food security

FILE - A worker collects Egyptian traditional ‘baladi’ flatbread, at a bakery, in el-Sharabia, Shubra district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Ukraine’s government banned the export of wheat, oats and other food staples on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 as authorities try to make sure they can feed people while Russia’s invasion intensifies.(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Canada urged to help as millions may starve due to Russian invasion of Ukraine

UN urging major wheat exporters to open up their silos to urgently fill the shortage of wheat

 

The Goldstream Food Bank warehouse is seen in this November photo. Food banks across Greater Victoria are feeling the impacts of supply chain issues exasperated by last month’s flooding, but some have managed to avoid the worst thanks to a mixture of luck and early planning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood damage disrupts supply for Vancouver Island food banks

Some avoided shortages by ordering earlier than usual, while others have had to pivot to gift cards

 

During this time of the year, many people will make donations to food banks. However, hunger and poverty are ongoing challenges. (File photo)

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of hunger and poverty

During this season of giving and generosity, many people are in need

 

The last grocery store in Gold River closed in 2016. John McKinley File Photo

Hungry B.C. village hopes it’s close to having grocery store for 1st time in 5 years

Co-op on the way to finally replace the Gold River grocery store closed in 2016

The last grocery store in Gold River closed in 2016. John McKinley File Photo
A traditional salmon barbecue on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Black Press File Photo

Indigenous food sovereignty movement reclaiming wellness, sense of identity

Indigenous health dietitian says goal is to restore decision making power through food supply

A traditional salmon barbecue on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Black Press File Photo
Nathan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, right, looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, addresses members of his cabinet and members of the ICPC Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, in Ottawa on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

National strategy calls on Canada to address Inuit food security crisis

Strategy specifically looks at support for families and children, food security programs and interventions

Nathan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, right, looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, addresses members of his cabinet and members of the ICPC Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, in Ottawa on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Every day, boxes of unsalable food gets donated from grocery stores, reducing the amount of food that goes to the landfill. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.

Keeping food out of Vancouver Island landfills just might save the planet

Food waste is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and it doesn’t have to be

Every day, boxes of unsalable food gets donated from grocery stores, reducing the amount of food that goes to the landfill. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.
A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A new report from Statistics Canada suggests Canadians who dealt with food insecurity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to perceive their mental health as poor and report anxiety symptoms than those who did not. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic linked to poor mental health: StatCan

‘Food insecurity in itself can be a stressful experience’

A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A new report from Statistics Canada suggests Canadians who dealt with food insecurity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to perceive their mental health as poor and report anxiety symptoms than those who did not. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.

Conservation organization launches ‘food boxes’ for northern Vancouver Island communities

With Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust aims to increase accessibility to fresh produce in remote communities

A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.
Wickaninnish Community School student Priya Petch, 5, won a Chocolate Tofino gift card for her drawing centered on clean water. (Submitted photo)

Drawing contest showcases United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

“The SDGs are an important priority to keep in mind. They are all interconnected.”

Wickaninnish Community School student Priya Petch, 5, won a Chocolate Tofino gift card for her drawing centered on clean water. (Submitted photo)
Master gardener Pablo Vimos explaining vegetable production in planter boxes to Klemtu community members in 2019. (N-EAT image)

Growing food sovereignty at Klemtu

Greenhouse and grow boxes help create circular food economy for Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations

Master gardener Pablo Vimos explaining vegetable production in planter boxes to Klemtu community members in 2019. (N-EAT image)
(Pxfuel.com)

Food insecurity hits laid off workers, households with kids harder amid pandemic: StatsCan

Number of Canadians having trouble getting enough food went up during COVID-19

(Pxfuel.com)
Cattle graze in a field at Arrowvale Farm and Campground on Hector Road near Port Alberni, B.C. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)

Island region one of three granted small-scale slaughter licensing status

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District farmers can now apply for abattoir licence

Cattle graze in a field at Arrowvale Farm and Campground on Hector Road near Port Alberni, B.C. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)
A Cargill meat processing plant is shown in Chambly, Que., south of Montreal, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The plant is closing temporarily after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Another Cargill meat-processing plant closes after COVID-19 outbreak

171 workers were sent home last week as a preventative measure

A Cargill meat processing plant is shown in Chambly, Que., south of Montreal, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The plant is closing temporarily after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’

North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’

Residents from Cumberland , Tahsis and Quadra Island are volunteering to grow winter squash on their lawns in a move towards sustainable food security

North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’
Humble potatoes are one of the most valued food sources in war-time. (Pixabay photo)

COLUMN: Yes, in my backyard! Food security at home

Spuds are nutritional power packs and an easy grower in our coastal climate

  • Apr 10, 2020
Humble potatoes are one of the most valued food sources in war-time. (Pixabay photo)
Ucluelet Local Food Society president Jeanne Keith Ferris, right, helps beginner gardener Britny Scheuermann ready her garden plot for planting last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COLUMN: Gardening is balm for your soul

Some expert tips to help build your green-thumb this year

  • Apr 2, 2020
Ucluelet Local Food Society president Jeanne Keith Ferris, right, helps beginner gardener Britny Scheuermann ready her garden plot for planting last week. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino health food store Green Soul Organics shuts down

“It was more than just a job. It was a lifestyle.”

Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
The newly elected 2019-2020 Tofino Co-op Board of Directors—Carol Schulz, Barbara Audet, Christine Michaud, Rosemarie Tranfield, Stephanie Hughes, Margaret Eady and Matin Gholami—smile for a group photo after reading their Oath of Affirmations at the Co-op’s 63rd AGM on May 22. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

220 Tofino Co-op members cast votes at 63rd AGM

“I am honoured to be elected.”

The newly elected 2019-2020 Tofino Co-op Board of Directors—Carol Schulz, Barbara Audet, Christine Michaud, Rosemarie Tranfield, Stephanie Hughes, Margaret Eady and Matin Gholami—smile for a group photo after reading their Oath of Affirmations at the Co-op’s 63rd AGM on May 22. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Food Bank on the Edge executive director Cris Martin believes a new facility is needed. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Food Bank on the Edge Society asks for new facility

“It’s gonna fall apart soon. It’s in major levels of disrepair.”

Food Bank on the Edge executive director Cris Martin believes a new facility is needed. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)