Arctic Canadian community protests high food prices

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Residents of Coral Harbour stage a protest against high food prices Thursday outside the community's Northern store. The protest then moved on to the Co-op. Photo: CBC.caDozens rally outside Northern and Co-op stores

People in the predominantly Inuit community of Coral Harbour, in Canada’s eastern Arctic, held a protest against high food prices Thursday outside the community’s Northern Store, and then at the Co-op.

Dozens of people held signs with slogans like “Ground Beef $16.99” and “Where is the subsidized food?”

Late last year the Northwest Company said the Nutrition North Canada program would save customers $6 million a year on foods like fruits and vegetables.

Nutrition North Canada is a federal food shipping subsidy meant to drive down the cost of healthy foods. It replaced the Food Mail program in 2010.

Related Links:

Canadian Government Alters Northern Food Mail Program, CBC.ca

Canada’s Nutrition North food list announced, Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International

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