Category Archives: Food

First wave of funding doled out to help food processors with COVID-19 upgrades

The federal government has started providing cash for food processors across the country to help them deal with COVID-19. A $77.5-million emergency fund was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May to help food process...

Demonstrators gather to protest treatment of migrant workers amid pandemic

TORONTO — Activists staged a demonstration in front of a government immigration office in Toronto on Sunday to protest what they say is unjust treatment of migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was organized by the Migrant Worker...

B.C. reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, outbreak at Loblaws distribution centre

VANCOUVER — A Loblaws distribution centre in Surrey is the latest community outbreak of COVID-19 in British Columbia. The Fraser Health Authority says nine staff members have tested positive and their close contacts have been instructed to self-is...

Manitobans losing sight of fundamentals in COVID-19 fight: chief doctor

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's chief public health officer says people are losing sight of the fundamentals that previously kept the number of COVID-19 cases low in the province, as a cluster connected to a pork-processing plant grows larger. The province ...

Chicken, eggs both go first as feds roll out COVID-19 food surplus program

OTTAWA — More than 12 million eggs will be redistributed via an emergency federal program designed to help farmers faced with too much food and nowhere to sell it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Thursday...

N.L. considering program that would allow wild game donations to food banks

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Food banks in Newfoundland and Labrador are being surveyed on a long-discussed proposal to allow hunters to donate moose meat and other game to those in need. Eg Walters of the Community Food Sharing Association, ...

Quebec farms facing lost profits and rotting harvests due to migrant worker shortage

MONTREAL — Nineteen-year-old Florence Lachapelle was among hundreds of Quebecers who tried their hand at planting seeds and harvesting produce this summer, replacing migrant workers who were unable to leave their countries because of the COVID-19 pande...

Liberals announce $18 million in funding for small food producers

OTTAWA — The federal government is rolling out $18 million in support for projects they say will help strengthen Canada's food supply chain. The funds are going everywhere from an Alberta company focusing on plant-based proteins to distilleries in...

Air Force, UN food agency tackle skyrocketing COVID-19 hunger in Latin America

OTTAWA — The head of the UN World Food Program says the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased the number of starving people in Latin America, which could trigger a refugee exodus to North America if not addressed. David Beasley, the agency's ...

Unions tell MPs that grocery workers should still have pandemic pay

OTTAWA — Union leaders who represent thousands of grocery-store workers are telling MPs there is no reason for large chains to cut pandemic-related pay premiums since the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't gone away. Representatives from Teamsters Canada, the Un...