A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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Croissant shop Hazukido has opened its first Montreal location, serving up mouth-watering flakey rolls in 15 different styles and flavours.
Among them, croissants stuffed with salted egg yolk, raspberry panna cotta, and "mochi and oolong tea flavored custard."
But the crab-studded croissant is particularly tantalizing. It's topped with parmesan and a truffle cream sauce. There's also a cod egg croissant whose flavour is described as sweet and fresh "with a hint of spiciness."
A butter garlic croissant and cheese croissant round out the savoury options.
Those who prefer their treats sweet will also find classic honeycomb, hazelnut chocolate, caramel almond, caramel pudding, custard and lemon-glazed croissants.
Hazukido is open at 1629, rue Sainte-Catherine O.
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Hazukido Japanese Croissants
Where: 1629, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: To try a Japanese-inspired take on the classic French snack.
But, in addition to being a glamorous hot spot, Fish Bone also has a creative menu full of delicious seafood items served in unique and unexpected ways. The quartet of four tartare cones — one lobster, one hamachi, one salmon and one tuna — is just one of them.
Another example is the salmon tartare with truffle oil and avocado, which is served atop a coconut shell.
The Maldives Salad is a heaping pile of colour and texture including cabbage, crispy wontons, edamame, tofu, shishito peppers and "sweet angel moon" dressing.
Order the ahi tuna burger and you'll get your tuna with crispy seaweed, avocado, cucumber, jalapeno, and tosazu dressing on a fried Chinese bun that looks an awful lot like a hamburger bun. You'll also get a side of french fries.
If you're a true seafood lover then you are undoubtedly drooling right now — especially if you have a thing for raw bars — so here's the information you've been waiting for: Fish Bone is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
Pincette, Montreal's newest lobster bar, has opened its doors on rue Saint-Paul. It features classic seafood dishes with a distinctly Montreal twist — equal parts elegant and quirky.
Here, you can enjoy both a traditional lobster roll and delightfully sacrilegious lobster poutine in a cozy-chic setting that romanticizes blue-collar coastal life with its whimsical nautical décor (look up at the lobster trap pendant lighting).
You can also order the Bloody Pincette, a caesar with a snow crab leg sticking out of it, and an ultra-gooey lobster mac n' cheese alongside more time-honoured items like the lobster roll, fish and chips, lobster bisque and linguini with clams.