The Toronto government management committee voted Thursday to ban the sale of soda and energy drinks in 34 sports arenas and 134 community centers throughout the city. In lieu of those drinks, to be made available are only low-fat milk, soy milk and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices. The proposal will be submitted to the city council next month. The ban, however, would be phased in and exempt five public golf courses, two ski hills and eight community-run arenas. According to the proponent of the ban, Councilor Adrian Heaps, a bottle of soda drinks contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. Heaps, a sportsman, wanted to widen the ban to include all city facilities and even include unhealthy food. However, his colleagues disagreed by voting out that proposal. To enforce the measure, beginning November, vending machine contracts would have to ensure that 50 percent of the drinks are healthy for the next two years. By 2012, the proportion of healthy drinks should go up to 75 percent and by 2014 to 100 percent. The Toronto Food Policy Council, in a discussion paper in 1998, pushed for an improvement in the food and agriculture systems in Canada. The council made a 16-point recommendation made up of three stages of key actions, including making nutrition labels compulsory for all kinds of food, except fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lady Gaga requests tea and cheese in her concert riders. The eccentric pop star – who is known for her extravagant stage sets – has a surprisingly low-key list of requests for her backstage rider, including no alcohol. The ‘Telephone’ singer demands a roast chicken, a plate of cheese on ice with a tray of assorted meats, low-fat milk, salsa dips and whole-wheat bread and crackers to snack on before and after her gigs. Instead of alcoholic beverages, the 24-year-old star asks for ginger ale, 12 bottles of still water and a hot cup of tea or decaffeinated coffee. A music industry source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Despite her out-there image, this rider proves that Lady Gaga is actually quite down to earth and normal compared to the diva-like demands of some pop stars.” Lady Gaga also requests a pot of honey, which is known to combat stomach ulcers and sooth sore throats. Alexandra Burke is another star to follow in her footsteps as she demands an expensive £10 jar of Manuka honey before all her shows. However, Mariah Carey lives up to her diva reputation by demanding £750-a-bottle Cristal champagne and Evian water.