Take Stock – July 31

Consumers are being asked to buy “true” Ontario wine as they stock up for the holiday weekend, a move grape farmers and their supporters say will help give the industry a much-needed boost. “At a time when local food has never been bigger, Ontario’s grape growers have never been poorer,” said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence.

Consumers urged to buy ‘true’ Ontario wine

TORONTO — Consumers are being asked to buy “true” Ontario wine as they stock up for the holiday weekend, a move grape farmers and their supporters say will help give the industry a much-needed boost. “At a time when local food has never been bigger, Ontario’s grape growers have never been poorer,” said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence.

“Eight thousand tonnes of Ontario grapes are going to rot on the vine this year because the LCBO is not going to buy enough Ontario wine to allow those grapes to be harvested.” The groups want the province to get rid of the “Cellared in Canada” label or change it to make sure it truly reflects a Canadian product, like the VQA designation, a marking that ensures the wine is made of 100 per cent Ontario grapes. They also want the province to increase marketing efforts of VQA 100 per cent Ontario grape wines sold at the LCBO.


Payroll employment down in May: Statscan

Total non-farm payroll employment fell by 64,000 in May, down 0.4 per cent from April and bringing total losses to 423,900 since last October.

Statistics Canada reports the proportion of industries suffering job losses edged down in May to 63 per cent, or 192 of 305 industries covered by the survey. The highest proportion of industries shedding jobs during this current economic downturn was 75 per cent in January. Payroll employment fell in both the goods and service sectors in May, with the largest declines in motor vehicle manufacturing; elementary and secondary education; motor vehicle parts manufacturing, and full-service restaurants.

Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia were hit hardest in May, with Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia also suffering declines in payroll employment.

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