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Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in sector

Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in sector

Jan 22, 2023 / 4:00 am

A grocer code of conduct is coming to Canada. The United Kingdom and Australia, where grocer oligopolies exist, have a similar code already. This is great news...

We all pay for grocery store theft

We all pay for grocery store theft

Jan 13, 2023 / 11:00 am

Grocery theft has always been a major problem, but with food inflation as it is, shopkeepers now fear the wrongdoers more than before. In December, some...

Announcing corporate bonuses requires tact and empathy

Announcing corporate bonuses requires tact and empathy

Jan 8, 2023 / 4:00 am

With a new year starting, we hear announcements about bonuses in food retailing. (Grocery store chain) Metro recently announced it offered five top senior...

Pharmacist’s tips on preventing illness this winter

Pharmacist’s tips on preventing illness this winter

Jan 1, 2023 / 4:00 am

The past two years have been fraught with talk of viruses and vaccines. Between COVID-19 and the flu, there has not only been a lot of conversation around the...

How to make a New Year’s resolution that sticks

How to make a New Year’s resolution that sticks

Dec 29, 2022 / 11:00 am

Broadcaster and motivational expert Earl Nightingale tells us, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.” Many of us come up with...

Let’s hope 2023 brings us some relief on the food front

Let’s hope 2023 brings us some relief on the food front

Dec 28, 2022 / 11:00 am

As a follow-up to a very busy 2021, the year 2022 was truly filled with many food-related stories. Food was top of mind for many for the entire year. Reflecting...

Staying safe in a dangerous digital world

Staying safe in a dangerous digital world

Dec 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

Cyber crime has dramatically increased over the past couple of years. We see it in the news all the time—data breaches, social engineering attacks,...

Nutrition tips for enjoying a healthier, balanced holiday season

Nutrition tips for enjoying a healthier, balanced holiday season

Dec 18, 2022 / 11:00 am

The holiday season is here and with it comes parties, traditions and lots of yummy foods. Contrary to popular belief, there are no foods you should feel bad...

Help feed the hungry this holiday season

Help feed the hungry this holiday season

Dec 18, 2022 / 4:00 am

Now, more than ever, food banks need your support. One-in-seven Canadians live in food insecure households. In March 2022 alone, there were almost 1.5 million...

How machine learning can produce better health outcomes

How machine learning can produce better health outcomes

Dec 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

In the past two decades, health-care spending in Canada has more than tripled. Among the 38 countries in the OECD, Canada’s per capita spending on health...

Poutine should be on UN’s cultural heritage list

Poutine should be on UN’s cultural heritage list

Dec 11, 2022 / 4:00 am

The French baguette has just been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible heritage. Same thing for tea culture in China and 46 other gastronomic elements. Cuban...

Hundreds of companies developing lab-grown food

Hundreds of companies developing lab-grown food

Nov 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

We knew it was just a question of time, and we know the time is now. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just authorized the sale of cultivated chicken in...

Do we have the capacity to feed world's growing population?

Do we have the capacity to feed world's growing population?

Nov 20, 2022 / 4:00 am

On Nov. 15, the world’s population reached a symbolic number—eight billion people. The planet took 11 short years to add one billion more humans to...

Research shows grocery stores not guilty of 'greedflation'

Research shows grocery stores not guilty of 'greedflation'

Nov 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

As food prices rise, many are quick to blame grocers for profiteering and taking advantage of consumers. The notion of “greedflation” has emerged as...

Are grocery chains in Canada colluding over food prices?

Are grocery chains in Canada colluding over food prices?

Oct 30, 2022 / 4:00 am

The food inflation rate in Canada has exceeded our country’s general inflation rate for 10 straight months now. The rate in September was 10.3 per cent,...

Survey: Support growing in Canada for decriminalizing all drugs for personal use

Survey: Support growing in Canada for decriminalizing all drugs for personal use

Oct 23, 2022 / 4:00 am

More than a million Americans have lost their lives in this century on account of drug overdoses. In Canada, the number of daily opioid-related deaths has grown...

It is time for tax reductions to help consumers weather food inflation

It is time for tax reductions to help consumers weather food inflation

Oct 19, 2022 / 9:36 am

Did you know that there is a global food security index? The well-known magazine The Economist has just published its 11th edition. The Global Food Security...

It's about time Ottawa investigates food prices

It's about time Ottawa investigates food prices

Oct 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

With the hype caused by the scandal at Hockey Canada, few noticed last week that Ottawa decided to investigate food prices and the alleged abuse by large...

Press and politicians imperilled in new age of rage and cynicism

Press and politicians imperilled in new age of rage and cynicism

Oct 9, 2022 / 11:00 am

In the environment I’ve occupied for four decades, it has never been this unstable and unsafe, this disabled and distrusted. Our craft of journalism is...

Inflation eating away at our Thanksgiving Day dinner

Inflation eating away at our Thanksgiving Day dinner

Oct 9, 2022 / 4:00 am

Thanksgiving is this weekend. With the price of food these days, we’re all wondering how most of us will cope. In partnership with Angus Reid, Dalhousie...

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