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.

Glenford Featured in Law Times Article on Food Law by Glen Jameson

Glenford was featured in an article of the July 11, 2016 print edition of The Lawyers' Weekly, Food Law Grows Across Canada. In the article, Glenford states "There has been a shift in consumers' expectations of legal services, demanding that lawyers understand their business, and not just the law." Mr. McKiernan, the author, also interviewed fellow food law colleagues, Sara Zborovski of Norton Rose Fulbright and Ronald Doering of Gowling WLG. Unfortunately, online access to the article is paywalled.

CFIA Gets Serious About Prosecuting Food Fraud by Glen Jameson

In July 2014, a three-year investigation by the CFIA into the operations of Mucci International Marketing Inc. and Mucci Pac Ltd. found that $1 Million worth of tomatoes labeled as a “Product of Canada” were, in fact, imported from Mexico. The investigation resulted in charges being laid against these companies as well as two Mucci Farms executives and on June 6, 2016, CFIA issued massive penalties against Mucci Farms: the corporations were convicted and fined $1.2 million and sentenced to three years of probation and the executives were fined $150,000 each and sentenced to three months of probation.  With victim fine surcharges, the total fine meted out could eclipse $1.9 million.

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