Provincial election on May 30th

May 16, 2017 News No Comments

Hi Our Food team,

As you are aware, there is going to be a provincial election on May 30th. The EAC is focusing on four main priorities this election: Coastal Protection Act, regulate clearcutting, firm climate change targets and active transportation infrastructure investment.

 

As food is not front and centre with the EAC, Our Food project will be focusing on social media to create a buzz about food issues.  A volunteer group pulled together quick facts, social media sample posts, and questions for candidates on four food issues: school food, institutional procurement, food insecurity, and farmland conservation.

 

We’re inviting you to use, customize, and share the attached social media kits:

1)      Posting and sharing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

2)      Emailing or speaking with candidates directly about food issues that matter to you.

 

Thanks,

 

Katrina Ross

Senior Coordinator, Community Food

 

2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS, B3K 4L3
tel. 902.442.1077
ecologyaction.ca

 

1. ENGAGE YOUR CANDIDATE ON FOOD
Agricultural Land
This tool kit is a resource to support individuals and groups that are passionate about getting food on the agenda during the Nova Scotia Provincial Election leading up to May 30, 2017.
Actions you can take:

ENGAGE candidates on Twitter

• Only 29% of Nova Scotia’s land is suitable for agriculture. (63)
• Protecting agricultural land now will ensure future generations can farm, too.  (82)
WRITE on candidates Facebook

Agricultural land is imperative to the existence of a vibrant agriculture industry in Nova Scotia.  This important resource, if maintained, will support the growth of an important sector in Nova Scotia, particularly the rural regions of this province, supporting rural jobs now and into the future.

Policies that will have an impact on ensuring agricultural land for future generations include:
✓ Support for land bank program
✓ No taxation on actively farmed farmland

LINK social media posts to:
ASK questions at events, via email, in person
Incentives to bring former agricultural land back into production

1. What steps will your party take to ensure healthy agricultural land is available for future generations?
2. Agricultural land values are on the rise.  How will your party address the impacts of these increases?
3. Over generations, quality agricultural land has come out of production for one reason or another.  What will your party do to bring abandoned agricultural land for those who want to farm?

Hashtags:
#AgLandNS
#NSFood2017
#nsVotes

Twitter Handles:
@StephenMcNeil
@JamieBaillie
@GaryBurrill

Find your local candidate:  http://enstools.gov.ns.ca/40ProvGenElect/2017candidates.htm
 

2. ENGAGE YOUR CANDIDATE ON FOOD
Institutional Procurement
This tool kit is a resource to support individuals and groups that are passionate about getting food on the agenda during the Nova Scotia Provincial Election leading up to May 30, 2017.
Actions you can take:

ENGAGE candidates on Twitter

• Leveraging food purchasing power of NS institutions supports health, rural ag/fish jobs & the environment. (110)
• Being proud of our producers is important! NS $ can support NS producers to feed Nova Scotians. (99)
• Healthy, local and sustainable food is good for people & the planet. Ask gov’t to mandate public procurement & track progress. (129)
• Food procurement in NS institutions – a shift to healthy, local & sustainable is needed. (91)
• NS seek wholesome, affordable & delicious foods in NS institutions. Ask gov’t to mandate goals & support the change. (119)

WRITE on candidates Facebook wall

Public Institutions such as schools, universities, health care facilities, correctional facilities, and governments at all levels are major purchasers and sellers of food. This purchasing power puts them in a strong position to influence food systems and support our farmers and fishermen. These institutions also shape food environments in ways that can support personal, community and environmental health. Public institutions can leverage our public dollars to reap social, economic and environmental benefits for a healthier future for all.

Policies that will positively impact institutional procurement include:
✓ Strengthen public institution food procurement policies to change local food guidelines to targets for local food procurement, with a commitment to measure progress toward this target.
✓ Act as convener to bring purchasers and other stakeholders together to achieve the target.
✓ Increase institutional food purchasing budgets for institutions that are measuring and increasing their local food consumption.

ASK questions at events, via email, in person

1. How will your party invest in Nova Scotia food producers?
2. How will your party increase access to local, healthy and sustainable food for Nova Scotians?
3. What actions would your government take to increase healthy, local and sustainable food procurement in NS public institutions?

LINK social media posts to:

Blogpost: https://adventuresinlocalfood.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/pathways-to-healthy-local-and-sustainable-food-in-our-institutions/

Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/NSlocalfoodshift

Hashtags:
#NSFoodShift
#NSFood2017
#nsVotes

Twitter Handles
@StephenMcNeil
@JamieBaillie
@GaryBurrill

Find your local candidate:  http://enstools.gov.ns.ca/40ProvGenElect/2017candidates.htm

 

 

3. ENGAGE YOUR CANDIDATE ON FOOD
School Food
This tool kit is a resource to support individuals and groups that are passionate about getting food on the agenda during the Nova Scotia Provincial Election leading up to May 30, 2017.
Actions you can take:

ENGAGE candidates on Twitter

• Children spend 1/3 of their day in schools making them the ideal place to create & reinforce healthy food habits for life.  (126)
• School food policies can complement the efforts of parents and ensure healthy food in the school setting.  (107)
• Well-nourished children are better able to learn and reach their potential in the classroom and in life.  (107)
WRITE on candidates Facebook wall

Investing in (healthy) children is essential for Nova Scotia’s social and economic future, and is money well spent. We know well-nourished children have better health and academic outcomes. Creating a supportive food environment in schools using a comprehensive school food policy as a guiding tool goes a long way to ensure student success.  We all have a role to play. What’s yours?

Policies that will support healthy foundations for Nova Scotian children include:

✓ Increasing investments in healthy breakfast programs for NS children.
✓ Facilitation implementation of healthy food school policies.

1. How would you and your party support healthy eating in schools?
2. What investments would your party make to support healthy eating environments in schools? (background info: The Liberal government’s recent budget mentioned an increase  for healthy breakfast programs for NS children.)
3. How could your party support children to grow up eating more whole, healthy, local foods?

ASK questions at events, via email, in person

LINK social media posts to:

Hashtags:
#schoolfoodmatters
#NSFood2017
#nsVotes

Twitter Handles:
@StephenMcNeil
@JamieBaillie
@GaryBurrill

Find your local candidate: http://enstools.gov.ns.ca/40ProvGenElect/2017candidates.htm