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Hans Vascht

Jesse Bauman is strong like a bull, smart like a street car. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario, where he works at an emergency food hamper program. He has an MA in political theory from McGill, but doesn’t really speak French. He grew up with his white family on a small organic farm in southern Ontario, where Huron, Wendat, Ojibway and Mississauga peoples probably hunted, gathered and farmed. When he was little, his grandma called him a "hans vascht," which is Pennsylvania Dutch for wily rascal, or 'sh*thead.' Either way, he’s glad it stuck. Follow him on Twitter at [url=https://twitter.com/jessedcb]@jessedcb[/url].

Blog - Hans Vascht September 16
Photo: oliver gartmann/flickr
Kelly Hodgins | Eat, think and vote for a viable farming community. We cannot afford to see a nation of empty fields and collapsed fences while remaining complacent with four million hungry bellies.
Blog - Hans Vascht August 13
Image: workersactioncentre.org
Jesse Bauman | Poverty is expensive. Decent work saves us all money and promotes dignity.
Blog - Hans Vascht July 20
Jesse Bauman | People living on a low income need more money, but cash transfers aren't a silver bullet.
Blog - Hans Vascht July 13
Jesse Bauman | People living on a low income need more money, but cash transfers aren't a silver bullet.
Blog - Hans Vascht July 6
Jesse Bauman | People living on a low income need more money, but cash transfers aren't a silver bullet.
Blog - Hans Vascht June 19
Jesse Bauman | What chickens and bowling balls can teach you about donating to food banks.
Blog - Hans Vascht May 7
OFL Demonstration for a living wage, February 2015
Jesse Bauman | Government is us, in the civic sphere, and if we want them to implement policies, we have to be engaged. Politicians rarely lead, but they can go where we -- as society, community -- want to go.
Blog - Hans Vascht April 30
Image: CCPA
Jesse Bauman | If we say work should be the pathway out of poverty, then we need to put our values to work. Market forces will not find just solutions that are in line with our values.
Blog - Hans Vascht April 14
Jesse Bauman | Sticking to the province's 'Nutritious Food Basket' is a basically absurd exercise in remote communities, where food access is limited and expensive.
Blog - Hans Vascht March 16
Jesse Bauman | By making food literacy--or lack thereof--the basic issue or explanation for food insecurity, we risk losing sight of larger structural issues while leaning towards a dangerous kind of victim-blaming.
Blog - Hans Vascht March 2
Image: Library of Congress, Mary Post Wolcott
Jesse Bauman | By making food literacy--or lack thereof--the basic issue or explanation for food insecurity, we risk losing sight of larger structural issues while leaning towards a dangerous kind of victim-blaming.
Blog - Hans Vascht February 25
Jesse Bauman | By making food literacy--or lack thereof--the basic issue or explanation for food insecurity, we risk losing sight of larger structural issues while leaning towards a dangerous kind of victim-blaming.
Blog - Hans Vascht February 1
Jesse Bauman | Kraft Dinner 'tastes' entirely different, depending upon whether a given box ends up being consumed in a food-secure or in a food-insecure household.