This week, Community Food Centres Canada announced a new location in the Prairies to help improve food security for marginalized populations. In a similar vein of imporiving access to and understanding of local food, a newly proposed bill in Ontario is to teach children more extensively about food and agriculture.
In lighter news, a CFL football player has been in the spotlight as of late for a unique stunt involving an Oreo and a glass of milk.
Here are six notable food news stories you might have missed this past week.
New Indigenous-led community food centre opens in Saskatchewan
Community Food Centres Canada has announced the launch of its first Saskatchewan location, the Turnor Lake and Birch Narrows Community Food Centre. The organization says that this will be their second Indigenous-led location in the country.
Their goal is to combine the food centre model with traditional Indigenous food practices, providing programs that teach cooking and preparation skills, improve food security and access, and build cultural connections in the community.
Read the story at Prince Albert Daily Herald.
Restaurateurs face rising food costs
Restaurants are eagerly anticipating the return to business this summer after many months of lockdowns and restrictions, but reopening will come with additional costs and challenges. Throughout the past year, food costs from suppliers have risen significantly, forcing many restaurant owners to raise their menu prices in order to rebound from the effects of the pandemic.
Learn more at CTV News.
Winnipeg CFL player goes viral for dunking an oreo
Edmonton Elks wide receiver Shai Ross took oreo dunking to another level, posting a video of himself dipping an oreo in milk while doing a backflip.
He filmed the stunt with a friend in a high school parking lot in Winnipeg. The video was later shared by USA Today and has gone viral, garnering millions of views online.
Visit CBC News for more.
Ontario community introduces food literacy program for children
The Ontario Legislature is currently reviewing a proposed bill that would require all school boards to provide food literacy and healthy eating curriculum for students.
In Mansfield, a local outdoor education instructor is moving forward with this concept and has developed a program to teach children about the environment, food, and agriculture. The program, Dufferin SEEDS Learning Farm, will officially launch in September.
Read more at the The Star.
Hospitality businesses in Prairies voice their support of safe consumption sites
After removing funding from Lethbridge’s supervised drug-use site last July–and in doing so, forcing its closure–and announcing the closure of Calgary’s Beltline safe injection site this summer, the provincial government has claimed that businesses are opposed to consumption sites in their communities. However, ninety businesses have come together to publicly say that this is not the case.
The newly formed coalition of Canadian small businesses, including Calgary's Broken City and Annex Ales Project, penned an open letter to the UCP government calling for immediate action to address the drug crisis, asking them to maintain harm reduction programs and safe consumption sites across the province.
Visit the Calgary Herald for the full article.
UK bans junk food ads from daytime TV and internet
In Britain, television and online advertisements promoting unhealthy food are now banned from airing before 9 p.m. The new plan, which comes into effect at the end of next year, will prohibit ads for foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar in an effort to curb unhealthy eating habits.
Get the full story at Global News.