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Living and Thriving: A Forum about Supporting Migrant Workers in PEI

You are invited to a public forum to examine the vital role of Migrant Workers in PEI’s food system and the largely policy-driven limitations that these workers face.

For some time, policies at the national and provincial level have acted as barriers to migrant workers’ rights. In PEI and across Canada, there is a growing movement to eliminate barriers for workers through public education, community solidarity, and changes to policies at national and provincial levels.

The Forum will be held at the PEI Farm Centre on Friday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. (Registration will open at 8:30 am.) It will feature several guest speakers:

Marisa Berry Méndez (Canadian Council for Refugees), who works on issues related to the settlement and integration of refugees and other vulnerable migrants;

Gabriel Allahdua (Justice for Migrant Workers), a migrant worker from St. Lucia and member of Justice for Migrant Workers, a volunteer-run migrant worker advocacy organization located in Ontario; and

Connie Sorio (KAIROS Canada), a community organizer and advocate for the rights and welfare of temporary foreign workers in Canada.

There will be presentations and group discussions on topics such as health care, housing access, and the role of Migrant Workers in our economy. The day will conclude with a presentation of the strategies and next steps for action, as determined through participants’ discussion on each topic.

Please pre-register at Eventbrite.

This event is organized by Cooper Institute and the PEI Action Team for Migrant Worker Rights, which includes representatives from the Council of Canadians (PEI), Breaking the Silence Maritimes Guatemala Solidarity Network, PEI Food Security Network, and others. It is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and CUPE-PEI, United Food and Commercial Workers, the United Church of Canada (Maritime Conference and PEI Presbytery), KAIROS and Kairos Atlantic.

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Let’s Talk Food – What Was Said

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Over eighty people attended Let’s Talk Food on November 19, 2017. They took part in many, many discussions on a diversity of topics. Read the full report here: Let’s Talk Food 2017 Report

Let’s Talk Food was hosted by the PEI Food Security Network, in partnership with the City of Charlottetown and the United Way of PEI. The event was designed to gather people together, to share their experiences and knowledge, to make connections and to develop a shared vision to inform policy and initiate collective action to create a healthy food system.

The day was designed to allow groups to form around key topics to support actions that promote food security. Participants included primary producers, preparers of food, people from faith communities and community organizations, people involved in food innovation, educators, students, government representatives, food activists and volunteers. Continue reading

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.