Plenaries

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OPENING SESSION with Dr. Vandana Shiva

FIRST PLENARY: Sustainable Food For All

QUESTION PERIOD: A DIALOGUE WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

  • Establishing a guaranteed annual income
  • Addressing food insecurity in the North
  • Supporting a new generation of farmers
  • Financing a national school food program

CLOSING SESSION: MOVING OUR IDEAS TO ACTION

A very special thank you to our volunteer videographer: Laurent Pasquiet


 

OPENING SESSION
with Dr. Vandana Shiva


 

FIRST PLENARY: Sustainable Food For All

How do we make sustainable food accessible to all?  This dynamic panel discussion of both local and guest speakers launched Food Secure Canada's 8th National Assembly and was the culmination of the 2014 ACORN Conference (Honouring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future).  Speakers provided stories, insights and ideas about how we can build a food system that leaves no one behind, treads lightly on the planet and enables future generations to do the same. Water and fisheries were a central theme of this plenary.

Speakers: Kerry Prosper, Councillor and former Chief at Paqtn'kek Mi'kmaw Nation; Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; Debbie Reimer, Kids Action Program; Susanna Fuller, Ecology Action Centre

Moderator: Lauren Baker, FSC Board member

 

Notes of the session


 


QUESTION PERIOD: A DIALOGUE WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

With a federal election on the horizon for 2015 we need to put a healthy, just and sustainable food system on the agenda of federal political parties.

In this plenary, food movement leaders highlighted key policy issues that need traction at the national level for a group of federal MPs responded with their party’s approach.  This policy plenary was an opportunity for dialogue between federal politicians and food movement leaders – a chance to ask questions, discuss ways to overcome policy barriers and move our goal for a national food policy forward.

Members of Parliament: Mark Eyking (MP, Sydney-Victoria, Liberal); Megan Leslie (MP, Halifax, NDP); Conservative MP (declined)

Civil society representatives: Alex Chisholm Fletcher, National Farmers Union (British Columbia), Youth president, on new farmers; Norma Kassi, FSC Board member and Arctic Institute for Community Based Research, on food insecurity in the North; Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, on federal support for school food; Valerie Tarasuk, Principal Investigator, PROOF Research project, on Guaranteed Annual Income

Chair: Jane Taber, Atlantic Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail

Briefing notes from presenters

Alex Chisholm Fletcher on new farmers

Norma Kassi on food insecurity in the North

Debbie Field on federal support for school food

Valerie Tarasuk, on Guaranteed Annual Income

RECORDINGS

Introduction


Guaranteed Annual Income and food insecurity in the North

Panelists presentations

Panelists questions - part 1:

 

  • What can your parties do to put a Guaranteed Annual Income on the agenda?
  • How will your parties address the urgent food security issues in Canada's northern regions, and make food and clean water a priority?

 


New farmers and Support for school food program

Panelists presentations

Panelists questions - part 2

 

  • What specific policy commitments will your parties make to ensure that we have a more balanced agricultural policy that enables a new generation of farmers?
  • What are your parties prepared to commit to help fund a national school food program?

Questions from the audience


CLOSING SESSION: MOVING OUR IDEAS TO ACTION

This session started with a panel discussion with Diana Bronson, Nick Saul, Dr. Pamela Palmeter and Dr. Patty Williams to help focus us on strategies for working collectively bring about inclusive, systemic change.  Panel members shared stories of success, lessons learned, and challenged participants to think differently about our local, regional and national food movements.

Notes of the session