In 2008, when Calgary Economic Development published its 10-year economic strategy for the city, the biggest challenge facing local companies was finding enough skilled people to fill jobs in the booming energy sector.
While Canadians continue their love affair with coffee – and specialty brews in particular – ensuring the sustainability and health of the communities where the crops are grown is a priority for one of the country’s major importers of beans, Keurig Canada.
There are many arguments in favour of studying in Atlantic Canada, and the region’s universities attract students from the local population as well as across Canada and worldwide. A recent survey by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) of international graduates, for example, showed that 94 per cent felt welcome as new arrivals, 84 per cent made close friends in their communities, and 77 per cent said Atlantic Canada is a place they would like to work and live after graduation.
Research shows that unhealthy weight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes in youth, says Dr. Shazhan Amed, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital and co-lead of a study, supported by the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program, to track the disease, that was virtually non-existent in this country 25 years ago.
Ensuring organic integrity for organic meat products from farm to plate
Until very recently, organic meat was only really available in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store. There’s a reason for that. Creating ready-to-eat products for the everyday shopper that include organic meat as an ingredient is more complex than you may think. For Yorkshire Valley Farms, a leading Canadian organic poultry producer, raising organic poultry and bringing it to market are as much a labour of love as a business enterprise. “A lot of people don’t understand the many layers and complexities of the organic system and all the things that need to be done to maintain its integrity,” says Krysten Cooper, director of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability. “The organic chain of command is meticulously managed at all steps.”
Fall signals the beginning of the harvest season for farmers across Canada in a year that has been unpredictable and challenging for many producers and businesses in light of trade tariffs and tough NAFTA negotiations. Yet this fall also marks the beginning of a new chapter with the government’s forthcoming announcement of Canada’s first national food policy.