Peter Ladner @ north shore congress
Contributed by emily
Last night the North Shore Congress met to discuss a number of issues related to food, health, and mental health. The Congress is a meeting of all the North Shore’s municipal leaders, Vancouver Coastal Health, MLAs, MPs, both school district boards, and both First Nations.
Peter Ladner was the key note speaker, and discussed the rise and importance of urban food security initiatives. His focus was largely on urban agriculture and what municipal councils can do to promote initiatives and help policy "get out of the way".
Following his presentation, I spoke on behalf of the Table Matters network about the community Food Charter. The energy in the room was low, but overall I think it was well received. We had follow up discussions with both school districts and the Squamish Nation, and will do presentations for all to encourage their boards to endorse the Food Charter. The DNV already has the Food Charter on the agenda for a December Council meeting, and the DWV and CNV are still determining when it will go their Councils.
It’s been amazing to see the growth of understanding of food security issues across our municipal leaders. There is still a lot of healthy debate, but I think that is important to keep people engaged and learning about the issues. I’m looking forward to continuing to build our relationships with all the Congress participants, and move the food agenda forward on the North Shore.