Problems persist with Arctic food subsidy: researcher

A university researcher says the federal government's subsidy program for high northern food costs still hasn't fixed problems pointed out by the auditor general.

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Tracey Galloway of the University of Toronto says there's still no way to ensure the millions of dollars being spent to lower Arctic grocery bills are doing what they're supposed to do.

Galloway says the changes made last summer under the former government were simply window dressing.

During the recent election campaign, the Liberals promised more money and reforms to increase transparency and accountability.

A spokesman for the main northern grocery retailer says his company's role in Nutrition North has passed several independent audits.

High food costs are a major issue in the North, with fresh groceries typically costing two or three as much as they do in the south.



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