Media Stories

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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.

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

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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

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.

HEADLINESyrian immigrant hoping to give back to community with new restaurant in London
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Global News
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Jan 24, 2020
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Starting over in a new city is not easy, let alone an entirely new country, but a newcomer from Syria is proving that with a little help and determination, anything is possible. >> Restaurant, Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEHow Syrian refugees are helping shape Canadian cuisine
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CBC News
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Jan 12, 2020
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Until recently, Syrian food was hard to come by in Toronto. But that's starting to change, thanks to the recent influx of more than 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada — including around 11,000 in Toronto, where Syrian cuisine is beginning to take root. >> Catering, Food preparation and service, Restaurant, Entrepreneurship

HEADLINERefugee couple feeds the hungry at B.C.’s Jamila’s Kitchen and Grill
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Globe & Mail
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Jan 02, 2020
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An Afghani refugee couple, who own Jamila's Kitchen and Grill in Coquitlam, B.C. have placed a sign outside that reads, 'No Money, No Worries. We love to serve our community. We will provide free food for those who do not have money. Please ask inside.' >> Restaurant

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CTV
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Dec 15, 2019
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Syrian newcomers celebrate first anniversary of restaurant they opened in Edmonton in Dec, 2018. >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship