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New Canada Food Guide meal resonates best in BC, not so much elsewhere

The veggie-loaded, almost meatless plate on Canada’s newly released Food Guide actually reflects how many young British Columbians eat, When you look at the proteins, there’s almost no meat, just a little bit of chicken, a little bit of fish and a little bit of beef, said Rebecca Coleman, a vegetarian food blogger and mom.The rest of it is tofu, beans and a piece of an egg, not even a whole egg. It’s just crazy how different it is from the last guide.While the 2007 food guide depicted a whole fish and a roast of beef, in the 2019 version those animal proteins are reduced to a few bite-sized morsels. Milk used to be front and centre, but no more.Today, half the plate is covered with a variety of fruits and vegetables, one quarter by whole grains and the remaining quarter by mostly non-meat protein sources, including seeds and legumes. Cheese and milk have disappeared entirely, with just a dollop of yogurt, or possibly sour cream, left to represent dairy.This is a very vegan-friendly plate, said Coleman. When I saw it I thought, Wow, (the government) is kind of getting me.

This is the world in which I live and we have a very big vegan and vegetarian population, Coleman said. If you want to eat that way, Vancouver is the city to do it in.Even people who eat meat are deliberately eating less of it. Per capita beef consumption in Canada has dropped from almost 40 kilograms a year in 1980 to 25 kilograms today, according to Statistics Canada.It feels like no one just eats meat and potatoes anymore, just no one, said Coleman. The new guide really encourages people to eat from a wider spectrum of foods.Eating the ingredients suggested by the Food Guide and avoiding processed foods will likely require some home cooks to acquire new skills. Pulling together a dish from vegetables, grains and legumes is trickier than frying a pork chop.

For this guide to work, we are going to need a lot of education, said a Dalhousie University food researcher, Sylvain Charlebois. People know what to do with a piece of beef or chicken, but it may not be as clear for things like lentils and tofu.People were concerned that the food choices on offer would take too long to prepare and more than half believed the grocery bill would jump, according to a study led by Charlebois.But following the recommendations of the new guide will likely lower your family’s grocery bill by almost seven per cent, compared with following the more-meat-laden guidelines of the 2007 version, the study found.While the guide strongly recommends eating at home for better nutrition and to save money, Canadians are less likely than ever to cook at home.The guide ignores the fact that we spend 35 cents of every food dollar outside the home, said Charlebois.

It tells us nothing about how to spend that money.Restaurant sales have more than doubled in the past 20 years and 71 per cent of Canadians regularly order takeout.Prepared food services businesses that drop off up to a week’s worth of ready-to-eat meals at a time are the fastest-growing segment of the food industry.The guide ignores people’s desire for speed and convenience altogether, he said.People want more convenience because they have no time and that is a huge barrier to adoption.The guide’s recommendations to take more time over meals and cook more often are almost quaint in their naivet when the amount of time that we spend preparing food has been dropping steadily for decades, said Charlebois.

The vast majority of Canadians go through something I like to call life, he said. People travel, they get ill, they work and go to school, they have kids who go to hockey and gymnastics, you name it.It prevents people from being disciplined about food.While the Food Guide may have caught up to B.C. it appears to have zoomed right past mainstream Canadians.Nearly two-thirds of Canadians don’t use Canada’s Food Guide, according to Charlebois. Among those who have bothered to look at it, 20 per cent didn’t like the food choices, while another 20 per cent say it doesn’t fit their dietary needs.

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Justin Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to Metro Vancouver’s hot real estate market

Housing a major issue for many, particularly young people trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major.In its budget last week the government introduced measures that would allow Ottawa to pick up a portion of new homebuyers’ mortgage costs and it increased the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment.

Housing has emerged as a major issue for many Canadians, especially young people who are trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major cities.During a visit to Maple Ridge, Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers by allowing them to withdraw $35,000 from their RRSPs, up from $25,000, to help lower their borrowing costs.It also brings in a means-tested incentive that would see the government pick up part of the costs of the mortgages of those eligible for the program to lower their monthly payments.DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESST rudeau said housing is also a concern for parents who are worried their adult children won’t be able to live in the neighborhoods where they grew up.

Owning a house is a big achievement. It’s where you raise a family and set down roots.But far too many young people are worried that they won’t be able to reach that dream. Housing prices in the Lower Mainland are some of the highest in the country and rising.Trudeau said the government has also tried to spur new building and keep prices from rising through its national housing strategy to help increase supply.We just can’t treat the symptoms of sky-high housing prices, he added.
We have to deal with the causes as well. When there aren’t enough properties on the market, more people are competing for the same places, which forces the costs up for buyers and renters.

Last Tuesday’s budget also included $10 billion more for a program to fund the construction of new rental units the third time the Liberals have expanded the program, which aims to create 42,500 units over 10 years and now carries a $50-billion price tag.As well, Trudeau said Ottawa is helping the Canada Revenue Agency go after tax fraud and money laundering, which have also been blamed for driving up housing prices in B.C.Trudeau later visited Vancouver Island where a by election has been set for May 6 in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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Canada Issues Level 1 Travel Advisory When Visiting the USA

February 26th, 2019 – The Government of Canada has issued a Level I Travel Alert regarding the ongoing measles epidemic in the United States.
For example, notices at this level may remind travelers about routine vaccinations, highlight the importance of hand washing, or recommend protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.Measles does not naturally circulate in Canada; however, cases have been reported in travelers to Canada from countries where measles is a concern. An infected traveler can spread measles to groups of people who are not vaccinated in Canada and cause an outbreak.
In Canada, the measles vaccine is part of the routine immunization schedule. Canadian travelers are at an increased risk of measles infection if they: have not had measles, orhave not received the age-appropriate recommended doses of the measles vaccineWhen traveling outside Canada, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine-preventable illnesses.
This website lists countries who have been identified as a ‘risk’.You should consult a healthcare provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel.This is an opportunity to:review your immunization historymake sure your provincial/territorial vaccination schedule is up-to-datediscuss any trip-related health concerns you may haveassess your needs based on where you plan to travel and what you plan to doYou may need additional vaccinations depending on your age, planned travel activities and local conditions. There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada.
It is important for travelers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available. Some countries require proof that you have received a yellow fever vaccination before allowing you to enter the country. Canadians are encouraged to enroll with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home. The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad.
We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. Moreover, do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada.Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be traveling away from major city centers. Separately, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans visiting Canada should ensure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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