CFSA Speed Dating

On March 29th, we gathered food system actors to network at the Alex Community Food Centre. With approximately 20 people in attendance new connections were formed and people shared that they are eager to continue with more opportunities to meet one another to talk about issues facing our food system.

Some of the feedback we received included,

“…more time for speed dating. Great ideas!”

“I would like for it to be a bit longer so we could meet everyone.”

“I loved it!”

“Liked it, nice way to connect to people, gives hope for changing the food system.”

Keep food on your mind and complete the municipal survey on parks and pathway bylaws.

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Current by-laws state:

Parks and Pathways Bylaw 20M2003

The Park and Pathway Bylaw restricts gardening in Parks and along pathways, but the Director of Parks may allow it by permit. Individuals cannot sell or conduct business in Parks and Pathways without a permit. The Community Neighbourhood Services website says that individuals cannot sell/benefit from access or use of public land. I do not see that specific provision in the Bylaws.

17. No Person shall...
(b) damage, dig, cut, disturb or destroy any Park Vegetation, whether alive or dead.

23. (1) No Person shall, in a park:
(a) plant, grow, place or modify any plant, flower or other Park Vegetation;
(b) build, erect, place, remove, or modify any Amenity, Pathway or Trail;
(c) cut, irrigate, spray or apply any substance, including pesticides or fertilizers, to any grass or other Park Vegetation, or otherwise disturb or damage the Park Vegetation;
(d) leave, place, store, deposit or hoard anything; or...

29. No Person shall:
(a) make available, offer or give away free goods or services;
(b) make available for sale goods or services;
(c) carry on any business of any kind or nature whatsoever or solicit for any business, trade or occupation;
(d) place a sign or device of any kind advertising or publicizing any commercial venture or facility; or
(e) place or leave any goods or merchandise in order to display the same for sale; anywhere in a Park, unless specifically allowed by the Director.

47. The Director may, as the designated officer for and on behalf of The City authorize the formalization and execution of:
(a) contracts for the operation of concessions in a Park, or in a building within a Park, selling anything or providing services deemed appropriate by the Director of Parks;

49. The Director may grant Permits allowing any activity within a Park which is otherwise prohibited by this Bylaw including:
(f) allowing the cutting or planting of Park Vegetation in a Park;

"Park Vegetation" means any fungus, plant or part thereof which grows in a Park

Input on the National Food Policy

The Alex Food Centre and the Calgary Food System Alliance teamed up to facilitate a consultation on the Food Policy for Canada. About 20 community members were in attendance and provided input on the Federal Government's four themes: 

1. increasing access to affordable food

2. improving health and food safety

3. conserving our soil, water, and air

4. growing more high-quality food.

Community members had lots to say about these important topics! Notes from the evening will be shared with the Federal Government. 

There was also discussion about advocacy around food with the upcoming municipal election. Stay tuned for more information on this.