ICYMI: Honeybees find a home in Halifax, Health Canada caves to cattle industry, and more

Here are five stories you might have missed this week

It appears as though a multi-week media campaign has paid off for the Canadian cattle industry after a somewhat surprising decision from Health Canada to reverse its federal policy on meat labelling requirements. 

While they might not have the same level of support from Conservative politicians, some critics of Newfoundland’s incoming sugary beverage tax are hoping to have similar success with provicial legislature. 

Also in the news this week; thousands of honeybees found a new home in an unexpected place; Canadian farmers are stepping up to send support to their Ukrainian counterparts; and a Toronto-based app is helping restaurants reduce waste like never before.

Health Canada reverses decision on meat labelling requirements

With no shortage of coverage or controversy surrounding Canada’s incoming nutritional label mandates—most of which came from the Canadian cattle industry and Consertative politicians—Health Canada recently announced that it will no longer require nutritional labelling on single-ingredient ground meat, even if it’s high in saturated fat. 

Visit The Globe and Mail for a full breakdown.

Halifax Shopping Centre becomes temporary home for more than 10,000 honeybees

The Halifax Shopping Centre recently became the temporary home to more than 10,000 honeybees after partnering with urban beekeeping group Alvéole. Although the rooftop honeybee exhibits are closed to the public, mall-goers can take part in an interactive and educational display inspired by a hive. 

According to the exhibit beekeepers, the rooftop colonies will likely grow to upwards of 50,000 bees that will produce anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds of honey. 

Find out more from CBC News.

Pushback on Newfoundland’s upcoming sugary beverage tax

Newfoundland and Labrador is standing firm in its plans to introduce a sugary beverage tax this upcoming September, but some critics have recently raised concerns that the tax will put undue pressure on an already-depleted industry. 

Get the full story from Global News.

Canada sends seeds and mobile silos to Ukraine

Although Ukraine has historically rivalled Canada in global wheat exports, since Russia’s unprovoked and inhumane invasion, Russian blockades have made it impossible for Ukraine to export. 

To help with both the excess grain from this year’s harvest and the likelihood of a dramatic downturn in years to come, Canada recently agreed to send mobile silos and seeds—including fast-growing buckwheat.

Head to CTV News for the full story.

App-based container lending program reduces waste in Toronto

With the countdown to Canada’s single-use plastics ban inching closer and closer, a Toronto-based app has begun to rise in popularity within the GTA food and beverage scene. 

The program Muuse, which is described by its founders as “a library for cups and containers”, allows participating restaurants to offer reusable containers that customers can rent out free of charge for up to 30 days.

Visit Global News for more.