Letter to Premier Ford re: Bill 60

PFAN recently sent a letter to Premier Ford and Ministers Elliott and MacLeod in support of Bill 60 – Ministry of Community and Social Services Amendment Act. The proposed Act would develop a Social Assistance Research Commission.

Click here to view the letter.

Letter to Minister MacAulay re: Canada’s National Food Policy

At the September 20th PFAN Meeting, members requested that the network write to Minister MacAulay regarding the recent consultations held across the country on the development of a National Food Policy.  That letter was sent on December 5/18 and can be viewed here.

Letter to Minister Monsef re: Basic Income

At the September 20th PFAN Meeting, members requested that the network write to Minister Monsef to appeal to the federal government to take over the Basic Income Guarantee Project.   That letter was sent on October 22/18 and can be viewed here.

We’re Voting for Food in the Municipal Election

October 1, 2018

With Municipal elections fast approaching, the Peterborough Food Action Network encourages everyone to make food an election issues in your township and ward.  Use the “We’re Voting for Food” resource to ask questions to candidates at your door or at all-candidates meetings.

Thank you to members of PFAN’s Create Change Working Group for helping to create this resource.

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Food: Too Good to Waste Speaker Event Thursday September 27, 7pm

Peterborough Public Health Releases Report

As discussed at the June 2018 Peterborough Food Action Network Meeting, the two reports noted below include a chapter on the topic of Healthy Food Systems.
July 25, 2018

To Support the City and County Official Plan Review Process

Today, Peterborough Public Health launches two reports developed to support the City and the County of Peterborough with their Official Plan review processes.  Each report has been designed to give the municipalities’ public health recommendations, which were developed based on emerging research and local data analysis.  “I am extremely pleased to present both the City and the County of Peterborough with a comprehensive report for their Official Plan reviews” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “These reports signify Peterborough Public Health’s commitment to provide the City and the County of Peterborough with evidence, local data, and policy examples to assist with their Official Plan review” adds Dr. Salvaterra.

Starting on January 1, 2018, Peterborough Public Health began operating under the new Ontario Public Health Standards, which includes requirements for local Boards of Health to support municipalities with their Official Plan reviews.  Locally, the City and County of Peterborough are both in the process of developing new Official Plans which will give direction for local land use decisions from now until 2041.  Janet Dawson, Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health and lead author of the two documents states “there is growing evidence demonstrating that the way our communities are planned, designed, and built can support healthier lifestyles and behaviours; thereby reducing the amount of chronic diseases and conditions.  Many policy levers to do this are at the control of municipalities in areas such as planning, transportation, parks and recreation, and housing”.  Peterborough Public Health identifies the Official Plan review as an opportunity to consider how residents of all ages and abilities can thrive, be healthy, and resilient in this community.  “We are excited to release these reports to our local municipalities and hope that the information will educate, raise awareness, and encourage the implementation of the key policies that will help make the City and County of Peterborough a healthy community for all current and future residents” adds Dawson.

Links to both reports are available on the Plans & Reports section of the PPH website:

Health in Official Plans: A Toolkit. 2018 Submission to the City of Peterborough Official Plan Review.

Health in Official Plans: A Toolkit. 2018 Submission to the County of Peterborough Official Plan Review.

Nourish Speakers Series – June 28, 2018

Hungry Ontarians:  Charity, the Right to Food & Public Policy

Nourish, along with Peterborough Food Action Network members, will be welcoming Graham Riches to Peterborough on Thursday, June 28 from 1:30-3:000 pm at Peterborough Public Health (2nd Floor).

Graham Riches is an Emeritus Professor and former Director of the School of Social Work at UBC. His research and publications lie primarily in the field of poverty studies, human rights and social policy with a focus on the politics of hunger, food charity (food banking), and social welfare. He speaks internationally about domestic hunger, social policy and the Right to Food. His most recent publication is Food Bank Nations. Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food.

All are welcome to attend this free event.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hungry-ontarians-charity-the-right-to-food-public-policy-tickets-46803641953

For more information call 705-743-3526 ext. 102.

 

We’re Voting for Food on June 7th

With the provincial election just days away, a reminder to everyone to considering voting for food!

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Also, please visit the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health website to learn more about their campaign entitled No Money for Food is…Cent$less. E-letters can be sent directly from this site to provincial party leaders about the rates of food insecurity in Ontario, the need for commitment to the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and to ensure that recommendations in the Income Security: A Roadmap for Change report are implemented.  Visit www.odph.ca/centsless.

Moms Feeding Families on Low Incomes in Peterborough

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to dig into a brand-new report on something that preoccupies many women: ensuring people around them can eat sufficient, healthy, appealing food. The report is based on local research that considers how mothers living on low incomes in Peterborough feed their families AND the kinds of support provided by local, mostly women-organized community food programs (like Peterborough community gardens, A Taste of Nourish, Nourish Havelock, Peterborough Gleans, JustFood, Come Cook With Us, and Collective Kitchens). The study found feeding families to be complex work strongly tied to women’s sense of identity and worth. Specifically, the mothers experience pressure to be:

  • “good” at mothering by taking primary responsibility for children’s well-being through food,
  • “good” at consumerism by participating in society through purchase, choice, and thriftiness, and
  • “good” at food program (both CFI and food bank) participation by showing gratitude and not seeming to rely too much on these programs.

Both the mothers and the community programs showed that food work is still feminized, under-resourced, and undervalued.  For everyone to eat adequately, food programming must be complemented by government action that addresses food insecurity and poverty. If you are interested in how moms and food programs are supporting eaters OR what democracy has to do with it all, then check out Moms Feeding Families on Low Incomes in Peterborough and the Support of Community-Based Food Initiatives

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Thanks to PFAN Member, Mary Anne Martin for sharing her research!

City of Peterborough Official Plan Survey – Growth Management

The City of Peterborough has launched its latest survey on the Official Plan and want input from community members.  This is an excellent opportunity to help shape how the City will grow by 2041.  This survey is specific to Growth Management but food security and access to healthy and local food can be included in responses.

When filling out your response, please think about what we know about:

  • food insecurity and poverty in in our community,
  • the need for access in all neighbourhoods to healthy and local foods,
  • the importance of bringing people together around food (i.e., growing, cooking, eating, advocating for healthy and affordable food),
  • the need for affordable housing and considering this in future design of Peterborough,
  • the need to protect land for food production, and,
  • opportunities on public land/space for food (I.e., urban agriculture, growing food, community gardens, gleaning of fruit and nut trees in public spaces).

This survey will be open until January 18, 2018 – please add your voice and comments!  Click here to complete the survey www.peterborough.ca/planit

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Learn more about the City of Peterborough’s Official Plan and sign up for updates here.

As well, here is the link to the report on the last Official Plan survey that focused on the Vision and Guiding Principles.  It’s great to see that community food security was rated as one of the top 10 strategies.  The summary of comments from people who responded notes that key to Local Food Security is “support local food/urban agriculture while ensuring reliable and convenient access to healthy foods” and specifically:

  • Participants indicated that there is role in local food for job creation, health, community building, food security, and poverty reduction
  • Some participants considered food security as a regional goal and suggested improving access to local food.