ICYMI: BC farm accused of animal cruelty, the Uber Eats Cravings Report, and more

Here are five food stories you might have missed this week

Regardless of the season, there never seems to be a slow week in the world of food news.

From a very disturbing report coming out of B.C. detailing allegations of animal abuse at an Abbotsford dairy farm to Uber Eats’ annual rundown on Canadian dining trends, here are five food stories you might have missed from the past week.

BC farm facing investigation over allegations of animal cruelty

The BC Milk Marketing Board announced last week that it had suspended the licence of Abbotsford’s Cedar Valley Farms after obtaining information regarding violations to the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. 

According to the BC SPCA, the footage it obtained shows that the farm’s actions not only contravene the aforementioned Code, but could also borderline on criminal actions. 

Head to CTV News for the full story (Warning: The story contains disturbing details).

Manitoba group asks for enhanced labeling on alcoholic beverages

Manitoba’s Community Health and Housing Association has recently held discussions with provincial officials to change the way alcohol is marketed. According to a 2019 study, the average Canadian drinker gets more than 10 per cent of their daily calories from alcoholic beverages. 

The group has asked that nutritional information such as calorie counts and suggested serving sizes be required on all alcoholic packaging, however, it remains unclear when, or if, it could become a reality. 

Find the full story on CBC News.

Uber Eats releases Cravings Report 2021

Food delivery service Uber Eats recently released its third annual Cravings Report, which depicts some of the biggest Canadian trends from the past year. Some of the standout statistics include Nanaimo, Ottawa, and Kingston as the cities with the most polite diners, B.C. as the province with the best tippers, and Halifax, Kingston, and Montreal having the healthiest eaters. 

Check out Uber Eats for the full report.

Quebec eases restaurant restrictions

The Quebec government recently announced that as of November 1 restaurants in the province will no longer be required to limit capacity or opening hours. Despite the changes, the provincial vaccine passport mandate, mask wearing requirements, and social distancing will still be in place for the time being. 

Find out more at Eater Montreal.

Ontario’s minimum wage increase sparks controversy

The Ontario government introduced new legislation this week that will see the provincial minimum wage increase on January 1 from $14.35 to $15 per hour. The legislation will also eliminate the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers which, according to some within the local hospitality community, could cause problems for an industry already facing an uphill climb. 

Read more at Restobiz.