Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government: Gerry Ritz edition

It occurs to me that I haven’t actually written anything in support of calls for the resignation of Gerry Ritz. Of course he should resign. Four years ago, 22 people died in an outbreak of listeriosis caused by a failure in the food inspection system at Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto. At the time there ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: On E. coli and false economy

It’s the largest recall of beef in Canadian history and it continues to grow. Fortunately there have been no reports of additional illness connected to beef from XL Foods but the economic effects are rippling outward. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is insisting that “food safety hasn’t been compromised” but at what cost? It isn’t just ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Today in Contaminated Beef

Costco steaks linked to four Edmonton E. coli poisonings The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a health alert over some beef steaks sold at the Costco store in northeast Edmonton after four people got sick from eating the meat. … Alberta Health Services linked the strip loin grilling steaks with four cases of E. coli ...