Food For Thought


A Predictable Emergency:

Can a basic income end our dependence on food banks?

Thank you to our panelists for joining our first Food For Thought Telephone Town Hall: The Stop’s Rachel Gray, Dr. Danielle Martin of Women’s College Hospital, Valerie Tarasuk of the University of Toronto, and our host, celebrated Toronto journalist Rachel Giese.

Listen to clips from the event or the complete Telephone Town Hall.


Rachel Gray is Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre. Prior to joining The Stop in 2012, Rachel was Director at Eva’s Initiatives National Initiatives Program, which supports the replication of best practice program models, collaboration, and capacity-building in the youth-serving sector nationally. She was part of the development team and served as Manager of Housing of Eva’s Phoenix, a transitional housing and employment program. In addition, Rachel has worked as a special assistant to the Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario.


Danielle Martin, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPP, is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). She is a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. A recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders, Dr. Martin sat on the Health Council of Canada from 2005-2011 and was recognized by the Ontario College of Family Physicians as one of three New Family Doctors of the Year in 2006. Dr. Martin was one of the Toronto Star’s “13 People to Watch” in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Martin’s presentation to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee about Canada’s health care system brought her international acclaim and was watched around the world.


Valerie Tarasuk is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Much of her research is focused on food insecurity, elucidating the scope and nature of the problem in Canada and examining policy and programmatic responses. Val currently leads PROOF, a research program designed to identify effective policy interventions for the reduction of household food insecurity in Canada, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Rachel Giese is an award-winning Toronto journalist and editor. She writes a column on politics, pop culture, and feminism for Chatelaine and is a regular contributor and guest host of CBC’s q. She’s at work on a book about modern boyhood and masculinity for HarperCollins Canada.

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About Food For Thought

Food For Thought seeks to inform, inspire, and mobilize Torontonians on some of the most pressing issues in our city by exploring topical issues related to food, poverty, and healthy communities. The goal is to challenge citizens to create meaningful change within their communities and through civic engagement.