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Need to Find a Food Asset? Try #FoodxWard



We were very proud and excited to officially launch FoodxWard, a project to map existing food assets and identify wards with food needs, with the Toronto Food Policy Council and many amazing food organizations and champions at City Hall on May 3rd. You can read more about the launch and also find the resource for your ward here. The ward resources are intended to be living documents, and we welcome community engagement and feedback in keeping them as up to date as possible! If you notice an asset that is missing or needs to be corrected, you can fill out this form and it will be corrected as quickly as possible.
Are YOU our next council member?

It's almost that time of year! Our next council term will begin September 2016, and soon we will be looking for qualified, enthusiastic applicants to join our council. If you are interested in joining us or know someone who would be perfect, please keep an eye out for more information in June.
FROM THE ROOFTOPS: EXPLORING URBAN AGRICULTURE
6 June 2016
Join us on June 6, 2016 for our next community event: "From the Rooftops: Exploring Urban Agriculture." Through a panel discussion and interactive activity we will explore the potential of our urban landscape for food production and the different ways community members can get involved!
More details will be posted on our Event Page in the coming days. Look forward to seeing you there!
Committee News

Advocacy

The Advocacy committee attended the Occupy INAC rallies to support the youth of Attawapiskat and their demands for the urgently needed financial support of their community. Our committee has written a letter of solidarity on the state of emergency and to highlight the work of Occupy INAC. You can get updates from the group at their Facebook page.

The committee also went to talks by migrant labourer activists and workers at the recent LabourStart conference at Ryerson University. Workers from the Ontario Food Terminal and a former meatpacker of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) spoke to the continued violations of human rights and unsafe work conditions for TFWP workers. Representatives from Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW), UCFW Canada, the Agricultural Workers' Alliance and SAME (Students Against Migrant Exploitation) spoke to over 30 years of activism for TFWP workers' rights. J4MW will be marking this year with the Harvesting Freedom Campaign to call the Federal government to finally allow migrant farm workers in Canada to access Permanent Immigration Status. You can find their petition here.

In addition, the committee led a social media campaign during the week of Earth Day in order to link activism in climate change with decolonization and food sovereignty (check out our Facebook page for the posts!). Finally we've had a new Master in Public Policy student join our research team in order to address food waste policy in the City of Toronto.

Education
The E
ducation committee is in the midst of the peer review process for the Gathering academic journal and distributing print copies of Mélange Creative Arts Journal. If you know of any resource centers, libraries, collections, or other locations that may like a copy of Mélange, or if you are interested in being involved in the peer review committee for Gathering, please send us a note at journal@tyfpc.ca

Networking
The Networking committee has been working on building relationships and supporting food opportunities in Toronto. Developing and strengthening partnerships is an ongoing goal for the Networking committee. One of the ways that we are doing this is by continuing our work supporting the Black Creek community. Members will be supporting with the Saturday, May 28th Spring Day of Action. All are welcome! 

If you have an event that you would like us to attend or are interested in connecting with the TYFPC, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.
 
Upcoming Events

May 28, 2016
Food Justice Day of Action!
Black Creek Food Justice Network
11 am, Jane and Finch (southeast corner)

June 4, 2016
Milky Way Garden Fundraiser
Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
6 pm, Milky Way Garden, 87 Milky Way

June 6, 2016
From the Rooftops: Exploring Urban Agriculture
Community Meeting, TYFPC
6:30 pm, Location TBA

June 14-15, 2016
The Stop's Night Market (Tickets required)
The Stop Community Food Centre
7 pm, 158 Sterling Rd

June 17-19, 2016

National Student Food Summit (Registration required)
Meal Exchange
St. Paul's College, University of Waterloo
Fresh Reads
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