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Join us at our next TYFPC Community Event:
Hidden Labour: This is What Local Looks Like & 'Gathering' Journal Launch

Monday December 5th, 2016 

TYFPC Presents: Hidden Labour: This is What Local Looks Like +
the 'Gathering' Journal Launch!
Do you ever wonder about all the different hands that bring your "local food" to the table? This interactive event is about providing a glimpse into the precarious and unseen labour that upholds our food system, and the complexities of "local food", featuring perspectives from Southern Ontario migrant farm labourers, food service workers, and community activists from Justicia ("Justice") for Migrant Workers. 
DateMonday, December 5th, 2016
Location: Worker's Action Centre - 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor, Room 223. 
Wheelchair accessible via elevator and washrooms on same floor as event.
Cost: Free with a light meal included!!
Do you have a question for our panel? Please share your question on the Facebook event wall or via email. You can also ask at the event itself!

Find our more details and RSVP for the event here!

Council Updates and Community Highlights

To celebrate World Food Day and as part of the 9th Annual Food Secure Canada Assembly, the TYFPC co-hosted A Seat at the Table: A Youth Networking event, along with the Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus (FSCYC) bringing together more than 65 young people from across Canada in Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition to participating in networking activities, youth also received a surprise visit from two long-time food champions in Toronto's food movement: Food Researcher Wayne Roberts and TFPC Chair and Executive Director of the Stop Rachel Gray. Participants were also asked to share their views on what food issues were important to them to support the TYFPC and the FSCYC to develop concrete recommendations on how youth issues can be can be included in the development of a National Food Policy. In partnership with the University of Toronto's New College, The TYFPC also participated in a youth panel along with FoodShare's School Grown Program, Meal Exchange and Food Secure Canada's Youth Caucus, examining  how youth have been able to engage, mobilize and affect food issues and policy in their communities in Toronto and across Canada.

A BIG thank you to all the youth who came out to our event and to Meal Exchange and the FSC Youth caucus!

You can read about highlights of our event in our blogpost here, written by one of our placement students.
You can read about conference highlights by stream here.

In October, the TYFPC also participated in the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. In its 17th year, the festival uses film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues, including food. The TYFPC Chair was joined by other food leaders to share perspectives on the Global Food Crisis, in response to the film maker of the German documentary, 10 Billion: What's on Your Plate, which explores various technological responses as possible solutions to address food insecurity, in light of an expected global population growth to 10 billion people.

The TYFPC was also represented at Toronto's most recent TEDx event, "Signs and Signals", where we heard from Nick Saul, President of Community Food Centres Canada, urge the room to think beyond charity based responses to hunger. Stay tuned for the video here. We were also invited to participate in activities at this year's Annual Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, as part of a panel on Food Careers aimed at helping high school guidance councilors and administrators support youth to get into successful food careers. The Council also reported to TFPC on our 2015-2016 council year activities and our plans for the year ahead, for inclusion in the TFPC's Annual Report to the Board of Health at the City of Toronto. You can read this report here.

In November, the Council attended PROOF's inaugural Conference on food insecurity in Canada. We heard from scholars and advocates addressing food insecurity issues, with a focus on Canada's northern communities, urban centers, and on college and university campuses, as well as the potential of tools like basic income and the development of Canada's National Food Policy to help address food insecurity in these varying contexts. A big thank you to Valerie Tarasuk and the PROOF team for having us! The Council's Vice Chair was also able to represent the TYFPC in conversations on youth in farming, as part of the Minister of Agriculture's consultations and engagement to develop a national food policy for Canada.  

Committee News 


Over the last month, the Advocacy Committee put together an official endorsement letter supporting the Harvesting Freedom Campaign. We are also working on some up-coming blog posts on themes such as the struggle food service workers are facing at universities, urban agriculture and the nature and role of youth in society. We are also planning to have a workshop on Food Policy: Deputations and Food Activism in January. Our members have been active in meeting new people across the city and hearing about their food stories, which we hope to be able to capture digitally in order to share them widely.    
Read the TYFPC's latest blog post and endorsement for 'Justicia for Migrant Workers' and the Harvesting Freedom Campaign here.


We are thrilled to announce the launch of Volume Three of the TYFPC's academic journal, the Gathering, bringing together the voices and visions of Toronto's youth on food systems and policy. Articles span from urban agriculture in Cuba to the World Bank’s “Agriculture for Development” policy in Senegal (Karim 2016; O’Manique 2016). They explore the potential for nature-based mental health treatments and for Fair Trade to promote environmental sustainability (Silverthorn 2016; Ndayisaba 2016), suggest food safety regulations that create a balance between human health and ecological health (Maguire 2016), and underscore the benefits of alternative and organic farming practices (Ghuman 2016).
We will be celebrating the launch at our Dec 5th Community Meeting. Come congratulate the authors and get a FREE copy of the journal!!

Networking and Fundraising 

The Networking  committee has been up to a variety of different projects over the last month! We're developing a survey to help us determine what issues matter most to youth into the GTA, which we hope will be distributed by the end of January. We're also gathering potential connections for future partnerships to build stronger networks in the future. If you have any leads, please contact Fateha at! 

From the Fundraising side, we're working with two students who are interning with us to search and apply for grants and seeking sponsorship for food at community meetings.This month we were able to attend the Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) meeting, which proved to be a hopeful space to build connections with attendees who were restaurateurs, farmers, and councilors. A great variety of presentations were given, including topics such as: the farmer's market association and discussion of the the implications of potential city service cuts. 

Finally, some of our members attended the spectacular Royal Winter Fair! A celebration of agriculture, food, and rural culture, the Royal is a site to learn about farming, it's roots and it's future. There were a diversity of attendees gathered from across the province to show off their culinary skills, their talents with animals and passion and knowledge of agriculture!
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The TYFPC will be speaking at this FREE event on Saturday December 3. It will feature industry professionals, non-profits, and university professors as guest speakers and panelists, as well as exciting workshops and activities! This is a great opportunity to network with youth and expand your network. The theme for this year is: Food Security and It's Implications on the Environment!

Twelfth Annual Assembly of the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)
Conference Theme: Food in Canada and Beyond: Communities, Collaboration, Complexity
Location and Date: Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, May 27–30, 2017
Presentation types:
– Standard Fare
– Themed Panels
– Pedagogy Matters
– Pecha Kucha
– Cookbook & Poster Displays
MORE INFO HERE (Earliest Deadline: January 15, 2017)

Centre for Social Innovation is providing free support and acceleration to 20 people or organizations working on climate change solutions. "Over the course of one year, Agents of Change: Climate Solutions will provide social enterprises with workspace, training, mentorship, access to capital, advisory services, impact measurement support, and membership in CSI’s community of over 1,000 organizations, with the goal of accelerating and scaling promising products, campaigns, services, and technologies that lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."

Applications are now open! Food activists, food workers and food scholars please apply HERE!

Job Opportunities!

 Pack Team Member
Organization: Real Food for Real Kids
As a member of the production team, you’ll help support the production staff to get food to kids everyday!

Position: Black Creek Garden Resource Coordinator
Organization: Black Creek Garden Resource Network
Primary duties include working with seniors, community food banks, garden volunteers and members to plant crops for the upcoming season; recruit new garden members, coordinate and facilitate workshops, prepare educational materials, grant writing, organize community events.
APPLY HERE (Deadline: December 1st, 2016)

Organization: Chimney Stax Baking Co.
Chimney Stax, an all natural, vegan bakery in the GTA , is looking for a detail oriented, experienced, reliable and positive Full Time Manager - to help us grow!

Have you heard of Harvesting Freedom?

Harvesting Freedom is organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).  The campaign is asking the Canadian government to grant permanent residence status to migrant farm workers in Canada. As the campaign organizers have expressed, the workers the campaign is fighting for are the workers who have brought fresh local food to peoples tables for years!

Support their latest petition HERE

And read the TYFPC's endorsement for Harvesting Freendom HERE

'Migrant Dreams' (2016) A Film Review by Athe Advocacy Committee 

Earlier this year, one of our Advocacy council members: Alia Karim wrote a thought-provoking film review for 'Migrant Dream'(2016), a film directed by Min Sook Lee, covering the story of migrant workers in Southern Ontario and their struggle against their employers. Here is a preview:

"So how can migrant workers resist? There are many reasons why workers stay in these jobs. Often when workers resist they’ll be instantly fired and deported home where work opportunities are bleak. As one worker in the film remarked, “If they fire you, you have nowhere to go”. But Migrant Dreams not only exposes these injustices—it’s a call to action. Nothing is going to change as long as migrant workers are left to fend for themselves."

Check out the whole review HERE

Toronto Urban Growers Community Meeting: Urban Agriculture

On November 22nd, Misha (from our Advocacy) visited Scadding Court Community Centre for a Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) meeting around urban agriculture in the city, where he discovered the centre's new aquaponics project (hydroponic system with integrated fish culture). Check out  their hydroponic system above!

Green Roof at AccessPoint on Danforth Hub

Our coucil members also met with a Health Worker at the Green Roof at AccessPoint on Danforth Hub this month; where they learned about a neat program called EnviroLeaders, a capacity-building initiative which trains group of people (young and old) to offer urban gardening-related workshops across the city on various topics from composting to indoor gardening. Here is the end of the season photo of the Green Rooftop and AccessPoint on Danforth Hub.
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