22 June 2010

Calgary City Council: Fact loses to Fear... Again!??!

We all see and hear that the interrelated issues of chickens/food/household food security/community food security/food justice/local food systems/sustainable agriculture are being discussed not only in Calgary, but across North America & Globally. Myopically, Calgary city council has turned their antiintellectual/antiscience back on our very own proud agrarian heritage and has wittingly endorsed industrial, factory, caged, agribusiness practices.
Regardless of political positioning, food transcends all issues. The inability of city council to:

1. Educate themselves on this issue
2. Defer to unanimously endorsed Federal, Provincial & City Policy recognizing Article 25
3. Support Science Based approaches (Pilot Project)
4. Acknowledge the receipt of 100's of letters of support
5. Disconnect themselves from fear & hearsay
6. Understand Household Food Security

only serves to illustrate the chasm that exists in comprehending this complex issue.

We know:

1. The matter of a Right to Food, represented in this instance by our hens, is going to court.
2. The Food Policy Report is being presented to Calgary Council on 30June10.
3. That regardless of your affiliation, CLUCK, CFPC, SlowFood, CGRN, EAC, AFMA, GFSA, FSC, et al, Food Policy is the common ground where we all come together.

The process to have 99.9% of our population dependent on Industrial Food has taken some 50-70+ years to engineer. This system will not be dismantled anytime soon, but we can begin the process of individually & independently disconnecting ourselves from the Industrial Food Production System by supporting personal and local food policy organizational initiatives.

10 June 2010

CLUCK: Building a National Food Organization

CLUCK: Building a National Food Organization

Full URL: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=14444&uid=68948494632

In order to create long term capacity & resilience within CLUCK, it has been suggested by many that we formally fill executive & liaison positions within CLUCK reflective of a national, Pan Canadian organization.

In the short but storied history of CLUCK, we have shown a depth & diversity of membership that we can leverage to create a sustainable voice within the national food debate.

Call for Volunteers/Nominations/Ideas/Strategies/Org Structure:

What roles are required to create an effective national organization?

Please begin this transparent process of the evolution of CLUCK by posting here:

CLUCK: Building a National Food Organization


06 June 2010

CBC Q & Jian Ghomeshi: Chicks and the City

Chicks and the City

Should city dwellers be allowed to raise chickens? The latest flashpoint in the great urban chicken debate is Calgary, where a city committee has voted down a pilot proposal. On Friday, Jian spoke to two Calgarian mayoral candidates on opposite sides of the issue, including the former head of CLUCK - the Canadians Liberating Urban Chickens Klub. What side of the chicken wire fence do you stand on? Are urban chickens good for cities?

full url: http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2010/06/04/chicks-and-the-city/

CLUCK: Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub facebook
full url: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68948494632