ICYMI: Alberta Superstore workers vote to strike, the downside of QR code menus, and more

Five food stories you may have missed this week

From privacy experts exposing the potential risk of scanning QR code menus to the B.C. government extending the fee cap on food delivery services in support of the restaurant industry, here are five food stories you may have missed this week.

Majority of Alberta Superstore workers vote in favour of strike

The union that represents Real Canadian Superstores issued a news release stating that 97 per cent of Alberta employees are voting in favour of a labour strike. With 30 of 40 Superstore locations in Alberta having an outbreak and workers being deemed essential workers, the anger, frustration and fear among employees continues to rise.

Read more on Global News.

Privacy experts say to scan QR code menus with caution


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Throughout the pandemic, restaurants have utilized QR code menus to practice caution during COVID-19 and as an efficient and cost effective way to present their menus. Privacy experts are urging customers to understand the implications and potential risk involving personal data when scanning QR codes.

Read more on CBC News.

Student volunteers make huge impact on food surplus by connecting local farms to food banks

Volunteer university students have been working with Farmlink Project Canada to rescue approximately 40,000 pounds of surplus food. Last May, this project began connecting local food banks with farms from Alberta to Ontario to rescue surplus food to bring a positive impact to communities over the duration of the pandemic.

Read more on Edmonton Journal.

B.C. government extends cap on food service delivery fees


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The fee cap implemented by the B.C. government to support the restaurant industry over the COVID-19 pandemic was set to expire this week, however B.C. Minister Ravi Kahlon recently announced an extension of the fee cap until December 31, 2021.

Read more on CTV News.

Small businesses affected by backlash of implementing vaccine passports

With the controversy surrounding the implementation of vaccine passports, small businesses such as The Hearty Hooligan have been experiencing backlash and harassment, largely in the form of false reviews. With many businesses working to find the best practice for dealing with the threats, there is concern for smaller business owners and the continued effect it will have.

Read more on Times Colonist.