Food for thought

The Campbell administration took beating yesterday when the provincial New Democrats revealed Hastings Racecourse will lay off 200 workers because of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. So, today, government public affairs bureau staffers were understandably keen to give reporters a news release from the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association announcing the group would be working "in conjunction with Great Canadian Casinos on placing those who are eager to work in temporary positions during the closure." That's a laudable initiative. But it also isn't isn't the first time the association has given a helping hand to the Liberals, having donated $8,852 to the party since 2005. And it's president, Ian Tostenson, recently served on the premier's climate action team. The following is a complete copy of that news release.

BCFRA To Help Minimize Impact of 2010 layoffs

For Immediate Release - Vancouver, British Columbia - March 9, 2009 - BCFRA to assist those laid off during the Olympics find work.

In response to the announcement that Hastings Park will be laying off 200 workers during the Olympics due to security restrictions, the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCFRA) promises to work in conjunction with Great Canadian Casinos on placing those who are eager to work in temporary positions during the closure.

Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BCRFA notes "demand for temporary food and beverage workers will be high leading up to and during the 2010 Olympics. We expect that all the temporarily displaced workers from the racetrack will be able to find replacement positions during the Olympics". To further assist the workers, the BCRFA will provide a job matching service that will make it easier for those employees to identify job openings, and for foodservice operators to recruit them. "We know from studying the impact on foodservice operations during the Salt Lake City Olympics, that the two biggest issue were worker shortages and delivery of product for the operations. Both issues are being addressed proactively by our organization" says Tostenson.

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