From a new pay-what-you-can grocery store concept aimed at reducing food waste and increasing food security opening in Vancouver to Calgary’s controversial Without Papers Pizza facing repercussions for defying COVID protocols, to Toronto’s Alo receiving the sole Canadian selection in the World’s Best Restaurants list, here are five food news stories you might have missed this week.
Rescued Food Market opens in Vancouver
Vancouver-based charity Food Stash Foundation opened the doors to a new grocery concept aimed at reducing food waste and increasing food security by offering patrons the opportunity to shop for free and pay what they can in the form of donations.
According to Food Stash Foundation, the Rescued Food Market will work in tandem with the food security charity by tapping into more than 30,000 kilograms of rescued food every month.
Read more on CTV News.
Calgary’s Without Papers faces consequences for defying restrictions
After taking a controversial stand against Alberta’s vaccination exemption program and Calgary’s new COVID bylaw, Without Papers Pizza has now been issued 27 tickets for refusing to check for proof of vaccination, and has been stripped of its business licence, liquor license, and food handling permits.
Although a vocal minority have cited the recent reprecutions as acts of segregation and discrimination, it seems that most Calgarians and local businesses alike are siding with the city in favour of protecting patrons.
Find the full story on Global News.
Toronto’s Alo selected as single Canadian restaurant in World’s Best Restaurants
This week Toronto’s Alo restaurant was the single Canadian eatery selected for this year’s annual World’s Best Restaurants list. Although the ranking was slightly lower than last year’s placing, Alo chef and owner Patrick Kriss says the listing was a welcome surprise during a time when hospitality needs all the help it can get.
Visit CBC News for more.
Canadian flight attendants’ union pushes for reduced in-flight service
The union representing flight attendants at Canada’s major airlines has reportedly stated that reducing on-board food and drink service may aid in reducing the uprise in unruly and aggressive passenger behaviour.
Although Transport Canada has recommended that airlines limit non-essential in-flight services since the onset of the pandemic, many airlines have since restored their food and beverage programs.
Find the full breakdown on CBC News.
Mark McEwan’s company files for creditor protection
Doug Ford needs to understand that restaurants need indoor dining to supplement for rain bursts which are happening daily. Set up rain bust !set up rain bust! You have been wildly unfair to restaurants, this lockdown needs to end. @fordnation— Mark McEwan (@Chef_MarkMcEwan) July 3, 2021
Over the duration of the pandemic, celebrity chef Mark McEwan has been very vocal in his disapproval of the way Ontario has handled hospitality protocols, and this week, the National Post reported that McEwan Enterprises Inc. has filed for creditor protection to avoid running out of cash by the end of October.
Head to the National Post for more.