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THE WRAP: Better butter, Steele swallows another and pulling plastic from the sea

Demand for butter in 2020 was up in Canada and some producers have been adding palm oil to cow feed which causes butter to stay harder at room temperature.
Demand for butter in 2020 was up in Canada and some producers have been adding palm oil to cow feed which causes butter to stay harder at room temperature. - Ryan Taplin

Open wide: Tareq Hadhad’s big reveal

The store adopted an arched entrance, a fixture of Islamic architecture.  - Contributed
The store adopted an arched entrance, a fixture of Islamic architecture. - Contributed

Hadhad’s Peace by Chocolate is set to open in Halifax next week and the store looks to be as much a treat for the eyes as the candy is for the mouth. And there are new flavours—lots of them. Here’s a taste.

Butter takes a beating

Cows eat at the Skyline Dairy farm near Grunthal, Man. - Postmedia
Cows eat at the Skyline Dairy farm near Grunthal, Man. - Postmedia

Sylvain Charlebois stepped in it this week by telling us why our butter's been harder than usual during the pandemic. With all the baking going on dairy farmers were hard-pressed to deliver the goods, so many started feeding heart-unfriendly palm oil to the cows to bump up the fat content. The cows were content, but dairy farmers trampled Dalhousie University's Food Professor on social media. Quebec has sided with the prof and given palm oil the boot.

How do you like them apples?

Outcast Foods CMO T.J. Galiardi, employee Gary Chelsea and CEO Darren Burke are seen with palettes of cauliflower, otherwise destined for the landfill, that the Dartmouth company upcycles. - Tim Krochak
Outcast Foods CMO T.J. Galiardi, employee Gary Chelsea and CEO Darren Burke are seen with palettes of cauliflower, otherwise destined for the landfill, that the Dartmouth company upcycles. - Tim Krochak

Put an old NHLer, some tired fruit and vegetables and a savvy dragon together and what do you get? If the dragon is Dragon's Den regular Arlene Dickinson, it's the money to build an Annapolis Valley factory to turn surplus food into protein. Outcast Foods landed $10 million this week, half from Dickinson and half from BDC.

Ocean blue and cannabis green

Cold Creek KushMike O'Keefe - Contributed
Cold Creek KushMike O'Keefe - Contributed

Liverpool cannabis grower Aqualitas is walking the talk on sustainability by putting its pot in recycled plastic packaging salvaged from the sea. The producer has just made a deal with US recycler Sana. It already grows its plants hydroponically and uses koi fish to keep the water clean.

Fighting illegal fishing that goes unseen 

Ecuador has a problem. Big, unlicensed foreign vessels sit offshore illegally hoovering up all the fish. One solution, the Dark Vessel Detection program, will put together billionaire Bluenose John Risley's money, an Ontario space technology outfit's expertise and some on-the-water enforcement to tackle the problem.

Fingers crossed for foreign workers

Passengers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport are screened by a provincial health inspector in this July 2 photo. On Thursday, a passenger arriving from St. John's expressed concerns after lineups for arrivals from within and outside the Atlantic Bubble were mixed due to a high level of activity. - Tim Krochak
Passengers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport are screened by a provincial health inspector in this July 2 photo. On Thursday, a passenger arriving from St. John's expressed concerns after lineups for arrivals from within and outside the Atlantic Bubble were mixed due to a high level of activity. - Tim Krochak

Pandemic travel rules aren’t just putting out entitled snowbirds. Farm and fish plant operators worry that next month Ottawa make it even tougher to get the usual 4,000 seasonal workers into the country and on the job when the employment crunch comes this spring.

Right whale, wrong place?

Not really. It’s that ships that are supposed to slow down, don’t. Whale backs tattooed by ships’ propellers are just one sign that the go-slow honour system isn’t working.

QUICK TAKES

Steele’s 2021 hat trick

That’s three deals in two months for Halifax-based Steele Auto Group. First Rob Steele grabbed a pair of dealerships in his second home, Texas. Then Royal Garage, with car lots across Newfoundland. This week it was Saint John, not St. John’s.

PEI’s culinary, curling couple get the win

Congrats to restaurateurs Kim and Liam Dolan, named entrepreneurs of the year by the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce. It’s been a long road for Liam, who landed on the island from Ireland as a 19-year-old chef. Kim’s known as a curler as much as a publican.


PERSPECTIVES

LAMBIE: The cost of bristling with missiles

The sticker price for Canada’s new combat fleet has hit a high-water mark of $80 billion. Some of that is the cost of the options, including a top-end Tomahawk missile system.

FRASER INSTITUTE: Newfoundland’s golden

Higher prices for gold, reasonable development costs and at least a mining-neutral sentiment have put Newfoundland and Labrador in the top 10 places for the mining sector to invest.

That’s The Wrap!

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