TYFPC presents: What’s Your Recipe for A Better Food System?

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When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: TBA, University of Toronto, 40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S

What food issues matter to you? What are the biggest challenges and barriers our communities are facing with food? What food stories do you want heard? We want to hear from you!

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council in partnership with FoodShare Toronto, Toronto Food Policy Council and New College, Toronto will be hosting a community engagement session to hear about YOUR interests, opinions and ideas about what should go into Canada’s first ever National Food Policy!

Event Format:
To help highlight the diverse food issues in our communities, the engagement session will feature 5 roundtables throughout the evening with designated facilitators who will bring their own stories and experience to the table. The roundtables will focus on: community food work, indigenous food sovereignty, food policy, youth voices and farmer experiences.

Each table will have a recorder, who will be taking note of major ideas and direct quotes from participants at each table. These notes will then be compiled into a summary which will be submitted to Food Secure Canada to be a part of a report that will be shared publically to contribute directly to a Food Policy for Canada.

Evening Schedule:
6:30-7:00pm – Introductions: TYFPC, Partners and Roundtable Facilitators and Dinner
7:00-8:00pm – Attendees will have the opportunity to visit up to 3 roundtables for 20 mins each:
– Roundtable #1- Community Food Work – Facilitator: TBA
– Roundtable #2 – Indigenous Food Sovereignty – Facilitator: TBA
– Roundtable #3 – Food Policy – Facilitator: TBA
– Roundtable #4 – Youth Voices – Facilitator: TBA
– Roundtable #5 – Farmer Experiences – Facilitator: TBA
8:00-8:30pm – Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

There will be a light meal served.

More updates to come!

Want to know more about community engagement sessions that are taking place across Canada? Read below and visit here:https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/food-policy.html

Food matters. Canadians make choices every day about food that directly impacts their health, environment, and communities. The Government of Canada is conducting consultations to get input from Canadians to help shape A Food Policy for Canada (link is external)that will cover the entire food system, from production to consumption to compost.

Food Secure Canada (FSC) members across Canada are hosting community engagement events called What’s Your Recipe for a Better Food System? towards the food policy consultations.

We want to bring a diverse set of voices to the table–community members with lived experiences of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture and fisheries leaders, local food business owners, and innovative community food programmers, among others–to talk about how we can build a healthier, more just, sustainable, and economically viable food system for all Canadians.

From these events, we will provide government with input and policy proposals from a range of regional food systems and perspectives across Canada to inform A Food Policy for Canada.

**ACCESSIBILITY**
TYFPC strives to create spaces that are accessible and promote anti-oppression. This space and this event are open to all, and discrimination or harrassment based on race, class, citizenship, gender, sexuality, ability, culture, age, or any others will not be tolerated.

If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, anti-oppression, or accommodations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

TYFPC is looking for new members!

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council is looking for new members!

Join Us!

APPLICATIONS FORMS here: TYFPC-Application-Form- 2017

Call out for new TYFPC Members!

At the close of an incredible year, the TYFPC is now looking for up to 6 new council members to join our team for 2017-2018!

We are a Toronto-based social organization that seeks to engage and mobilize youth to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system for all. We do this by building community, raising awareness, and advocating for policy change. We also organize great events… with amazing food!

If you are an enthusiastic and motivated youth (age 16-30) who is interested in activating positive change within Ontario’s food system, consider applying your strengths and skills to one of the available positions below:

Available Positions (up to 6):

Operations Lead

Communications Lead

Education Co-Lead (2)

Advocacy Co-Lead (2)

Application Process:

Interested candidates should first, view the TYFPC Position Descriptions below (and attached as a PDF in links below). Next, fill out the TYFPC-Application-Form- 2017 and email their application to applications@tyfpc.ca along with an up-to-date resume, with their position of interest included in the Subject Line. The submission deadline is Monday July 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST.

Please be sure to read the position description(s) you are applying for thoroughly for further instructions. All questions pertaining to applications can be directed to applications@tyfpc.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you!

TYFPC Position Descriptions

Advocacy Committee Co-Lead (2)

The Advocacy Committee provides leadership in the following areas:

  • Advocacy: offer a youth perspective on food issues while representing the TYFPC at meetings, events, public deputations, and other speaking opportunities.
  • Outreach: develop and lead discussions on food in collaboration with other advocacy organizations. Identify opportunities to connect the TYFPC’s advocacy work with pressing problems affecting the food system or youth more generally.
  • Research: engage the TYFPC network in local food policy issues, for example by creating policy briefs to inform the TFPC’s work, or bringing attention to specific food issues by leading workshops, supporting social movements, and leading social media campaigns.
  • The Council will also facilitate opportunities for community and additional committee members to write “advocacy spotlights” and guest blog posts through our communication channels in coordination with our communications team.
  • Co-coordinate one community meeting with other council members.
  • Sit on at least one working group (fundraising, anti-oppression, etc.) within the council.

An ideal candidate would:

  • Be excited about municipal food policy and/or food justice issues.
  • Enjoy making presentations and facilitating group discussions.
  • Take initiative on projects and be able to manage their time.
  • Be comfortable in both a research and advocacy capacity.
  • Be interested in generating content for TYFPC’s website and social media.
  • Experience or interest in designing resources and tools for youth., including but not limited to: webinars, instruction kits, informational videos

Other requirements:

  • All applicants selected for council positions must attend a mandatory 2-day strategic planning retreat in September.
  • All council members are required to attend monthly council, committee and community meetings on the first Monday of each month.
  • All council members are also required to help coordinate one community meeting, which will  place the first Monday of each month.

How to apply:

  • Deadline: send a completed application and resume to applications@tyfpc.ca by July 31, 2017, 9:00 AM.
  • Submission email subject line: ‘Advocacy Committee Application – Your Name’.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews in early August.

The TYFPC welcomes applications from all interested food passionate youth, regardless of experience or background, between the ages of 16 and 30. We encourage applications from diverse communities, including Indigenous, racialized, disabled, queer, and trans* youth. We welcome both lived and academic experience, and encourage applicants to note this in their application.

Education Committee Co-Lead (2)

The Education Committee Co-Lead is responsible for the following:

  • Editing the TYFPC’s youth journals: Gathering, our peer-reviewed academic journal,  and Melange, our creative arts journal:
    • Managing the selection process, creating calls for submissions to both journals and answering questions from potential contributors
    • Reviewing submissions and meeting with council members during that process.
    • Coordinating peer review by contacting reviewers and staying in contact throughout editing process.
    • Working with graphic designer in creating layout for journals (having graphic design skills and software is a plus but isn’t necessary).
    • Managing and periodically reviewing internal and external documentation (e.g. forms and website) for journal process
    • Organizing a ‘launch’ event for journal for contributors, peer reviewers and public.
    • Finding sponsorship opportunities to support publication costs.
  • Facilitating workshops
    • Gathering resources for education toolkit and updating workshop content for participatory activities.
    • Contacting potential schools and/or community groups and coordinating materials for workshops (e.g. printing).
    • Facilitate groups in workshops.
    • Liaise with volunteers (if necessary) and co-facilitators in workshops.
  • Co-coordinate one community meeting with other council members.
  • Sit on at least one working group (fundraising, anti-oppression, etc.) within the council.

A person in this role should:

  • Have strong organizational capabilities.
  • Be self-motivated.
  • Be comfortable speaking and reaching out to the public (or want to practice public speaking and facilitation skills).
  • Be attentive to detail (e.g. editing).
  • Experience using WordPress and/or graphic design (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign) for journal layout is an asset .

Other requirements:

  • All applicants selected for council positions must attend a mandatory 2 day strategic planning retreat in September.
  • All council members are required to attend monthly council, committee and community meetings the first Monday of each month.
  • All council are also required to help coordinate one community meeting, which will  place the first Monday of each month.

How to apply:

  • Deadline: Send a completed application and resume to applications@tyfpc.ca by July 31, 2017, 9:00AM.
  • Submission Email Subject Line: ‘Education Committee Application – Your Name’.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews in early August.

The TYFPC welcomes applications from all interested food passionate youth, regardless of experience or background, between the ages of 16 and 30. We encourage applications from diverse communities, including Indigenous, racialized, disabled, queer, and trans* youth. We welcome all experiences (i.e. lived and academic), and encourage applicants to note this in their application.

Operations Lead (1)

The Operations Lead is responsible for the following:

  • Administering the TYFPC website (WordPress platform), Google group, Google Drive, Dropbox, and social media accounts
  • Maintaining and responding to the general TYFPC email account (info@tyfpc.ca); organizing the logistics & administration of each monthly meeting; improving Council processes and making strategic recommendations to the TYPFC Executive and broader council.
  • Researching, updating and maintaining the Events Calendar.
  • Developing record processes and keep detailed financial records.
  • Maintain the meeting minutes and archiving of TYFPC google working documents and files.
  • Co-coordinate one community meeting with other council members.
  • Sit on at least one working group (fundraising, anti-oppression, etc.) within the council.

A person in this role should:

  • Have strong organizational and time-management capabilities.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Have experience with or interest in learning basic financial record keeping.
  • Be self-motivated to meet deadlines.
  • Be comfortable with web platforms (e.g. WordPress, administering Google, Mailchimp and Dropbox).
  • Design skills and other web experience an asset.

Other requirements:

  • All applicants selected for council positions must attend a mandatory 2 day strategic planning retreat in September.
  • All council members are required to attend monthly council,  and committee and community meetings the first Monday of each month.
  • Supporting executive committee strategic decision making processes.
  • All council are also required to help coordinate one community meeting, which take place the first Monday of alternating months.

How to apply:

  • Deadline: Send a completed application and resume to applications@tyfpc.ca by July 31, 2017, 9:00 AM.
  • Submission Email Subject Line: ‘Operations Application –Your Name’.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews in early August..

The TYFPC welcomes applications from all interested food passionate youth, regardless of experience or background, between the ages of 16 and 30. We encourage applications from diverse communities, including Indigenous, racialized, disabled, queer, and trans* youth. We welcome all experiences (i.e. lived and academic), and encourage applicants to note this in their application.

Communications Lead (1)

The Communication lead is responsible for the following:

  • Finding and sharing content for our social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Promoting community events relevant to the TYFPC community.
  • Creating, collecting, and curating content for our bi-monthly email newsletter.
  • Work with the networking committee to find and connect with complementary organizations and businesses online.
  • Monitor social media and web traffic (Google Analytics).
  • Write and encourage other council members to write blog entries for our website on a monthly basis.
  • Support the development of communications materials and presentations for TYFPC speaking events and presentations.
  • Act as support for any technical issues council and community experience using our website, Google groups, email, or related channels.
  • Co-coordinate one community meeting with other council members.
  • Sit on at least one working group (fundraising, anti-oppression, etc.) within the council.

A person in this role should:

  • Be familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Google apps, WordPress, & Mailchimp.
  • Be self-motivated.
  • Comfortable with basic HTML/CSS or more.
  • Connected with the local food community online (or interested in it).
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or other design applications would be an asset.

.Other requirements:

  • Supporting the communications work and storytelling for 2016-2017 grant activities and TYFPC collaboration projects.
  • All applicants selected for council positions must attend a mandatory 2 day strategic planning retreat in September.
  • All council members are required to attend monthly council, and committee and community meetings the first Monday of each month.
  • Supporting executive committee strategic decision making processes.
  • All council are also required to help coordinate one community meeting, which will  place the first Monday of each month.

How to apply:

  • Deadline: Send a completed application and resume to applications@tyfpc.ca by July 15, 2017, 11:59 PM.
  • Submission Email Subject Line: ‘Communications Application –Your Name’.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews in July.

The TYFPC welcomes applications from all interested food passionate youth, regardless of experience or background, between the ages of 16 and 30. We encourage applications from diverse communities, including Indigenous, racialized, disabled, queer, and trans* youth. We welcome all experiences (i.e. lived and academic), and encourage applicants to note this in their application.

Table Talk: Stories of Food, Culture & Identity — Monday, April 3rd, 6-8pm

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–an evening exploring food and culture through the storytelling of diaspora communities.

The event will include interactive activities and a story-telling circle.
Participants will engage in a cooking demonstration with Namliyeh, an emerging Toronto-based caterer and maker of Syrian preserved foods, who will share delicious eggplant makdous and labneh.
We will also create a collective community cookbook
–if possible, please bring a recipe that is meaningful to you.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect through personal food stories,
and enjoy a light meal reflective of the evening’s themes.

Table Talk: Stories of Food, Culture & Identity
Monday, April 3rd from 6-8pm
Access Point on Danforth
3079 Danforth Avenue (near Victoria Park Subway Station)

Check the facebook event for sneak peak on storytellers leading up to the event!
*Special thanks to Access Alliance for hosting*

Fight for $15 and Fairness: Interview with Aramark Food Service Workers’ Strike

Written by Alia Karim

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Aramark food service workers at York University and University of Toronto Scarborough, members of UNITE HERE Local 75, began an indefinite strike on February 16, 2017. The starting wage at Aramark is currently $12.21/hour and the workers are asking that their base wages be raised to $15 immediately, along with paid sick time and better benefits for workers. They are also demanding the end to anti-black racism, harassment, sexism, and Islamophobia by Aramark managers in the workplace. Management has pressured workers to go back to work and it is very likely that they will use replacement workers (also known as scabs) to try to break the strike.

At York, the Cross-campus Alliance and student groups have organized rallies, marches, solidarity coffee servings, and class talks. They’re asking for community support by signing a letter at York15.ca to pressure York administration to negotiate with Aramark for a better deal for the workers.


Alia Karim of the TYFPC sat down with Melissa Sobers, an Aramark worker at Rogers Centre and representative of UNITE HERE Local 75, to discuss the strike.

Q: Why are these workers are on strike and what are they demanding?

Workers at University of Toronto Scarborough (UofT) campus and at York are on strike because their collective agreements have been up since September of last year. This has been building from countless years of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace that has brought them to this point.

They’ve gained so much momentum in terms of student and staff support that they feel it’s their time. Now since people have been mobilizing and helping them out, they’re seeing it visibly now and they have the confidence to go out on strike.

There’s over 200 workers at York and 60 workers at UofT Scarborough. A lot of them live in the Jane and Finch area. A lot of them are living in ‘paycheque-to-paycheque’ poverty. That is what’s led to this kind of climax where they’ve demanding better work and living conditions.

They’re demanding $15/hour starting wages upon ratification of the new agreement, plus $1 dollar increase for the next 3 years, so by the end of it they should be at $18/hour. They’re asking for better paid sick time without the need for a doctor’s note or expensive medical certificates.

And they’re asking for respect and dignity. That’s stated in the university’s governance policies but it’s not put in practice in these workplaces by the managers. It’s ridiculous to know that they’re abused, verbally and physically, in the ways that they are on campus. They’re asking for the end of that.

Q: Can you talk more about that and the racism and Islamophobia that they’ve experienced at work?
The vast majority of our workers are racialized women. Most of them have experienced harassment and intimidation from managers, physically pushing them to work harder, or they’ll be punished in some sort of way like cutting their hours. As an Aramark worker I see that myself at the Rogers Centre. But when you’re working for about $12/hour you can’t afford to have one hour cut!

There have also been instances where managers have told workers that they are going to stop hiring black workers in their kitchens. Workers have been told they’re not going to be promoted because they’re visibly Muslim and they wear a hijab. There have been pregnant workers who have bullied and harassed to continue working even though they needed a break. People are not given adequate breaks, or breaks at all, even though they’re entitled to them. They’re worked to the bone.

The managers have also said that they can’t talk to university administration. They’re seen as subhuman to the rest of the university community.

There’s been a lot of nasty stories I’ve hear from these people that are mostly racialized women. It’s really heartbreaking to hear that. But they’re not weak people—they’re fighting back! They’ve brought it to management and they haven’t done anything so now they’re bringing their fight to the university community.

Q: What is going to happen to other UNITE HERE Local 75 members across Toronto?

There are a number of Aramark locations that are going up for contract negotiations. Upper Canada College is already up and they’re working on organizing their 100% strike vote. Rogers Centre, where I work—we’ve been out of a contract since last September—they’re looking to get a strike there. There’s also Toronto French School. And some non-Aramark places like Compass at St. Michael’s at UofT—they’re looking to join this momentum. They all have the same demands.

Q: How can we support the strike?

If you have family members or friends who go to these institutions tell them to boycott Aramark. Put pressure on the York and UofT Scarborough administration as much as you can! The best way is to sign our letter to President Shoukri and York administration at York15.ca. It takes less than a minute and it’s a great way to put pressure on the university—the administration hires Aramark as a subcontractor so they could negotiate a better deal with Aramark that honours the workers’ demands.

You can also come out on the picket lines at both universities. Physical presence is really helpful to workers and it also shows the university the strong allyship these workers have. So come out and show your support on the picket line!

Where are we now?

Striking cafeteria workers working for Aramark at York University voted to ratify the tentative settlement on March 6, 2017. This settlement means an immediate raise in their pay cheques of more than 10% for most workers. Within a year no worker will be making less than $15 an hour. In addition, full- and part-time workers have won immediate free dental coverage and, by the end of the agreement all workers will enjoy full and free health benefits for themselves and their families. Congrats to these workers!

University of Toronto Scarborough campus workers are still on strike. For the latest updates on their strike, and to support these workers, see http://www.uniteherelocal75.org/ and Unite Here Local 75’s Facebook page.

 

Mapping Your Food Career: February 2017 Community Meeting Re-Cap

On Feburary 6th, 2017, The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council hosted its bi-monthly community event at Regent Park Community Food Centre, as an opportunity for young people to explore careers in food. The event titled “Mapping Your Food Career” provided a safe space for youth to discover the many potentials and possibilities of employment in the food sector through hearing from food professionals and local food leaders to who have established their careers in food activism, research, programming, and public and non- profit food work.

Before there was a chance to hear from the experts, the night started off with a ‘Network Career Café’, where attendees had informal chats with other aspiring foodies and food professionals about their career backgrounds, their food interests and career goals. From my own experience of participating in the career cafe, I was able to hear a diverse set of experiences from just the few people around me, including someone who had just completed their university degree and was planning for their next steps in their food career as well another attendee who was working on innovating new food growing methods. It was a very eye-opening experience!

The later part of the night allowed for a panel discussion with professionals from across Toronto’s foodscape. The panelists included: Sarah Archibald, Program Manager at Meal Exchange, Katie German, School Grown Program Manager at FoodShare, Rachel Gray, Executive Director of The Stop, Tania Fernandez, Manager of Healthy School Kids Challenge in Rexdale, Spencer Fowlie Healthy Menu Planner at Real Food for Real Kids, Emily Martin, Manager at Regent Park Community Food Centre, Ziadh Rabbani, Green Access Community Health Worker at Access Alliance Multi-Cultural Health and Community Services and Jessica Reeve, Coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC). The panelists spoke about how they found their way into their present food careers, while making mention of their successes and challenges through school and different jobs and inspiring mentors that picked them up along the way. The speakers had much knowledge and wisdom to offer! Among some of the highlights, panelists spoke about the particular economic and social challenges today’s youth face while trying to find employment and the importance of carrying motivation and passion in your food career goals.

In addition to our panelists, we also had: Food Grads, Meal Exchange, York Environmental Studies and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council table at the event to provide additional information for attendees. The event was catered by Hawthorne Food and Drink, an innovative social enterprise that offers catering or dining in downtown Toronto, who provided us with street style noodles and a taco bar! Yumm.

The event was overall inspiring and provided great insight into the world of food careers. With growing interest in food issues, such as food justice, food insecurity and food access in Toronto and the GTA, it is more important than ever to explore the many ways in which we can address concerns in the food system through diverse career paths. We had a great time and we hope everyone who attended did too! See you at our next community meeting in April!

Author: Janany Nagulan
Editors: Fateha Hossain and Hilda Nouri

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Our ‘Network Career Cafe’

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Taco bar and Street Style Noodles from Hawthorne Food and Drink!

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Our lovely panelists!