Media Stories

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HEADLINERestaurants try to stay afloat as rent relief falls short
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Globe & Mail
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May 02, 2020
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The federal government’s recent announcement of a large-scale rent-relief program seemed to offer what restaurants had been asking for, but many are discovering that the program may not be enough – and in some cases may not help at all. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEParamount’s Mohamad Fakih on the future of restaurants after the pandemic
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Globe & Mail
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May 01, 2020
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Mohamad Fakih lived through civil war in Lebanon, and came to Canada with $1,200 in his pocket. But the worst experience of his life, he says, was the first few days after restaurants were forced to close to limit the spread of COVID-19. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEWebsite to help hospitality workers cover basic needs amid COVID-19
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Toronto.com
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Apr 29, 2020
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Toronto's Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) has shifted its efforts from training service industry workers to helping them cover their basic needs during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario. The Rapid Response Centre offers a suite of free online resources and support for hospitality and food and beverage workers left unemployed or precariously employed by the pandemic.>> COVID-19-related; Hospitality; Restaurant

HEADLINECOVID-19 wreaking havoc on Canada’s hospitality industry, MPs told
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Toronto Star
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Apr 23, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused carnage for restaurants and hotels in Canada, MPs on the House of Commons finance committee heard Thursday.... But it’s not just businesses in the hospitality sector that are suffering. >> COVID-19-related; Hospitality; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEOne in 10 restaurants are now closed forever — and many say the industry will never be the same
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Toronto Star
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Apr 03, 2020
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Long-time workers in the industry say when this is all over, the food service industry will have drastically changed in ways both good and bad. Many restaurants, especially small ones owned by chefs or families, will have closed, impacting their suppliers as well. But workers hope some of the vulnerabilities of their industry will be remedied. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

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CBC
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Apr 02, 2020
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As restaurants, bars and other businesses shut their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, laying off tens of thousands of people, there are other industries in the city looking to hire workers — and they're not just retail and cashier jobs. >> COVID-19-related; Accounting and finance; IT (Information technology); Retail

HEADLINEDelivery drivers launch $150-million class action suit against Pizza Nova
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Toronto Star
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Apr 02, 2020
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Canadian pizza chain Pizza Nova is facing a multimillion-dollar class action claiming its independently owned franchises misclassified delivery drivers as independent contractors and failed to pay them minimum wage. In what the lawsuit calls a “systemic breach” of provincial employment laws, delivery drivers at 140 Pizza Nova stores across Ontario were denied “appropriate compensation” and protections because they were not classified as employees, according to the statement of claim. >> Driving-local delivery; Restaurant

HEADLINESome of our most undervalued workers now among our most valuable as pandemic forces rethink of what jobs are critical
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Toronto Star
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Mar 19, 2020
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COVID-19 is highlighting how much we depend on a whole constellation of ... humble occupations. Millions of so-called “low skill” workers are ... indispensable to our well-being, possibly even our survival. And unlike those of us who can work from home and make other adjustments to survive the lockdown, these workers can’t. They have to keep working: both to earn income (most wouldn’t even qualify for Employment Insurance), and to serve us. >> Driving-local delivery; Early childhood care and development; Restaurant; Retail; COVID-19-related

HEADLINE‘So lucky that I ended up in Winkler’: New Canadian says community is key to making new life in smaller cities
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CBC
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Feb 04, 2020
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Inspired by the feasts they would serve to visiting friends, a married couple who settled in the small community of Winkler, Manitoba in 2009 and 2011, took the plunge last year and opened their own Filipino restaurant, Cucina Filipinas. The mayor of Winkler, says success stories like theirs were possible because "the acceptance of the immigrant community has been absolutely phenomenal." >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINERegina bakery supplies pitas for all of Saskatchewan — and beyond
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CBC
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Jan 28, 2020
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The story of a newcomer who opened Amado's Pita, a Lebanese restaurant, bakery and grocery store in Regina, in 2005. >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.