Sticker Shock

 

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Back in Canada after a ten month absence and feeling a little disoriented. The jet lag isn’t as bad coming from Europe as going there, so it isn’t to blame.

There are new buildings, including a huge Amazon warehouse on the outskirts of town that wasn’t there last year. The new light-rail project is supposed to be ready any day now, but citizens aren’t holding their breath. It was supposed to be finished for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

My body said it was after midnight, but the clock read just after 6 p.m.  I figured I needed something to do to help my body adjust, so I headed to the mall across the street. That’s when things really began to seem strange.

I remember what the grocery prices were like last year. Most seem about the same, maybe a little higher –  except for the produce. Fresh fruit and vegetable prices seem to have skyrocketed.

I had heard there was a celery shortage, but experiencing it is another thing altogether. Last year at this time I could expect to pay 99 cents for a bunch of celery. Today that same bunch is on sale for $3.99. That’s a dollar off the regular price, which is a 400% increase over 2018..

Red leaf lettuce was double what it was last year. Spinach I think even more. Apples looked to be double as well.

I had to wonder how people on lower incomes, students, seniors, the working class can afford a healthy diet. I guess they have to use frozen produce. Or go without.

I wonder how long the prices will rise. Will it reach the point where no-one can afford to eat anymore?

At this point I should be offering some insightful social commentary that will provide a solution to the  problem. I could do that – if I wasn’t suffering from jet lag.

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