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Welcome to the new 2015-2016 TYFPC!

It's November 2015 already, and our new and returning TYFPC council members have hit the ground running. This year we welcome 6 new council members and 6 returning members. You can find out more about your TYFPC council members here.
Calling All Graphic Designers

Are you a graphic designer who is passionate about food policy? We want YOU to design our new creative arts journal, Melange! We are looking for a young designer to help us establish the journal's look and feel, format the collected work, and help the Journal committee to develop a cover concept. You can find out more here.
Committee News

Advocacy
The Advocacy Committee recently gave input for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Toronto's 20-year plan to advance equity, opportunity and prosperity for all Toronto residents, based on recommendations from residents, partners, City staff and Councillors. We made a connection to food issues by claiming that we need to ensure that residents have ownership and control over what food they consume, which will lead to greater food security. We believe that our current government social assistance programs and food banks are only temporary solutions to food insecurity, so we recommended that Toronto City Council passes the Poverty Reduction Strategy. A deputation for the Strategy was held on October 23 at City Hall, and the City Council voted in favour of it earlier this month. For information on food insecurity in Toronto please see this paper.

In addition, the Advocacy Committee, along with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and local partners, will be hosting a workshop on Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) on November 26th. The EBR provides us with a number of unique rights when it comes to environmentally significant government decision-making, including the right to comment on proposed laws and policies (for example, the recent decision to restrict the use of neonicotinoids), and the right to request a new law or changes to an existing law (for example, the request to change the rules governing genetically modified alfalfa). Know your rights! Details of the EBR workshop will be posted soon. 

The committee has also attended both the Food Networks Summit and Ottawa's Eat Think Vote event.


Education
The education committee is excited to announce the first edition of TYFPC's Creative Arts Journal Melange. We'll be sending out details shortly about the launch event in January 2016, and how to get your hands on a digital copy. Watch out for news regarding the TYFPC's academic journal The Gathering.

Networking
The Networking Committee has been taking a bigger role in building more robust partnerships within the Toronto Food scene. We have taken part in various outreach events to connect with youth and to interact with like-minded organizations. We have participated in outings with different focuses such as food access, volunteering, and working in the non-profit sector. We are looking forward to participating in other events around the city, and acting as a liaison to help youth get involved in the food movement. We also have plans to develop take-home materials for anyone who attends events where we are participating. Lastly, we are in the works of creating an event calendar to better help youth in accessing information on events happening in the city. Stay tuned for more information!
 
Executive
The executive committee has been supporting the work of the other committees, reviewing internal policies and looking for opportunities to partner with other community members and organizations to strengthen our movement. In the past 2 months, we represented the TYFPC in a guest lecture at U of T and at a community event celebrating Sukkot (a Jewish harvest festival). We have also updated our website to introduce you to our 2015-2016 council. Finally, the exec is excited to welcome two U of T students who will be supporting our work in the coming months.
Upcoming Events

November 24, 2015
Navigating the Anthropocene
12:30 pm, HNES 140 @ York University

November 26, 2015
TYFPC Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop
8 pm, 180 Sackville Street

November 29, 2015
Supper with Syria (Ticket required)
4 pm, Artscape Wychwood Barns

December 7, 2015
TYFPC Community Meeting
6 pm, Location TBA
Fresh Reads

Take a browse through some of our favourite reads of the last 2 months:
 
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