ICYMI: Sexism in the craft beer industry, outcry over Jason Kenney's patio dinner and more

Six stories you might have missed in food news this week

Restaurants across the country are looking forward to a better summer with provinces in various stages of reopening.

In Saskatchewan, restaurants are busy hiring and getting ready for a summer without restrictions. Over in Ontario, the government is being urged to keep up with other provinces and speed up their reopening plan.

Here are six notable food news stories you might have missed this past week.

Hiring blitz in the Saskatchewan hospitality industry

With indoor and outdoor dining open in Saskatchewan, many restaurants across the province are looking to fill job openings.

While some have been able to maintain their staff throughout the pandemic, others are looking to rebuild thier teams and increase capacity as restrictions continue to ease.

Learn more at Global News.

Ontario government urged to speed up their reopening plan

After two months of provincewide lockdown, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on the Ontario government to immediately reopen retail, restaurants, and gyms.

While other provinces are moving into the first and second stages of reopening their economies, Ontario does not plan to begin Stage 1 of their reopening plan, which includes patio dining, until around June 14.

Read the full story at CP24.

Edmonton region finalizes its master agricultural plan

The Edmonton region has developed a master plan to conserve agricultural lands and build the local food economy.

A large percentage of Alberta's food and beverage processing industry is in the Edmonton area, along with thousands of farm operators.

The plan, which is in its final stages of review, is the first of its kind and will serve as a guide for growth in the agricultural industry over the next three decades.

Visit CBC News for the full article.

Sexism, misogyny, and assault in the craft beer industry

Stories of sexism, misogyny, and assault in the craft beer industry are being exposed as women in the U.S. and Canada come forward to share their experiences.

The testimonies have been published online, leading to a few high-profile resignations and instigating critical conversations.

Pink Boots Canada, a non-profit that aims to help women in the industry, has developed a plan for action that encourages breweries to acknowledge the problem, offer safe spaces for discussion, make their values public, and adhere to a strict code of conduct.

Read the story at CBC News.

Albertans upset by photo of premier's patio dinner

A photo was recently published showing Alberta's premiere Jason Kenney seated around a table with other cabinet members on the patio of the Sky Palace.

The photo has stirred up backlash across the province in response to the premiere's apparent disregard for COVID-19 restrictions.

Alberta is currently in Stage 1 of reopening, which allows for small outdoor gatherings and patio dining with four people from the same household.

Visit The Star for the full article.

Winnipeg businesses provide parking lot spaces to local food trucks


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With the cancellation of festivals and other outdoor gatherings, food trucks in Manitoba have found a creative way to stay in business.

Instead of their usual spots at big outdoor events, food trucks can now be found at a few local businesses who have hired them to park in their lots.

This collaboration allows the food trucks to increase their business while also attracting customers to the local businesses where they're parked.

Visit Global News to learn more.