The Mainstreeter – Community Panel Presentation on Social Issues: Food Security & COVID-19 – FREE

Friday, October 16

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration is required.


Register here before October 16th. (once on the registration page, click on the green "Register here" button. Select "Events, Volunteers and  Birthday Parties".


Dear residents of Old Ottawa East and readers of The Mainstreeter:


You are invited to attend The Mainstreeter’s inaugural Community Panel Presentation on Social Issues. To commemorate World Food Day, your community newspaper is proud to present: Food Security & COVID-19:Examining the pandemic’s impacts on the food we eata free virtual event that will bring together expert presenters on a timely social issue of importance to all residents of Old Ottawa East.


The Food Security & COVID-19 panel presentation is the first in a series of topical expert presentations on social issues that confront our community of Old Ottawa East. The Mainstreeter is proud to launch its Social Issues panel presentation series in collaboration with our community partner organizations, The Atelier for Social Innovation at Saint Paul’s University and the Community Activities Group (CAG) of Old Ottawa East.


This virtual information session will offer an Old Ottawa East community-centric examination of food security, food safety and food sovereignty, and explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our ability to access sufficient food that is healthy and nutritious to meet our daily needs. It will also recommend ways in which all of us can influence these factors to achieve better and more sustainable choices about what we eat, where it originates and how it is produced.


There is still time to confirm your attendance. If you are thinking about these issues, and you are concerned about our food supply during the pandemic and afterwards, you may find the information both important and timely.


So please join us on World Food Day from the safety of your own homes in Old Ottawa East. Our neighbours in adjoining communities, including Old Ottawa South, the Glebe and Alta Vista, will find our series of panel presentations on social issues to be of interest as well, and everyone is very welcome to attend!


We hope that future panel presentations in our series scheduled throughout 2021 can take place in-person, however, for the time being, to ensure participant safety, our panel on Food Security & COVID-19 will be presented as a ZOOM meeting. All you need to do is register in advance, fire up your laptop after dinner on October 16th at 7:00 pm and join us! The panel presentation will be 45 minutes in duration, followed by 45 minutes of addressing your questions about food security in Old Ottawa East during these COVID times.


  • If you have 1-2 questions you’d like our presenters to address during the session, please email them to before October 16th (we’ll try to get to as many questions as we can during the session).
  • We’ll confirm your registration with a Save the Date event invitation you can open and save in your computer calendar.
  • Several days prior to the event, we’ll send you a link to the Zoom event.
  • Please note that your email details, when registering for this event, will be used solely for the purpose of the event.


Haven’t used Zoom before? Not to worry, it’s easy. Once registered, you’ll receive a link several days prior to the event. On October 16th, just prior to 10 am, simply click the link to the online event, and you’ll be asked to use your computer’s video and audio capabilities. If you prefer, you can opt out of the video and simply use your audio to join the event. All participants will be placed on mute to ensure everyone can see and hear the presentations. A question and answer session will follow, and you’ll be unmuted so we can easily address your questions. Learn more about Zoom here <> .


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