A renewed sense of opportunity formed the undercurrent of last week’s health ministers’ meeting as provincial and territorial health ministers met with their federal counterpart for the first time in a decade.

The fall of the Canadian dollar below the 70-cents-US mark is expected to leave Canadians with higher grocery bills. This situation is particularly critical considering that the vast majority of fruits and vegetables eaten by Canadians are imported and that the rate of inflation on food products hit 4.1% today. This puts Canadians in an unparalleled position among industrialised countries.

Resetting the Table, Food Secure Canada’s 9th Assembly, promises to be our most exciting, diverse and largest yet, nested in a city where the food movement thrives in every neighbourhood. Whether you are a chef, a farmer, a student, a community health organizer, a policy maker, an activist or a business person, Resetting the Table will have a place for you.

Food Secure Canada and Dr. Norman Campbell, HSF/CIHR Chair of Hypertension Prevention and Control call for action on the leading risk Canadians’ health and well-being: unhealthy diets. 

This letter was sent in December to Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

An open letter to federal Health Minister Jane Philpott was sent on January 13, 2016 to introduce a Food and Nutrition Fact Sheet and to request a meeting with Minister Philpott and her counterparts in stakeholder ministries to discuss urgent action on the highest-priority items, including sodium/trans fat reduction and marketing to kids.

Coming on the heels of the Eat Think Vote campaign, food movement leaders from across Canada gathered in Montreal on November 15th for a conversation about next steps for food policy in Canada.

Food Secure Canada is delighted that Prime Minister Trudeau has made the mandate letters of Ministers public and we have quickly reviewed those that are related to food.  We are particularly pleased with the language in the mandate letter sent to the Honourable Laurence MacAuley, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The Hill Times published a Food Policy Briefing with two interesting articles covering Food Secure Canada's activities: "Advocates look to new government for national food policy" and "Strong #EatThinkVote campaign points to need for Canadian Food Policy Council".  

The numbers speak for themselves: 68 Eat Think Vote events across Canada, 164 candidates attended, 4461 participants, and millions reached through radio, television, newspapers and social media. We are so unbelievably grateful for everything Canadians did to make the Eat Think Vote campaign a huge success. 

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