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Why the Toronto Condo Market WILL Bounce Back

>There’s no denying that Covid-19 had a dramatic impact on Toronto’s housing and condo market, and at this time last year, no one could have predicted what would happen next: a deep but very temporary blip in market activity in the spring, followed by a summertime boom in some property segments and a bust in others. A number of…

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Chick-Fil-A Continues to Expand in Canada… but why?

>Despite the much deserved less than warm welcome to Chick-Fil-A’s first Canadian store in Toronto last September 2019, the US-based franchise is set to open 3 new restaurants in Ontario later this year. The stores will be located in the Scarborough Town Centre’s food court, Toronto’s Queen St West and Kitchener, ON. With the promise to donate $25,000 to…

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Bah-Humbug: Foodservice Sales Tumble in December

Canada’s commercial foodservice industry ended the year on a sour note as seasonally adjusted sales fell for the third consecutive month in December 2020. This marks the lowest monthly sales since June 2020.      Overall, foodservice sales in Canada were $4.25 billion in December (unadjusted for seasonality), down 35.5% compared to December 2019.  Mandated closures of non-essential businesses…

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Meet Elise Dupuis at Kendal Hills Farm

Originally published in the Virtual Farmers Market newsletter. December 2020. The folks at Kendal Hills Farm are a humble bunch.  One of the hardest working members of their crew is Elise Dupuis, who joined them just before the pandemic hit Ontario. Elise shares her story below. “My name is Elise and I am currently the farm assistant at Kendal…

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Open letter: Alberta’s restaurant industry calls for access to Critical Worker Benefit

Our members in Alberta continue to be incredibly grateful for the dedication and resilience of all the frontline workers and healthcare providers across the province. Our industry stands with them and Restaurants Canada is continually encouraged to see all the ways that restaurants have been showing their support throughout the ongoing public health crisis. In the most literal sense,…

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More Than 80,000 Quebec Restaurant and Hospitality Jobs Were Lost in 2020

> Getty Images/Westend61 Plus, free legal help for restaurant workers and some more pandemic-era creativity QUEBEC —Job losses were more prevalent in the restaurant and hotel industries than any other in Quebec last year, according to a new study released by provincial statistics agency Institut de la statistique du Québec earlier this week. A total of 208,500 jobs were…

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