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The Atmospheric Fund is offering a paid “Policy Researcher” internship running from June to August of 2013. According to the official job description:
The Policy Researcher will work under the supervision of the VP Programs and Partnerships to provide background research related to key policy areas of potential interest to TAF, identify key policy players, describe the roles they are currently playing or plan to play in the future, and to assist in developing a recommendations report concerning the most appropriate and effective roles TAF could consider playing in this sphere.
Applications may be submitted by forwarding a CV and cover letter to:
Lyle Jones, Stakeholder and Engagement Coordinator
About The Atmospheric Fund (via the City of Toronto):
The City of Toronto established Toronto Atmospheric Fund in 1991 to focus on reducing local greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. Working with a $23 million endowment from the sale of the long-closed Langstaff Jail Farm, TAF operates as an arms-length agency at no cost to the City. TAF helps the City achieve the targets set out in the Council-approved climate plan and supports energy cost savings through energy efficiency. TAF-supported projects such as a streetlighting retrofit, traffic light LED conversion, and building retrofits have generated $55 million in savings for the city to date.
Full details on the position, including responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation can be found here.
Sustain Ontario, the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming, is updating its membership model to enable a stronger foundation on which to build on its past activities and strengthen its ability to:
1. Provide a strong voice for policy advice and advocacy to inform government and other actors in the movement to transform the food system, based on its membership’s work, views and interests.
2. Maintain a learning environment where Alliance members can connect and develop skills with one another and from leading-edge work happening in other jurisdictions.
3. Act as a resource and aggregator of thought, information, views and analysis on building a healthy, equitable, ecological and financially viable food system in Ontario.
As part of this strengthening of our Alliance, Sustain Ontario will be launching a Membership and Supporter Renewal Campaign for the balance of 2013.
Sustain Ontario will be looking for Members and Supporters to advance the Alliance’s work by agreeing to its vision and mission, continuing to commit time, energy and enthusiasm and also financial support from Members and Supporters for the first time. This financial support will be a critical component of a financial sustainability plan to keep the Alliance growing both in Members and Supporters and also in influence.
The Steering and Advisory Committee will also be revitalized at the Sustain Ontario Biennial General Meeting and Advisory Committee meeting in November 2013.
Stay tuned for more details shortly.
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The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) is the government’s statement on policies regarding land use planning, providing direction to the entire province on matters of planning and development. Led by Ontario Nature, a coalition of organizations from across the province, Sustain Ontario included, have issued a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne as well as the Honourable Linda Jeffery, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Honourable David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources, concerning proposed revisions to the PPS.
Of particular concern to the signatories is the failure of new proposals to protect prime farmland and significant natural heritage features from aggregate extraction. According to the text of the letter, “these changes are fundamentally at odds with the proposed PPS vision which has been amended to emphasize such values as sustainable and resilient communities, human health, biodiversity, resilience to climate change and Ontario-grown food.”
The proposed revisions leave aggregates licences open-ended, providing no guarantee that affected lands will be rehabilitated. Given the still evolving nature of the science of rehabilitation and the fact that open-ended aggregates extraction risks the loss of food-producing lands and natural heritage features, the letter issues two key recomendations for revisions of the PPS: Read more »
The proposed Local Food Act was recently re-introduced by the Government and is currently in second reading debate, occupying eighteen hours of House time so far. Sustain Ontario and the ideas put forth by its members have been mentioned numerous times – these mentions, coming from both the Government and the Opposition, have employed Sustain as a resource for balanced and informed representation of healthy food and local, sustainable farming issues.
Sustain Ontario is especially pleased to see emphasis on key issues such as local procurement, food literacy and education, and food hubs.
Below is a selection of highlights from the House debates concerning the Local Food Act. All information was pulled from Hansard, covering the period between April 9th and April 25th.
- Mr. Grant Crack (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, @grantcrack), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food, made mention of his attendance at the Growing Good Food Ideas launch.
- Mr. Jonah Schein (Davenport, @jonahschein) cited the need to support local procurement policies for schools, hospitals, colleges, universities and hospitals as well the importance of food literacy and education.
- Mr. Ernie Hardeman (Oxford) stated in the House, “I want to commend Sustain Ontario for looking at the food system as a whole and for putting forward a proposal to strengthen the system, starting on our farms.” Hardeman also cited the Letter to the Premier concerning the Local Food Act to which Sustain was a signatory and voiced support for its call to increase food literacy in Ontario. Read more »
BUY LOCAL, TELL US ABOUT IT, WIN!
During the whole month of May 2013, we want to hear about how your school uses local food in your:
- Student nutrition programs
- Culinary arts program
- And at special events
Let us know by posting to the Ontario Farm to School Challenge Facebook page, tweeting at us @ONFarm2School, or sending us an email. All entries will go into the draw June 1 to win an Eat-In Ontario Fall Harvest Kit valued at $350!
In addition to having the chance to win great prizes your participation in the Ontario Farm to School Challenge is:
- Supporting Ontario farmers and producers
- Connecting students to the wonderful and good things that grow in Ontario which they can enjoy all year long
- Benefitting the local environment
To learn more about the challenge and how your school can start purchasing local food, visit Ontariofresh.ca/farmtoschool.
Monday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., Bill Lishman will speak on the potential for local food from The Pickering Lands. David Cohlmeyer, who is working on plans for a Sustainable Agriculture Hub in the Rouge, and Donna Tranquata of Food & Water First, will be contributing information as well. To accommodate a bigger audience, the talk will take place in the church sanctuary instead of the Parlour Room. Come join an inspiring evening! You may click on the attached poster to enlarge it.