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CBC Marketplace Story- Health Inspections

April 11th, 2014

There is a CBC piece airing tonight on TV (Friday April 11th) regarding health inspections in Canadian restaurants. We have been asked to comment on several radio interviews and we have discussed the issue in an honest, open, transparent and ernest way. Our continued responsibility to ensure safety and public confidence will always be a  priority.


The BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association is taking issue with the premier over the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
April 11th, 2014
Earlier this week, Premier Christy Clark said the program shouldn’t be used to fill jobs in fast food outlets in urban areas, where there are plenty of locals to fill those positions. But Ian Tostenson insists it’s not easy filling those jobs.

More wine, less beer, Canadian drinking data shows
April 10th, 2014
Canadians are drinking a lot more wine, a little bit more liquor and less beer, Statistics Canada data released Thursday shows.

55 extended patio licenses dished out in Vancouver
April 9th, 2014
The City of Vancouver has released a list of 55 establishments that will be able to serve on their patios until midnight, as it moves to extend patio hours ahead of summer.

Businesses bleed red ink as Canucks out of the playoffs
April 8th, 2014
It's not just hockey fans that are despondent over the Vancouver Canucks latest woes. The hospitality and retail sectors say the team's inability to make the playoffs will be extremely costly.

The Wine Institute of California tracks wine consumption around the world
April 7th, 2014
Wine is an amazing beverage. Humans have been cultivating grapes and drinking wine since around the time we invented agriculture. It is a staple of both high-end restaurants, college dorm parties and everywhere in between.

Data released on tipping habits across the country
April 3rd, 2014
Vancouverites were found to tip 62 per cent of the time, with an average tip of 13.4 per cent of the bill, far behind Canada's most generous tipsters in Ottawa, who tipped 76.6 per cent of time with an average tip of 15.6 per cent.

Sales at B.C. bars & restaurants jump 10% over past year
April 1st, 2014
Sales at food services and drinking places jumped 10% in B.C., going from $658 million to $724 million between January 2013 and January 2014

Canucks owner takes over Toptable Restaurants
March 20th, 2014
Toptable Group, which operates some of the most respected and top-tier restaurants in Vancouver, has been sold to Aquilini Investment Group, a sprawling company with interests in development, real estate, hospitality, agriculture, and of course, the centrepiece: the Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team and Rogers Arena.

Liquor Regulation update- A WIN for industry
March 6th, 2014
Government outlines Changes to B.C.'s liquor laws which will be implemented in 2 stages. Highlights include: A new wholesale pricing model for wine and spirits allocated by the Liquor Distribution Branch, Happy Hour throughout B.C. this summer, liquor outlets within grocery stores will also be allowed in early 2015. More detail to come.

Struggling Vancouver Canucks impacts local businesses
March 6th, 2014
Businesses that depend on the success of the Vancouver Canucks are feeling the economic impacts of a disappointing season.

BCRFA gives thumbs up to restaurant and bar early openings to celebrate the 2014 Olympics
February 20th, 2014
The BCRFA is happy to have worked with the B.C. Government to find a practical way for restaurants and bars to be open for Olympic Hockey. 

BCRFA announces BC Restaurant Week
February 7th, 2014
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto, and BCRFA President & CEO, Ian Tostenson announced that February 10th-16th is B.C. Restaurant Week. Throughout the week, the BC  Government and the BCRFA will encourage people to head out and explore some of the more than 12,000 diverse restaurants throughout the province.

Communal restaurant tables to turn Vancouver into an 'Engaged City'?
February 7th, 2014
A hopeful new city of Vancouver report suggests that the city's eateries install more communal tables."This is kind of like, going to go nowhere", said Ian Tostenson.


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