Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planet

Canada’s Food Guide revamp is good for people and the planet, thanks in great part to a new information-gathering process

Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planetBy Courtney Howard and Ian Culbert EvidenceNetwork.ca What is a healthy diet? New Year’s diet conversations still abound around water coolers Canada-wide as people debate the merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, tofu and other edibles. Scientific articles, shiny celebrities and representatives of various groups who produce, transform and sell food all compete…

Fine dining event a huge fundraising success

The owners of Kindersley Insurance Ltd., with staff and volunteers, served a four-course meal to raise $4,655 for West Central Abilities

Fine dining event a huge fundraising successKenneth Brown of The Clarion The owners of Kindersley Insurance Ltd. host an annual fine dining event to raise money for a local cause. The 2018 fundraiser has been declared a success. People gathered at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Jan. 27 to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by the owners of Kindersley Insurance with…

Taxing meat is an unpalatable proposition

Arguing that meat is the new tobacco is sensationalist nonsense, since tobacco is not essential to life and food is. Let the market evolve

Taxing meat is an unpalatable propositionImposing a sin tax on foods that are deemed environmentally detrimental seems to be gaining support. But little can be accomplished by taxing meat. For some, eating meat is considered a sin and therefore meat products should be taxed, like alcohol and tobacco. A new report published recently by a group called Farm Animal Investment Risk…

Give us our daily bread: why a food cartel probe is necessary

The Competition Bureau’s investigation into bread pricing is likely intended to tell Canadian grocers to stop squeezing food processors

Give us our daily bread: why a food cartel probe is necessaryIs a bread cartel alive and well in Canada? The Competition Bureau is investigating major grocery chains in search of evidence of retail bread price fixing. Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart and other companies have acknowledged the probe. Why is bread is being targeted by the bureau? Demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that grocers are colluding…

$45,000 bottle of Scotch whisky has decades-long gestation

Cask 121 was filled the same day that Churchill, Roosevelt, de Gaulle and Eisenhower met at the Casablanca Conference in Morocco

$45,000 bottle of Scotch whisky has decades-long gestationGordon and MacPhail’s latest whisky bottling is likely to be priced somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000 per bottle. That makes it the most expensive Scotch whisky ever offered in Canada. At that price, don’t expect it to fly off the shelves. Then again, it’s unlikely that more than one bottle will be allocated to Canadian…

Give us our daily (gluten free?) bread

I’ve tried giving up wheat to lose a few pounds but I miss it too much when it disappears from my diet

Give us our daily (gluten free?) breadWe have a Norwegian international student staying with us for the year. Her English is quite advanced but occasionally she has to look things up on her phone to get the direct translation. The other day she had a question for me. “What do you call this kind of bun?” she asked, holding her phone…

The new breed of chef is cooking with gas

The Farmer is already planning his next menu. It will likely be some candied meat dish – or meat stuffed with meat. Vegetarians beware

The new breed of chef is cooking with gasThe Farmer learned to cook when he was living with a bunch of other guys in university. His cooking style is rather eclectic. He combines things you wouldn’t imagine, like brown sugar and turnip, and his guests are usually pleasantly surprised with the taste. If we aren’t, we keep our opinions to ourselves. His meals…

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the market

Lobster is so popular these days, McDonald's ditched its McLobster due to higher prices. Still, things are looking up for the 'chicken of the sea'

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the marketLobsters are not easy on the eyes. The first person to discover that these hideous crustaceans were edible deserves a medal. Lobster was once the poor man’s protein and fed mainly to prisoners. These days, the chicken of the sea is enjoying more love than ever – U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel…

Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequences

The next food guide will make the disconnect between Canadian agricultural policies and food consumption much more obvious

Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequencesThe new principles Health Canada will use for its next food guide signal a complete revamp of our rainbow of food groups. It appears a plant-based diet will be strongly encouraged. We might even see a focus on more plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, nuts and tofu in the next Canada’s Food Guide. This would…

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anyway

It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anywayLast month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting on restaurant menus, Freshii Inc., the Toronto-based salads-soups-and-wraps healthy-eating chain, balked. The chain’s motto is “count nutrients, not calories.” But the calorie police moved in and forced the company to post the calorie counts on boards and menus. In the end, Freshii fell to the forces of junk…