Colloque international Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques

Professor Sophie Thériault recently participated in the Colloque international Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques. 

Du 24 au 27 septembre, le Gouvernement du Québec, en collaboration avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), organise le Colloque international sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques. Près de 225 experts et représentants d’organisations internationales, de la société civile, du secteur privé et de la jeunesse sont attendus au Centre des congrès de Québec.

Her presentation, on September 26, in a panel on the topic of "Augmenter la résilience du système alimentaire dans un Nord en changement", was titled: “La sécurité alimentaire des Inuit et les changements climatiques: repenser la gouvernance du territoire et de la biodiversité dans l’optique de la souveraineté alimentaire”.

Professor Thériault on Climate Justice

Professor Sophie Thériault was recently interviewed for Je vote pour la science about social injustices in the wake of global warming and associated severe weather events, as we have recently witnessed ravaging the Caribbean and the southern United States. 

In Canada, Aboriginal peoples in the North are among the most vulnerable to climate change. How can justice be done for these groups? If a group wants to file a complaint, how can it do so?

Listen to the broadcast here: http://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca/baladodiffusion/2017/09/27/injustices-sociales-face-climat

Food Law Course

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law will be offering a brand new course on Food Law in the Winter 2018 term. The course, co-taught by Professor McLeod-Kilmurray and doctoral student Angela Lee, is one of the first of its kind in Canada. 

The course is intended to provide a basic overview of food law and policy in Canada. In addition to reviewing the primary acts and actors relevant to this area, the course will survey major topics covering all aspects of the food chain, from production to consumption. This will include topics such as agricultural law and policy, food safety, food and health labelling, marketing and advertising, public health, and the practice of food law in Canada. 

Conference on Human Rights and Natural Resource Extraction

Professor Nathalie Chalifour will be presenting at a conference on human rights and natural resource extraction, to be held October 26-28 at the University of Ottawa. Her presentation, entitled: Integrating gender considerations into Canadian environmental policy, will stress the importance of ensuring that economic and environmental policies are developed in a way that promotes gender equality. She argues that while the federal government's "Gender-based analysis Plus (GBA+)" tool is meant to achieve this, it has not lived up to its potential. Thus, applying an environmental justice framework, and using climate change (specifically carbon pricing policy) as a case study, she will discuss: (1) the policies’ relevance to gender equality; (2) how a tool like GBA+ could, if applied properly, influence the development of climate policy; and, (3) the opportunity of integrated policies to achieve co-benefits and ultimately contribute to sustainable development in Canada.

Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

Professor Nathalie Chalifour will be presenting at the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, to be held September 27-28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, on the topic of Canadian climate policy.

One presentation is entitled:  Taking Flight – Aviation and Climate Change Policy in the Post-Paris World (with Laurel Besco).

The other is: Turning up the Heat – Key Issues and Latest Developments in Canadian Climate Policy.

Realizing Rights 2017

The Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism conference took place June 8-10, 2017 at the University of Ottawa. The conference sought "to bring together, for the first time, the full range of practitioners, scholars, and advocates working on human rights across Canada and beyond, in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for the effective realization of human rights and related constitutional and governance arrangements."

Professor Nathalie Chalifour chaired a panel on "Incorporating International Norms in Canada’s Approaches to Domestic Human Rights Protection", and the range of topics covered by the conference presenters throughout the course of the conference touched on many issues relevant to environmental justice.