A slew of sexist and threatening online comments isn’t stopping a University of Alberta political science student from encouraging Canadians to think about food sustainability.
Marina Banister never thought she’d spark such a strong reaction when she presented a motion as the chair of Edmonton’s Youth Council sustainability committee to city councillors on Tuesday.
It recommended that council members offer vegetarian or vegan catering during meetings as a way to be more environmentally sustainable.
“Even though not all the councillors agree with the motion, many of them said ‘Wow…I’ve never even thought of food sustainability through the lens of municipal politics before. Thank you for bringing that to our attention,’” Banister told Yahoo Canada News.
Although councillors moved a motion to defer the decision until October, it’s sparked a strong reaction across the country and on social media.
After several media outlets picked up on the story, there was a barrage of abusive online