AIMS OP-ED PIECES

As a trusted voice in public policy, AIMS authors regularly appear in newspapers throughout the region and the country, including the National Post, Troy Media, the Telegraph-Journal, The Telegram, the Chronicle Herald and the Charlottetown Guardian. The Institute’s op-ed pieces provide an evidence-based voice for the public conversation. See below an archive of these pieces.

Hey Google! Why is the food industry in trouble?

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Your own voice will likely become food retailers’ and restaurants’ most significant focus over the next little while. Voice searches are increasingly becoming the norm. A recent study suggests that more than 20% of all online restaurant searches within Canada are now voice activated. To a lesser extent, grocery shopping is also done through ...
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Carbon tax will drive up grocery prices

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The carbon tax is now a reality for all Canadians — and that means food prices will be impacted. The federal carbon pricing scheme took effect in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on April 1. These provinces had previously chosen not to comply with the new federal law through their own initiatives. Pricing ...
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Selling the farm, and quotas

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow)  Most people expected an electoral budget, and that is exactly what Canadians got. For the agrifood sector, the budget was underwhelming at best, and provided little hope for the near future. Let’s start with supply management. It was interesting to see that the Liberals opted to do exactly what the Harper Government did in ...
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Taking stock in Canada’s new food guide

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) and Simon Somogyi (AIMS Author) As most people know, Health Canada released a new version of Canada’s Food Guide just a few weeks ago. Advocating a diet focused more on plant-based eating and reductions in meat and dairy consumption. The new guide has gained much attention, particularly amongst the animal protein and dairy sectors ...
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Huawei, SNC-Lavalin, canola and sick pigs

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Relations between China and Canada have never been more uncertain. The SNC-Lavalin Affair has exposed the Trudeau government to attacks from Chinese authorities, who claim Canada has unfairly treated Huawei’s executive Meng Wanzhou. She was arrested in Vancouver in December, at the request of the U.S. due to allegations of a conspiracy to defraud ...
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Saving Jell-O

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) If some were still looking for signs that the powerplay between brands and consumers is shifting, they got what they were looking for last week. Kraft Heinz, the owner of major brands we all know and have been buying for years, like Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, and Kraft’s Mac & Cheese, announced that it ...
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