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Food with Sarah Elton: February 2012 Archives

Food Column: Sarah Elton on Underground Chickens

Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in today to tell us about the stand-off in our city about backyard chickens. Earlier this year, Toronto's licensing and standards committee upheld a ban on backyard chickens which prompted by-law officers to start enforcing the rules. Sarah spoke to one backyard chicken owner who told her that, chicken owners are standing firm and holding onto their chickens. They are now waiting to see what happens in Calgary this March when resident Paul Hughes will challenge that city's by-law in court, arguing that it is unconstitutional and that it violates an international human right to food. Listen audio (runs 6:01) To learn more about the court case, here. And to find out more about what's happening in Toronto chickens.


Food Column: Sarah Elton on the History of Toronto Food

Our food columnist, Sarah Elton was in to tell us about how food is intertwined with our city's history. Toronto still is one of North America's largest food hubs and the importance of food to our economy dates to the early days of our colonial settlement and even further back when Toronto was named after the fishing weir poles the Anishnabe planted in the lake to catch their dinner.

Listen audio (runs 7:01)

To learn more about Toronto's food history, there's just over a week left to visit the St. Lawrence Market Gallery's exhibit "Meet me at the Market." That's at 95 Front Street East, on the second floor of the south market building. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. The exhibit runs until February 25.


Food Column: Beijing in Toronto

Our food columnist Sarah Elton, the locavore tells us where to get candied haws in Toronto, just like the ones she ate in Beijing. Listen audio (runs 5:45)