At Newmarket’s Valley View Alliance Church yesterday, the York Region Food Network and Freedom 90 joined a Food Secure Canada-sponsored webinar connecting several hundred social service administrators, volunteers and food bank clients to United Nations special rapporteur Olivier De Schutter in Geneva.

The computer-enabled event featured Mr. De Schutter’s report on his 2012 right to food mission to Canada, a coast-to-coast fact-finding commission with food rights stakeholders and government officials.

Canada is a signatory to the United Nations covenant on economic, social and cultural rights and, therefore, has a legal obligation to respect the right to food, yet millions of people struggle to access healthy food on a daily basis, he said.