ICYMI: Food theft, LCBO strike and greenhouse crowdfunding in food news this week

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Most of the time, our thoughts around food is what to have for lunch or dinner. The past week, food news mostly revolved around the availability of or access to food and drink. From theft, to LCBO's vote to strike to a crowdfunding campaign to help students in Nunavut gain access to fresh vegetables, here are some of the top pieces of food news from this past week.  

Justice is served in maple syrup heist

Theft is a serious crime, especially when it comes to maple syrup in Canada. We’re not talking about a few bottles from the grocery store either. We’re talking about 3,000 tonnes of the liquid gold. So, we’re thrilled that justice is served and this guy is getting eight years plus a fine of $9.4 million.

Read more about the story from CBC News. 

Things that go missing from restaurants

Smaller in scale than the maple syrup theft, but still deplorable is theft from restaurants. While stealing a menu or a pretty glass may seem harmless to some, it’s definitely illegal and hurts small businesses more than people realize. Writer Corey Mintz talked to chefs and restaurant owners about some of the things that go missing most.

Read about the restaurants and what gets stolen most in this Globe and Mail story. 

LCBO staff voted to strike over contract demands

Here's the latest on the LCBO strike. This past week, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike to support contract demands, sparked by the government’s decision to sell alcohol in grocery stores.

Find out more about the dispute from CP24.

Nunavut teacher crowdfunds to buy greenhouse to help students access fresh produce

Food prices in remote communities have long been a problem that keeps indigenous communities from eating healthfully. One teacher in Nunavut, Adam Malcolm, thinks he has a solution: buy a greenhouse to grow fresh vegetables for his students. Malcolm started a GoFundMe page and we hope he gets the dollars he needs to help his kids get access to quality produce.

Read more about the initiative from this story in the Huffington Post.