Mexico downplays danger of omicron; health officials take it more seriously

According to Mexico News Daily: Mexico’s official death toll is already above 300,000 – the fifth-highest total in the world – and continues to climb, albeit at a significantly slower rate than that seen earlier in the pandemic. But hospitalizations and fatalities typically increase weeks after surges in case numbers, meaning that the second half […] Read more

Greenhouses face rising costs when mercury dips

According to thestar.com; Representatives of Big Marble Farms – one of Medicine Hat’s largest year-round greenhouse operations – agree greenhouses have been hit by the rising costs of energy and gas. “I think, in general, rates for electricity and natural gas went up noticeably the last number of years (and have become) a big factor […] Read more

Food companies push for more temporary foreign workers as chronic labour shortage worsens

According to financialpost.com; Labour advocates blame job vacancies in the sector on poor conditions and wages. Wages are “something we need to look at,” Sullivan said, but added that further study may find wages are competitive. The average hourly wage for vacant positions in food manufacturing was $18.70 in the third quarter, Statistics Canada reported. […] Read more

Food Lion Adds Hydroponic Produce in 300+ Stores

According to Progressive Grocer; Vertical Roots farms are global food-safe certified by USDA and FDA, and its produce is non-GMO certified and grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals of any kind. Because its produce is harvested, packaged and shipped on the same day, Vertical Roots products boast long-lasting freshness for up to 21 days. Food […] Read more

More Canadians murdered in Mexico over past six years than anywhere else abroad

According to CTV News; Mexico tops the list of countries with the highest number of Canadians murdered abroad since 2016, according to internal documents from Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Twenty-five Canadians have been murdered in Mexico since 2016, with 2018 being the highest reported year of deaths. The U.S. is the second-highest ranked country in […] Read more

Residents can get a tax credit from ‘Ontario Staycation’ in 2022

According to Global News; The Ontario government has introduced a tax credit this year encouraging residents and families to take trips within the province in an effort to boost the tourism and hospitality sector amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the “Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for 2022” residents can claim 20 percent of their accommodation […] Read more

Widespread labour shortages force businesses to curtail operations, reduce hours

According to ctvnews.ca; An intensifying labour shortage is rippling through the economy, forcing businesses to curtail operations, reduce hours and in some cases, euthanize livestock. The situation is a result of a chronic worker shortage worsened by the crush of new COVID-19 cases forcing many into isolation. School closures have also left some workers scrambling […] Read more

Mexico celebrates Christmas without more restrictions as Omicron spreads

According to La Prensa Latina; Mexico City, Dec 21 (EFE).- The Mexican government on Tuesday said that there has been “a sustained reduction” in the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks, with just 23 cases of the Omicron variant detected nationwide so far, and thus Christmas will be celebrated without the need for greater restrictions although […] Read more

It’s about feeding people’: Stratford gets state’s first hydroponic mobile farm

According to Connecticut Post: STRATFORD – Not many towns can claim to have a farm located inside a shipping container.The mobile farm was delivered to nOURish Bridgeport’s Stratford Ave. warehouse on Dec. 21. The nonprofit agency is dedicated to addressing food insecurity in the Bridgeport area.When the farm is fully operational at the end of […] Read more

It’s official: Taxes in London to increase 2.8% in 2022

According to the London Free Press; London property taxpayers will be hit with a 2.8 percent tax hike next year after the city council approved its 2022 budget Tuesday night. “I know for many, every dollar counts, but for the value that taxpayers are getting for their taxes, I feel we did very well in […] Read more