November 18, 4:45-7pm, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s and their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and profoundly impacted everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.
The MSH/UHN Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is hosting a documentary screening and panel discussion around the movie Resistance, on November 18, 2015, as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015. Read more or register…
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Peterborough
New Report Shows Food Insecurity a Growing Concern for Peterborough
Researchers Say Now is the Time for New Approaches
A new report entitled Food Access, Housing Security and Community Connections: A Case Study of Peterborough, Ontario was released today by Carleton and Trent University academics, in association with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University.
The report concludes that the community of Peterborough is doing many things right when it comes to addressing food insecurity and housing insecurity, but that the issues are not going away and may even be getting worse. It argues that it is time for some new, cross-cutting, approaches.
“Peterborough was chosen for this study because it faces challenges when it comes to both food insecurity and housing insecurity,” said Dr. Peter Andrée of Carleton University and lead author of the report. “Despite this, Peterborough is home to a vibrant collection of community-based initiatives working to address these issues alongside City and County governments.”
The report identifies household food insecurity as a growing issue in Peterborough City and County. Food insecurity research shows that 11.5% of households in the City and County of Peterborough are food insecure, an increase from the 10% reported in 2013. In 2011, 26% of households (including 48% of rental households) in Peterborough paid at least 30% of their income on housing (Statistics Canada, 2014). Because of insufficient affordable housing and low average wages, renters earning the average Peterborough wage of $18/hour had to work longer than in any other Canadian city to cover the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.
“When people are forced to choose between food and shelter, housing is often paid for first, leaving families hungry at the end of the month,” noted Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health and Chair of the Peterborough Food Action Network. “Clearly, the common denominator between the issues of food access and housing insecurity is insufficient income to make ends meet”.
The report concludes that all levels of government need to take the issue of income security much more seriously. It is time to take action on Living Wage and social assistance rates, and explore the potential of a Basic Income Guarantee.
Download the report [pdf 949 KB]…
For further information, please contact:
705-743-1000, ext. 391
Dr. Peter Andrée
613-520-2600, ext. 1953
We live in a time of great change in our city. As artists, we may feel moved to capture the old Guelph before it is transformed. Yorklands Green Hub would like to invite artists to the former Guelph Corrections Centre before it undergoes large-scale repurposing, for a day of…
Sunday, September 27, 2015 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to use any media of their choosing (wet, dry, photography, etc.) to capture the landscape of the 47 acres of heritage land of the former Guelph Correctional Centre—before it is transformed into a self-sustaining education, demonstration, innovation and research hub that will focus on the importance and practice of sustainable food production, wise water use and protection, wetland research, energy conservation and renewable energies on a heritage site.
Then, exhibit your framed work at 10 Carden Street, at the
from October 2nd to 8th! Read more…
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November 4 – 5, 2015 | Belleville, ON
A conference designed to facilitate stronger relationships among local food groups, challenge obstacles to growth as well as provide technical information on key topics. Local food initiatives have been innovative in running their businesses, adapting practices and looking for partners to be successful in this rapidly growing sector. Join the ‘Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference‘ to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. For more information: http://eastontlocalfood.ca/
What a busy summer of Ecological Farmers of Ontario events, with field days and farm tours and workshops across Ontario—bees and goats and poultry and beef and seeds and potatoes and squash and grains and soil … oh my!
Read the full list, and register your support for EFO!
The Ecology Action Centre has released its 2014-2015 report and highlights.
There you will find evidence of the impact EAC has throughout their community, including the Cost-Share CSA, the Photovoice Project, storysharing, workshops, and co-hosting Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly. Read more…
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. *
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.
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…
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.
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.
LOCAL FOOD MINGLE AND MASH
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Where: The Motley Kitchen, 70 Younge Street, Sudbury, ON
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*