Opinion: Two crucial next steps so the new Food Guide can really help Canadians eat better

Op-ed by Dr. Andrew Pipe and Yves Savoie, applauding Health Canada for the modern, free-of-industry-influence on Canada’s new Food Guide. The OpEd highlights the two remaining critical components: 1) restrictions on marketing to children and 2) front-of-pack nutrition labels. 

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Time to protect our kids from sugary foods and drinks

Winnipeg Free Press
Amanda Nash, Registered Dietitian and the health promotion and nutrition manager for Heart & Stroke Manitoba highlights the dangers of foods and beverages high in salt, saturated fat and sugar and the need for Canada’s Health Eating Strategy. Read article here

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‘Big Juice’ under pressure from push back against high-sugar beverages

CBC News

“Big Juice” has been pushing back by lobbying federal ministers and decision makers “unintended consequences” of an industry that’s “under threat.” Currently, Canada’s  Food Guide advises a half cup of juice as being the same as a serving of fruit or vegetables. Manuel Arango, Director of Health Police at Heart and Stroke says, “Equating a fruit with a glass of juice is just bananas”. Read article here

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Opinion: Education, tougher standards can help end diabetes epidemic

Montreal Gazette 

Opinion piece from Jan Hux, MD, is President and CEO, Diabetes Canada. “Canadians desperately need help to optimize their health. The establishment of the federal Healthy Eating Strategy (HES) is a step in the right direction.” Benefits of front-of-package labelling, the new food guide, and Bill S-228 are briefly discussed.

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Open Letter: Passage of Bill S-228 – restricting marketing of junk food to children

Hill Times

An Open Letter addressed to Canadian Senators from Heart and Stroke signed by a group of medical doctors, public health and nutrition experts.

Except: “As a group of medical doctors, public health and nutrition experts concerned about the millions of children living in Canada that will be affected by diet-related disease we are writing to express our support for the speedy passage of Bill S-228. This legislation proposes to restrict the marketing of junk foods to children 12 years and under and was spearheaded by your former Senate colleague Nancy Greene Raine…

Many Senators have heard pleas from the food and beverage industry, however, it’s important that we speak up for those that this legislation will protect; our children. Let’s be clear about the facts: Read full letter here


Canadian Common Sense – Bill S-228

Global News Radio

A great interview with one of our Coalition’s Co-Chairs, Dr. Tom Warshawski talking about the concerns around food and beverage marketing to children and the Senate delay. Listen here… 
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Is the food industry still calling the shots in formulating healthy eating regulations?

Blog: Enlightened Eater – Rosie Schwarts, RD

Consulting Dietitian and Writer, Rosie Schwartz addresses the troubling industry involvement in the Health Eating Strategy and the federal government’s responsiveness to their tactics.  Read here… 

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The Big Squeeze: Inside the fight over juice in Canada’s Food Guide

Great investigative article by Ann Hui exposing Big Food/Big Juice’s lobby tactics and efforts to propagate industry-funded research to justify juice within the Canadian Food Guide and broader Healthy Eating Strategy. 

Quote from Dr. David Hammond: “I would say [the juice industry] is acting equally as forcefully as tobacco companies to protect their interests”. 

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Judge Gives Green Light to Class Action Against McDonald’s in Quebec 

Montreal Gazette

The class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s has received a preliminary authorization to allow the lawsuit to be filed on behalf of a group, or class. Dating back to November 2013, anyone who purchased a toy or Happy Meal in Quebec with a child under 13 (who was present for the purchase) are now part of the suit. The suit is also seeking reimbursement for the cost of toys purchased, as well as punitive damages. Read article here… 

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Happy Meal: Lawsuit

CTV Montreal

McDonald’s is the subject of a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that McDonald’s marketing to children violates Quebec’s Consumer Protection Laws. Segment includes interview with Coalition member, Corinne Voyer, Director of Coalition Poids.

Additional Coverage: Huffington Post