The Political Road Map: Why Can’t We Feed Everyone?

If a mother and father fail to feed their children for any long period of time, the government will step in for the sake of the children and take action. When citizens of Canada fail to have access to food, with some living on the streets eating garbage, average people walk around them as if ...

Montreal Simon: The Redneck Con Larry Miller Disgraces Himself Again

The next time you hear Rona Ambrose call her zombie party the new/nouveau Cons,  send her a message with just two words in it: Larry Miller.Because O'l Larry is still there, he couldn't be more Reform or more redneck.He's still the "Keeper of the Flame" (more on that later.)And he's just made a beast out of himself again.Read ...

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North

We all know that Leona Aglukkaq is a shameless climate change denier and the worst Environment Minister in Canadian history.We know that she is one of the most aggressive hecklers in the House of Commons, or one of its worst bullies.Well now she's at it again. Denying that some people in a northern community are ...

Bill Longstaff: Why is Purolator tackling hunger?

I confess that one of my minor pleasures is watching CFL games on TSN. Among the endless game interruptions is an ad/public service announcement in which genial Chris Schultz, member of the TSN football panel, hosts a presentation about the Purolator Tackle Hunger program. According to its website Purolator, the parcel delivery company, uses the ...

Things Are Good: Save the Oceans!

What’s a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world’s oceans might just help to feed the planet’s billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what’s really going on in our global fisheries right now — it’s not good — and offers smart suggestions of how ...

LeDaro: Hungry? Have a bowl of fresh worms/bugs or cook them and then enjoy

“A team of students from McGill University has proposed insect-infused flour as a possible solution to the global food crisis.” Looks delicious. Dig in.:)  

Bill Longstaff: Will India defeat malnutrition?

India has a lot of a lot of things, including hungry people. It has the world’s second largest population and the world’s second highest percentage of malnourished children. It also has the world’s largest food distribution system. Unfortunately the system has been largely ineffective, riddled as it is with incompetence and corruption. Now the ruling ...

The Canadian Progressive: Hungry in Canada: One-in-Five Skip Meals to Help Make Ends Meet

By: Food Banks Canada | Press Release: TORONTO, May 6, 2013 – Today, food banks across the country are asking Canadians to join the Hunger Awareness Week movement from May 6-10, 2013, to raise awareness about the solvable issue of Hunger in Canada. Hunger hits much closer to home than many Canadians realize. In fact, […] The post Hungry in ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Hunger count 2011

RedBedHead: Child Obesity: Abuse Or Moral Panic

A number of articles were sent my way today about the phenomenon in the USA and Scotland – and probably in Canada – of charging parents with child abuse if they “allow” their children to become obese. I’ve discussed in previous posts here, here and here some of the social and nutritional roots of obesity ...

Should We Just Up And Close Food Banks ?

That’s what Elaine Power, an associate professor at Queen’s and some one who has spent more than a decade researching hunger and volunteering at food banks, recommended in her column that appeared in Monday’s Globe and she is not alone in that belief. Food banks have become a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty. ...

Poverty on the rise in Harper’s Canada

New data released by StatsCan shows the national rate for low income earners rose in 2009, for the second straight year, up from 9.2 to 9.6 %. To put that number in context, roughly 3.2 million Canadians,with more 630,000 of those being children, live in poverty. The story for those living in large urban centres ...

A Housing Benefit for Ontario: An Affordable Plan To Help Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness

Anyone who has read this blog knows that the issues of poverty,hunger and homelessness are of particular interest to me, so when I come across a plan to help alleviate these scourges my ears perk up.A plan supported by industry and community groups alike titled A Housing Benefit for Ontario is one such proposal. Please ...

So How’s That Neo-Liberalism Thing Workin’ Out For Ya ?

For the past 30 years or so in Canada we have seen a steady succession of neo-liberal governments, each telling Canadians that we have to tighten our belts while cutting taxes and regulation on corporations. Well the evidence is in and we now know what many of us have been saying all along, neo-liberalism doesn’t ...

How to Eliminate Homelessness And Save Money In The Process

It is very difficult to get accurate statistics regarding the number of homeless in this country, they vary greatly depending on the source, so I have split the difference for any of the asterisked numbers cited in this post. While certainly not ideal,it’s the best solution I could think of. No matter whose figures I ...

Slaying that monster called Hunger

At the risk of sounding redundant here is yet another post on hunger. Hunger in Canada is a huge and growing problem,sadly it is also one that is being all but ignored.More than 750,000 Canadians use food banks every month in this country. Hunger isn’t confined just to urban ghettos as many believe,rural and northern ...