Shanghai re-tightens on COVID-19, frustrating trapped residents

Shanghai re-tightens on COVID-19, frustrating trapped residents

BEIJING — The city of Shanghai is doubling down on pandemic restrictions after a brief period of loosening up, frustrating residents who were hoping a more than monthlong lockdown was finally easing as the number of new cases falls in China’s financial center. Teams in white protective suits have begun entering the homes of coronavirus-infected … Read more

Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, grocery stores and supermarkets have proven more essential than ever, providing Canadians with daily essentials and respite from cabin fever. But, in many ways, grocers have become the unofficial frontline in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with Canadian grocery chains taking unprecedented steps to keep … Read more

‘Grocery shopping is no longer fun’: Poll reveals changing relationship with food

‘Grocery shopping is no longer fun’: Poll reveals changing relationship with food

TORONTO — A majority of Canadians say their grocery-buying habits won’t return to normal when the pandemic ends, according to a new poll. About half of surveyed adults under 55 said they would cook at home more, as did 40 per cent of those older than 55. About 22 per cent of respondents under 35 … Read more

Bring back hazard pay for supermarket workers facing extra risks from Omicron: NDP MP

Bring back hazard pay for supermarket workers facing extra risks from Omicron: NDP MP

OTTAWA — Grocery stores are being urged to reinstate hazard pay for workers facing extra health and safety risks from the highly contagious Omicron variant. The federal NDP critic for economic development has written to the heads of Canada’s biggest supermarkets asking them to restore “pandemic pay,” which was brought in after COVID-19 first struck … Read more

Coronavirus not found in 957 grocery store samples

Coronavirus not found in 957 grocery store samples

TORONTO — A new study tested more than 900 samples from high-touch surfaces in Ontario grocery stores for SARS-CoV-2 and found zero positive results, suggesting the risk of exposure to the virus in grocery stores is low. Maria Corradini, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s department of … Read more