Let’s Fix Ontario Ford Government’s Food Mistake

Community Food Gardens Should Not Be Ordered Closed Due to COVID-19

A Call-Out from the Green Party of Ontario

Posted April 9th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

We think the government made a mistake by issuing a mandatory closure of all community gardens in Ontario due to COVID-19

It’s an oversight they can quickly correct.

The province classified community gardens as a recreational activity, like ice rinks and swimming pools, instead of an essential food service like grocery stores.

There are many things that are not essential right now. Food production isn’t one of them.

This decision means that tens of thousands of families – not to mention food banks – have lost access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables they depend on.

Protect Local Food

There is a way to keep community gardens open, while keeping people safe.

Provinces like BC have done it, and we can too – with the physical distancing and safety guidelines that other essential services are following.

People across Ontario have invested time and money to prepare for this growing season.

And with the uncertainty of global food supplies, now is not the time to prohibit local production.

Please sign our petition to re-open community gardens.

– Bonnie North, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Critic,  Green Party of Ontario

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

One response to “Let’s Fix Ontario Ford Government’s Food Mistake

  1. ohhh, for heaven’s sakes! wtf are they thinking??? Even in communist Cuba they endorsed community gardens….No one has to stand on top of one another at these sites. Lets give people a bit of credit. They closed the markets and now this.


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