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Junk food and kids: Canadian paediatricians want marketing bill passed

Radio-Canada International

Dr. Andrew Lynk explains the bill and the urgency to get it passed before summer recess. However if the bill doesn’t pass then he says paediatricians will renew their efforts to get the bill re-instated and passed.  The health implications for Canada are too important to let the situation continue. Listen to interview.

CBC Radio Interviews with Canadian Paediatricians on Bill S-228

CBC Radio
Interviews with Dr. Tom Warshawski co-chair of the Stop M2K Coalition and Dr. Andrew Lynk Chair Pediatrics Dalhousie University
Interviews in support of Bill S-228 on 24 CBC radio stations across the country. You can listen to Dr. Tom Warshawski at 2:11 on CBC Ontario Morning here and Dr. Andrew Lynk on Edmonton AM here

Munter: We are letting our kids eat themselves sick

Ottawa Citizen

Alex Munter, president and CEO of CHEO, the national capital’s pediatric health centre wrote an op-ed highlighting the link between obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and the need to stop bombarding children with ads for food and beverages high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats. Read full OpEd here.
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Senators working to block bill that restricts food and drink ads aimed at children

The Globe and Mail

A bill that would restrict food and beverage advertising aimed at kids is facing the possibility of a quiet death in the Senate after taking nearly three years to make its way through Parliament. Read article here.

The ban on marketing junk food to kids might not happen after all

Today’s Parent

“Parents, we’re powerless against big food companies. But as a collective voice, we can stand together for the rights of our kids and speak up”.

“Bill S-228 has been raised on the Senate floor four times, but the final vote hasn’t happened because it’s been adjourned all four times by request of a senator. That’s because the food industry is putting pressure on senators to stop the bill from becoming law. Parents aren’t supposed to know about this, but thankfully, CBC News shared a confidential letter written by industry groups, asking senators to continue to “withhold your concurrence” on Bill S-228″. Read full OpEd here

Retweet Today’s Parent with comment: #BillS228 has been raised on the #SenCA floor 4 times and adjourned at the behest of industry. Industry is orchestrating Senate to kill the bill. Thank you @Todaysparent and @CBCNews for shining light on this. The time has come. Pass Bill S-228. #cdnpoli

Eleventh-hour lobbying by industry could kill law banning food marketing to kids

CBC News

“It’s a cliff-hanging, nail-biting ending that nobody saw coming. What’s at stake is a law that would protect children from being targeted with advertising for foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt.

But the legislation (Bill S-228) has been caught in a late-stage drama in the halls of the Canadian Senate, where a powerful coalition of advertisers, food processors, and retailers is in the midst of an eleventh-hour lobby campaign”. Read full article here

Retweet Heart & Stroke: Former Conservative Senator Nancy Greene Raine worked across party lines to develop Bill S-228. Almost 1,000 days later and it still hasn’t passed. Children will be the victims. @SenateCA, it’s time to call the vote! #cndpoli #Marketing2Kids

The Ads That Kids Shouldn’t See

The University of Toronto Magazine

Professor Mary L’Abbé, who conducts research into the nutritional quality of packaged and restaurant food, talks to deputy editor Stacey Gibson about the disturbing consequences of marketing unhealthy fare to kids.
Excerpt: “We want more of the onus to be put on the system rather than the individual to find the healthiest food. A parent goes into a grocery store with two children in tow and, with limited time, tries to pick out the healthiest foods while being bombarded by advertisements. It’s a hard job, and we want to help minimize the struggle”.

UNICEF Canada supports call for federal Commissioner for Children and Youth

Canada Newswire

UNICEF Canada references the debate around marketing to children in a recent press release. Read press release here

Nancy Greene Raine on Olympic memories, staying active and fighting Tony the Tiger

Global News

Excerpts: Re: push-back on restricting Tony the Tiger || “This was a 50-year-old man talking about how important Tony the Tiger was. It just tells me how powerful [advertising] was, that even today, he has an emotional connection to that cartoon character… [t]hey know if they get brand loyalty at an early age they have a customer for life” – former Senator Nancy Greene Raine

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Half of food and drink TV ads seen by children are for unhealthy products – study

The Gaurdian

“Half of food and drink advertisements children see on television are for junk food, sugary drinks and outlets such as McDonald’s, prompting fresh calls for tougher action to limit exposure to them.

The research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies comes amid calls for the government to impose much tougher restrictions on the ability of food manufacturers and retailers to advertise junk foods as part of a crackdown on childhood obesity”. 

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