Jess Zimmerman of Grist.org points us towards a fascinating Facebook group from members of the Nunavut community, the most northern and remote federal territory of Canada.
The “Feeding Our Families” group is dedicated to showing that the region’s food is unbelievably expensive. For example, one user posted the following image of the price of one can of 7UP:
Yep, that’s CA$5.25 for one can of 7UP (bear in mind the Canadian dollar is roughly the same as the US dollar at the moment).
Comments on the page blame a poor road system and few food outlets for the extortionate prices, and a general lack of concern from the central Canadian government for a region sparsely populated and largely First Nation. A recent report by the UN Rapporteur found 800,000 families in Canada are “food insecure”, and families in Nunavut held a protest at the weekend, calling for help from the government, CBC reports.
UPDATE: A reader sends in another crazy photo from the same store — CA$104.99 for a 24 pack of bottled water. That’s over $4 for a 500ml bottle of water, from a multipack.
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