36-5: Food for Thought Archives - LawNow Magazine

Encouraging Healthy Eating Through Legislation? The Case for Mandatory Menu Labels

How many calories in that snack? Having a mid-morning energy slump? How about a quick visit to Starbucks for, say, a café latté and a blueberry scone to hold you over until lunch? Unfortunately, that energy slump can quickly turn to energy excess with a 700-calorie snack that amounts to more than a third of […]


Nola Ries
Nola M. Ries, JD, MPA, LLM, is an External Research Fellow with the Health Law & Science Policy Group, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. Her work is supported by the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund and the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration.

Growing Community Gardens

Law isn’t something most people think about when planting seeds or planning a garden. Soil, sun, and the promised bounty of a late summer harvest aren’t often associated with incorporations, contracts, and municipal bylaws. While passion, community support, and hard work are the seeds and soil of any successful community garden, the law provides community […]


Kyla Conner
Kyla Conner is a student-at-law with Conner & Conner Professional Corporation in Canmore, Alberta and a member of the Canmore Community Gardening Society.

The land gives us more than food, but can the law give back?

Set foot on Ruzicka Sunrise Farm and something feels different. Whether it is the diversity of birds, the native prairie, or dugouts that test cleaner than some municipal water sources, Don and Marie Ruzicka are clearly deserving of the recognition they have received for environmental conservation. The Ruzickas raise poultry, hogs and beef using a […]


Adam Driedzic
Adam Driedzic is a Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Food Safety in Canada – A Balancing Act?

In 1967, Pierre Trudeau famously stated that the Canadian government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation. What he didn’t comment upon was whether the government had a place in our kitchens. It did – and it still does. Although most of us rarely think of the federal government when we sit down […]


Carole Aippersbach
Carole Aippersbach is a lawyer with the Centre for Public Legal Education in Edmonton, Alberta.

Do Canadians Have a Right to Adequate Food?

It may come as a surprise, but in Canada we have significant numbers of people who suffer from food insecurity. According to Health Canada, in 2007 to 2008, 7.7% (961,000) of Canadian households were food insecure; this represents 1.92 million adults and children aged 12 to 17. Health Canada’s definition of food insecurity is households […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

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