ICYMI: Fast food chains accused of animal cruelty, Ontario 7-Eleven secures liquor license, and more

Here are five food stories you might have missed this week

As the end of 2022 approaches, the Canadian food and drink scene shows no signs of slowing down like the rest of us for the holiday season when it comes to newsworthy content.

From 7-Eleven securing its first liquor license in Ontario to the first phase of Canada’s single-use plastics ban coming into effect, to some disturbing accusations regarding fast food chains and animal cruelty, here are five food stories from the past week in Canadian food news.

Canadian fast food chains accused of animal cruelty

The Canadian chapter of an animal rights organization recently released a report that suggests that most major fast food chains are guilty of animal cruelty. The report states that the primary driving force is simply that regulations aren’t strong enough to guarantee good welfare, but the majority of those accused—along with Agriculture and Agri Food Canada—have unilaterally refuted the claims.

Find the full story at CTV News.

Atlantic Canada’s farmland in jeopardy

Agriculture industry experts have been expressing serious concern about the rapidly diminishing farmland in Atlantic Canada. According to recent reports, Newfoundland and Labrador alone have seen its farmland drop by 50.7 per cent since 2001. 

The problem appears to be a combination of continuous urban sprawl and a lack of interest in investing, which has industry professionals looking for new ways to utilize the farmland they still have. 

Head to CBC news for more.

7-Eleven secures liquor license in Ontario

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven announced this week that it had secured a liquor license for its restaurant location in Leamington, Ontario. The acquisition of said license was not without criticism, but with eight licensed locations in Alberta alone, it seems unlikely that the trend will stop anytime soon. 

Find out more at City News.

Canada’s single-use plastic ban soon in effect

It’s been a long time coming, but the first phase of Canada’s single-use plastics ban will finally come into effect early next week. The first phase will begin on December 20 and will see the prohibition of products like checkout bags, plastic cutlery, and takeout containers.

Visit CTV News for a comprehensive breakdown on what plastics fall under the ban. 

OpenTable releases 100 “most beloved” Canadian restaurants


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It’s generally our policy to take any restaurant ranking list with a grain of salt—especially ones that come from food apps—but it’s still interesting to see what kind of dining trends have emerged over the past year. 

OpenTable’s “most beloved” list only applies to restaurants who use OpenTable, but among the top selections were Toronto’s 1 Kitchen, Calgary’s Alloy, Montreal’s Bar George, and Vancouver’s Botanist. 

Find the full list at Restobiz.