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PEI Candidates: Views on Food Security

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Members of the Prince Edward Island Food Security Network asked PEI candidates running for the federal election for their views on improving food security for Islanders and all Canadians.

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1. Will you commit to the development a National Food Policy based on the principles of food sovereignty?

2. Will you commit to the developing and implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee program to ensure access to healthy affordable food for all people, and to ensure that people who produce food have a liveable income?

3. Will you commit to a National Healthy School Food Program, cost-shared between all levels of government?


cpc-foodNO RESPONSES from any local Conservative Party of Canada candidates.

 

 

 

 


green-foodGREEN PARTY OF CANADA LOCAL STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF ALL PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CANDIDATES

All Green Party Candidates are in favour of:

  • Food Security
  • Basic Income Guarantee – or – Guaranteed Annual Income
  • National Food Program that serves fresh local quality food in hospitals and schools, nursing homes and other venues
  • Also for Free Tuition and Pharmacare
  • While standing against CETA, TPP and other Trade deals that would negatively impact our food supply.

In the Garden at the Farm Centre, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May had this to say: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/elizabeth-may-calls-for-local-food-in-schools-and-hospitals-1.3212015
The complete and fully costed Green Party Policy is right here;
http://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform

NILS LING (GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR MALPEQUE)
Thank you for your recent survey. As I am sure you are aware, the goals of your organization fit perfectly with the Green Party policy and platform, which includes all those elements.

I am not hesitant to answer a firm “YES” to each question.

LYNNE LUND (GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR MALPEQUE)
1. Will you commit to the development a National Food Policy based on the principles of food sovereignty?
The Green Party will develop a National Agricultural and Food Policy that supports the principles of food sovereignty. Our food security and safety are threatened directly by agribusiness and the health of Canada’s population today and in the future depends on the environmentally sustainable production of wholesome food. We believe that local organic agriculture must play a role in mitigating climate change, providing food security, restoring soil health, improving human health, protecting water, and providing sustainable livelihoods for citizens.
More details of our extensive National Agricultural and Food Policy can be found at http://www.greenparty.ca/en/policy/vision-green/economy/agriculture-food

2. Will you commit to the developing and implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee program to ensure access to healthy affordable food for all people, and to ensure that people who produce food have a liveable income?
The Green Party believes that all Canadians should have a guaranteed liveable income. We will implement this through the use of a negative income tax, or Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) for all. The essential plan is to provide a regular payment to every Canadian without regard to a needs test. The level of the payment will be regionally set at a level above poverty, but at a bare subsistence level to encourage additional income generation. No surveillance or follow-up is required. More information on our GLI initiative can be found at: http://www.greenparty.ca/en/policy/vision-green/people/poverty

3. Will you commit to a National Healthy School Food Program, cost-shared between all levels of government?
As part of our party’s National Agricultural and Food Policy, we would establish federally funded, community-guided school lunch programs across Canada to ensure that our children have daily access to healthy local food and can learn about sustainable food production and healthy eating.

BECKA VIAU (GREEN CANDIDATE FOR CHARLOTTETOWN)
I answer yes to all of these questions. An enthusiastic yes.

I believe in the power that comes from eating whole foods produced close to home. Everyone should have access to the space, tools and knowledge needed to grow there own food. Seed sovereignty is important to me.

Here is a little bit about food that is in our platform but it is a bit leaned to business and less about the right to have access to fresh healthy food…

Supporting local food and small-scale producers:

In a time of dominance by global industrial food systems, we want to rebalance the equation by creating resilient local economies fueled by local growers, farmers, and producers.

Markets for local and organic food are growing rapidly, and a new generation of young Canadians want to try their hand at farming. Yet starting out remains a daunting prospect, requiring financial risk that many young would-be farmers are unwilling to take.

We believe that Canadians who want to enter into agriculture should be supported to do so. We will fund community supported agriculture, farmers’ markets, small-scale farms and producers, and the wineries and microbreweries that Canadians love.

Finally, we will shift government-supported research away from biotechnology and energy-intensive farming and towards organic and sustainable food production. We have the successful twenty-plus year legacy of Environmental Farm Plan assessments to build upon in which tens of thousands of family farms voluntarily adopted more efficient farming practices.


lpc-foodWAYNE EASTER
(LIBERAL PARTY CANDIDATE FOR MALPEQUE)
Thank you for your sincere and informative email concerning the development of a national food policy. Your work in this area is very much required to change community attitudes and public policy.

Access to sufficient, safe, healthy, adequate food is a fundamental human right. A Liberal government will always prioritize protecting the health and safety of Canadians. We will work consultatively with provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal organizations, community groups and producers to ensure that Canadians have access to healthy, affordable food.

Liberals know that there is an inextricable link between food security and issues of poverty and income security. Healthy populations can only be achieved when adequate income, safe and secure food sources, housing and infrastructure are well established. A Liberal government will make the necessary investments to ensure these outcomes.

For a start, we will create the Canada Child Benefit (CCB): one bigger, fair, tax-free, automatic monthly child benefit that puts money back in the pockets of Canadian families that need it most. The CCB will lift 315,000 kids out of poverty and allow families to make the decisions that best suit their needs. We will also propose a renewed federal role in housing, including investments in innovative programs for supportive housing and predictable sustained new funding for affordable housing. We will have a more detailed announcement in the days and weeks ahead.

Further, a Liberal government will address the growing food security disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians that the UN Special Rapporteur Dr. De Schutter identified in his report on the Right to Food. A Liberal government will work in partnership with impacted communities to address this food insecurity crisis in the North and remote communities in Canada. The Nutrition North Canada (NNC) food subsidy must be expanded to include the other communities that require it. This long-standing and shocking lack of accountability and oversite must be fixed so that savings are being passed to Northerners.

I encourage you to keep in touch so that I might be up-to-date on the current circumstances in Prince Edward Island even after the election period is over.


ndp-foodJOE BYRNE (NDP CANDIDATE FOR CHARLOTTETOWN)
1. Will you commit to the development a National Food Policy based on the principles of food sovereignty? The NDP is the only party to already have a national food strategy. An NDP government will implement and build on that strategy to ensure that all Canadians have access to healthy, sustainable, quality food.

The Strategy has four pillars:

  • Sustainable agricultural communities
  • Supporting local agriculture
  • Growing agricultural businesses to drive our national economy
  • Safe, transparent and healthy food choices, and ensuring that every Canadian can afford a healthy meal.

A Tom Mulcair government promises to:

  • Implement our national strategy for healthy, sustainable, quality food.
  • Increase access to local and organic choices.
  • Ensure farmers can make a living.
  • Maintain the highest standards of food safety and labelling.
  • Increase incomes and supports so every family can afford a healthy meal

2. Will you commit to the developing and implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee program to ensure access to healthy affordable food for all people, and to ensure that people who produce food have a liveable income? The NDP is proud to be the only party with a comprehensive food strategy to connect Canadians from farm to fork. Our food strategy contains policies to improve food security and ensure that every Canadian can afford a healthy meal. We will implement a whole-of-government approach to food security, reducing reliance on food banks by improving incomes and supports for working families, allowing them to spend more of their household budget on healthy food. This includes our plan to reinstate the federal minimum wage and progressively raise it to $15 an hour and our plan to raise the poorest families out of poverty through increases to the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Working Income Tax Benefit. There will be more details of our plan revealed in the coming days.

We also want to ensure that rural livelihoods are real livelihoods. We will invest in rural economies and provide support for business risk management tools for farming families.

3. Will you commit to a National Healthy School Food Program, cost-shared between all levels of government? The NDP is committed to ensuring healthy meals are accessible to all Canadians. We will work with the provinces and territories to improve food security and to ensure that every family is able to buy and make the healthy meals they need to thrive.

BILLY CANN (NDP CANDIDATE FOR CARDIGAN)

1. Will you commit to the development a National Food Policy based on the principles of food sovereignty? The NDP has a National Food Strategy which an NDP government would implement and build on. It has four pillars:

– Sustainable agricultural communities
– Supporting local agriculture
– Growing agricultural businesses to drive our national economy
– Safe, transparent and healthy food choices and ensuring that very Canadian can afford a healthy meal.

Billy Cann as an NDP government MP certainly would support implementation AND any building on that when necessary.

2. Will you commit to the developing and implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee program to ensure access to healthy affordable food for all people, and to ensure that people who produce food have a liveable income? An NDP government would ensure that every Canadian can afford a healthy meal. This will require an overall approach that will include raising the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour in all federal government agencies and departments, a national child benefit supplement and a working income tax benefit. [More details to come.] We would invest in rural communities by providing risk management tools for farm families and making sure that infrastructure funds go to rural towns and small cities which in turn help farm families earn a livable income too.

The National Child Care program that the NDP will implement will also help families to be able to afford healthy food.

Billy Cann and his NDP Team are well informed about the Basic Income Guarantee idea and will work within an NDP federal government to help provincial governments establish pilot projects with the objective being to implement long term BIG programs that would ensure all Canadians eat well and healthy.

3. Will you commit to a National Healthy School Food Program, cost-shared between all levels of government?Billy Cann as an NDP MP will work to have an NDP federal government collaborate with provincial and territorial governments to improve food security such that every family is able to afford eating well. This could include having a National Healthy School Food Program.


Cinema Politica for World Food Day

To celebrate World Food Day 2012, on Tuesday October 16th,
Cinema Politica and the PEI Food Security Network present the documentary FRESH – 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Community Centre

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/fr/node/5522

Food Skills Workshop Kit Launched

Hello All,

I wanted to send out a quick note to inform you of a new resource that the Food Security Network of NL (FSN-NL) has developed that may be of use to other food security organizations across the country.

I am thrilled to announce that FSN-NL has launched a Food Skills Workshop Kit earlier this week as part of our Root Cellars Rock initiative (www.rootcellarsrock.ca)! The Workshop Kit is a new resource for community groups to host hands-on workshops building local food skills and preserving traditional food knowledge, on 8 topics – Container Gardening, Composting, Seed Saving, Edible Wild Plants, Cooking with Local Vegetables, Using Culinary Herbs, Canning/Bottling, and Storing food in Root Cellars. Each of the workshop guides include information, resources, and activity guides covering each topic in depth.

As your organization is also working to advance food security in Canada, FSN-NL would like to invite you to review the Food Skills Workshops and use them as a resource where beneficial. Please share this information within your organization and forward it on to others that may be interested.

The workshops are now available on the Root Cellars Rock website at: http://rootcellarsrock.ca/food-skills-workshops/ or on the FSN website at: http://www.foodsecuritynews.com/rcr-workshops.html
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments regarding the Food Skills Workshops Kit.
Thank you,
Kristie

Kristie Jameson
Executive Director
Food Security Network NL
Tel: 709-237-4026 / 4126
Fax: 709-237-4231
kristiejameson@foodsecuritynews.com
http://www.foodsecuritynews.com
http://www.rootcellarsrock.ca/blog

Event of Interest – Tomorrow!

Dear Food Security Network Members,

Please see notice below regarding an upcoming workshop this Thursday, from Rose Mary Garrett.

I just wanted to personally invite each one of you to the upcoming Agriculture Educators’ Workshop which will be held on Thursday, July 5th, 2012, at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, 420 University Avenue. This workshop is brought to you as a result of a partnership of the PEI Agriculture Sector Council and the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We hope that you consider joining us for a very fun and engaging day!

Agriculture Educators’ Workshop (Thursday, July 5th, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

How would you like to take a day this summer to meet up with other educators who are passionate about finding ways to incorporate agriculture into the classroom? Have you ever wondered how you could make better use of that greenhouse at your school? What about having an indoor light garden in the lobby of your school? How about taking a look in that recycle bag to find some unique ways to grow food and other plants in your class? The theme for this year’s one-day agriculture workshop is “Urban Agriculture”.

A few of the topics to be covered at this workshop include: Greenhouse Horticulture Therapy, Making Something from Nothing: Growing in the Classroom with No Budget, Rooftop Gardening and Living Walls, and Setting up Your School Greenhouse. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of Charlottetown’s Demonstration Gardens and Urban Edible Gardens or a tour of VanKampen’s Greenhouse. Join us for conversation and a quaint, picnic lunch along the way showcasing Island products prepared by our local chef from The Best Plate Forward. Sign up and receive an engaging package of current agriculture resources.

To sign up for the workshop, please contact Rose Mary at the PEI Agriculture Sector Council: rmgarrett@peiagsc.ca.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing everyone on July 5th!

Please note that this is not a PEI Food Security Network initiative. For more information on this event, please contact the coordinators directly. Thanks!
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Groups Call for Apology to UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

News release from Food Secure Canada, of which we are a member:

Dear Members –

Please find below the press release that was issued today regarding the open letter to Prime Minister Harper. It is still possible for groups and individuals to sign on if they choose.

All the best –

Food Secure Canada Staff

News release

30 May 2012

GROUPS CALL FOR APOLOGY TO UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON RIGHT TO FOOD

Alongside dozens of well-known and respected Canadians such as Ed Broadbent, Flora Macdonald, Warren Allmand, Lois Wilson and Laure Waridel, representatives of over 100 organizations from across the country have written today to Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressing deep concern about the government’s treatment of a United Nations human rights expert at the end of his mission to Canada earlier this month .

Professor Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, was undiplomatically dismissed by several Government ministers at the end of his official mission to Canada between 6 and 16 May after he expressed concerns about the government’s failure to address widespread hunger in so affluent a country as Canada. He was castigated for wasting time and resources looking into challenges in upholding the right to food in a developed democracy such as Canada and was publicly labelled as “ill-informed” and “patronizing.”

The letter, endorsed by many human rights lawyers and organizations working with families living in poverty and against discrimination, condemns “the unprecedented attacks on [Mr. De Schutter’s] integrity and professionalism” and suggests that the government’s reaction indicates a complete misunderstanding of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and the nature of Canada’s obligations under international human rights law. “It trivializes the evident and continuing food and poverty-related human rights challenges faced daily by hundreds of thousands of Canadians,” said Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. “We should be seriously looking at how to implement the recommendations in De Schutter’s report, not dismissing them.”

The letter notes that another UN expert, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Professor James Anaya, similarly was derided for speaking out publicly about the dire conditions at the Attawipiskat First Nation reserve in northern Ontario last December.

The letter calls on the Prime Minister to apologize to Professors De Schutter and Anaya. “It is also crucial that Prime Minister Harper reconfirms publicly that his government recognizes the importance of international scrutiny of Canada’s universal human rights obligations,” said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English Branch. “The government’s treatment of these two Special Rapporteurs sets a troubling example for other countries of unacceptable disrespect for UN human rights experts. That cannot stand.”

For further information
please contact
John Tackaberry, Amnesty International Canada (English Branch)
jtackaberry@amnesty.ca
(613)744-7667 #236

Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada,
Diana@foodsecurecanada.org
(514)629-9236

Food Secure Canada – Sécurité Alimentaire Canada

info@foodsecurecanada.org
CP 48020 BP Bernard
Montreal, QC H2V 4H0
Canada

 

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Annual General Meeting 2012

Dear Food Security Network Membership,

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the PEI Food Security Network on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 from 2-4 pm at The Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown.

An agenda is  below. We have invited Karen Murchison to facilitate a session on Urban Farming.

Please RSVP to Charmaine at cecampbell@edu.pe.ca or 368-6844 by Friday, May 11.

We hope you can join us!

Sincerely,

The PEI Food Security Network Board of Directors

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

May 15, 2012
2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Farm Centre, Charlottetown

Agenda

1. Welcome, Call Meeting to Order

2. Approval of Minutes from 2011 Annual Meeting (April 16)

3. Update From the Board

  • Remarks from the President
  • Working Group Updates

4. Urban Farming Presentation by Karen Murchison

5. Election of Directors and Officers

6. Other Business

7. Adjournment

Resetting the Table Workshop Report

The workshop report from the workshop Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for PEI is now available, with thanks to the Cooper Institute and the Food Production and Distribution Working Group.

Resetting the Table Workshop Report – March 13, 2012

Resetting the Table Workshop

Resetting the Table Workshop Invitation

Please join the PEI Food Security Network’s food production and distribution working group for a workshop on

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Farm Centre, University Avenue, Charlottetown

All are welcome ~ Refreshments served ~ Free admission

For more information or to pre-register, contact Cooper Institute cooperinstitute *at* eastlink.ca or phone 902-894-4573

To read the People’s Food Policy: http://foodsecurecanada.org/the-peoples-food-policy-project

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/171309889651616/

Download an event poster and help us promote the workshop: Resetting the Table Poster

Thanks!

The Elements: Ethical Use of Our Resources

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) and the Evolution Studies Group at Dalhousie University are pleased to present: The Elements

A three-part series examining the ethical uses of our resources: Food, Oil and Water. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7PM

The ScotiaBank Theatre Auditorium, McCain Building, Dalhousie University. Free Admission

PART 1: Food -Ethical Issues in Agriculture: Organic, Locavore and Genetic Modification Keynote: Dr. R. Paul Thompson, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Respondents: Dr. Rylan Higgins, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University; Dr. Bohdan L. Luhovyy, Applied Human Nutrition Department,

Mount Saint Vincent University. This event will be live streamed and can be viewed here: www.ccepa.ca Reception to Follow.

Seeking PEI Focus Group Participants

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
Andrea Papan from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health has asked me to circulate this information to help her recruit participants for a focus group of women in PEI, which would be part of a project that explores the relationship between food insecurity and having a healthy body weight. I gather the date & time of the focus group will be determined if/when Andrea hears from potential participants.
Ann

Over the last 12 months, have there been times when you and other household members did not have enough to eat?
If so, and you are a woman and have experienced weight challenges, we would like to invite you to share your experiences as part of our research project. We will be conducting group discussions with women, aged 18 and older, to learn about your experiences and understandings around times when you worried about not having enough to eat or actually did not have enough to eat, and weight challenges you faced as well as issues with chronic diseases. Group discussions will be taking place in communities across Atlantic Canada.
You will receive an honorarium for your participation. In addition, you will be reimbursed up to a limited amount for childcare, parking fees, and/or travel costs if you are taking a bus or taxi.

Group discussions will be taking place in Prince Edward Island:
Date: The week of January 30 OR February , 2012 – To be confirmed
Time: To be confirmed, group discussion will be approximately 2.5 hours
Location: To be confirmed

For more information and to find out if you are eligible to participate in this study please contact the Project Coordinator, Andrea Papan at: Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Dalhousie University, Phone: (902) 494-7849 or andrea.papan@dal.ca Toll free: 1-888-658-1112