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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...

Food inflation eases but some prices keep surging

Food inflation eases but some prices keep surging

Aug 31, 2022 / 4:00 am

Statistics Canada is reminding Canadians every month this year how painful their trips to the grocery store are. The retail inflation rate is at an astonishing...

Survey: Measuring integration of metrification across Canada

Survey: Measuring integration of metrification across Canada

Aug 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

The 1970s were a time of change in Canada, not just politically and sociologically but also in the way we measured things. The process of metrification took...

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Aug 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

Most Canadians have never been on a farm, let alone lived on one, which makes more than 98 per cent of our population agriculturally illiterate. For many...

A looming chickpea shortage is on the way

A looming chickpea shortage is on the way

Aug 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

Since the start of the pandemic, we have heard about shortages countless times. Most sections of the grocery store have been hit by tightening supplies for one...

Three-quarters of British Columbians support mandatory calorie counts on menus

Three-quarters of British Columbians support mandatory calorie counts on menus

Jul 31, 2022 / 11:00 am

The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on the way British Columbians eat. In 2020, we saw a significant increase in food delivery after restaurants were...

Light at the end of the food inflation tunnel?

Light at the end of the food inflation tunnel?

Jul 29, 2022 / 11:00 am

Once again, the numbers coming out of Statistics Canada were discouraging. The food inflation rate in the country was 8.8% in June, which is still higher than...

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