Tour Helps Chefs Source Local Foods

first_imgTours of some of Nova Scotia’s top food producers will help 20 chefs have a better idea of the quality, fresh products they offer. The chefs will spend a day exploring farms and facilities on the Get Close to Your Food tours, Oct. 19 and 26. The chefs will learn first-hand about the local, flavour-packed products they can use in their dishes. “It is important for chefs to be familiar with the ingredients available to them and to appreciate the unique and quality products that are produced here in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “By using local products, chefs can offer their customers flavourable meals while supporting a sustainable food system.” In conjunction with the tour, the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture have produced a new publication. Local and Direct — A Chef’s Guide to Buying Local will help chefs get in touch with local producers and become familiar with the seasonal availability of local ingredients. The tour will take chefs to farms and facilities of companies in the guide. “Local products are the freshest choice, and they deliver amazing flavour,” said Michael Howell, owner of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville. “Nova Scotia has such a diverse food industry of farmers, fishermen and producers selling meats, dairy, product, seafood and beverages.”last_img read more

Senate Approves Bill To Increase Outdated Fines

The Senate, on Friday (September 13), approved the Law Reform (Amendment of Penalties Act), which will update low outdated monetary fines for a range of offences. The Senate, on Friday (September 13), approved the Law Reform (Amendment of Penalties Act), which will update low outdated monetary fines for a range of offences.Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the amendments will ensure that fines are more in keeping with the gravity of offences and that Jamaica is regarded as a “just and law-abiding society”, with an accessible, efficient and “fair justice system for all”.She said that updating old penalties in laws will “form part of the Government’s commitment to restoring confidence in the justice system”.For her part, Senator Sapphire Longmore said the move to update fines is welcomed, and will provide greater protection for vulnerable groups.She noted, for example, that under Section 40 of the Offences against the Person Act, and the Subsection dealing with Aggravated Assault against Women and Children, the fines have moved from $2,000 to $500,000.She noted further that with the amendments, the fine for persons found guilty of stealing certain farm products will increase from a maximum of $20,000 to $250,000.“This is clearly a more significant deterrent to such emotionally and economically damaging crime,” she pointed out. She said that updating old penalties in laws will “form part of the Government’s commitment to restoring confidence in the justice system”. Story Highlights Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the amendments will ensure that fines are more in keeping with the gravity of offences and that Jamaica is regarded as a “just and law-abiding society”, with an accessible, efficient and “fair justice system for all”. read more