Junk food banned from Gatineau hockey arenas; what’s next, a ban on fighting?

As a kid, my pre-game hockey ritual was to buy a Jersey Milk chocolate bar at the arena before going into the dressing room to get ready. I didn’t really know about sugar and caffeine, but it seemed to wake me up before the game. In drastic situations, a Dairy Milk would suffice.

So I was horrified to read that hockey arenas in Gatineau, Quebec, will no longer be allowed to stock pop, chips, chocolate bars or poutine (actually, I don’t care about the poutine; it’s gross).

The city of 242,000 has voted to cut junk food from hockey arena food stands within three years in an attempt by to reduce the trans fats in the diet of the Gatineau hockey fan.

Canteens will replace the snacks with spaghetti, sandwiches, muffins and sports drinks, but not pop.

Can I get some red wine to go with the spaghetti as I’m strolling into the dressing room? In Quebec, the answer is probably yes.

Banana leaves left uncovered in the dirt outside Singapore restaurants

Bundles of banana leaves are often left on the pavement, exposed to the elements as well as to pests like rats, cockroaches and pigeons, before being used in Singapore restaurants.

The banana leaves are usually wiped with a damp cloth before being used to serve food on.

Student Nicholas Lee, 19, said he had assumed all restaurants have hygienic practices and would avoid restaurants which leave their banana leaves on the pavement.

A National Environment Agency spokesman said food shop operators must thoroughly wash the leaves before using them to serve food.