Kelowna’s labour market ranked second last in Canada

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KELOWNA – Recent hiring fairs in the Okanagan have been overwhelmed with applicants and now a BMO report card has ranked Kelowna’s labour market as the second worst in the country. Many believe the region is feeling the effects of layoffs in Alberta.

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A long line-up of job seekers formed in Vernon this weekend as hundreds vied for 50 jobs with Canadian Tire. It was a similar scene in Kelowna last November when Suncor held a hiring fair.

Now there is more bad news for Okanagan residents looking for work. A year ago unemployment in Kelowna was sitting at 3 per cent. It’s now jumped to 7.6 per cent. That was one of the stats BMO took into account in a report card that rated Kelowna’s labour market as the second-worst in the country.

The economist who wrote the report believes layoffs among Okanagan residents commuting to Alberta are playing a role and may even be making the situation look worse on paper than it is in reality.

“The fact that employment is down more than 2 per cent in the last year, I think part of that reflects some of those job losses that are actually taking place in Alberta,” says senior economist Robert Kavcic.

“It is exaggerating the weakness quite a bit, I think.”

Kelowna’ mayor says it is too soon to sound the alarm.

“It is just a one-month snapshot. Let’s take a look at what the next three months look like and if the numbers are still trending in the same way, then I would say we have a trend,” says Colin Basran.

Basran says there are other signs like the growth of knowledge-based industries and the city’s development statistics that suggest the city’s economy is actually heading in a positive direction.

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‘I think it’s been used six times’: Alberta ‘sky palace’ now open

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EDMONTON — A penthouse suite that was dubbed the sky palace as it came to symbolize what was seen as the former Alberta government’s sense of entitlement is open for business.

But the space has become a frankensuite with bedrooms turned boardrooms, hand-me-down furniture, bug-eyed plastic guard owls and one-time premier Alison Redford’s old couch.

Construction on the penthouse atop the Federal Building in Edmonton just recently finished and the suite has been available for meetings since Jan. 1.

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    “I think it’s been used six times,” said Cheryl Oates, spokeswoman for Premier Rachel Notley.

    The 11th-floor suite is a design mishmash: half home, half office, equal parts opulent and shabby. A washer and dryer still wrapped in plastic sit just off the main conference room.

    It reflects a political trajectory from lavish home-to-be for Redford to toxic symbol of government excess to its latest incarnation as a politically radioactive fallout zone.

    READ MORE: Planned sky palace cost $173K: documents

    Redford’s Tory successors never stepped foot in the sky palace. Oates said Notley and the NDP caucus don’t plan to either.

    “It has continued as a physical representation of how the PCs squandered our revenue when times were good,” said Oates.

    “Our government doesn’t want to continue that story.”

    Documents about the suite were released in March 2014 — just days after Redford quit the top job ahead of a caucus revolt over excessive travel spending on herself, her family and friends.

    Spending on the suite was cut off by her Tory successors as public outrage grew over the taxpayer-funded project that had already racked up at least $240,000 in 3D design drawings, colour boards, room dividers, blueprints and construction.

    The penthouse was originally intended to be a meeting room, part of a $400-million makeover of the historic Tyndall stone building, which now houses some government officials, opposition legislature members and government backbenchers.

    READ MORE: Alberta premier apologizes for ‘sky palace’ situation

    But sometime in 2012, officials in Redford’s office took over and began to remodel the top floor. It was to be done in the style of the luxury Hay Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., with its European linens, marble bathrooms, brass fixtures and views of the White House.

    The “premier’s den” was to be for Redford and her daughter. There were bedrooms, bathrooms, a dining room, lounge, fireplace, powder room, butler’s pantry, walk-in closet and room-by-room temperature controls.

    The structure itself is elegant: wood flooring, carved wooden posts and floor-to-ceiling exterior windows. Doors open onto a patio with panoramic views of the city.

    Plastic owls with slowly rotating heads sit on ledges and rooftops to scare away pigeons.

    But almost all the walls are bare. There’s the odd potted plant.

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

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    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    A look at the Federal Building’s so-called Sky Palace, which is now open for use as meeting rooms. Feb. 10, 2016.

    Tom Vernon/Global News

    The main conference room, where the living room would have been, has a table that sits 14.

    A phone sits on the floor.

    In the adjacent room, there is a sink, a counter and an empty fridge.

    A second, smaller bedroom turned conference area, has an oval table, eight chairs on rollers, a plastic wastebasket and a curtain over the clothes closet.

    The third room, what would have been the largest bedroom, is the only one with some vibrancy. There are comfortable red, high-back chairs around a coffee table. There’s artwork on the walls.

    Along one wall, there is an off-white two-seater couch and two ornate end tables rescued from Redford’s old office.

    Two floor lamps are the only purchases for the suite. Everything else, say government officials, was begged and borrowed from government storage or surplus.

    READ MORE: Alberta’s sky palace unveiled, but in revised form

    Redford, now working for the Conference Board of Canada, has never commented in detail on her failed administration except to say “mistakes were made.”

    Oates said one of the reasons the NDP caucus doesn’t use the penthouse is that there are better options, including state-of-the-art meeting rooms just one floor down.

    “Those (sky palace) bedrooms are beautiful bedrooms, but not the best meeting spaces.”

    An outside view of the Alberta Legislature and the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    A meeting room inside the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    The former Premier Alison Redford’s couch is all that’s left of her original plan for the so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    A mechanized owl keeps watch for pigeons from the deck outside the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    Mismatched chairs from the government reserve inside the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    A simple meeting room inside the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    A man walks up the stairs to the former Premier Alison Redford’s sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    The view from inside the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

    The main entry hall in the former Premier Alison Redford’s so-called sky palace that’s now been repurposed as meeting rooms in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The space came to symbolize the excesses of the Progressive Conservative government.

    Amber Bracken,

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Fact or Fiction: Is there a link between microcephaly and vaccines?

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CALGARY   – It’s a frightening time to be pregnant. Outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Carribean have many Canadian moms-to-be cancelling sunny vacations over concerns that an infection could put their baby at risk.

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A suspicious link between Zika’s arrival in Brazil last year and a surge in the number of babies born with microcephaly have prompted travel warnings for those expecting. Last week, the World Health Organization declared a state of international emergency over Zika virus but an online theory now circulating on social media is suggesting something other than Zika virus is to blame.

The headline of one such article reads, “The Real Cause of Birth defects in Brazil: Zika or Improper vaccine use?” on another site, the question,  “Brazilian Shrunken Head Babies: Zika or T-Dap?”

In each post, the authors point out that cases of microcephaly appeared to increase in Brazil along the same time that country began immunizing pregnant women with a vaccine that offers protection against tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough (T-Dap).

READ MORE: What pregnant women need to know about Zika virus and travel

An Alberta health official says the theory isn’t based on fact.  “There is no link between whooping cough or whooping cough immunization and microcephaly,”  Dr. Gerry Predy, Alberta Health Services Senior Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement.

University of Calgary Infectious disease specialist, Bonnie Meatherall agrees.  “A number of studies are continuing to look at this.  A couple of papers have just come out in early 2016 and (the research) doesn’t seem to show a link between T-Dap received in pregnancy and any concerns for the development of birth defects of any kind.”

A New Zealand study published last month in the British Medical Journal followed over 400 babies whose mother’s were given the T-Dap vaccine during pregnancy. According to the study’s abstract, the research found,  “no significant differences in birth weight, gestational age at birth, congenital anomalies or infant growth as compared with baseline population data.”

While vaccines have not been linked to microcephaly,  Meatherall says a number of vaccine preventable illnesses are.

“We know rubella can cause microcephaly that’s a well-known link and chicken pox is associated with poor outcomes as well.”

Rubella, also known as German measles, is an infection that can lead to fever, sore throat and swollen glands.  If a woman is infected with rubella during pregnancy, the virus can cause congenital birth defects impacting the baby’s brain, eyes, heart and other organs.  According to Immunization Canada, before the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)  vaccine was introduced in the late 1960s, there were large epidemics of rubella about every seven years.  In one major epidemic in the US, nearly 30,000 babies were infected, more than 8,000 died and 20,000 were born with birth defects.

Both rubella and chicken pox are vaccine preventable, however, it is not safe for women to receive these vaccine during pregnancy because they contain live viruses.  That’s why, health officials recommend women ensure their immunization records are up to date before they conceive.

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2016’s top restaurant trends, according to chefs

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TORONTO – The craft beer craze isn’t going away anytime soon, according to a survey of nearly 500 Canadian chefs.

For the second year in a row, craft and micro brews have taken the top spot on the Canadian Chef Survey of the 10 hottest restaurant trends in the country.

Millennials and their taste for artisanal products have helped boost craft beer’s popularity, according to Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada.

READ MORE: Food trends for 2016 put toast and veggies in starring roles

“They want to know the story,” she said. “They want to know the craft behind the beer, it’s locally sourced water, all those things that are very important touch points for them and their decision-making process when it comes to purchases.”

Charcuterie and house-cured meats ranked second on the trends list released Wednesday.

“I thought it had peaked out a few years ago, but it’s still going strong,” she said. “It’s coming back to the use of the secondary cuts of meat so I think it is tied to the craft, the artisan, the secondary cuts and that’s what’s keeping it very fresh on the list.”

READ MORE: 2016 trends: What to expect in food, fitness, fashion and travel

House-made condiments and sauces topped a separate list of top 10 up-and-comers and also ranked sixth among the top trends.

Dooher said chefs are honouring the roots of Canadian cuisine by experimenting with pickling and condiments as well as food smoking, the No. 5 hottest trend.

“A lot of those techniques are being brought back into the mainstream kitchen and smoking, of course, was a technique that was used and now we’re seeing a lot of young chefs adapting this technique and bringing it to life on their menus,” she said.

Micro-distilled/artisan liquor is No. 5 on the up-and-comer list, but Dooher expects it to be one of the top three trends in 2017.

Those surveyed also cited inexpensive and underused cuts of meat, like beef cheek, brisket, pork shoulder and skirt steak, which ranked eighth on the hot trends list.

“We see these secondary cuts are actually packed with flavour and nutrition and people are recognizing there is a lot of value to them,” said Dooher. “That and also driven by the high cost of beef that we’re experiencing today.”

READ MORE: The only superfoods you need to eat in 2016

Other items on the top trend list include ethnic sauces, locally sourced foods, gluten-free/food allergy conscious, organic produce and leafy greens.

The up-and-comers list features several first-timers: alternative pulse proteins such as pigeon peas, cranberry beans and black beluga lentils, chef-driven fast casual concepts, ethnic cheeses and house-made/artisan pickles.

Almost 500 professional chefs across the country participated in the survey between Jan. 11 and Feb. 1.

The survey comes out ahead of the Feb. 28 to March 1 Restaurants Canada trade show in Toronto.

 WATCH: Unique superfoods you need to eat in 2016

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Syrian refugee enrolment increases in Regina as school feels strain on resources

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REGINA – Regina Public Schools say approximately 160 Syrian refugee students will be enrolled in the school system by the end of March.

Among them is 8-year old Abdelbaree Al Hariri, who started class on Feb. 5 at Marion McVeety School.

Since arriving in Canada, life has changed dramatically for him.

“He wasn’t really happy there,” Salma Elshakan Kiri, a fellow student translating for Al Hariri, said.

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“He said that he’s really happy that he came here, and he’s going to have a good life here, and he’s really happy he’s here.”

Al Hariri has only been in class for a week but already knows that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

He’s one of 108 Syrian refugee students enrolled, or in the process of being enrolled, in the Regina Public Schools system.

“We do a school assessment at the Newcomer Welcome Centre. Then we did a school orientation where we brought all the families and the students to the school they’ll be going at,” Linda Mitchell, English As Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator explained.

“They’re in a regular classroom. Learning their English as they would as a second language, and a lot of it is no different than with French immersion.”

The newcomers also work closely with EAL teachers who assess their needs and English skills.

However, the school says those resources are running low.

“From the school division perspective, we do not have the resources that we need to meet the needs of all these children,” Regina Public Schools Director of Education Greg Enion said.

The school also says if it had additional funding, it could increase the number of EAL teachers.

So for now, Al Hariri shares his time with other students and works towards his ambitious goal of being a doctor.

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Orange collar project aims to get lost cats home

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LOS ANGELES – Cartoonist Matthew Inman would like to see every housecat wearing an orange collar with its name and number on it. Then if the cat gets loose or lost, by escape or mistake, the collar will signal, “Help me!”

Inman calls the collar campaign the Kitty Convict Project, and its aim is to up the percentage of cats that can be reunited with owners.

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    While loose dogs are often picked up on the assumption that they’re lost, loose cats are usually ignored on the assumption that they’re either allowed outside by their owners or that they are feral.

    “We want to change what people see when they see a cat,” said Inman, Seattle-based author of The Oatmeal blog.

    This isn’t Inman’s first venture into the feline world. Inman was part of a trio that created the popular Exploding Kittens card game, now an app.

    READ MORE: Exploding Kittens creator on the making of Kickstarter’s most funded game

    “It was a horrible name for a game,” said Inman, adding that the Kitty Convict orange collar project is cat atonement (he calls it catonement).

    Fifteen per cent of pet-owners have lost a dog or cat, according to the American SPCA’s most recent study on the topic. Of those lost pets, 85 per cent are recovered — 93 per cent of dogs but just 74 per cent of cats, according to Dr. Emily Weiss, vice-president of ASPCA shelter research and development.

    “People look for their cats differently than their dogs,” Weiss said.

    “Overall use of collar IDs is lower for cats than dogs. And the likelihood of you being reunited is lower if it’s a cat. People wait longer to look and about 25 per cent don’t come home.”

    Weiss said she was astonished by the findings of a 2011 study about collars and identification tags. Over 80 per cent of pet owners said it was extremely important for pets to have them, but only 30 per cent of those same owners said their pets wore them.

    READ MORE: Ear tattoo helps re-unite cat missing for 12 years with owner

    Matt Hucke lives in a small apartment in Seattle and has put the Kitty Convict orange collars on his cats, Harold, 6, and Harold’s mom Maude, 9.

    “Because they have always been indoors, they don’t really know what to do when they are outside,” he said. The collars, he says, provide “assurance they will be safe” in case they ever do get out.

    Inman said thousands of the orange collars have been sold. They’re available on Amazon苏州美甲纹绣培训 for $14, a price subsidized by the $9 million raised on Kickstarter for Exploding Kittens, said Inman, who created the game with Elan Lee and Shane Small. The collars are custom-stitched with the cat’s name and a contact phone number.

    But no matter what colour a collar is, if you see a cat outside, said Weiss, “see if you can him get home.”

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Husky Energy lays off workers across company’s operations

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Calgary-based Husky Energy said it has laid off workers on Tuesday but declined to provide specific numbers or details on the jobs lost.

“These are difficult decisions and we will continue to take the steps necessary to ensure the company’s resilience through this cycle and beyond,” spokesperson Mel Duvall wrote in a statement.

Duvall said the job cuts were across the company’s operations.

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    Posts on social media and tips sent to Global News from people claiming to be employees suggested as many as 500 positions had been eliminated.

    The news follows Husky’s March 11 announcement that 1,000 tradespeople at its Sunrise oilsands project would be out of a job. The company said construction at the site had largely been completed, although work wasn’t expected to end until the summer.

    READ MORE: Husky posts $4.1-billion loss in Q3

    Last February, Husky announced there would be job cuts in a reduction of the year’s capital budget by as much as $400 million. The company said it was looking for up to $600 million in operational savings in response to the ongoing low-price environment for oil and gas.

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Osoyoos Secondary community rallies to save school

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OSOYOOS —; Parents in Osoyoos have done their homework and hope it will be enough to save the town’s schools. School board #53 is dealing with the impact of low enrollment and growing debt, so it proposed to shut down one of Osoyoos’ two schools to save it $400,000 annually.

READ MORE: PROPOSAL TO CLOSE OSOYOOS SCHOOL HEADING TO CONSULTATION

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Brenda Dorosz has formed a Save Our Schools group and has researched other options that would save the district $1.4 million.

“A four-day school week, cutting administration at the school board level, joining administration for schools —; so perhaps, one principal running two schools —; there’s so much out there. There’s so many ways of saving our schools and there’s lots of solutions,” says Dorosz.

In the two recommendations presented by the school district, senior students would have to bus to the secondary school in Oliver.

Mayor Sue McKortoff fears this may drive families away from Osoyoos and discourage others from coming.

“Tourism is our biggest economic driver. If we don’t have young people coming here and energetic business owners doing things and providing a good service here, then that is not good for our town,” she says.

Local trustees say they will be listening carefully to the concerns and suggestions.

“None of us became trustees because we want to close a school. We became trustees because we are passionate about education and because we truly care about our community. So this is truly difficult for us,” says school board chair Marieze Tarr.

The meeting takes place tonight (Tuesday) at the secondary school and another public meeting will take place at the Osoyoos Elementary School at 7 p.m. on March 8.

A decision is anticipated on April 6.

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Calgary dog Blackberry competing in Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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CALGARY – A Calgary canine will be competing in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City this month.

Blackberry, a black and white sheltie, will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week, which includes the all-breed dog show, its 3rd annual Masters Agility Championship and the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship.

Blackberry has already won numerous competitions throughout Canada.

WATCH:Meet the furry Calgary canine who will be competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City

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    His owner, Karen Linkletter, admits the canine has been an unlikely show dog; although he finished his Canadian championship easily as a puppy, Blackberry had to take several years off to recover from multiple surgeries after ingesting objects like socks, bath mats and garbage.

    According to Linkletter, Blackberry spent so much time with a shaved belly that his vet joked they should perhaps install a zipper.

    Linkletter said they’re ready to go, albeit she’s a bit nervous.

    “It will be exciting. He’s travelled a fair bit with me so I don’t think he’ll care. He’s happy to do whatever, go wherever.”

    “I’ll be competing against a lot of professional handlers, and I’m certainly not. I just do this for fun,” Linkletter said.

    The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held on Feb. 15 and 16.

    Blackberry will be competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

    Karen Linkletter

    – With files from Dallas Flexhaug

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Are salads making you fat?

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WINNIPEG — It’s been about six weeks since you may have made your 2016 New Year’s resolutions – and it’s probably something you told yourself you’d stick to for the whole year.

Healthy eating habits are among the top resolutions for many people. For most, this includes eating salads, whether that be at home, or when you’re eating at a restaurant.

But are ordering salads at a restaurant the best idea? Not always. In fact, you’ve got to be quite careful.

Salads with items like bacon, cheese and creamy dressings are all thing you should be aware of.

We gathered some of the salad nutrition facts from well-known restaurants in Canada, and you might be shocked with the calorie count, amount of fat and sodium content. Take a look:

Nutrition facts for a potential Pecan Chicken Rocket & Beet Salad

Nutrition facts for a potential Warm Kale Salad

Nutrition facts for a potential Cobb Salad

Nutrition facts for a potential Sante Fe Chicken Salad

Nutrition facts for a potential Salmon and Avacado Cobb Salad

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So what are your options? Well, you can still get a salad from a restaurant, but do your research first. One option is to look it up online beforehand so you know what you’re getting yourself into – don’t always assume having a salad is a healthier alternative. Other options include asking for dressing on the side, having grilled over crispy chicken, and even sharing your salad.

“Most salads are big enough for two people,” registered dietitian Susan Watson said. “Split it in half and take the rest home, or share it with a friend or family member.”

Watson joined Global Winnipeg’s Morning News on Wednesday to share a healthy salad recipe that’s easy to make at home.

To get the full recipe of Watson’s Thai veggie and quinoa bowl click here.

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