What I Talk About When I Talk About Food Law

  This post likely should have been my first Carly Dunster Law blog post, but I think it’s as important to write it now as it ever was. Whenever I tell someone that I practice food law (and no, it’s not “food law”; a proper term requires no quotations around it, ahem), there are the inevitable questions:  “A food lawyer? What do you do? Is it like:  these nachos are soggy, call Carly Dunster!” Or, still not what I’m trying to get at with the practice but a little better, “If I get sick at [insert fast food chain], should … Continue reading

Toronto’s Union Station Revitalization: Revitalizing Street Food Vendors Right Out of the Picture

  Revitalization. Beautification. Rejuvenation. All terms with positive connotations, that conjure up images of something better for city-goers…a more aesthetically pleasing, vibrant streetscape, a historical building restored to its prime, more green space. But sometimes the drive for beautification can have significant negative impacts – collateral damage, if you will. In the case of the Union Station revitalization, some of those negative impacts come in the form of taking away the livelihoods of six street food vendors. The design for Union Station, at this point, does not contemplate a designated spot for any of these individuals, some of whom have … Continue reading

The Right to Food

Many of the rights codified in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms are predicated on having enough food. How can one have life, liberty and security of the person without having enough to eat? How can one pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province if one is starving?  How can one live out any of their rights and freedoms when they are preoccupied with where their next meal will come from? What’s being called the “Canadian Right to Food Trial” is taking place in Calgary this week. It was brought forward by Paul Hughes, a food activist and head of … Continue reading