“Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013.
The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.
About World Food Day
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on the 16th of October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.
The objectives of World Food Day are to:
- encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
“A Vietnamese Recipe for a Food System that Works.
What is a sustainable food system? One Vietnamese model harnesses tradition and bolsters that with technology and the right policy mix: ‘V-A-C’ farming. It’s a no-waste system integrating fish farming, raising livestock and growing fruit and vegetables, all on the same farm. It has assured sufficient, healthy food to Viet Nam’s rural farmers — about half the population — while generating income and feeding the growing cities. In V-A-C, livestock can even power the lights.”
“Do your part to Engage, Empower and Inspire everyone to make a difference in the world”
O-Canada ! Here is just a friendly reminder that the new 10-year enhanced ePassport goes into effect for all #Canadians on July 1, 2013. If you renew before the 1st you will save some money but will be caught up in the transition as we move over to the new biometric passports. You will now get to have a choice when applying for the first time or renewing your passport, and you can choose either the standard 5-year or enhanced 10-year biometric passport. Keep note that all childrens’ ePassports will only be issued for a maximum of 5 years (there is no 10 year option as children change too much during this time).
|Travel document or service||New fee|
|Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada|
|10-year passport||$160* footnote|
|5-year passport (or less)||$120* footnote|
|Passports: Applications made outside of Canada and/or passport delivered outside Canada|
|10-year passport||$260* footnote|
|5-year passport (or less)||$190* footnote|
|Expedited services in Canada (in addition to the passport fee)|
|1-day service (urgent)||$110|
|Express service (2-9 days)||$50|
|Pick-up (day 10)||$20|
|Same day, out of regular hours of service||$335|
|Expedited services outside of Canada** footnote|
|Emergency travel document (one trip)||$75* footnote|
|Children’s emergency travel document (one trip)||$30|
|Temporary passport (linked to regular passport application)||$110|
|Travel documents for non-Canadians|
|Certificate of identity||$260* footnote|
|Children’s certificate of identity||$141|
|Refugee travel document||$120* footnote|
|Children’s refugee travel document||$57|
|Addition of a special stamp or observation (at applicant’s request)||$45|
A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.
These travel documents are issued only at the discretion of the Canadian Government office abroad
For more information and fee structure details, please visit the Passport Canada website below:
By strengthening identity checks, ePassports will help reduce the risk of other countries imposing visa requirements on travellers. (Needing a visa can add up to $150 per trip, depending on the country and our agreements with them.) This will be a slow transition but the hope that this will be a step in the right direction to allow better transitions especially when you are traveling through multiple countries.
Canada’s new ePassport will be full of newly chosen iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation and will include images from the Fathers of Confederation to the Famous Five and Terry Fox . #proudtobeCanadian
Considered to be the gold standard of all travel documents, ePassports contain an electronic chip that enhances the passport’s current security features. In compliance with the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, over 100 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom, are already issuing ePassports. This organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1947. ICAO has 190 member states, including Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it is the authority on enhancing civil aviation security around the world.
If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.
“Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 on CBC”
Travel safe, think smart and be safe this holiday long weekend – Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!
A busy schedule and lots of travel put my writing on standby for a while but I had to make sure I got this tasty article up and readable to share!
Back on February 28th, Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market looked like a stage set for a culinary celebration! The event – Toronto’s Annual Event – Recipe For Change
I timed my arrival to the North Market Building for the 6pm door opening and before I could reach the inner sanctum of the market building, I experienced a taste-bud explosion by way of an amazing Smoked Duck Tostada by @FidelGastros – Matt Basile, star of “Rebel Without A Kitchen”.
The evenings’ event was a market done in complete transformation! This building is generally left to those farmers and craftspeople selling their edible bounty to the public of fresh fruit, eggs, vegetables, cheeses and many other tasty little bits of flavour. That night the team at FoodShare designed a map through a garden of flavor overload put forth by those who rise to the top, sometimes are seldom seen by the general public, and have a deep love for their craft, for their annual Recipe for Change fundraising event.
Over the course of the next few hours, with fork, napkin and wineglass in pocket, the room filled to capacity with over 400 Toronto eager food fans supporting such a good cause and sampling culinary delights from over 30 chefs and students, 8 wineries from Niagara and Prince Edward County, and a few breweries as well. I eagerly sipped, nibbled and photographed as many tasty tidbits as I could. This year’s FoodShare event was presented by GE Cafe Appliances and students from both the Bendale Business and Technical Institute and Eastdale Collegiate presented some tasty offerings that they cooked in their culinary programs that are in collaboration with FoodShare.
Some of my most memorable bites were: Brisket Steamed Buns from Momofuku Toronto, Yakitori Bar/Seoul Food’s vegetarian Bibimbap, Torito Tapas & Monforte Dairy’s collab of Dates stuffed with Toscano Cheese, Orrechiette with White Pork Shoulder Ragu by Ascari Enoteca, Savoury Bread Puddings by the George Brown Chef School, and the Luscious Beet Root Chocolate Brownies from Pimenton.
It was a joy to see that Toronto’s culinary community spotlights the collaborative efforts for such an amazingly good cause. It was fun night to be out and about as many enthusiastic chefs served their very best and I had a chance to catch up with some of my favourite restauranteurs, chefs, bloggers and food writers. From the culinary schools to top chefs, breweries, wineries and to my love…the Detour Espresso Bar, Recipe for Change certainly gave those of us in attendance, an honest testimony to the talented and creative culinary industry in this city I now call home.
Food Share empowers and enables Ontario children to identify what good food is, where it comes from, not only teaching them that healthy food also tastes great, but educating and helping them learn to choose it for themselves. The organization is leading the challenge to create a healthier future for our children by working with students from JK to Grade 12 ,parents and educators to ensure that good food education is an included part of the Ontario curriculum and make Food Literacy a requirement for graduation. Children across Ontario are being taught how to plant, tend, harvest, prep ,cook and compost – something I took for granted growing up when I was a child, having a family involved in food and backyard farming.
This year’s event also marked the launch of FoodShare’s first cookbook – “share:Delicious Dishes from Foodshare and Friends” which showcases affordable, healthy, and culturally-diverse cooking that is a joy for the palate and the eye. Just $24.95 + HST at your favourite bookstore or available on www.foodshare.net
“A delight for the palate and for the eye, share showcases the joy of healthy, affordable culturally-diverse cooking and highlights the power of good food to bring people together. Celebrate home-cooked meals with Adrienne De Francesco and Marion Kane as they guide you through recipes that are thoughtfully selected, carefully tested and thoroughly delicious. Feast on contributions from FoodShare’s chefs, staff, volunteers and program participants, along with local celebrities who all share their favourite recipes in this beautiful full-colour cookbook.”
Take time to support the Foodshare community on any level ! I came with to Recipe for Change with an appetite on full tilt mody, ready to be amazed and flavour – challenged by the 30 chefs works in food and I left satiated with an even better appreciation of the chefs I know and new wonder from all the ones I met for the first time and what the Culinary Culture of Ontario truly has to offer. A delish food adventure experience that I would highly recommend all of you look out for next year and make certain you have tickets as soon as you can.
Positive Attitude on the Road and At Home – 5 Basics!
Attitude is everything and can make or break your day, week or month without issue! The winter months of January, February and March are always tough months, but here are 5 basic steps to overcome a negative attitude. You will feel better and improve your view and those around you immediately.
Being in a good mood is not really that difficult. It does take a little work and it does take personal responsibility. Because it’s better to be happy than upset, putting yourself in a good mood is definitely worth it and your body and mind will thank you.
Did you know that even the most happiest of people can find themselves in a bad mood now and then? You definitely see this both on the road and off in your travels near and afar. Others unfortunately may find themselves in low spirits more often than not. The following quick tips can help both types of people to create a better mood atmosphere each day they wake up and greet it.
1. TAKE INVENTORY – Realize that you are in a bad mood. If you don’t realize it, it’s going to be pretty hard to change it! This realization might come from several sources. You are usually the best judge of your own mood and you can also venture to get the feedback from others – a stranger or someone you trust.
2. DECIDE TO CHANGE – So now that you know you are in a negative mood, you have to decide that you want to change it. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds! When we are upset, we want to roar and not hear how we should be HAPPY. We usually want to be left alone and that is why these is probably the hardest step – especially if you happen to be travelling in a group or are surrounded by friends/family.
Regardless of this – IT’S WORTH IT! A few days a week in a bad mood can really add up and take its toll. A friend or colleague might comment that you are usually in a negative mood without YOU even realizing it. So ok – it’s hard to make this decision but after you take the time to change your mood, you will be so happy you did – you’ll look at things with a fresh perspective.
3. FIND THE SOURCE – Analysis time – you know you’re not happy and you want to change. So now is the time to look for the source of this bad mood/attitude. A common feeling when things start piling up is to get just a wee bit tense! A great way to tackle when you are feeling like you are getting upset is to make a list of what things you are concerning yourself with. Write them down – you can address so many things when you take the thoughts and feelings swirling around in your head and put them to paper.
Look for the sources of your negativity. Did someone say or do something that upset you? Are you worried about something that you did or something you still have to do?
4. FIX THE SOURCE – When you find the source, it’s definitely time to fix it! If someone upset you, take the time to talk to them. Don’t lose it – keep your calm but state your issue. If you are worried about getting something done, be like Nike – Just Do It! And if you are worried about something that you can’t change, accept that you personally cannot change it and move on.
5. DO SOMETHING THAT JUST MAKES YOU HAPPY-There are times when fixing the source isn’t enough to change our moods! In this case though, try to think of things that put you in a good mood. It could be anything that you choose. Calling a close friend, going to lunch, grabbing a coffee or tea, hitting the movies, playing a sport, etc. If you fix the source of the problem and you still feel down, do something fun.
This quick fast and furious system can help to change your “DOWN” days into some of the best “UP” days you’ve ever had. Make sure to practice this when you are travelling or stuck in the midst of family or work functions as well…life is just too darn short to be stuck in a bad mood!
©Deborah Peniuk aka@TraveliciousDee
“Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
So after many moves for friends and myself I know that this great recipe works for great back relief. Take the time to take care of you and its a great thing to be able to pack on trips to use after hours of walking cities, climbing and hiking trails and hours of fun doing watersports! Look for an upcoming post regarding more uses for healing oils and my new affiliation that can offer you some of these amazing powerful remedies in a nice little pack for your suitcase, purse, backpack or whatever you use for travel/work/play!
Thyme & Eucalyptus Back Relief Soak
Thyme is said to have been used for its efficient medicinal properties as early as 3,500 B.C. Throughout history, thyme has been used to relieve coughs, colds and asthma; to kill yellow fever organisms; to reduce swelling induced by gout; and to treat various nervous disorders. This recipe is recommended for those who suffer from backache or joint pain. The use of eucalyptus oil enhances the effects of the thyme.
- 15 drops thyme essential oil
- 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the two oils together in a hot bath and soak in it for 15 minutes or until the water starts to cool.
Enjoy the relief this soak can bring to you during your daily life and on your travels near or far!
Deborah aka @TraveliciousDee