Canada's Food Guide and Sustainability

Angela Lee, Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, and Professor Nathalie Chalifour have published an op ed on Canada's Food Guide, arguing that sustainability considerations should feature more prominently in the current revision process.

The team highlight the fact that our daily food choices have broad-ranging impacts -- not only on our health, but also our environment. Drawing on the recent experiences of other countries, such as Sweden and Brazil, the op ed suggests that eating well is about more than just nutrition, and that the current revision process presents an important opportunity to help inculcate a more sustainable way of eating that can benefit individual consumers, local food producers, and our shared environment.

Professor Chalifour on Carbon Taxes

In addition to her publications in academic journals on the timely topic of carbon taxes in Canada, Professor Nathalie Chalifour has recently contributed several op eds to iPolitics regarding this issue. 

In the first, she argues that "the federal government has ample constitutional authority to implement a variety of GHG emissions policies, whether in the form of a national carbon price, a cap on emissions or other regulations", and that "If Ottawa wants to avoid a constitutional challenge from the provinces, it should consider designing the carbon price as a regulatory measure justified as something other than a pure tax."

In a later piece, she argues that "Ottawa also has the authority to establish the recently announced minimum carbon price floor. The key is to carefully design the policy so it falls within the parameters of a relevant constitutional power and in a way that avoids unnecessary intrusions onto provincial turf."