You’re invited: LFS Scholar Series – Dr. Sarah Berger Richardson March 16


Land and Food System Scholar Series


Invited scholar: Dr. Sarah Berger Richardson


Hosted by:  Jennifer Black & Hannah Wittman, Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems


Title: Barn fire prevention and disaster management in the agricultural sector: can insurance law improve industry practices?


Abstract: In the agricultural sector, a barn fire is a devastating disaster that can destroy one’s livelihood in minutes. While barn fires can be traumatic for farmers, farmworkers, first responders and their communities, they are even more tragic when animal lives are lost. Common causes of barn fires are electrical malfunctions or improperly placed or faulty heating devices as well as combustibles. Many farm buildings also lack adequate fire detection systems and suppression methods. Although national model codes establish some fire prevention requirements, they are inadequate and unevenly applied to farm buildings in the agricultural sector. While animal rights advocates have rightly been calling on all levels of government to introduce laws and regulations to prevent barn fires and their associated financial and moral costs, insurance companies also have a role to play. This presentation will provide an overview of barn fire prevention requirements in Canada and explore the advantages and disadvantages of addressing existing regulatory gaps through private systems of governance.


Biography: Dr. Sarah Berger Richardson is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) of the University of Ottawa where she teaches food law and policy, administrative law, and civil liability. She is President and co-founder of the Canadian Association of Food Law and Policy as well as a member of the Law Society of Ontario. Her research focuses on the regulation of the agri-food sector, with a particular emphasis on animal agriculture and meat processing. She holds a Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University and completed her Masters of Law (LL.M) at Tel Aviv University, where she was a research fellow at the Manna Center in Food Safety and Security. In 2018-2019, she was a visiting teaching fellow at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Previously, she served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal.


Join in person or via Zoom:

Date: March 16, 2023

Time: 4:00-5:30 PM PDT

Location: In-person at MSL 101, or via Zoom

Meet and greet before the presentation: 3:00 – 4:00 PM, please register here by March 13.

$3,000 Ivarson Soil Science Scholarships now available!

Ivarson Soil Science Scholarships
Call for Applications Open
until March 20, 2023
2 Ivarson Soil Science Scholarships of $3,000
are now available to graduate students studying soil science.
Candidates who meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome to apply:
  • Candidates must hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status in Canada.
  • Candidates must be registered full-time in a masters or doctorate program in the area of soil science (agriculture, agro-ecology, resource management, environment, geology or other related disciplines) at a recognized Canadian university.
  • Candidates must be in their second or subsequent years of graduate studies in soil science (agriculture, agro-ecology, resource management, environment, geology or other related disciplines).
Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for subsequent awards.
Application Guidelines and Forms available at
Application Deadline: March 20, 2023

Petition: Fishing the High Seas Is Unprofitable and Destructive: Ban It and Save Our Shared Ocean


Fishing the High Seas Is Unprofitable and Destructive: Ban It and Save Our Shared Ocean


Drs. Rashid Sumaila and Daniel Pauly have started a petition regarding the Treaty of the High Seas, which is reconvening talks on February 20th. Essentially, they are asking the BBNJ to ban fishing on the High Seas.

The open letter, directed to António Guterres (Secretary General of the United Nations) and others, can be found here:

They are inviting “World Scientists and Global Citizens” to sign the petition.

The more signatures they can get on this – the more of attention will be paid to it by media… and the more word will spread.


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MFRE Speaker Series: Bruce Turris, Fisheries Management: How theory becomes operationalized


Join us this Friday, Feb 17, 2023, to hear from Bruce Turris, Executive Manager for Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society, as he shares valuable insights on Fisheries Management: How Theory becomes Operationalized.

Fisheries Management: How theory becomes operationalized

Date: Friday, February 17, 2023

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Location: MCML 160

Bruce is an economist, but very much a practitioner. For the first 17 years of his career, he was an official with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in the Pacific region. He subsequently went into private practice, working very closely with industry as well as the government. He does extensive consulting work outside of Canada, as well as within, with examples being the US (both coasts), China, and Europe.

Bruce provides policy advice, strategic planning, and management services to clients such as commercial fishing associations, government agencies, and environmental organizations. He has been active in the field for 30 years, involved in the design, development, and implementation of cooperative and shared management and monitoring arrangements in fisheries throughout North America



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Pre-announcement: CCS Research Training Awards


Pre-announcement: CCS Research Training Awards

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and its partners have identified the next generation of cancer researchers as a critical component to sustain research progress and drive innovation. To support this, CCS will be launching Research Training Awards for Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral fellows. These awards will seek to build capacity in the cancer research ecosystem by funding competitive, scientifically excellent applications, and by supporting the development of a diverse, inclusive and representative research workforce.

CCS is excited to announce valued partners on this initiative – check back for this important information at launch!

Anticipated launch date:

  • March 2023 for Master’s and Doctoral
  • May 2023 for Postdoctoral


The Research Training Awards will support cancer research training and foster innovation in cancer research through an equity-seeking lens by supporting diverse trainees in an inclusive research environment. Research Training Awards will apply a holistic approach to research training that includes mentorship, training, and knowledge-sharing.

Who Can Apply:

This iteration of the award focuses on Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral fellows. To increase diverse representation in our cancer research ecosystem, CCS and its partners support and encourage Black and Indigenous trainees to apply. For all levels of training, applicants must be Canadian citizens, First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, Inuit or permanent residents.

Funds available:

At least $3M will be awarded in the research training funding envelope. The total funding envelope is likely to increase as additional funds become available from CCS and through partnerships. Individual training amounts are described below (maximums described – awards may be pro-rated for part-time students and those holding other eligible research awards):

Training Level Amount Training Budget Duration Total / Award
Master’s $30,000 / year $5,000 Up to 2 years $65,000
PhD $50,000 / year $10,000 Up to 4 years $210,000
Postdoctoral Fellow $60,000 / year $10,000 Up to 3 years $190,000


Anticipated start date:

  • September 2023 for Master’s and Doctoral
  • January 2024 for Postdoctoral fellows


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