Given the exchange rate and the fees for changing Australian dollars into Canadian ones we thought it was about time we started earning the dollars direct. Simon is still hunting for the perfect job, I took the first thing coming – Produce Clerk at the Community Food Store. Nothing like a bit of fruit and veg to make you feel alive in the mornings – especially with the 7am starts! Not all of my shifts start that early, but enough of them.
The job is not too bad, basically shifting fruit from fridge to shelf all day. It doesn’t pay particularly well – $10 an hour, but apparently that is good for Canada. One guy I work with has three jobs at the moment and this one is his best paying! But I have been given hope – the Manager says that after my first three months I get a raise, wait for it, – to $10.50!!
One benefit is the staff discount on gluten free products, 10%, which makes a difference on the bread and flour. The shop is bascally all organic (Melanie you would love it!) and the customers vary from hippies to yuppies. One thing I have learnt though is that Canadians are very fussy about their food, even the regular supermarket has a large organic range. Some customers have been very shocked to hear that Australian’s would regularly serve their children vegetables that had been sprayed with pesticides – you heathens you!
And yes we do have Himalayan sea salt (are the Himalayas by the sea?), my favourite though is the biodynamic cherries, organic and planted in line with the luna cycles! I dunno…