OBA-JUST Magazine celebrates food law conference co-organized by GSJ&Co. by Glen Jameson

Annie Chu captured her experience at The Future of Food Law in Canada and conference content partners Devour! Food Film Festival, which Glenford and Shannon co-organized with Professor Jamie Baxter (here's a link to our podcast on food law education) and Jessica Rose, in an article for the Ontario Bar Association's JUST Magazine this month:

From the regulation of truffles and breast milk, to the private sector traceability of bagged spinach, this conference was a unique forum for connect, share ideas, identify common needs and resources, and look towards the future. While it seems that food law in Canada is only just beginning to define itself and the role of its participants, at the very least, this conference served as the first step towards a more holistic approach.
— Annie Chu, The Future of Food Law, JUST Magazine (OBA)

Glenford and Shannon are proud to be at the forefront of food law in Canada, the first national food law conference in Canada last fall at Schulich School of Law and are working hard to ensure that the 2017 edition of the conference, hosted by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, will be as successful as the first.

You can read the full text of Ms Chu's article The Future of Food Law here.

S2E4 - Gerald Chan on Food Crime by Glen Jameson

We've got Gerald Chan from Stockwoods LLP this episode and we're talking about food crime. Gerald spoke about inspections and investigations at The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada last fall in Halifax, specifically about R. v. Mucci Farms and R. v. Cericola Farms. In a broader sense, food fraud is in the news because we're discovering that the scope of food fraud globally is larger than we had imagined - both in frequency and in value. In the rest of the world, we’re seeing scandals related to counterfeit winesfalsely labeled fish, and fake rice or fake American ginseng.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Laura Reiley wrote a series called Farm to Fable (great name, great content) – which has led to the Florida State Attorney General looking into food fraud issues, the Florida Department of agriculture changing entire programs of oversight and increased investigations and training. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency has established a National Food Crimes Unit, the International Food Fraud Network is based out of the University of Manchester, and Dr. Chris Elliott, who I mentioned, is based out of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, and he’s doing some great work with government and in research on this topic.

Domestically, Dalhousie University’s resident food business expert Sylvain Charlebois is releasing a study on food fraud on February 21, so keep an eye out for that.

But, I’ll leave it to Gerald to take it from here.

Welcome to the Food Court winner of Best Practitioner Blog by Glen Jameson

It's that time of year. I'm thrilled to announce that this blog and firm podcast Welcome to the Food Court has won the 2016 Canadian Law Blog Award for Best Practitioner Blog.

I'm grateful for the support we've received from our listeners, the time our guests have put in to preparing for our recording session, and for our friends from the profession for nominating us. Thanks!

We'll be back in late January with a new episode of the podcast on #foodlaw.

S2E3-2: Charles Benoit versus the Queen by Glen Jameson

The Toronto Distillery Company: It’s a micro-distiller, and it reflects a new generation of whiskymakers making products for a new generation of whisky drinkers. Charles Benoît and Jesse Razaqpur focus on highly traceable and locally sourced grain for their whisky. In a world built for Hiram Walker, one of the world’s largest distillers, to sell to the LCBO, the world’s largest purchaser of beverage alcohol, operating an innovative still at a small scale has presented challenges and opportunities.

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S2E3-1: Charles Benoit versus the Queen by Glen Jameson

The Toronto Distillery Company: It’s a microdistiller, and it reflects a new generation of whiskymakers making products for a new generation of whisky drinkers. Charles Benoît and Jesse Razaqpur focus on highly traceable and locally sourced grain for their whisky. In a world built for Hiram Walker, one of the world’s largest distillers, to sell to the LCBO, the world’s largest purchaser of beverage alcohol, operating an innovative still at a small scale has presented challenges and opportunities.

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S2E2: Catherine Mah on Public Health by Glen Jameson

Catherine Mah. We've been working on this interview since January this year, because Catherine's work and research interests seem to overlap most things that are newsworthy in the food universe. This podcast is a great primer on health promotion and public health in the food systems context, which is important and expansive and powerful. Listen.

Glenford Jameson quoted in Globe and Mail Article on Food Fraud by Glen Jameson

Speaking on the similarities between recent Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulatory prosecutions for food fraud and breaches of the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act, Glenford Jameson was quoted in the Globe and Mail for comment on the charges laid against Cericola Farms Inc. and directors Amadeo Cericola and Anthony Cericola,

“A question that remains for the sector is whether there is more to come,” he said. “Are the charges laid against Cericola Farms, which are so similar to those laid against Mucci Farms, simply the result of a well-timed whistle blower, or do they mark a new era of high-impact food fraud investigations and prosecutions by the CFIA?” he asked. “After all, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern.”

Read the full article here.

Welcome to the Food Court featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine by Glen Jameson

Glenford Jameson was interviewed by Michael McKiernan of Canadian Lawyer Magazine about his experience developing Welcome to the Food Court. Speaking about the discussion about whether to create a podcast and asking why there were so few legal podcasts in Canada, Glenford said: "We went through the Law Society of Upper Canada’s bylaws, and checked the rules of professional conduct. It was a classic lawyer moment,"..."We wanted to know if they had any prohibitions we should know about; maybe that was why virtually nobody else was podcasting.”

Welcome to the Food Court is an award winning conversational podcast focused on food law issues with guests who are academics, lawyers, and professionals in the food sector.  You can subscribe on iTunes here or listen on SoundCloud here.

S2E1: Debra Lawson on Food Recovery by Glen Jameson

Season Two of Welcome to the Food Court!

For episode one, we're talking Food Recovery. At its simplest, enabling food recovery organizations is a common sense approach to improving the viability of our environmental and economic systems. But it’s a huge task that we often take for granted in Toronto – there are many regions that don’t have the same capacity that Second Harvest has provided for so long. Second Harvest's Debra Lawson and her team are exceptional and adept at seeing what’s happening in our food chain, how it affects people, and how it can be improved.

Second Harvest is an organization that needs no introduction in Canada – it’s the largest food recovery organization in the country. It provides something like 22,000 meals a day to those who are food insecure, and it has since grown to provides meals to kids when they’re not in school and receiving a school breakfast, and Second Harvest also runs harvest kitchens with a view to teaching people cooking skills. SecondHarvest.ca is the website where you can find out more, or through Cori MacPhee, who runs @2ndharvestTO – it’s an organization worth your time to learn about and think about the services that it provides.

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Welcome to the Food Court included as one of Canada's Top Legal Podcasts by Glen Jameson

GSJ&Co.'s podcast, Welcome to the Food Court, was included as one of ten top podcasts on law in Canada. The Canadian Law Firm Strategy Blog described WTTFC as being thoughtful and engaging. You can review the article (and find nine other great podcasts on law) here, and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud.