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Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages

Grocery stores are struggling with rising labour and product shortages that experts warn could threaten Canada's food security. Gary Sands, senior vice-president of public policy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, says employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 protocols has hit about 30 per cent across Canada, and rising.

A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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OPINION | Don Martin: Mr. Dithers is back as government slows to a crawl on Justin Time

It's been five months since Justin Trudeau declared the fall election to be a critical referendum on new political directions for Canada at 'a pivotal moment in our history.' But since that unconvincing win, the only discernable pivot has been to dither on Justin Time, writes Don Martin in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.