A Report Stirs the Agriculture Pot


Farms occupy half the landmass of Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe, and are the foundation of the biggest employment sector in the province – food, beverage and agriculture – a highly effective cluster that rates third in North America in terms of output. The central role that agriculture plays in society, the economy and environment rarely [...]

Food and Community: Complete Works


David Crombie was known as Toronto’s “tiny perfect mayor” during the 1970s, when he started turning the international reputation of a bickering place renowned as Toronto the Good into “the city that worked” — at a time when few did. Now a veteran elder statesman, he’s just served as the tiny perfect commissioner for Ontario’s [...]



One of many problems caused by global warming is that fewer people know what it means to say something “snowballs.” How will people understand how food works? When I was a kid, all of my friends loved starting with a small fistfull of snow and rolling it along as it gathered enough snow to become [...]

Food Meditations: Food Democracy Is All Greek to Me


Food and city policy advocates owe a lot to ancient Athens. Even someone as ill-informed as me knows we owe them the root word of policy, politics and metropolis, and the first example of city states. Most people also refer to Athens as the birthplace of democracy, at James Conner Womens Jersey least for Greek [...]

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Bigger Than Both Of Us


The basic math of food advocacy is to put two and two together, and come up with at least 5. The secret of effective policy is to turn the solution to 2 + 2 problems into at least 5 benefits. That way, any quantitative James Conner Authentic Jersey efficiencies we lose by not binging out [...]

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Finding Space for Food


In this digital age, our respect for the world we can’t see is greatly increased. We talk of the value of a company’s brand, not just its assets, for example, or we discuss soft power, as well as hard power. I think that applies to food in two ways. First, most of the important things [...]

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Big Food Gets Bigger


The latest on food monopoly trends is that  2015′s merger and acquisition deals added up to $516.5 billion — 54.7 per cent more than in 2014, according to a report in Merger Sector Trend Report. This trend is hard on farmers and rural communities, according to a recent study by senior academic watchdogs of food [...]

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Vote Food Democracy


If I say “food” and ask you to say the first word that comes into your mind, I expect it might be agriculture, or maybe health, or hungry, or yummy, or water, or maybe even diet. But I’ll bet you a dollar to donuts (notwithstanding donuts are probably worth more than dollars now, so I [...]

Food Meditations: Taking the Pulse of a New Food Trend


My dad often said he ate enough beans and rice pudding during the 1930s Depression and 1940s World War to last him a lifetime. If I never see them again, it will be too soon, he’d tell anyone thinking of serving them to him. Those habits have carried over until today across North America and [...]

Food Meditations: A Mysterious Object Lesson in Food

I often wonder about the mystery of the modern food movement, at least in the urbanized Global North. Why did it emerge so late in history — so long after the labor movement or women’s movement, for instance? And why do people care so much more about local food than about local cars or clothes [...]

Trudeau’s government to grab right end of the food stick


If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s instructions to his new Minister of Agriculture are followed, Canada will soon lead the pack of G20 economically powerful countries when it comes to food policy. Among the duties listed in Trudeau’s public mandate letter to Minister Lawrence MacAulay is one to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living [...]

VIDEO: Winter Market at The Montgomery Inn


Wayne Roberts presents James Conner Jersey on Winter Markets James Conner Authentic Jersey at the historic Montgomery Inn. Click on the James Conner Womens Jersey link below to watch the full video: Wayne Roberts on Winter Markets at The Montgomery Inn

USC Canada VIDEO: Seeds Grow More than Food

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Wayne Roberts — a widely respected Toronto food policy analyst and practitioner — visited USC Canada’s Honduras program in August 2012 with Tim Baker — the lead singer of Juno-nominated band, Hey Rosetta! This video features Wayne’s experience with the farmers there, and highlights the lessons he took away from this beautiful but challenging country. [...]

VIDEO: Wayne Roberts on Food

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Wayne asserts that the potential of food for Antonio Brown Kids Jersey solving societal problems can only be unlocked if viewed as a Rubik’s cube. You have to view all 6 sides of the cube at the same time, which demands integral thinking and working. Very helpful then is not asking the classical question ‘how [...]

Don’t jump to rasher conclusions. Pigs offer bacon of hope to sustainable food systems


Bacon may not be all it’s sizzled up to be, but it does explain a whole rasher of things about today’s food scene. I got to experience the bacon back story on August 8, as one of four judges at a BaconFest2015 celebration at east-end Toronto’s neighbourhood-based Leslieville Farmers Market. I was the spoilsport, asking [...]

VIDEO: Sustainable Food Policy

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Wayne Roberts, one of Canada’s leading food policy analysts and former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council discusses sustainable food polices and the role they can play in creating a Le’Veon Bell Kids Jersey healthier Greater Le’Veon Bell Jersey Sudbury. Watch it here: Sustainable Food Policy

Life of Bryan: Working the magic of sustainable food’s sweet spot


Brian Gilvesy is one of Canada’s most-recognized farm innovators, as well as one of the country’s best-known leaders of the food movement. That combination is unusual in any region or country—one of the ways that Gilvesy exemplifies both the hallmarks of the food movement in Canada, as well as the unique components of agro-ecology as [...]

Students, Activists Tackle Body Size and Equity Issues at New College Panel


Katie LeBesco was the main course at the New College Global Food Equity initiative’s public lecture on obesity politics, but the pièce de résistance was the panel that followed. First to speak was Asam Ahmad, coordinator of It Gets Fatter, a body-positivity project serving people of colour dealing with fat issues, who launched with a zinger: he said he [...]

‘Ugly fruit’ finally breaks through to supermarket shelves


There’s a lot to learn from Loblaws decision to sell less attractively shaped fruit and vegetables for 30 per cent less than their more stylish counterparts on the other side of the produce runway. Loblaws is not only the leading supermarket in Canada. It’s also a retailing pioneer that draws on the marketing knowhow of [...]

The Bogeyman of Obesity: Katie Lebesco Talks Fat Activism and Body Politics at New College


When I was a kid growing up in the “happy days” era, anyone who was the slightest bit different – I mean slightly, as in having freckles, a cowlick, glasses, a limp, a speech impediment, a twitch or accent, or being shy, skinny (me), fat, or even queasy if someone put a frog put down [...]

Africa’s women-driven agriculture movement a blueprint for a brighter future


Few areas of the world live up to this year’s International Women’s Day theme to “Make it Happen” as well as the isolated villages of eastern Africa  — where most women grow, process and cook food, often as the sole head of the family. This may surprise people who think of the women’s rights movement [...]

VIDEO: Rummaging Through the Myth: The True Cost of Food Waste

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Canadian Food Policy Analyst, Dr. Wayne Roberts Antonio Brown Kids Jersey spoke at the Kawartha World Issues Centre’s KWIC World Issues Cafe on January Antonio Brown Jersey 24, 2015 in Peterborough, Ontario. The Issues Cafe was held in conjunction with the ReFrame Antonio Brown Authentic Jersey Peterborough International Film Festival’s feature film “Just Eat It: [...]

The Brazil Food Guide: Look at food differently in 2015


This is the year we can all look to Brazil’s Food Guide for tips on how to consider what we eat in a new light. Brazil is best known in the food and health worlds for its Zero Hunger program, launched in 2003 in what was then known as the most unequal country in the [...]

Five Ways to Watch Your “Wasteline” and Get Creative with Food Waste

Despite minimal publicity, students had to sign up weeks in advance to reserve a seat for a packed food event held on November 24 in the cavernous William Doo Auditorium at the University of Toronto’s New College. Was the huge crowd lured by Jerome Bettis Womens Jersey a professional event organizer offering samples of exquisite [...]

Food activists celebrate gains at Halifax conference

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One of the oldest of essential human needs, food energizes Canada’s newest social movement, which entered the scene long after the labour, human rights and women’s movements — all of which predated the global rise of neoliberalism. If the 500 food advocates attending six plenaries and 50 workshops at the Halifax conference of Food Secure [...]

Agroecology at New: World Food Days, Part 3


This year, several United Nations identified agroecology as a strategy of food production that is central to dealing with hunger, human rights and environmental crises. This October, New College added to this discussion by hosting a mini-conference to celebrate World Food Day and ask if agroecology is pushing out agriculture as “the next new thing” in food [...]

VIDEO: Planet in Focus eco-hero Wayne Roberts

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Wayne Roberts took part in Antonio Brown Womens Jersey the  Planet in Focus 2014 Permaculture Panel Antonio Brown Youth Jersey following Antonio Brown Kids Jersey the screening of The Chikukwa Project, directed by Gillian Leahy and Terry Leahy. Watch the video here: PIF Eco-Hero Wayne Roberts

Agroecology at New: World Food Days, Part 2


Dr. Filiberto Penados gives new meaning to the term, “visiting professor”. He travels regularly from his Central American home in Belize to lecture at New College and elsewhere at U of T for the Equity Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Caribbean Studies, Human Biology and New One: Learning Without Borders programs. In Belize, he directs the Institute [...]

Rejoice! Toronto’s civic system may yet save the city from itself


On October 27, Toronto voters reverted to type by electing one middle-of-the-road (or is it subway?) mayor, and a grand total of seven fresh faces on a City Council of 44 members. Some candidates lose elections, but the government always wins, cynics may be tempted to say. But the deeper causes of such political stability [...]

Collaborating On Food: An Interview With Wayne Roberts


Sustain Ontario spoke to Wayne Roberts, food policy expert and author of The No Nonsense Guide to World Food and Food for City Building: A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists & Entrepreneurs (2014). For 10 years, Wayne was the chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council, a group internationally renowned for being the first food policy council embedded within a major [...]

Agroecology at New: World Food Days, Part 1


Agroecology doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but there’s no doubting it’s this year’s buzz word at conferences and publications from multiple UN agencies dealing with food, hunger, human rights and the environment. Lori Stahlbrand, New College Food Systems Coordinator and organizer of the College’s World Food Days events, held  from October 15-17, says this fall [...]

Wayne ROBERTS – Fixing food not only solves food problems


On July 5th, 2014 International Urban Food Network (IUFN) interviewed Wayne Roberts about his latest book Food for city Building, A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists & Entrepreneurs. The original article can be found here: http://www.iufn.org/en/iufninterview/interview-wayne-roberts/ Part memoir, part manual, part manifesto, Wayne’s latest book Food for city Building, A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists & Entrepreneurs, [...]

Wayne Roberts on the Food Movement 2.0


On June 27th, 2014 Colleen Kimmett interviewd Wayne Roberts for Farm to Cafeteria Canada.  Wayne Roberts  describes himself as the “Mr. Magoo” of municipal food policy; often stumbling and frequently saved by luck (the kind that comes from years of practice.) Roberts has decades of experience as a community organizer, and from 2000 to 2010 served [...]

A Q&A with Food Policy Analyst, Writer and Visiting Scholar Dr. Wayne Roberts


There is no denying it: New College cares about food equity and sustainability. Food equity has long been a theme in our course offerings; our Audrey Taylor Dining Hall offers Jerome Bettis Jersey local and sustainable fare; and during the most recent academic year we hired a Food Systems Coordinator, Lori Stahlbrand, to promote food scholarship [...]

Sharing the School Meal Potluck

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Before I knew what was happening, an information-sharing meeting of 50 people that I was moderating at FoodShare, Say Yes! to Good Healthy Food in Schools,on November 28 turned into an info potluck – the best thing to happen to my understanding of school meals in a long time and an example of what a [...]

MealExchange asks: How can you summarize Wayne Roberts?


By: Sarah Archibald How can you summarize Wayne Roberts? With great difficulty - Wayne is a wealth of information about all things food. But I’ll try to relay the highlights of last week’sFoodShare event that also featured speakers and inspiration from food movement leaders and thinkers Debbie Field of FoodShare, Jeff Westman of California Farmlink, and Tony Winson from [...]

‘The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food’ is Food Tank’s “must read” books of Fall 2013


Four times a year, Food Tank handpicks a selection of books that have recently educated, inspired, and informed their organization.  This fall, Food Tank chose my latest publication, the second edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to World Food, to be on their ‘must read’ list! Check out their insight into my book as well as [...]

Whose land? The displacement of the Mississauga has left Toronto with a major cultural deficit

Toronto is developing a new tagline that’s much more appealing than Hogtown, Toronto the Good or the big smoke. Now we have “Toronto, traditional territory of the Mississauga,” a phrase that opens political meetings these days as speakers remind participants whose land and legacy we are standing on. Even Premier Wynne says it. But new [...]

The Case for Food Hubs


By Wayne Roberts and Lori Stahlbrand Each week during the school year, students and staff at the Palgrave Public School dig into a lunch of fresh, healthy food. On a recent Thursday this past June, the $5 “healthy crunch” salad bar featured an array of lettuce, carrots, zucchini, orange slices, sweet potato quesadillas and strawberry [...]

Quebec City Uses Food as Pioneer Species of Urban Revival

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Getting to the Right Question on the Nutrient Benefits of Organic Food

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The international media had a field day headlining a Stanford university study dissing the nutritional benefits of organic food. I hope it’s not too late for me to ask a few questions that might steer the debate in a more useful direction. I would like the media to explain why a study that was not [...]

Green Infrastructure and Food


I started my research by typing “crumbling” into Google, and as soon as I hit the first letter in the second word,  up popped “crumbling infrastructure.” I think that shows a lot of people are tracking what is often called a silent crisis of aging sewage and water pipes, bridges, filtration plants and the like. [...]

My dirty secret

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Weird as it seems, this summer’s scary news stories about drought and global water crisis took a load off my shoulders – and allowed me to come clean with a dirty secret I’ve kept from neighbours and friends for almost 20 years. It goes back to an article I wrote during the early 1990s about [...]

No water, no crops: how this year’s North American drought will impact you


I can’t figure out why Mark Twain is considered such a smarty pants for noticing that people always talk about the weather but never do anything about it. If people talk about the weather – this summer’s drought, and its likely impact on runaway food prices and forest fires – that’s deep folk wisdom recognizing [...]

Forest Gardens in Honduras make the best of two worlds


The drought parching harvests in several of the world’s most productive food baskets is the summer’s hottest global food story. Eerily, it’s matched by the season’s hottest archeological finding, which comes across as a cautionary tale. Benjamin Cook, who sifts through mountains of computerized data rather than dusting off shards of pottery like old-fashioned archeologists, [...]

Book Reviews: Avant Gardeners Awake! Food systems affect everything from pollution to mental health.


Food pairs well with writing. Writerly minds are attracted to the food and agriculture scene, and the food and ag scene comes across well on the printed page. It may be because food, agriculture and writing occupations all rely on compulsive-obsessive passion as the substitute for a financial motive for staying in the—pardon the pun—field. [...]

Can Main Street shops stop the traffic jam blues?

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Going for a drive along a nearby street isn’t my usual idea of a good conversation starter or a way to get to know someone, but it was all for a good cause, so I gave it a try—and ended up seeing the internal workings of my main street for the first time. My assignment [...]

How Food Will Make Edmonton: check out a recent talk I gave in Edmonton, Alberta

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I recently had the pleasure Russell Wilson Youth Jersey of giving a presentation at Edmonton’s Russell Wilson Kids Jersey Food in the City Conference.  Check out my video below!  

New City Moves Help Wipe Away Tears After Rio +20


Suppose they held a United Nations  conference on sustainability and nobody came? As much as leaders of global citizen groups have tried to rally world opinion around the June 20-22 Rio + 20 conference with a petition called The World We Don’t Want — a cute slam at the official declaration called The World We [...]

Mental Health Report Shows Need for Screening Questions on Food


Crazy as it sounds, the Mental Health Commission of Canada – appointed in 2007 by Canada’s Conservatives and received respectfully when its report was released last week – has just tabled Canada’s first- ever mental health strategy. There’s a good chance that a prominent group’s rethink on  mental illness can also provoke some public discussions on how [...]

Human Rights Investigator Hits Sore Point in Review of Canada’s Food Scene

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Nothing befit Olivier de Schutter’s tour of Canada’s food security situation as his leaving it. Two senior federal cabinet ministers heaped scorn on this soft-spoken, mild-mannered and unfailingly-polite Belgian law professor’s May 16 report on inadequate human rights protection in Canadian food policy. The insulting and dismissive response galvanized Canada’s typically localized and health-focused food [...]

Japan’s Earthquake

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The world is still reeling and shaking from afterthoughts of what happened in March, 2011 when Japan was hit by a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, which exposed how vulnerable all basic institutions have become when Nature acts up—something bound to happen anywhere or anytime in this era of climate change and global transmission of hard-to-treat [...]

Mental Health Report Shows Need for Screening Questions on Food


Crazy as it sounds, the Mental Health Commission of Canada – appointed in 2007 by Canada’s Conservatives and received respectfully when its report was released last week – has just tabled Canada’s first- ever mental health strategy. There’s a good chance that bringing that a prominent group’s rethink on  mental illness can also provoke some [...]

Green Roof Schools


The conflict between sound financial axiom and ludicrous financial dogma will hit the roof at Toronto city council sometime between May 11 and 13  — appropriately enough on the issue of whether schools will be exempted from the city’s much-celebrated green roof bylaw – the first in North America. As with any roof, there’s a [...]

Cities May Look Left to Protect Their Future as Centers of Innovations and Development


It was called “re-imagining our cities,” but the summit was just as much about re-imagining Canada’s social democrats — the New Democratic Party, now positioning itself as a national government in waiting. At one of its first public events since electing Tom Mulcair federal leader, an invitation-only conference hosted by the federal NDP and York [...]

Food Industry Named World’s Worst

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Dangerously low levels of sustainability in the food industry may skyrocket to the top of the to-do and worry-about lists of business executives, government officials, and perhaps even environmentalists and shoppers. Late last month, KPMG, one of the top professional services companies in the world, released a report called Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a [...]

Resource Revolution

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Did you hear the one about a physicist, a chemist, and an economist who were stranded on a Steve Largent Jersey desert island without any food, when all of a sudden a can of beans was washed ashore? The physicist identifies the pressure points in the can and proposes pounding it with a rock until [...]

Revolting Food Trends of 2011-2012

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Four uprisings of global significance surprised the world in 2011, and the spirit of all four will surprise those who manage the food system in 2012—which leads to my choice of year-end and year-beginning  indicators that pick up the colors of these uprisings in emerging habits related to eating. North American sales of local food [...]

Assets in the Dirt: Even if bank economists like Drummond can’t add them up, Ontario has lots we can bank on

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The people of Ontario have taken two weeks of being kicked in the assets following the release of bank economist Don Drummond’s report on government overspending. The document is one-third wake-up call (we’re spending a lot of money very inefficiently), one-third call to arms for some bold eco-economic thinking and one-third shock therapy designed to [...]

Designs on equality: City planning is a mechanism of discrimination – it mainly serves the able-bodied


Okay, I admit it, the Canadian Urban Institute’s new report doesn’t exactly have a catchy title. But don’t be deceived – Repositioning Age-Friendly Communities: Opportunities To Take AFC Mainstream, far from being a staid policy tract, is actually counselling a radical shakeup in the way cities plan. The operative phrase is “universal design,” and the [...]

Bare essentials: T.O. org puts women’s underpants on Haiti’s aid agenda


On the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, let’s get down to a skimpy project that lays bare a whole lot about the men in charge of international emergency aid missions. This has to do with women’s drawers, and their new role in the agenda of global emergency assistance. The story starts here in [...]

The waist in Rob Ford’s Weight Loss Challenge: Mayor Ford’s 2-pounds-a-week ambition casts will power in a heroic role that can’t prevail


Whatever happens in his 330-pound challenge, Mayor Rob Ford has a lot to gain or lose politically from the big publicity splash of his pledge to cut 50 pounds, the halfway mark for his long-term commitment to a healthier weight. The problem is, any effort to cut 2 pounds a week for six months can’t [...]

Have a Gratitudinous New Year


One of the first lessons most of us learned at our mother’s knee about table manners. Hold back before gobbling the grub, and share a moment with everyone at the table to say “grace,” or some toast for all there is to be grateful for. At the end of the meal, at the very latest, [...]

Revolting Food Trends of 2011-12


Fairly Good Success Story Hits a Snag


Fair Trade sales have skyrocketed to 70 times what they were a decade ago, but  – here comes the bad news – Fair Traders are now suffering from their first serious food fight. Fair trade practices have been especially helpful for coffee farmers around the world. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack) Fair Trade is the best-known [...]

Food’s a trip, Actually a Baker’s Dozen of Trips

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By Wayne Roberts Citywatch: Whether it’s action or traction in the food world, cities are stepping up to the plate. The world is fast going urban, as are challenges of social, economic and environmental well-being. Citywatch is crucial to Worldwatch. Wayne Roberts, retired manager of the world-renowned Toronto Food Policy Council, has his eye out for [...]

Processing Methods May Move Nutrition to Food Movement Center Stage


Take a pass on food guides, ingredient pyramids, and with any diet books that feature pro-carb, anti-carb, low-fat or packaged solutions of any sort. The emphasis of the food movement may be shifting towards nutrition and the fight against heavily processed foods. Go fresh! The whole field of nutrition – all the way from basic [...]

How City Food can Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

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It’s a given that better food habits can help cure what ails individual bodies that are overweight or undernourished, but what if better food habits on the part of city governments can just as effectively help cure what ails the body politic. Our current urban-rural divide needs to be addressed if we want to truly [...]

A Tribute to My Loving Sister Dale Roberts

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Wayne’s November 19, 2011 memorial tribute to Dale Roberts: Welcome, and thank for you coming to this celebration of Dale Roberts.  I hope we can share many happy memories together, and support each other through our sorrow. Dale wanted this gathering to enjoy one of her favorite views, which I think offers a lovely picture [...]

Four Billion New Reasons Why Food Will Become a Local Government Issue


Last week, the flashbulb explosion met the population explosion, as news cameras clicked at several newborns identified as the seventh billion humans in the world. Now that the global birthday party is over, it’s time for new thinking about preparing food for a party of seven billion. As our population continues to grow, improving urban [...]

Occupy Movement Identifies Food Movement Common Inspiration and Options


This week’s blog comes to you via World Watch: Nourishing the Planet. I have been James Conner Jersey posting my articles on their site for some time and am hoping that it will James Conner Authentic Jersey encourage my readers to check out their site and vice-versa. This week I offer my view on why [...]

Cold Cuts: Maple Leaf Butchers Jobs and Food Security, but No-one Speaks Out

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There will be no hogs in Hogtown’s future, but neither does there appear to be any squealing. Toronto’s pre-eminence as a food processing center — the city has long been Le’Veon Bell Youth Jersey second only to Chicago in North American food manufacturing – took a hit last week when Maple Leaf Foods shed 1550 [...]

Cultivating Conservatism: why radicals in farm country went ‘PC’


A lot of people gave the middle finger to Ontario’s political system last week. Leaving aside any feelings of joy, relief or disappointment about specific election results, these fingers are the signs of a full-fledged Le’Veon Bell Jersey democratic deficit that may prove as ominous as our runaway financial and environmental deficits. I’m worried that [...]

The Taste of Cohesion

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Jack Layton’s Afterlife Will Keep Us All Busy


The way things look now, it will be as much work keeping up with Jack’s afterlife as it was keeping up with the pace he set in his all-too-brief life down here. His death on August 21 kindled an extraordinary national wide outpouring of sorrow, love and spiritual reflection that will go down in history [...]

What’s Not Infrastructure About Social & Environmental Infrastructure?


Economic geeks tell a joke about Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates that goes a long way to explaining why so many cities face a budgetary crisis that can result in serious tears in the city’s social fabric while undermining its ability to invest in projects that beautify and restore the environment. Gates was crossing a border [...]

Tribute to Jack Layton I gave to Toronto Board of Health September 13, 2011


Thank you for organizing this time to show appreciation for Jack Layton, a central figure in the success story of public health in Canada. Jack gave us many gifts during the many vibrant days of his lifetime, and left us with a monumental gift during his fatal illness, when his generous and giving spirit was [...]

Brain fried? Try a Real Food and Outdoors Tonic; Why Local Food is Key to Calming Frayed City Nerves….

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Before I outline how this could be done, I should explain why I didn’t hand in this article last week, as originally promised. I faced computer problems that Bell Telephone’s exasperating voicemail machines couldn’t respond to, on the very same day I Le’Veon Bell Jersey was trying to pack for an eight-day Le’Veon Bell Authentic [...]

VIDEO: See Jack Layton Roast Wayne Roberts on his Retirement from the TFPC!

See Antonio Brown Womens Jersey Why Jack Layton is So Beloved by Checking out The Humulity and  Humor of His Roasting of Me on Antonio Brown Youth Jersey My Retirement From the Toronto Food Antonio Brown Kids Jersey Policy Council, which he initiated! Jack was always a supporter of my work and friend. Take a [...]

Canadian Grieve Jack Layton, Crusader for City Health, Food, Environment and Optimism


By Wayne Roberts Jack Layton’s death on August 22 feels so cry-out-loud tragic – and has touched a chord across the country with an outpouring of national grief, leading the federal government to hold a formal state funeral in his honor – because he was still brimming with vitality, positive energy and hope even as [...]

Why Cities Need a Fresh Serving of Brain Food

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I’ve waited patiently the last two months to see if some city government or health official somewhere might respond to Nature Magazine’s breakthrough article on urban stressors affecting mental illness. Regrettably, there is no gravy, corruption, hacking or sex scandal to make this a story. It’s just the same- old, same-old professional specialists and government [...]

Jack Layton’s Winning Spirit


You don’t really get to know some people until you know them when they’re down. That’s a problem for anyone who wants to write about Jack Layton, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, who’s taking a medical leave while he delas with some health setbacks. Even during his media conference announcing hard news on [...]

Citywatch: Slow Money


A lot of people blame fast buck artists for bringing on the 2008 economic crash, but few have yet looked to slow money artistry to get the economy moving in a better direction. For social investment promoter Woody Tasch, however, the crash was an aha moment that led him to take his stand: the buck [...]

Hop High For Local & Sustainable Craft Beer

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I met a beer whisperer at a party last week. She helps beer with real personality express the good times it’s had, the food it wants to pair with, and its place in the proletarian taste division of the local and sustainable food movement. Her name is Tracy Phillippi, and she’s a high-level beer hound [...]

Why Energy Tax Breaks Harm Food and Environment


One nice thing about early posting of the fixed date for Ontario’s upcoming election (October 6, don’t you know?) is that all parties have the same lead time to drop early platform stupidities without too many people noticing. The NDP would be smart to use this headstart to bury promises to phase out harmonized sales [...]

Big Powers Missing in Action on Food Price Crisis but New Leaders Emerge


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One Track Minds Can’t See the Food for the Traffic Jams

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By Wayne Roberts There’s only one issue that gets all right-thinking North Americans yelling out of the far left side of their mouth. Roads. It’s almost universally believed that roads should be built by the state, from each according to the government’s ability, and to each according to their need. Some political junkies think medicare [...]

The World is Watching: Worldwatch Checks Out Wayne Roberts on Food Councils


To read more about the challenges of Toronto Jack Lambert Youth Jersey food policy in Jack Lambert Kids Jersey the past and where food policies are heading see how my interview with Supriya Kumar from Worldwatch unfolded here Part Two of the Same Interview can be found here

How government food policy got in your face but not in your heart

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Cuts to Government Services, But not to Double Standards By Wayne Roberts Politicians at all levels are promising more cuts to government expenses without any cut to services. For politicians, this is better than a gift that keeps on giving. It’s a promise they can keep on promising. For most of the past 40 years, [...]

Plastic Bags


PLASTIC BAGS By Wayne Roberts The looming Toronto council debate about ending the five cent fee required for disposable bags from food retailers wastes almost as much energy as plastic bags made from fossil fuels. No matter what this council decides, the war on plastic bags has barely begun. From a global perspective, Toronto’s decision [...]

Whatever Happened to Election Debates on Economics?


Tears have been wiped dry, major resignations are in, and thoughts about ways of overcoming disproportionate misrepresentation allowing Harpers Conservatives to turn 39 per cent of all votes into a majority government are in the hopper. But the sleeper issue on the political agenda continues to doze. One reason why all pundits are talking about [...]

Time for Ontario’s Neo-Liberal Innovators to Innovate

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A new report on Ontario’s economic problems has been released just in time to invite comment and debate from the leadership candidates of both Ontario’s and Canada’s Liberal Party. In one neat package of 75 pages, the government-funded Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress provides an excellent summary of almost everything that is [...]

McGuinty Era in Ontario Reveals Neo-Liberal Formula

Dalton McGuinty

Premier Dalton McGuinty’s misfortune was to govern Ontario – and Ontario’s misfortune was to have him govern – at a time when the province faced three excruciating challenges. Unlike Empire Ontario that set prosperity in place a hundred years ago, today’s Ontario lacks strategic energy and mineral resources that automatically fetch high prices in global [...]

Ontario’s Local Food Act: More Maybe Than Act

(col­lated from assorted press releases)

To get a handle on the Promoting Local Food Act tabled in the Ontario legislature on October 4, it helps to know the difference between government support and government policy. If you choose door 1 and get support, you’re in luck. If you choose door 2 and get policy, that’s the booby prize. When occasion [...]

The new edition of the “No-Nonsense Guide to World Food” has arrived!


Wayne’s new book is here!! Wayne Roberts has Jaylon Smith Youth Jersey been hard at work updating his 2008 publication “The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food” To get your copy of the book please visit this site! “Couldn’t be more timely, especially given Jaylon Smith Kids Jersey the great deal of rubbish being served to [...]

Why did Harper Invite the Chinese Government to Buy Canada’s Tar Sands?

photo courtesy of topics.cbc.ca

Oil politics makes for greasy bedfellows, and that accounts for some odd and ominous slipping and sliding on the part of Albertan oil developers and their guy in Ottawa, prime minister Stephen Harper. Back in the 1980s, gas and oil tycoons were so ticked at prime minister Pierre Trudeau for creating Petro-Canada — a  government-owned  [...]