More Food, Less Waste

July 9, 2018 in Community, Food

Across the world, a surprising amount of food doesn’t get eaten. Roughly one third of food is lost or wasted every year world-wide.  In Canada, approximately 40 percent of the food produced in the country is lost or wasted. The cost of this waste is estimated to be 31 billion dollars every year.

And while so much food is going to waste, many people are experiencing food insecurity.

One in 8 Canadian households are food insecure, amounting to over 4 million Canadians, including over 1 million children. Lacking access to good food has variety of negative physical, mental and social health impacts.In recent years, the idea of food deserts has entered the discussion about food and cities. Food deserts are areas where there is little to no access to affordable, nutritious food. Often in these areas, the only local food options are fast food chains or corner stores.

We wanted to talk to someone who is helping to relieve some of the food waste and food security problems that our cities face.

Today’s guest, Lourdes Juan, is the founder of the Leftovers Foundation where she’s helping provide good food to those in need.

Resources

National Strategies for Cities

June 4, 2018 in Community, Politics

How we build our cities is always going to be intertwined with politics. This episode is the second of two episodes where John talks to urbanists who have become politicians.

In the last episode, John talked to Jyoti Gondek, a city councilor in Calgary, about what it’s like to be a urbanist turned politician at the municipal scale.

Today, John talks to Andy Fillmore, a Member of Parliament, about what it’s like to be an urbanist turned politician at the national scale.

 In this episode, Andy and John talk about:

  • Why urban planning is an important profession that is going to help save the world.
  • The National Housing Strategy: a 10 year, 40 billion dollar strategy that was announced by the Liberal government in late 2017.
  • Why investing in infrastructure is important (even though it is seen as an un-sexy topic).
  • How citizens can get involved in political decision making.

Resources
National Housing Strategy
Meet Andy Fillmore
Learn about the Halifax Central Library
Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyFillmoreHFX

 

Let’s Get Walking

May 14, 2018 in Community, Transportation

In this episode, we’re talking all about walking. We discuss the benefits of walking and have great conversations with folks including The People Walker (Chuck McCarthy in LA) and a Jane’s Walk Facilitator (Jill Roberston in Edmonton).

Resources
The People Walker
Jill Roberston, Dialog Design (Edmonton)
Jane’s Walk
The 8th Fastest Walkers in the World
5 Surprising Benefits of Walking
Edmonton Funicular Project
Jeff Speck – The Walkable City

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