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Introducing Our Newest Member, Sam Gawron

We are excited to welcome Sam Gawron, who is joining Tara and Dawn on our Education Committee!

Sam Gawron is a graduate of the Environment, Sustainability, & Society and International Development programs at Dalhousie University and the University of King's College. She grew up growing, cooking, and eating good food and has somehow managed to integrate this passion into everything she's done since - from a consulting position with the Marine Stewardship Council, to the engagement of elementary school children in issues surrounding healthy and sustainable eating, to work with the Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre on their social enterprise cafe. When Sam isn't at her current job at a sustainability education non-profit, she is probably cooking, or eating, or both.
Starting a food business? Check this out!

Our friends at caterToronto are partnering with the City of Toronto and FoodStarter to offer mentoring, training, and grant opportunities for new and expanding food businesses! The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. You can find out more here.
The first issue of our journal Mélange Creative Arts is now available! Read it here.
Committee News

In December, the Advocacy Committee hosted an Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Workshop for interested organizations and community members to add to their policy toolkit. TYFPC is now on the alert list for food-related regulation changes. For anyone who missed the workshop, the TYFPC can provide you with free usb keys containing critical EBR information!  

The TYFPC wrote a deputation to City Hall for the Poverty Reduction Strategy budget meeting and the relationship to food access in Toronto. The room was so packed that we were unable to present in the end, but were energized by the amount of passion demonstrated by citizens and organizations across the city!  This conversation is extended into February as the City draws up its final budget. Look out for further advocacy opportunities in Jan-Feb with TYFPC!

As the City considers a Waste Reduction Strategy, the TYFPC will be getting involved with the debate on offering a tax credit to businesses that divert food waste. We invite folks to reach out to us if they would like to get involved or share your view with the TFPC! On Wednesday February 13 at City Hall, 2-5pm, Committee room 4, the TFPC is hosting a panel discussion on Food Waste and Food Recovery with Ralph Martin, Jo-Anne Sobie, Larry Freiburger, Michelle Coyne, and Helene St. Jacques. Hope to see you there!

The Education Committee successfully launched the first issue of Mélange Creative Arts, TYPFC’s new arts Journal with an event at LOFT Kitchen, January 13, 2016. Digital copies of the journal are available on our website. Please pass it along!

We also look forward to the next edition of our academic journal, The Gathering in the months ahead!

The networking committee has continued to reach out to communities and to our community members in Toronto. We love learning from you and are excited about the people we are meeting and hearing about how they think about food. More specifically, we have been using our connections in Scarborough to reach new communities and build new connections. A new collaboration has recently emerged and a South East Scarborough Food Literacy Celebration is beginning to develop. If you are interested in becoming involved in this collaboration, which could include volunteering at a Food Symposium please connect with us! Finally, we have been working on revamping our TYFPC display and we are excited to present a new interactive game this month.
Upcoming Events

February 10, 2016
TFPC Food Champions Meeting
6 pm, 5100 Yonge St - Committee Room 3 (North York Civic Centre)

February 15, 2016
Family Day at Black Creek Community Farm
10 am, 4929 Jane St (Black Creek Community Farm

February 27 through April 9, 2016
Seedy Saturdays and Sundays (via Toronto Community Garden Network)
Times and locations vary

March 2016 (Date TBA)
Mood-Food Connections
TYFPC Community Meeting
Fresh Reads
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