How to save yourself some money as food prices rise

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SASKATOON – As the dollar continues to slip, Canadians can expect to be shelling out more at the grocery store. According to experts, there are things you can do to save yourself some big bucks in the long run and it starts with a little something called “the best before” date.

In many cases, perfectly good food ends up in the garbage after consumers prematurely toss it and confusing labels are often to blame for wasted food and money.

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“I think that the way some products are labelled it is unclear to the consumer what best before dates mean, when they should use the product, how they need to store it, etc.,” said Phyllis Shand, professor of food science at the University of Saskatchewan.

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    So what is a best before date?

    “In Canada, the majority of our food products if they have a shelf life of less than 90 days are mandated to have a best before date,” added Shand.

    In other words, how long a product will retain its freshness. Which means you aren’t going to fall ill if you eat something on the best before date or even the day after.

    “Best before dates are also an indicator of quality and not safety. Our concern about safety is more related to how we handle the food, whether it’s stored at the proper temperatures at that time,” said Shand.

    You can both buy and eat foods after the “best before” has passed but it might not taste as good. Its likely either lost some freshness, flavour or the texture has changed. In some cases the nutritional value of the food such as its vitamin C content may be lost.

    According to Shand, this means milk stored in a cold fridge will likely last you several more days even a week beyond its best before date. Eggs can last up to a month; however, you’d likely want to use them in baking at that point as opposed to using them for breakfast.

    “For a product like ground beef, you have one day for the store to sell it and then one to two days at home before you either should cook it or freeze it for later use.”

    Expiration dates are different and are typically only seen on specialty products. Meal replacements, nutritional supplements and infant formula will have an expiration date and foods should not be eaten after the date passes.

    In 2014, it’s estimated the cost of Canada’s food waste reached $31 billion. The majority of that waste was driven by consumers at 47 per cent or close to $14.6 billion worth of food.

    “In Saskatoon, the biggest contribution to our landfill is organics so a lot of that is food that ends up in the landfill and creates methane which is a large contributor to our environmental problem,” said Gord Enns, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Council.

     “Not only do we have to handle it and haul it, we actually are contributing to environmental problems because we’re wasting food.”

    Starting this spring, food waste will be accepted as part of the city’s Green Cart program. Items like fruits, vegetables, bread, eggshells and coffee grounds will now be accepted along with any grass clippings and leaves.

    Enns says it’s a good start to a big problem but there are other jurisdictions that have done a lot more to encourage recycling and composting. He’d also like to see more people growing their own food and more food education provided to the public starting at grade-school level.

    For now though, if consumers want to start getting serious about reducing their own food waste there’s a helpful tool you can download on your phone called The FoodKeeper.

    It’s as easy as typing in a food and the app will tell you how long it should last refrigerated and/or frozen.

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GTA Goodwill stores to stay closed as company seeks solution to cash-flow problems

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TORONTO – The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario says the operation will remain closed until further notice.

Goodwill has closed 16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices – affecting more than 430 workers – due to cash flow problems. It does not affect Goodwills in London, Sarnia, St. Catharines and Hamilton.

CEO Keiko Nakamura told a news conference on Monday that Goodwill is exploring options to deal with a “cash flow crisis.”

READ MORE: Goodwill closes Ontario stores citing ‘cash flow crisis’

Nakamura says Goodwill had moved to cut costs by reducing overhead and also cut staff hours, describing it as a “very low margin operation” that was facing increasing competition.

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A lawyer with the Canadian Airport Workers Union, which represents the workers, has said the workers were greeted with locked doors when they showed up for their shifts Sunday morning.

Nakamura says she has met with union leaders and has assured them that Goodwill is working with stakeholders and various levels of government to find a solution.

“In order to ensure that we were not asking staff to work at a time when we didn’t feel that we would be able to cover their costs, we had to close down the stores,” she said.

Nakamura said many people do not realize the amount of work required to process the donations that Goodwill receives.

It requires “mass amounts of staff labour” to produce and recycle and separate before donated items are recycled or go into the Goodwill stores, she said.

The non-profit group has operated for more than 80 years in Ontario providing affordable goods and helping people gain access to training and work.

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More English voices need to be heard at Bill 86 hearings, says QCGN

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MONTREAL – Committee hearings examining Bill 86, the proposed law designed to do away with school board elections, get underway at the National Assembly in Quebec City on Jan. 28.

READ MORE: PQ leader vows to fight for Anglos to be heard on Bill 86

While the committee has agreed to hear from two school boards it initially excluded, the English-speaking community said it’s still not enough.

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) said it is surprised that a commission on the future of school boards is not being heard – and neither is the government’s own advisory committee on English education.

The QCGN said the government may be stacking the cards to garner support for its project to change the way school boards are managed.

“The government wants control of who it listens to and therefore who will give support to them in their view,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge with the QCGN.

“So, it’s a way of deciding what the outcome of the bill will be.”

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    On Thursday, the Anglophone community found an unlikely ally in the National Assembly, when Parti Québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau accused the Liberal government of not respecting their rights when it comes to Bill 86.

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    As it stands, the bill is expected to become law on July 1 of this year.

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Sneak peek at Stanley A. Milner Revitalization project

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EDMONTON — It’s being called a futuristic design for a cutting edge library. Edmonton Public Library released pictures of what the Stanley A. Milner Library may look like after its $62.5 million revitalization.

EPL CEO Pilar Martinez believes a combination of metals, concrete and glass will create a sense of curiosity and peak the imagination of Edmontonians.

“An iconic, sort of, really beautiful architecturally appealing building that will attract people throughout the space.”

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    The design will incorporate a lot of natural light and provide easier access for those with mobility issues or concerns. Inside, the design will triple the size of the children’s library, add more quiet study and community meeting spaces and an expansion of makerspace.

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    Martinez is also excited about a simulation wall modelled after “The Cube” – a digital interactive learning display at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. It will allow people to touch the screen and learn about initiatives from our city’s recycling program and the river valley.

    It’s hoped construction will begin next year with the grand opening in 2019 – 2020. To get there, however, the Edmonton Public Library will have to raise $10 million from the community. While a campaign hasn’t been launched, Martinez called it an achievable goal with some significant donations already in place.

    More details are expected to be released in a report to the City’s Community Services branch by the end of February.

    Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization

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    Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization

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    Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization

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5-day moratorium on arrival of government-sponsored Syrian refugees in B.C. set to begin Tuesday: ISS

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A five-day moratorium on the arrival of government-sponsored Syrian refugees in British Columbia is set to begin Tuesday, as the province struggles to accommodate refugee families that have been steadily arriving since late last year.

Chris Friesen, the director of settlement services for Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISS), says the moratorium will allow settlement workers time to catch up on housing needs.

The federal government has committed to resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees, 15,000 of them government-sponsored, before the end of February.

In an important milestone, the 10,000th Syrian refugee arrived in Canada last week.

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So far, 700 government-sponsored refugees have arrived in B.C., but only seven families have found permanent housing. Last weekend, the Vancouver Park Board hoped to soon learn whether some caretaker cottages in the city could be used to house Syrian refugees. There are 71 such buildings in parks across Vancouver, and it’s believed three may have the basic requirements for migrants.

Friesen says they have a list of 1,100 “housing leads” to access for suitability.

But the lack of affordable housing in the Metro Vancouver area along with the challenge of finding suitable housing for families with kids are contributing to the backlog.

Vancouver is not alone as the City of Ottawa has also asked the federal government to slow down the arrival of Syrian refugees.

“We are working with (these communities) to try to ease the strain they are currently experiencing, which includes pausing arrivals for a few days as we continue toward the goal of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees across Canada by the end of February,” read a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The department stated that it is “redirecting refugees to other centres during this time.”

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it is also working with settlement providers to monitor the movement of refugees into and out of temporary accommodation to determine when capacity opens to welcome additional refugees and to re-destine some refugees to other locations when necessary.

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NewLeaf airline postpones service, refunds credit cards pending review

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WINNIPEG — Canada’s new low-cost airline is hitting a snag right out of the gate.

Winnipeg-based NewLeaf Travel Company announced Monday afternoon it has postponed sales of airline tickets pending a Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) review of licensing regulations for indirect air service providers.

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The company also said it will refund all credit card transactions for reservations that were scheduled to begin on Feb. 12, 2016.

“During this uncertain time, we didn’t want to put anyone with existing bookings at risk, and we wanted to give customers time to make other travel arrangements,” said NewLeaf chief executive officer Jim Young.

Young said the company is postponing service mainly because of ambiguity surrounding licensing.

“The CTA says we do not need a license and is giving us an exemption while there is a conduct review,” Young said. “But we don’t know what that review is going to look like when it comes out, and whether we need a licence or can continue as we are.”

NewLeaf announced Jan. 6 it would start flying from Halifax, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Regina, Winnipeg and Abbotsford with prices ranging from $89 to $149.

NewLeaf Travel has partnered with Flair airlines, which will provide the aircraft and the licence.

But shortly after the announcement, there were immediate concerns brought forward regarding its licencing.

Young said the thousands of customers who booked flights with the airline will be given a refund within 72 hours. He did not give the total amount of the refund.

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Gabor Lukacs, a former assistant professor at the University of Manitoba and an airline passenger rights advocate, said without its own licence, NewLeaf doesn’t have a clear policy on how passengers are protected or compensated if their flight is delayed or cancelled or baggage is lost or damaged.

“This fully vindicates what my consistent position has been for the past two weeks, and it is a victory for consumer rights,” said Lukacs via email to Global News Monday.

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“The reason why we launched on Jan. 6 is because it was confirmed that we were in full compliance of CTA licensing regulations,” Young said. “The CTA gave us an exemption from holding a licence directly while it reviews its legislation.”

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Under a charter arrangement with Kelowna-based Flair Airlines Ltd., Flair held the CTA operating licence, while NewLeaf offered seat sales.

The CTA is reviewing whether persons who do not operate any aircraft, but market and sell air services to the public, should be required to hold agency licences. The consultations are expected to end on Jan. 22.

The company said it is aiming to resume taking reservations in the spring.

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Sobey’s says low loonie, El-Nino will keep grocery prices high

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MONTREAL – Canadians can expect high prices for produce to last at least several more weeks as a result of the weak loonie and weather issues in crop-growing areas, one of the country’s largest grocery chains said Monday.

In addition to the adverse impact of the lower Canadian dollar, flooding caused by El-Nino have contributed to supply shortages and price increases on produce from California and Mexico, said Claude Tessier, president of Sobeys Quebec.

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“From what we hear the situation is going to be for the next three weeks and then we’ll see how things evolve (along) the west coast,” Tessier told reporters after Sobey’s CEO Marc Poulin spoke to the Canadian Club.

The company, which also operates banners such as IGA, Safeway and FreshCo, is struggling to deal with the worst situation in 30 years by trying to import fresh food from other growing areas such as Florida, Morocco and Spain, Tessier said.

Cauliflower and grapes have been harder to access, with just 20 per cent of the normal delivery of some goods being shipped to stores, he said.

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Restaurants that feature cauliflower have had to adjust by raising prices or using alternatives like squash since the cost for a case of the cruciferous vegetable has more than doubled to as much as $60.

Sobey’s is also turning more to local suppliers for items like potatoes, carrots and onions.

Since the challenges only accelerated after the holiday season, it’s not yet clear if consumers are substituting by buying cheaper alternatives.

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“We’re not seeing a blowback in terms of purchasing,” Tessier said.

“For sure the consumer in general is more cautious about the prices and it’s been like that for a couple of years.”

Meanwhile, the price of other food is also rising, according to the University of Guelph’s Food Institute.

It has said meat rose five per cent last year and is expected to increase up to 4.5 per cent in 2016; fish and seafood could rise by up to three per cent, and dairy, eggs and grains could see a two per cent increase.

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Fruit and vegetable prices could increase up to 4.5 per cent for some items this year, after having risen between 9.1 and 10.1 per cent last year.

The institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food in 2015 and is expected see an additional increase of about $345 this year because of the low dollar.

However, prices are even higher in northern and remote communities, making it even harder for poorer Canadians to healthy diets.

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Indspire Awards recognizing accomplishments of Indigenous people coming to Vancouver

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Award-winning author Joseph Boyden and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price are set to receive Indspire Awards at the prestigious annual gala event being held in Vancouver next month.

“The 2016 Indspire Awards recipients personify the successes Indigenous people have achieved and the significant impact we have made in all areas of life in Canada,” said Roberta L. Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire and executive producer of the Indspire Awards.

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Four Indigenous Canadians from B.C. are being recognized with Indspire Awards, including Price who is from the Ulkatcho First Nation in Anahim, B.C.

Price has garnered praise and support from Indigenous people around the country for being a positive and engaging role model for First Nations youth.

A video released by the Air Canada Foundation and Breakfast Club of Canada last year highlights a young Ulkatcho First Nations boy traveling to Montreal to spend the day with the Hart Trophy winner.

When he accepted the Vezina Trophy last June in Las Vegas, Price used the opportunity to encourage First Nations youth to become leaders.

WATCH: Carey Price encourages First Nations youth in Vezina Trophy acceptance speech

Also among the Indspire Award recipients from British Columbia is Chief Robert Joseph from Gwawaaenuk First Nation who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mark Stevenson and Leonard George.

The Indspire Awards are touted to be highest honour bestowed on Indigenous people and have been recognizing the success of Indigenous Canadians for 23 years.

Past Indspire Award recipients include NHL star Gino Odjick, former National Chief of Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, accomplished actor Adam Beach, and world reknowned woodland artist Norval Morrisseau.

The gala event takes place on Feb. 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver and will be broadcast by Global Television and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) at a later date.

The complete list of 2016 Indspire Award recipients can be seen here.

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Utah police officer was paying off cancer bills when he was killed

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SALT LAKE CITY — The veteran Utah police officer who was shot to death over the weekend was working overtime to pay for his cancer treatments when he encountered a fugitive who went missing from a drug rehab center for parolees, officials said.

Unified police officer Douglas Scott Barney, 44, had been on the force 18 years when he encountered Cory Lee Henderson, 31, Sunday morning in a residential area near a church in the suburb of Holladay, about 8 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City.

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Authorities say the incident began with a car crash involving Henderson and a woman in a BMW, when the two walked away from the wreck. Barney found Henderson nearby and the officer was shot in the head. Barney died hours later at a hospital.

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Other officers responded and exchanged gunfire with Henderson, who died at the scene.

Officer Jon Richey, 51, was shot once by a bullet that went through both legs. His condition was upgraded Monday to fair after he had emergency surgery, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Police said they were still searching for the woman who was with Henderson at the time of the crash.

The fatal police shooting is among the first on-duty officer deaths in the country for 2016 and the first ever for the Unified Police Department since it formed in 2010 to serve communities in the Salt Lake City area.

Barney, a married father of three teenagers, had volunteered to work overtime Sunday to help pay for his medical treatments after surviving bladder cancer, the Deseret News reported.

“His family has dealt with the possibility that they could lose their dad for 12 years, and he was in remission again and doing well,” said unified police Lt. Lex Bell. “He was back to his old self, his color was good, and he was laughing and slapping you on the back again. And then they lose him to a bullet.”

Bell, who was Barney’s partner in the 2000s after both graduated from the police academy, told the Deseret News that Barney was a “boisterous, funny, caring, big old teddy bear of a man.” He became a police officer after working at the Salt Lake County Jail because Barney wanted to help people and loved children.

Barney was serving as a school resource officer at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville when his cancer returned. Students in 2010 organized a dodgeball tournament to raise money for his treatment, which they called “Battle for Barney.”

“I’ve always known these kids were great kids,” Barney said in a KSL-TV story about the fundraiser. “They’re watching over me.”

Meanwhile, court records show Henderson was a troubled man with a history of drug abuse.

Henderson had multiple firearms and drug-related charges and had been sentenced to both federal and state prisons. Most recently, he had served 14 months after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and he was paroled in April 2015. His sentenced was shortened for the completion of a drug treatment program.

“Everything followed according to the guidelines, but it certainly is tragic that he decided to do this,” Greg Johnson, spokesman for the Utah Board of Pardons, said to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Henderson violated the conditions of his parole and a warrant was issued for his arrest in June. He was arrested and went back to prison in October. Last month, he was ordered to a state-run parolee drug treatment center while court proceedings on new federal firearms allegations were pending. Within days, Henderson disappeared from the rehab facility, which allows parolees to make visits to school, work or to see family. A warrant had been out for his arrest since Dec. 21.

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Taco Bell executive charged with hitting Uber driver sues driver for $5M

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COSTA MESA, Calif. – A Southern California man captured on video attacking an Uber driver has sued the driver for $5 million, claiming the video was recorded without his consent, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Former Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach was arrested in November and charged with misdemeanour assault and battery for allegedly hitting driver Edward Caban, 23, on Oct. 30 in Costa Mesa in Orange County.

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In November, the driver sued the 32-year-old Golden for more than $25,000 in damages.

The Orange County Register reported Saturday that Golden filed a cross-complaint last month saying Caban illegally recorded him and posted the video to YouTube.

The now-viral video captured by a dashboard-mounted camera shows Golden repeatedly striking Caban on the trip.

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According to the newspaper, Golden says he was intoxicated and began to “fear for his safety and well-being” when the driver pulled over to “kick” him out of the car in an unfamiliar location. In the altercation, Golden was blinded by the driver’s pepper spray, the lawsuit says.

WATCH: Benjamin Golden, 32, a marketing manager for Taco Bell is the man behind the shocking beating of an Uber driver caught on camera.

As a result of media coverage, Golden says he suffered humiliation and the loss of his job. The lawsuit claims invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery.

In an interview in November, Caban’s attorney Rivers Morrell said the Uber driver was traumatized by the attack.

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“It’s been a living nightmare for this young kid who has never had any altercations,” Morrell told the Register. “He’s fearful, he can’t sleep, he just can’t get this out of his head.”

Golden has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.

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