This Friday, in honour of World Soil Day and to finish off celebrations of the 2015 UN International Year of Soils, we are pleased to bring you the Vancouver Soil Celebration at City Hall. Please join us for a free soils tour around City Hall. Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor, will read the Vancouver Soil Day Proclamation.
We invite you to join us at our next meeting:
Wednesday November 25th, 6-8:30pm, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
We will be hearing updates from our Liaisons to the VFPC about food policy activities happening in their departments, continuing our strategic planning process, and forming working groups on specific issue areas that we will be focusing on over the coming months. Members of the public are welcome to join VFPC working groups so if you are looking for ways to get involved with the work of the council, this is a great time to come out and see where you can contribute.
Join us for our June meeting at a special location and time! We will be having a 1-hour condensed meeting so that we can participate in the ‘Right to Food in Canada’ event hosted by the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Wednesday, June 24
5:45-6:45 – 1-hour council meeting at Woodward’s Building (Hastings @ Abbott) 5th Floor (take main elevators up to 5th floor)
*note that we are starting 15 minutes early*
5:45-6:00 – Introductions & Updates
6:00-6:45 – Vancouver Food Strategy Updates and the role of the VFPC in moving it forward
6:45-7:00 – Travel to Carnegie Centre
7:00-9:00 – ‘A Right to Food in Canada’
On June 24th, join us as we explore what it means to have a “right to food” in Canada. Come and learn about the BC Civil Liberties Association’s right to food project and our research on how Canadian law can be used to enforce the right to food. You’ll also hear from a panel of Vancouver experts about what communities are doing in the absence of a rights-based national food strategy and the ways they are working towards food justice and an end to poverty.
Laura Track, BCCLA lawyer and Right to Food project lead will join in conversation with:
Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Doris Chow, Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project
Gil Aguilar, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and Migrant Workers Dignity Association
Graham Riches, UBC Professor Emeritus
Light refreshments will be provided.
This event will take place June 24th, 7-9pm at Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main St. Vancouver. Click here to visit our Facebook event page. Click here to download an event poster in PDF format: Vancouver-Right-to-Food-poster.pdf
Event website: https://bccla.org/events/2015/06/a-right-to-food-in-canada/
Please join us for the next Food Policy Council meeting:
May 13th, 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
There will be a presentation by the Park Board on their Local Food Action Plan, as well as in-depth discussions on the Roles and Responsibilities of the VFPC.
Click on the links below to view presentation made at the meeting:
The Vancouver Food Policy Council is back in action. Join us for our first meeting of the term on April 15 from 6-8:30 PM in the Town Hall Room, City Hall. Social to follow at Original Joe’s (upstairs on the north west corner of Cambie and Broadway).
The list of new (and returning) members including liaisons is below. How does the VFPC get selected? As one of many of the City of Vancouver’s citizen advisory committees VFPC voting members are appointed by a committee of Vancouver’s City Council. With over 80 applicants this time for the VFPC alone, City Council had lots of talent to choose from. Read more about the VFPC on the City of Vancouver website here.
2015-2017 Vancouver Food Policy Council
Zsuzsi Fodor (Chair)
Tara Moreau (Chair)
City Council: Councillor Adriane Carr
City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
School Board: Trustee Janet Fraser
City staff: Mary Clare Zak, Social Policy
City staff: James O’Neill, Social Policy
Ministry of Agriculture: Orlando Schmidt
Metro Vancouver: Theresa Duynstee
Vancouver Coastal Health: Corinne Eisler
The Vancouver Park Board is proposing a new policy for urban agriculture to better reflect agricultural activities now taking place in urban parks.
The proposed Urban Agricultural Policy will replace the current Community Gardens Policy and guide existing and new food-focused projects in Vancouver parks.
Please visit our website to review the new policy: http://vancouver.ca/people-
Want to join the Vancouver Food Policy Council? Applications are now open! We are looking for a diverse group of new members to fill our vacancies.
- Deadline to apply is 5 PM January 30th
- Term length is 2 years
Vancouver is proud to be home to Canada’s 2nd YOUTH Food Policy Council! Applications are now open and being accepted here. Deadline to apply is February 21, 2015.
The current term of the Vancouver Food Policy Council is coming to an end as we will be dissolving on December 7. It is up to the new Mayor and City Council to decide whether the VFPC and all the City’s other advisory committees will be reformed or not. If we are, stay tuned for details of how to apply to join us on the VFPC as we will have several vacancies in the new year!
It will be a very special meeting as we take the time to reflect, celebrate, envision the future, say thank you, and enjoy each others’ company over the extra food we will be splurging on. We will have our “formal” meeting from 6-7:40 PM followed by a social in the Town Hall Room until 8:30. As usual, this is a public meeting members of the community at large are very welcome to.
A Very Special Final Meeting – VFPC End of Term
November 26, 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
We would be delighted to see you there.
A few weeks ago we circulated a questionnaire to all candidates including those for Mayor, City Council, Parks Board, and the School Board with questions developed by the Vancouver Food Policy Council and community members. We started this work in June and are now delighted to share the responses we received from candidates. Have a read and consider what candidates have committed to doing for a more just and sustainable food system if they are elected on November 15.
Are you a candidate in the upcoming election and would like to fill out our questionnaire? You can access it here. We will continue posting responses as we receive them.