Archive for October, 2010

Santropol Roulant featured on CTV Montreal’s Sunday Bite

Santropol Roulant was featured on CTV Montreal’s Sunday Bite program on October 24th. The program, which focuses on the Montreal food scene, showcased the growth of Santropol Roulant: in volunteers, in capacity, and in square footage. (The new space Santropol Roulant moved into is nearly three times larger than its previous headquarters.)

Santropol Roulant is a meals-on-wheels program that uses food as a method of engaging a community.

Access the Sunday Bite page and view the October 24th program featuring Santropol Roulant here.

The Strathmere group presents inaugural Environmental Leadership Award

The Strathmere group, an assembly of the heads of eleven of Canada’s leading environmental organizations,¹ met in Winnipeg on October 25, 2010 to present its inaugural Environmental Leadership Award. This honour was given to Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Pimachiowin Aki Inc. for their efforts in promoting the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project.


Local Food Plus founder speaks at Vancouver local food symposium

Lori Stahlbrand, founder and president of Local Food Plus (LFP), recently participated in a symposium of local food as part of the Museum of Vancouver’s Food & Beers speaker series, moderated by The Tyee editor David Beers. The symposium, titled Can The City Feed Itself? A Recipe For Local Food Success, reflected on methods for bridging the gap between consumers and local food growers.  Stahlbrand’s addition to the conversation included an explanation of the “local sustainable” label, created by LFP for farmers in southern Ontario:

“I think there are a lot of consumers out there who want to support farmers and want to support their local economy and their local culture. There are a lot of pluses to it. But it’s very hard to know how to identify it. So we said, let’s create a way to identify it. And the certified local sustainable label is a way to do that.” (From The Hook)


Disability-rights activist Donna Thomson to visit McGill

Author Donna Thomson will read from her book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom,” at McGill University on Wednesday, October 20. In this book, Donna Thomson, wife of the Canadian High Commissioner to Britain and disability-rights activist, offers vivid descriptions of her own experience in treading delicately through daily care, medical emergencies and the medical bureaucracy as she and her family cope with her son Nicholas’ cerebral palsy.


Community Foundations issue annual Vital Signs reports

Vital Signs reports look at communities’ quality of life and draw attention to areas for improvement.

Earlier this month, 15 of these reports were launched in communities including Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Saint John, Toronto, and Vancouver. In addition to these local reports, Community Foundations of Canada issued the 4th edition of Canada’s Vital Signs, which focuses on national issues.


The support of family caregivers at the centre of a federal debate

McConnell grantee the Canadian Caregiver Coalition is garnering a lot of media attention, with its caregiver strategy at the centre of a Federal debate. The Coalition is a diverse group of national and provincial organizations from across Canada that works collaboratively to represent and promote the needs and interests of family caregivers with all levels of government, and the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Vibrant Communities releases 2002-2010 evaluation report

Yesterday, national sponsors of Vibrant Communities Canada released a report of a nine-year experiment that demonstrates the positive impacts of an innovative and collaborative approach to fighting poverty that is driving individual benefits, neighborhood changes and large scale community poverty reductions.

The report, Vibrant Communities Canada 2002-2010 Evaluation Report, highlights key results and offers deeper understanding of the critical success factors, effectiveness and patterns identified through the Vibrant Communities experiment.