The Jewish Community Council of Montreal, which certifies kashrut under the MK heksher, will receive a $695,000 federal grant toward its initiative to enhance food safety. Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather announced on March 4 that the money will come from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriAssurance Program. The program provides aids to not-for-profit organizations, to help industry develop standards and systems to support verifiable health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products, Housefather explained. Specifically, the funding will allow the council to better assist small- and medium-sized businesses to meet international food safety standards, including expanding information about nutrition and possible allergens. “Health and wellness, food safety, social and environmental considerations are a priority for this government,” stated Housefather. “The funding ensures that the public will trust and have confidence in these products. I am proud that the council, which plays a vital role in our community, is a key player in building this trust and confidence.” Council executive director Rabbi Saul Emanuel thanked “the government for continuing to...