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Comment: Why canola matters to all Canadians now

It’s the most Canadian of crops, a potent national symbol and now a target in a vicious diplomatic spat

The SNC-Lavalin case refuses to go away and has been garnering global media attention for weeks. The case has made our political elite look like diplomatic juveniles. The Wanzhou case in Vancouver has made things much worse. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou in December, Huawei’s VP and daughter of the company’s CEO, exposed Canada to […] Read more


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Comment: Is food dividing Canada?

Social media and other communications seem to be driving the wedge deeper, not healing the rift

For many years, farmers have tried to convey their message, their lifestyles really, to an undereducated populace when it comes to agriculture and rural Canada. They have taken to social media with touching stories and countless messages, telling Canadians what things are like out on the farm. Some called it “agvocacy.” But Canada’s new food […] Read more



Comment: Huawei, SNC-Lavalin and sick pigs

Our relationship with China is a make-or-break one for Canadian aspirations to grow food exports

Relations between China and Canada have never been more uncertain. The SNC-Lavalin affair has exposed the Trudeau government to attacks from Chinese authorities, who claim Canada has unfairly treated Huawei’s executive Meng Wanzhou. She was arrested in Vancouver in December, at the request of the U.S. due to allegations of a conspiracy to defraud banks. […] Read more


Comment: ‘Roll Up The Rim To Win’ needs an environmental reboot

Canada’s iconic fast-food brand is beginning to fall out of step with the times

Tim Hortons needs to reconsider its ‘Roll Up The Rim’ promotion. The entire campaign rests on the physicality of the cup itself. Almost 300 million cups are produced for the campaign, which usually ends in mid-April. Some winners have been required to send in the entire cup to claim their prize, instead of just ripping […] Read more



Opinion: Canada’s Food Guide a new dish, with a dash of condescension

Some parts of the Guide offer trite advice only an idealistic health professional would give

Say goodbye to the four food groups; they are now gone. Almost 12 years after the launch of the previous version, the new food guide celebrates food by displaying a plate filled with greens, fruits, plant proteins and grains. And if you look very carefully, you’ll see a cup of yogurt, alongside a piece of […] Read more


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Comment: The unavoidable death of ‘click and collect’

Consumers want to get food products delivered directly to their homes but they don’t necessarily want to pay for it

Grocers can no longer afford to wait for their money to show up at their stores. That’s a given. They need to go after it as well. E-commerce in the grocery business was barely a thought five years ago. Most of them did not want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea […] Read more



Comment: Romaine calm

An industry-led food safety program appears to have got complacent and self-congratulatory

So, we finally went from a slew of alerts on romaine lettuce to a series of clearcut recalls affecting various produce items, including romaine lettuce and cauliflower. This is the worst time of year for Canadians as our economy is more vulnerable to outbreaks in imported produce. Chances are cauliflower will be very expensive and […] Read more


Comment: Flexitarianism on the menu

A large and growing group of Canadians are becoming ‘part-time vegetarians’

Restaurants are struggling to get a good handle on how consumers are rapidly shifting away from animal protein. According to a recent study by Dalhousie University, nearly one in five Canadians have decided to either reduce the amount of meat they consume or have outright eliminated it from their diets. Add the fact that 63 […] Read more



Comment: A painful experience

Why self-checkouts at the grocery store never seem to work properly

Some Canadians detest going to the grocery store. It’s repetitive, tiring, and quite unpleasant at times, especially when the store is busy. Picking up groceries and lugging them back home is work, something most would rather avoid. On the other hand, many of us do enjoy visiting food stores and discovering new products or new […] Read more


Comment: The cost of convenience

Consumers are spending more of their income on outside food purchases which shrinks the farmer’s share of the pie

More Canadians are eating out. In fact, according to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian’s food budget is spent on food consumed outside the home. This would include restaurants, grab-and-go’s, and other portable food offerings. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food consumption, which is now estimated at […] Read more