Summer Jobs at FoodShare

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School Grown Facilitator

Number of positions available: 2
* Note: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position.  Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall. *

Position Overview

FoodShare Toronto is looking to hire an energetic and experienced youth facilitator to assist in the operation of our schoolyard market gardens. The School Grown Facilitator will work alongside the School Grown Senior Coordinator and our fourteen high school youth employees in a small-scale farming operation with an educational mandate.

The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience working with high school youth (ages 16 to 19) and enjoy outdoor work. Previous experience with gardening or farming is not essential, but the candidate must have a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and a positive energy. We will teach you what we know and provide opportunities to further your learning.

Urban Agriculture Assistant

FoodShare Toronto is looking for a 30.5hrs/wk Urban Agriculture Assistant for a summer eight week job to work with our urban agriculture team in our demonstrations, which include our outdoor gardens, greenhouse, composting system and rooftop garden. This individual must have strong experience and skill in growing food, leading workshops and working with volunteers.

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Community Food Security Hub Newsletter (Issue 2, 2015)

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Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s (CFICE) has released the latest issue of the Community Food Security (CFS) Hub newsletter.

Launched in 2012, CFICE is a seven-year partnership project that aims to support Canadian non-profits, universities, and colleges to build more innovative and resilient communities by exploring the question: How can community campus partnerships be designed and implemented to maximize the value created for non-profit, community-based organizations?

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Migrant worker crash survivor Juan Ariza closer to residency

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from CBC, April 30…

A Peruvian migrant worker who endured a nightmare after taking a job in Canada is now close to realizing his dream, in what some legal experts are calling a significant move by the government.

Juan Jose Ariza was one of 14 men involved in a deadly car accident in southwestern Ontario in February 2012.

Eleven died in the crash. Ariza survived with severe injuries – and after undergoing extensive treatment in Canada, he is now on his way to winning the right to live here permanently. Read more

école d’été sur la sécurité et l’insécurité alimentaire

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L’école d’été sur la sécurité  et l’insécurité alimentaire commence lundi 4 mai. Il reste des places!

Cette 2e édition de l’école d’été est co-organisée avec la Chaire en développement international et la Chaire de recherche en droit sur la diversité et la sécurité alimentaires.

Cette année, la formation a pour titre : Les innovations sociales face aux défis de la sécurité alimentaire. Il s’agit des innovations qui apportent des réponses aux contextes d’insécurité alimentaire ou qui renouvellent les approches pour atteindre une sécurité alimentaire durable. Lire la suite

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Municipal Food Policy Assistant, Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario has funding for a Municipal Food Policy Event and Policy Coordinator and are seeking a highly motivated, organized, analytical and dynamic summer student, preferably in a graduate level program, to work with us starting as early as June 1st, 2015.


  • Support the planning and implementation of two municipal food policy and local food events
  • Conduct outreach and interviews with municipal food policy and local food advocates
  • Research innovative local food ideas and activities to inform the development of municipal food policy resources
  • Assist in the research and development of municipal and local food policy resources
  • Communicate about events, initiatives and research through the Sustain Ontario website and social media

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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

otras maneras de comer

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