Exploring the Need for a Poultry Processing Plant in the Thunder Bay Region

New developments and opportunities in poultry production highlights the urgent need for a local poultry abattoir. The Gillies Community Centre in the Township of Gillies is hosting a meeting of poultry producers, potential processors and poultry retailors in the Thunder Bay area. The purpose of the gathering is to build momentum for the development of a poultry processing plant for the Thunder Bay area.

This half day event will include: information from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs regarding new poultry producing options for entrepreneurs and new processor opportunities, discussion of a feasibility study, and funding options.

Open invitation to all members of the farm & food processing community

Event:  meeting with Mme Marthe Geoffroy, French Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Forestry

Date & Time:  Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30pm

Topic:  expanding France’s program for placing trained agricultural interns into Northwestern Ontario:  what we need, what we want, what they have to offer.

Location:  Rosslyn Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

A light dinner will be served; please RSVP to Raili Roy at raili@beanstalkconsulting.com or 251-2521 to attend.

Federal Election Candidates to attend 40 Eat Think Vote Events Across the Country

Federal Election Candidates to attend 40 Eat Think Vote Events Across the Country

MONTREAL – September 13th, 2015 – A coalition of farmers, food banks, health advocates and community food organizations are hosting dozens of community meals right across the country telling federal candidates that Canada needs a national food policy ensuring no Canadian goes hungry. More ‘meals with a message’ are expected to register with the Eat Think Vote campaign in the weeks leading up to Election Day.  A list of confirmed events can be viewed here.

“We are thrilled to welcome our local candidates and community members around the table for a meal to discuss why the platform of our future representatives should include a commitment to accessible, healthy and sustainable food,” says Kim Fox, coordinator of the NGD Food Depot in Montreal. NDG Food Depot will hold an Eat Think Vote community meal on Friday September 25th. Ottawa, Saskatoon, Regina, Montreal, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will all play host to Eat Think Vote events next week (September 14th – 20th).

The innovative campaign launched by Food Secure Canada earlier this summer focuses on four key issues: zero hunger, better support for new farmers, investing in a healthy school food program and affordable food in Canada’s North.

Food Secure Canada argues all four of these issues would be best addressed by implementing a bold new national food policy that facilitates access to healthy and sustainable food in Canada and has an online petition Canadians are invited to sign.

“We all know that the economy, health care and the environment are critical election issues, but none of them can be solved without dealing with food!  Food is one in eight jobs in Canada, bad food is intimately related to exploding healthcare costs, and food is a huge strain on the environment when not produced in a sustainable manner.  Politicians need to tackle this issue head on — we need a policy,” says Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada.

Eat Think Vote is a non-partisan campaign designed to engage federal candidates and Canadians on the far reaching benefits of Canada finally adopting a national food policy.

Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.

For more information:

Francois Zeller: 514 271 7352; communications@foodsecurecanada.org; cell: 438-401-1733

Diana Bronson:  514 271-7352; director@foodsecurecanada.org; cell: 514 629 9236

FSRN Horticultural Therapy Research Project

With support from the Office of Vice President of Research, Economic Development, and Innovation and the Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies, FSRN is launching a new research project to investigate the potential for a Horticultural Therapy certificate program at the Community Campus Garden. Stay tuned for more details!

FSRN attends Community Economic Development Gathering in Lac Seul

FSRN is a partner in the development of a northern regional food and goods distribution centre that is working in collaboration with our other partner Cloverbelt Local Food Coop to promote healthy, nutritious food in all 31 communities in Treaty 3. A historic meeting of Chiefs from the 31 communities and regional mayors was held at the Lac Seul Conference Centre on April 30 and May 1 2015. Kristen Burnett, Rebecca Schiff, and Connie Nelson were in attendance for the FSRN

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