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Près de 60 % de la nourriture produite au Canada est gaspillée, selon un rapport

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Second Harvest cite l’exemple des centaines de milliers de tomates qui sont jetées annuellement parce qu’elles n’ont pas exactement la bonne grosseur, forme ou couleur.

Dans certains cas, des tomates pourrissent sur les plants, ajoute le rapport, parce que le producteur n’a pas assez de travailleurs saisonniers pour les cueillir.

C’est sans parler des dates de production et de péremption.

Les dates [sur la nourriture], c’est un véritable monstre qu’on a créé.

Représentant de l’industrie alimentaire cité anonymement dans le rapport

Même si la date de péremption fixée par le manufacturier est très conservatrice et que le produit en question peut être consommé de façon parfaitement sécuritaire, nombre de producteurs ne voudront pas en faire don, ajoute Second Harvest, qui recueille les surplus de l’industrie et des détaillants pour les distribuer à des refuges, par exemple.

Dessin d'une poubelle remplie de nourriture accompagnée des pourcentages d'aliments gaspillés par les producteurs et l'industrie de la transformation ainsi que les foyers et les restaurants.Qui gaspille le plus de nourriture? La réponse en graphique, selon Second Harvest. Photo : Radio-Canada / Camile Gauthier

Selon Second Harvest, les aliments demeurent propres à la consommation même après leur date de péremption s’ils n’ont pas été déballés et s’ils ont été entreposés à la bonne température.

Toutefois, par crainte de poursuites ou à cause du tabou entourant ces aliments, ils sont souvent jetés, souligne la PDG de l’organisation, Lori Nikkel.

Certains restes, comme les os d’animaux, ne sont pas récupérables. Toutefois, l’étude estime que 11,2 millions des 35,5 millions de tonnes métriques de nourriture gaspillées chaque année au Canada pourraient être récupérées.

Ce serait assez pour nourrir tous les Canadiens pendant cinq mois, selon Second Harvest.

L’ultime cause [du gaspillage alimentaire], c’est son acceptation. L’industrie et les consommateurs n’assument pas le véritable coût de ce gaspillage.

Martin Gooch, l’un des auteurs du rapport et consultant de la firme Value Chain Management

Des directives plus claires sur les dates

À l’heure actuelle, seules les dates de péremption de certains aliments comme le lait maternisé et les suppléments nutritifs sont réglementées par les gouvernements, les autres dates étant fixées par chaque producteur.

Second Harvest presse le fédéral d’établir des lignes directrices claires pour permettre le don de ces aliments, même après la date imprimée sur l’emballage, s’ils sont toujours mangeables.

L’organisation incite aussi les producteurs et l’industrie de la transformation à mesurer leurs pertes de nourriture et à se fixer des cibles pour limiter ce gaspillage. En plus de la question des dates de péremption, Second Harvest affirme que la durée de vie de nombre d’aliments pourrait être prolongée grâce à de meilleurs emballages, notamment.

Ce que vous pouvez faire*

  1. Éviter les offres 2 pour le prix de 1, si on sait qu’on ne pourra pas consommer le deuxième produit avant sa date de péremption.
  2. Ne pas jeter un aliment à la poubelle simplement parce que la date de péremption imprimée sur l’emballage remonte à la veille.
  3. Ne pas commander une grosse assiette au restaurant, si on ne peut pas la finir ou amener les restes à la maison.

* Selon Second Harvest

L’étude de Second Harvest a été financée par la Fondation Walmart. La compagnie Walmart Canada s’est engagée le printemps dernier à ne plus produire de déchets alimentaires d’ici 2025.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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