advocacy

Jul
5

Building Roots

An exciting event is coming July 10 at Paint Box Bistro! We look forward to working with developers, planners, and communities after this event to advocate for more good food infrastructure in housing

Building Roots: Developing Food Systems in Housing from Regent Park+Beyond

More info, guest list and tickets: http://buildingroots.eventbrite.com

From a rich history of community gardening, Regent Park’s revitalization has included a significant focus on food. Innovative partnerships have infused the new space with new ways of doing urban agriculture, along with a resident-led farmer’s market, a social venture restaurant, a grocery store, and a Big Park.  These food focussed programs have provided the neighbourhood with new social, cultural, and economic opportunities for residents, and a new challenge for modern development.

Join us at this special Food Forward Symposium to learn about planning and building healthy food access into our City’s new housing developments.  A casual evening of presentations, hors d'oeuvres, and the sharing of stories from Regent Park and other exciting food projects around the GTA.  We look forward to welcoming developers, architects, planners, property managers, community members, food advocates, economic developers, food businesses, and policy makers to this vibrant dialogue.

The evening's speakers include:

- Special guests from Daniels Corporation

- Regent Park resident gardeners

- Chris Klugman, Owner of Paint Box Catering & Bistro

- Gavin Dandy, Farm Director of Everdale/Black Creek Community Farm

- Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward

Before the symposium, enjoy a visit to the new Regent Park Farmer's Market, 3PM-7PM adjacent to Daniels Spectrum!

This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

May
16

Our fruit stands up to authority

Wednesday was a busy day with Food Forward members setting up a simple food cart as an example of something common in other cities but not allowed here.

The City told media that its report on street food would now in come in Spring 2014. The report was ordered by City Council for Fall of 2011. However, staff and councillors are working on a pilot for this summer under existing regulations.

See the previous blog below to email your councillor to ask for action. Join our CSA to help us keep advocating.

Media attention:

The Star: Toronto food cart fight (front page GTA)

CTV Toronto: Adding healthy food to curbside fare live at noon, and evening news

Toronto Sun: Illegal food cart protest to hit City Hall and Toronto's street food by-laws protested

CBC Toronto News at 6: Street food fight

24 hrs (front page)

Toronto Metro: Sweet! Free fruit for all has passerby stoked

NewsTalk 1010: Illegal fruit stand used to push for better street food

National Post: Advocacy group hands out fruit in front of City Hall to protest limits on Toronto food trucks

CBCnews: Group wants city to approve more diverse food carts

CP24

CBC Radio

Global News Toronto

CP24

AM640

CBC Here and Now (interview Darcy Higgins)

Radio-Canada Champ Libre (interview Sasha McNicoll)

NewsTalk 1010 Jim Richards Show (interview Darcy Higgins)

 

May
3

Are we ready for street food YET?

 

Torontonians lining up for street food in Grange Park at the Pop-Up Picnic

Thousands of Torontonians wrote city councillors a year ago to ask them to allow diverse street food to be allowed in Toronto. While the City allowed existing hot dog vendors to expand their menus, new carts and trucks are still not allowed to sell outside of event permits, and existing ones are facing all sorts of extra rules and costs.

A City Committee told us and the Toronto Street Food Project to be patient after we offered a few practical changes that would have allowed food on our streets last summer. They said a report to change policies was due in November, but nothing has come. While we realize staff may be busy, these changes can't draw on forever. Will entrepreneurs and eaters miss out on another summer? 

Please e-mail your councillor again (with your address) to simply ask what they've done to legalize street food, and ask if we can't work together to make something happen this summer to animate our sidewalks, streets, and parks. Our friends at Cycle Toronto have a nice guide of your councillors' contacts and to find your ward: http://cycleto.ca/e-mail-your-councillor

Let us know what they say: info@pushfoodforward.com

Apr
11

Join our Action Teams!

Food Forward is starting some action teams so you can become more involved in our mission and projects. There are three you can join right now:

-Membership Outreach & Fundraising

-Advocacy 

-Events and Workshops

The first will include work to grow Food Forward and the food movement with other organizations, businesses, new members and donors. Advocacy involves research, speaking/writing with politicians and bureaucrats and helping other members do so on policies we’re advancing. Events and Workshops includes planning panels, networking/food events, and entrepreneur workshops. 

We’ll support members with training/learning opportunities in these areas where possible so you can bring skills to other work. These are action teams that will meet occasionally and get stuff done, and be involved in some planning and guiding our direction – not committees big on talk-plan-talk...

If you’d like to volunteer to be on one, please email me with your contact info and team you’d like to join. Eugene: snam9156@gmail.com