Improving Children’s Food Access through School Zoning Bylaws
Note: A French version of this Webinar will be presented: 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time.
This Fireside Chat will start with an overview of the recent publication, “The school zone and nutrition: a Guide for the municipal sector”, presented by Suzie Pellerin, Director of the Quebec Coalition on Weight Related Problems. This tool was developed in Quebec and presents, in a succinct fashion, a few possible courses of action for municipalities wishing to improve the food environment of children by limiting the presence of fast-food restaurants near schools. It provides suggestions of how municipalities can promote health through sound land-use planning and an appropriate spatial distribution of commercial uses.
Following the presentation of the tool, lawyer and municipal law specialist Marc-André LeChasseur will provide an analysis of municipal regulatory approaches for improving food environments across Canadian contexts.
Finally, a panel of professional Planners from provinces across Canada will comment on the applicability of the tool in their context: Does the existing regional/provincial legal framework make it possible to apply the Zoning Bylaws recommended in the Guide? If not, what are barriers? How could these barriers be addressed? What would be other barriers or facilitators to application of this tool outside of Quebec? How could it be modified to be more suitable for other regions/provinces?
The Fireside Chat will end with a question and answer period where participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the expert speakers and panel of Planners.
The municipal zoning guide is available at: http://www.aspq.org/documents/file/guide-zonage-version-finale-anglaise.pdf
Advisors on Tap:
Director, Quebec Coalition on Weight Related Problems
Marc-André LeChasseur, LL.B., LL.M.
Lawyer specializing in municipal law
Panel of Professional Provincial Planners (TBD)
Production of this webinar has been made possible by the Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity (CACO) coalition through a financial contribution from Health Canada, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer; from the Public Health Agency of Canada; and from the Heart and Stroke Foundation; as well as in-kind support from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
The views expressed herein represent the views of the Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity (CACO) coalition and do not necessarily represent the views of the project funders.