Brett Bundale

The Canadian Press

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'We just don't have enough workers:' Restaurants rocked by labour shortage, inflation

Restaurants across the country are reducing hours and condensing menus as persistent staff shortages and spiking costs threaten to derail the industry's comeback from crushing pandemic restrictions.

'Our lobsters are gold plated now': Atlantic Canada lobster exports, prices soar

Canadian lobster exports brought in record sales last year but there are fears that soaring prices could make one of Atlantic Canada's most popular food attractions unattainable for many.

Russian invasion of Ukraine making food inflation worse as wheat prices surge

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is driving up global wheat prices as the conflict curbs exports of the crop, triggering shortages and setting the stage for worsening food inflation in Canada.

Frito-Lay stops shipping chips to Loblaws stores in pricing dispute

Frito-Lay, one of Canada's biggest food manufacturers has halted shipments to Loblaw, the country's largest grocer, in an extreme example of how inflation is impacting the food industry and driving a wedge between some retailers and suppliers.

Challenges to workplace vaccine mandates being tossed out, legal experts say

Legal challenges of employer vaccine mandates and health measures are being tossed out as arbitrators in Canada largely side with the need to maintain safe workplaces during a pandemic, legal experts say.

Grocers pressured to bring back 'hero pay' amid Omicron surge

The head of Canada's largest private-sector union says the refusal by the country's grocers to reinstate "hero pay" for employees amid an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases is "about greed, period."

From airlines and restaurants to slaughterhouses, Canada's worker shortage is spreading rapidly

An intensifying labour shortage is rippling through the economy, forcing businesses to curtail operations, reduce hours and in some cases, euthanize livestock.

HBC sues Quebec retailing family for using Zellers name

Members of a Quebec family behind the recent trademark applications for companies bearing the name Zellers are the focus of a lawsuit by Hudson's Bay Co. ULC, which owns the defunct retail brand.

Employment lawyers brace for first wave of COVID-19 layoffs as vaccine mandates kick in

Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 — or risk losing their jobs, legal experts say.

Low wages, instability to blame for restaurant industry labour shortage, workers say

As restaurateurs across the country scramble to fill thousands of jobs, a common refrain has emerged: If the government wasn't paying workers to stay home, the labour shortage plaguing the restaurant industry wouldn't exist. But many workers are telling a different story.