We hosted an Eat Think Vote event on October 16, 2019. Coordinated by Food Secure Canada, these events were hosted across the country ahead of the 2019 federal election. The goals of the event were to bring food policy issues in Canada to the attention of our MP candidates, and help community members understand how federal food policy impacts us at the local level. The topics we chose for discussion included Indigenous food sovereignty, sustainable food systems, food insecurity, and healthy school food. See our ETV summary handout to learn more about these issues and what the federal policy implications are.

Food champions led discussion on the topics of sustainable food systems (Markus Wand, Wand Family Farm), food insecurity (Erin Reyce, Health Unit), healthy school food (Kathy Chippa, Student Nutrition Program) and Indigenous food sovereignty (Paige Restoule, North Bay Indigenous Hub).

Food Secure Canada will be documenting how many elected MP candidates participated in Eat Think Vote events, and will be able to circle back with them when timely advocacy is required related to food policy issues.  We will look forward to connecting with Anthony Rota, the successful MP candidate for Nipissing-Timiskaming, as required related to food issues locally that have implications at the federal level.

2019 MP candidates for the Nipissing-Timiskaming riding (left to right) Alex Gomm, Green Party; Rob Boulet, NDP; Jordy Carr, Conservative Party; Anthony Rota, Liberal Party; Mark King, People’s Party of Canada.

Media coverage from Eat Think Vote:

Eat Think Vote event gave voters food for thought going into federal election

Nipissing-Timiskaming candidates address poverty, food insecurity