Interested in making food justice a priority in Toronto?
You're going to want to join our inaugural #foodjustice TweetChat, as we look at ways to advance our Food Nation platform, and push forward towards Food Justice Day in Toronto on May 5th.
When: 3-5PM, Wednesday, April 15
Where: Twitter! Follow @pushFoodForward and chime in with your ideas and stories at #FoodNationTO #TOpoli
What: Torontonians and special guests discussing how to advance food access, equity and good jobs in Toronto and at City Hall.
Join special guests Emily Martyn - Manager of the Regent Park Community Food Centre, Vanessa Yu - Founder of caterToronto and others
See you there.
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City consultation of street food is happening once again, with a review of the last year's new by-laws to explore additional changes. A presentation will be held with an opportunity for public comment:
Committee Room 1 at City Hall, March 5 6:30-8:30PM
Learn how to make a deputation here.
Food Forward is pleased with the City's review of policy, with additional recommendations to make it more viable for food trucks to operate in Toronto. We propose the following:
- Create a pilot project for 2015, allowing ten licenses for street food carts in the three most downtown wards. Currently no new food carts are allowed, however Torontonians and tourists are hungry for more options. With the number of hot dog carts dropping precipitously over the last several years, there are many available spots to try something, and food diversity is to be encouraged and in great demand.
- In addition to your proposed changes, such as the increased time a vendor is allowed to park, we encourage the City to allow food trucks to park within 25, not 50 metres of a restaurant, as is the case in Calgary and London (where a food truck license is $1,225), and to allow restaurants the choice to opt out of this to support collaborative opportunities.
- As we have in the past, we ask Licensing and Standards to work with us and others to explore licensing of other types of street food, in a way that would enable food access and support new entrepreneurs for those with small mobile food vending like carts, bicycles, produce stands, and mini-markets with locally grown foods.
Food Forward has worked with partners since 2011 to bring about changes to the City's street food environment, resulting in more opportunities and an increase in diverse street food in city streets, parks and private properties.
Check our TO Food Events Hub link above for information on what's coming up, including events with Building Roots and Food Nation!
Skate & Cider with Food Nation
At Skate and Cider, we'll be discussing a food justice vision for Toronto and sharing the Food Nation platform around a warm camp fire.
Date: February 21, 2015 Time: 2-4pm
Location: Duffering Grove Park (south of Bloor on Dufferin)
Feed Your Advocacy with Building Roots
Help Create Places to Grow, Cook, Buy, and Share Healthy Food
Date: February 23, 2015 Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto Public Library Room 1, First Floor