$150,000 OTF Grant is Just One of the Ingredients in a New Community Food Hub

Cannington – A recipe for success is what several local groups have as they get started with their plans to create a Community Food Hub in Cannington, thanks to the $150,000 grant they received this summer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  North House, the Brock Youth Centre, SERA CV and the Nourish and Develop Foundation are the organizations lending their expertise to the initiative that will see a commercial community kitchen created as part of the hub, which can be used for future social enterprise projects.
“Congratulations to North House and their partners on receiving this Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant. This grant will help these collaborative groups create the Community Food Hub, which will serve the needs of North Durham for years to come.” Laurie Scott, MPP.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding will be used to outfit the commercial community kitchen that will be a part of the Community Food Hub. The kitchen will be barrier free making it accessible for those with disabilities and will meet public health guidelines, perfect for those needing more space to prepare food for sale. If you would like to learn more about the Community Food Hub please visit www.tndf.ca or call North House at 705-432-8654 or the Nourish and Develop Foundation at 705-432-2444.
“It’s a pleasure to announce that this funding will go towards increasing opportunities for the community in food production, processing and education. This is a community project that will benefit everyone, from children, youth and seniors, to farmers, and cottage industries in need of commercial kitchen facilities for the production of their value-added products,” said Anne Kewley, Chair of the North House Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a community kitchen to north Durham. These have been shown to become community assets in the areas that already have them,” said Ann Watson, Coordinator of North House, upon hearing the news that they’d received a grant from the Foundation.
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information on the Foundation, please visit their website at: www.otf.ca 

For more information, please contact:

Ann Watson, Coordinator
North House

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North House is Hiring!

Maternity Leave Position: Catering Manager, 35 hours/week, some evenings and weekends required
Contract Duration: 12 months
Rate: $18/hour
Posting      Date: August 5,  2014
Application Deadline: September 2, 2014
Location:  Cannington, ON

North House is a not-for-profit,transitional housing organization that has assisted people living on low incomes in north Durham Region for 10 years. North House works with families and individuals who face housing instability, working with them to address their needs and hopes, advocating for better, more affordable housing for all.

North House is currently looking for a Catering Manager to join the team at North House Catering. This position provides leadership and direction to North House Catering and is responsible for all catering production activities including menu planning, food prep and serving, promotion and advertising, keeping stakeholders up to date on activities including funders and Board of Directors, coordination and supervision of participants, and workshop delivery on topics related to catering and food prep. Driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle is essential.

The position requires respect for people with barriers to employment including those living in poverty, and those who face mental and physical health issues, social isolation, etc. Sound like something you would enjoy doing?

Please send your resume and cover letter by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to coordinator@northhouse.ca.

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Knife Skills workshop

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Come see what the Hubs all about!

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Seed to Blossom 2014!!!

Click Seed to blossom 2014 for a registration form

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Le Tour de Perry

We will be entering in this race and we are looking for some riders, if you are interested please call 705-432-8654

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Pricey housing markets fuel urban-suburban divide

This trend is feeding a new form of inequality – between wealthy city-dwellers and low-income earners living on the fringes, a theme explored by University of Toronto social work professor David Hulchanski in his 2010 study The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods. Unable to afford million-dollar downtown homes, these buyers are forced into cars, putting undue strain on the road network. That has both an environmental cost – among wealthy countries, Canada is second only to the United States in per-capita carbon emissions from transport – and a financial price.

See Barry McKenna’s full article here

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Port Perry Secondary Plan

This is an excerpt from the new Port Perry Secondary Plan, the whole document can be viewed here

The PPS defines affordable housing as:
a) in the case of ownership housing, the least expensive of:
1. housing for which the purchase price results in annual accommodation costs which
do not exceed 30 percent of gross annual household income for
low and moderate income households; or
2. housing for which the purchase price is at least 10 percent below the
average purchase price of a resale unit in the regional market area;
Low and moderate income households are defined as:
a) in the case of ownership housing, households with incomes in the lowest 60 percent of the income distribution for the regional market area; or
b) in the case of rental housing, households with incomes in the lowest 60 percent of the income distribution for renter households for the regional market area.
The Region of Durham is currently in the process of updating it’s calculations for affordability based on these definitions. However, according to the Statistics Canada Census (2006), the income threshold for low and moderate income households (60 th percentile) in Durham Region was $88,949. Based on this income, an affordable purchase price for a dwelling in 2006 was $328,380.
The average purchase price of a resale dwelling in Durham in 2009 was $278,650. The cost of a dwelling 10% below this average was therefore $250,785.
According to the PPS definition of affordable housing, the home ownership affordability threshold was $250,785. Based on this cost, households earning $67,931 annually can afford to purchase a dwelling based on 30% of their gross annual household income being spent on annual accommodation costs.
It is recognized that since that time housing process and incomes have increased. However, if the ranges have not changed significantly these figures can be used as a guide to affordability.



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A Community Lunch !

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Lunch and Learn

Nancy Loraine is a passionate believer in the power of people to change and grow in new and exciting ways.  Come and learn how she is making change possible in the most astonishing ways and places!

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