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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...

Inflation cranks up heat

Inflation cranks up heat

Jul 24, 2022 / 10:00 am

Summer heat isn’t the only thing making Canadians sweat this summer; abnormally high inflation and rising interest rates are putting the heat on many...

Extremes make for bad food policies

Extremes make for bad food policies

Jul 20, 2022 / 4:00 am

Not a day goes by without seeing a group, or even a government, changing rules for farmers. In the name of the planet, animal welfare or even our own health,...

Ladies and gentlemen: Are you ready for Premier David Eby?

Ladies and gentlemen: Are you ready for Premier David Eby?

Jul 15, 2022 / 11:00 am

We aren’t quite entertaining yet the idea of a Prime Minister Pierre Poilievre, but we need to accept the notion of a Premier David Eby before long. He is...

Charities hardest sell in world of online digital transactions

Charities hardest sell in world of online digital transactions

Jun 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

Last month, 71 per cent of British Columbians told Research Co. and Glacier Media that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was “behind us” and a...

Crash course in opioid damage for B.C. politicians,

Crash course in opioid damage for B.C. politicians,

Jun 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

While the federal government was putting the finishing touches on the B.C. drug decriminalization project, provincial politicians were taking a crash course on...

Pharmacist offers tips to go tobacco-free

Pharmacist offers tips to go tobacco-free

May 31, 2022 / 11:00 am

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in Canada. Today, May 31, is World No Tobacco Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness...

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