ICYMI: BCGEU strike comes to an end, crazy cricket conspiracy, and more

Here are five stories you might have missed this week

It certainly feels like it went on far longer, but the two-week BCGEU strike has officially come to an end. While experts expect it could take several weeks to catch up on back orders, it appears that a resolution is finally in sight. 

Ontario winemakers are looking for a permanent resolution to the crippling effect of climate change, but some believe the best option for the industry is to begin breeding more resilient grape varieties. 

Finally, in one of the strangest stories we’ve seen to date, a global anti-liberal conspiracy has been circulating that claims Ontario’s new cricket processing plant is part of a sinister plot to control Canada’s food chain. If nothing else, it should at least make for a good made-for-TV movie one day down the road. 

BCGEU strike comes to an end

The two-week saga that was the BCGEU workers strike has finally come to an end after the union announced on Tuesday that it had made enough headway with negotiations to halt the strike as a sign of good faith. 

Although the workers have returned to their places of employment, industry experts expect it will take several weeks to catch up on unfulfilled orders. As a result, the province’s three-item purchasing restrictions have yet to be lifted. 

Find out more at CBC News.

The toxic truth about dollar store discounts

A new report from Environmental Defence was released this week that suggests roughly a quarter of the items sold at Canadian dollar stores contain dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals—including some canned food items.

The report found that many of the canned foods were lined with bisphenol A, which can lead to a number of health issues, including breast cancer, prostate disease, and infertility. This is especially concerning considering so many Canadians have turned to dollar stores as a means to keep their families fed. 

Visit The Globe and Mail for more information. 

Ontario cricket factory conspiracy

This past July, we covered a story about the world’s largest cricket processing plant opening in London, Ontario. Since then, it appears that a strange conspiracy perpetuated by Concervative politicians and anti-liberal advocates has been spreading across the globe. 

The cricket factory conspiracists contest that a group of behind-the-scenes elites are in fact using the factory in a tyrannical totalitarian plot to force the population to eat insects. 

Head to CBC News to read more.

Spice recalled across Canada after 12 hospitalized

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a widely-used spice brand after health officials confirmed that 12 people had been hospitalized within an hour of eating a chicken dish that contained the spice. 

The Mr. Right brand Kaempferia Galanga Powder is commonly sold in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, but the CFIA says it may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. 

Find the full report at Global News.

Why Canadian winemakers are worried

Ontario winemakers have been reporting an almost-50-per-cent decrease in this year’s grape harvest after enduring alarmingly cold fall and winter seasons, which many believe to be a direct result of climate change. 

Wine industry representatives have been working with the provincial government to come up with a recovery program, but because new vines take roughly six years to grow and upward of $45,000 per acre to replace, many believe the industry’s best course of action is to begin breeding new and more resilient grape varieties.

Visit CBC News for the full story.