Sad News

As a rule, we tend to keep our politics to ourselves. People are entitled to different opinions and world views. Diverse perspectives are as important to what makes Toronto special as diverse cultural backgrounds are. We try to make more and better options available to people through the store.But occasionally, like when an issue hits close to home, we need to take direct action.

This is one of those times.

As recently reported in the Toronto Star, Fiera Foods, the company that supplied us with croissants until recently, was the site of a tragic workplace accident. The matter is currently under investigation (by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour), but a 57-year-old father of two died. And tragic accidents happen, but this is the fifth one at Fiera Foods or one of its affiliates since 1999.

We understand that for many, often newcomers, businesses like Fiera Foods offer a lifeline. A barrier-free entry-point into the workforce.

We understand that temporary work can be a mixed blessing.

We understand that not everyone is in a position to choose who they work with.

In this case, we feel we can’t afford not to.

We’re currently negotiating with new vendors.

We hope you’ll be open to trying a new croissant in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to know more about the Fiera Foods track record that led us to this decision, please read the following:

https://projects.thestar.com/temp-employment-agencies/  https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/09/08/one-year-after-this-temp-agency-worker-died-at-fiera-foods-family-is-still-searching-for-answers.html

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/labour-ministry-investigating-fatal-industrial-accident-at-fiera-foods/ar-AAHQzmK

https://projects.thestar.com/temp-employment-agencies/letters/fieras-first-response-to-the-star.pdf

And if you’d like to take part in a campaign to support temp agency workers, 15+Fair is a good place to start.

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