Are cows really killing the planet and what does law have to do with it?

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER AND THE CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

On February 13, 2019, Don Buckingham, President and CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, will be presenting as part of the CELGS Environmental Law Speaker Series. His presentation is titled “Are cows really killing the planet and what does law have to do with it?”.

The event will take place from 11:30am-12:50pm at FTX 351.

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Extracting Environmental Justice: A Joint Panel Q&A

Professors Nathalie Chalifour and Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, along with their colleagues Salvador Herencia and Professors Penelope Simons and Aimée Craft will be participating in a joint panel Q&A on environmental justice on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 11:30am - 1:00pm in FTX 137. The panel will engage in a critical dialogue on the harmful impacts of natural resource extraction on marginalized communities.

The event is co-hosted by the Indigenous Law Students Association, the Environmental Law Students Association, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) uOttawa, and Level Justice.

All are welcome, and lunch will be provided! Please note that the event will be in English.

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Disrupting Dominant Discourses of Food Systems & Food Movements

Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray will be part of a panel discussion on “Disrupting Dominant Discourses of Food Systems & Food Movements”, hosted by the University of Windsor Faculty of Law on January 23, 2019 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.

This panel brings together academics and practitioners concerned with food law to discuss some issues on sustainable food sourcing, production, and circulation. What does sustainable mean? What is a food system? Who does it sustain and who is it sustained by? Some of the topics that will be discussed include Indigenous food sovereignty, urban agriculture in Detroit and local communities, migrant worker rights, and food law and policy in Canada more generally.

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Saskatchewan, Ontario and the constitutionality of a national carbon price

Professor Nathalie Chalifour has published a new op-ed in The Globe and Mail examining Saskatchewan and Ontario’s positions in relation to the federal carbon tax.

She points out that in general, the arguments presented by both provinces are weak, especially since many legal experts agree that Parliament is within its constitutional authority to implement a national carbon price under one or more subject matters. She also highlights some interesting aspects raised by both provincial governments.

She concludes that: “In the end, it looks as if Saskatchewan and Ontario’s complaints are not really about the Constitution, but reflect a politically motivated, foot-stomping show of their unwillingness to do their part in the national and global effort to reduce GHG emissions. The fact that Ontario Premier Doug Ford is turning to the courts for help, when he recently stated he would override a court decision with the notwithstanding clause because he did not agree with the outcome, speaks volumes. Perhaps the biggest irony of all is that the federal government opted to use a carbon price because it is the policy favoured by economists and conservatives because of its efficiency. Yet it is the conservative-led provinces that are making the most noise about it. Meanwhile, these outlier provinces have left Canadian climate policy fragmented and bogged down in costly lawsuits.”

The UN Global Pact for the Environment: Implications for Canada?

The Centre for Ecological Law and Global Sustainability is pleased to feature Yann Aguila for its first edition of the Environmental Law Speaker Series for the 2018-2019 academic year. The topic of the lecture is “The UN Global Pact for the Environment: Implications for Canada?”, and it will take place on September 24, 2018 from 11:30am-1:00pm in room 4101 of the Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa.

RSVP for this free event HERE.

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Nathalie Chalifour Inducted into Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Professor Nathalie Chalifour has been selected as a member of the 2018 cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

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Professor Chalifour is widely recognized for her expertise in environmental law and policy, and known internationally for her pioneering work at the intersections of environmental issues, economics and social justice. Her rich record of scholarship is acclaimed for its policy relevance, consistently modeling innovative interdisciplinary approaches to timely environmental problems. As an emerging leader in her field, Professor Chalifour is helping to shape Canada’s developing legal framework for climate change and environmental justice, while contributing to our understanding of how markets and fiscal policy can be harnessed to fairly and effectively safeguard the environment.

The RSC College aims to address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, fostering an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration with the ultimate goal of advancing society. The criteria for election to the College is excellence, and each membership lasts for seven years. Up to 100 members may be elected each year.

Congratulations to Professor Chalifour for this latest achievement!

IUCN AEL Colloquium 2018

Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and doctoral candidate Angela Lee are in Glasgow to participate in the 16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. The colloquium's theme this year is The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience. Hundreds of scholars from around the world have gathered for this important yearly event, which features numerous panels either dedicated to or touching on issues related to environmental justice (including climate justice and food justice). 

Professor McLeod-Kilmurray's presentation, "Transforming Trade Law for Sustainable Food Systems", forms part of a panel called Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: From Law-Making to Implementation.

Angela's presentation, "Food-tures: Examining the role of technology and law in shaping sustainable food futures", forms part of a panel called What futures? Techno-Fixes and the Role of Law and Governance in Land, Food and Agriculture.

Professor McLeod-Kilmurray is also chairing a panel on Technology and Environmental Law and Governance, while Angela is chairing a panel on Civil Society and Community Participation in Environmental Law and Governance.