the Region

March 25, 2015

Day long “Scaling Up Wholesale” workshop organized by Eat Local Sudbury Co-op. Cap the day off with PRESENTING THE DESIGN: A REGIONAL FOOD HUB

The time has come to present the design for the NEW Regional Food Hub to be built by Eat Local Sudbury Co-op. Learn more about our region’s unique Food Hub model that incorporates local food aggregation and food education for consumers, producers and wholesale purchaser.

Presentation is FREE to attend.



When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Where: The Motley Kitchen, 70 Younge Street, Sudbury, ON
Time: 5PM-7PM
Cost: $15.00, tickets can be purchased at Eat Local Sudbury (176 Larch St., Sudbury, ON).

Before the ‘Regional Food Hub Presentation’ join us at The Motley Kitchen for some local food and beverages. We want to meet and chat about how the community can participate in the future of local food for the region. After your dinner stay for the presentation of the NEW Regional Food Hub. See you soon!

*Free for ‘Scaling Up Wholesale Workshop’ attendees*

Fortnightly Feast

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2015 Ontario Farmland Forum

March 27th will mark the 11th year the Ontario Farmland Trust has hosted a Farmland Forum to discuss emerging farmland protection concerns. And, the 2015 Ontario Farmland Forum, Pursuing Diverse & Collaborative Approaches to Farmland Protection… is very topical and timely. We have a provincial government that is looking for new approaches and partnerships that strengthen the agricultural sector and the protection of our rich agricultural land resources. Read more

LAST CHANCE! New Farmer Survey/Sondage sur les nouveaux fermiers et les nouvelles fermières

If you are currently farming, want to be a farmer, or have recently exited farming, we need to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to support the next generation of farmers in Canada. SURVEY CLOSES MARCH 31, 2015.
The National New Farmer Coalition and the University of Manitoba have put together a survey to assess the needs of new farmers in Canada where it concerns policy and educational opportunities. The results from this survey will be used to develop a National New Farmer Policy Platform that we aim to share with all levels of government. It will also document the sources of new farmer learning and make suggestions on how to improve this training in Canada. Please forward this survey to everyone in your farming/foodie network (it is available in both French and English). Read more

Policy 101- Lessons from the community

Building on the success of last year’s Policy 101: Community Action Workshop, this year the Ecology Action Centre decided to take the workshop on the road. They were in Amherst, Cape Breton (near Baddeck), and in Halifax to talk policy with individuals keen on making their institutions, municipalities and the province as a whole more supportive of healthy lifestyles, local food, and a sustainable environment. Read more

Villes nourricières

Last January, Vivre en Ville, an urban planing NGO based in Québec, Canada, launched a new book about sustainable local food systems. Named “Villes nourricières”, the book calls for a better integration of food in the local government agenda and a better integration of public health, environment, land planning and food policies.
Five majors ingredients are combined to create proximity-based food systems: productive spaces, responsible businesses, better access to healthy food, increased local food demand and optimized lifecycle. The book highlights many strategies, actions and case studies to help communities build their own local food strategy. Lire la suite

From New York State:

It’s Time to Find Out If Buying Local Vegetables Actually Helps Farm Towns

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that urban farmers markets are good for rural economies. Just ask U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. After announcing the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund various local food projects on Monday, Vilsack said, “Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America’s rural economies.” But is it? That’s the question a team of researchers at Cornell University, led by economics professor Todd Schmit, will be digging into over the next two years… Read more

Last Chance to have your say!

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Food Hub Survey Closing March 31

Thank you to all of you who have already participated in this important survey.  If you haven’t completed your survey (it is possible your link has expired) or wish to begin again please see the link below.  We are very eager to hear from as many people as possible.  This will be our last communication, the food hub survey will close at the end of the month!

For further details on the survey

For technical issues or questions about filling out the survey please reply to Mike Nagy or call 519-829-6249. For questions about this project, please contact Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer:   Thank you!

Follow this link to the Survey:
New Directions Food Hub Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: