Friday, June 3, 2005

Eat at your own risk

The Ontario government continues to 'protect your health', once again at the expense of small business owners and consumers.
In Ontario, the Food Premises Regulation sets the minimum standards for food handling. Churches, service clubs and fraternal organizations are exempt from the Regulation if they are preparing meals for, and serving meals to, their members and personally invited guests, and if conducting bake sales.

For functions where the general public can attend, the exemption to the Food Premises Regulation no longer applies therefore, compliance with all sections of the Regulation must be ensured and all food must be prepared in a kitchen inspected and approved by the Health Unit.
Personally, I would trust an old lady making pies in her kitchen before I'd trust a lot of pimply faced employees working for mininum wage flipping burgers at McDonalds. I've no problem with large corporations, as long as they play fair. My brother worked for McDonalds while attending secondary school which was justly recognized as valuable work experience by employers as my bro entered the job market. He also learned some valuable lessons about other people and came away with some pleasant stories concerning employee dedication; peeing in the shake machine comes to mind along with rubbing food on the floor before serving it to unsuspecting patrons.

Eat where you want by all means, but a publicly inspected kitchen is no guarantee of safety or quality.
MPP defends rural pies, jams

Free Press Queen's Park Bureau 2005-06-01 02:56:06

TORONTO -- Ontario's rural way of life has come under attack from "overzealous" public health officials putting the squeeze on homemade jams and pies sold at farmers' markets, Tory MPP Bob Runciman says.

Runciman said a quarter of the vendors at his hometown Brockville Market have been told they can't sell products to the public that were produced in their family kitchens.

"That would effectively put them out of business," he said, adding that public health officials have yet to produce evidence anyone has fallen ill from the homemade goodies.

Health Minister George Smitherman said it's "buyer beware."
Guilty until proven innocent. I keep repeating this phrase, but it's an apt motto for Ontario Canada these days. Clearly Slitherman does not understand the meaning of "buyer beware" if he supports this bullshit legislation - buyer beware means thinking for yourself rather than mindlessly trusting those sanctioned by useless government bureaucrats.

And on the topic of Slitherman - the champion for breathe easy parking lots:
In an effort to fight the leading cause of premature illness and death in Ontario, the provincial government said yesterday it would spend $50 million this year on anti-smoking initiatives.

The largest amount -- almost $14 million -- will be aimed at helping the province's 1.8 million smokers kick the habit through a cessation campaign to be launched this winter along with better access to nicotine replacements.

Health Minister George Smitherman, who said details of the campaign would be announced later in the year, denounced tobacco as "truly, a deadly killer."

Although Ontario has one of the lowest smoking rates in Canada, the Liberal government has consistently waged war on tobacco use, which takes a staggering toll.

[..] Anti-smoking groups welcomed the funding, a 66-per-cent increase over last year.
Note this:

Ontario steals approximately $1.5 billion a year in tobacco taxes.

On the bright side, the air in the parking lots will be fresher:
A Burlington hospital is introducing a property-wide ban on smoking.

Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital's new policy, which takes effect today, also bans smoking in cars in hospital parking lots.
Taking the cue from Slitherman I suppose. Slitherman, from back in December, defending his anti-choice bill:
"The bill . . . would protect all Ontarians from the deadly effects of cigarette smoke, whether they are in their office, at a restaurant, in the laundry room of their apartment building, on the floor of a factory, in an underground parking garage or at a shopping mall," Smitherman said in the legislature.

"In other words, unless Ontarians want to be exposed to cigarette smoke, they won't be."
You mean: "If Ontarians want to be exposed to cigarette smoke, they won't be allowed".


Pietr said...

Our local Wendy's cooked the burgers three feet from the counter and side-on so that we could watch.
Good food,better than McD's and tamper proof.

The Mayor said...

Since our gov't are spending zillions every year on these *non-smoking initiatives*, why don't they just buy smokers "the patch". Most smokers want to quit anyways, this could help.

I know when I lived in N.Z., the gov't gave away the patch to any smoker who wanted to give it a go, it worked out well...apparently.

Anonymous said...

Lisa's Mom:


Gordon Pasha said...

I've quit, started again, quit started again, quit ... sometimes for several years. Am currently trying to quit again.

Honestly, my main problem with quitting now is that I am driven to smoke at least a few cigarettes per day just to spite the bastards. Maybe I could sue?