Edmonton councillors show no appetite for veggie meal discussion

Any further discussion about veggies versus meat at city hall appears to be off the menu.

Ed Gibbons says councillors are busy people with no time to waste on such matters

(CBC)

Any further discussion about veggies versus meat at city hall appears to be off the menu.

The Edmonton Youth Council originally put forward a proposal that asked city councillors to endorse a policy that would see vegetarian meals served at some of their meetings.

The group then altered its request, asking instead that all meals - whether meat or vegetables - be restricted to foods that are "sustainably" produced.

In the end, councillors didn't vote on the motion. They agreed instead to simply accept the information, which means nothing will change.

Coun. Dave Loken said council meetings are not catered with full meals, so the menu is a moot point.

"I find there's a real lack of understanding or disconnect as to what actually council is consuming at our meetings," he said. "Because this could have been done a whole lot better. I'm very frustrated with this."

Coun. Ed Gibbons said council has no time for such matters.

"I could be voting right now instead of wasting my time on this," he said. "We're busy people."

Still, Edmonton Youth Council representatives said they're glad they raised the issue.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.