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CRFA urges more compensation for G20 losses


June 29, 2010
By Bakers Journal

June 29, 2010, TORONTO – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) is urging the federal government to fully compensate
restaurant owners and employees who were affected by the G20 protests, and has
set up a hotline to help its members navigate the compensation process.

“Restaurants are still counting their losses, but it’s clear that the damage and disruption expanded well beyond the G20 security fence and well beyond the two days of the summit,” says CRFA president and CEO Garth Whyte. “We need a fair compensation system for business owners and employees whose livelihoods have suffered because of this event.”

CRFA has three main concerns that have not been addressed by the federal government: compensation for property damage; fair compensation for restaurants inside and well outside the security perimeter, whose business plummeted because customers avoided going downtown for several days; and compensation for employees who lost wages.

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“The rules are unclear,” says Whyte. “We are concerned that a lot of restaurant owners who have been hurt by the G20 event will not be compensated.”

The CRFA has set up a G20 hotline (416-649-4214 or G20@crfa.ca) to answer questions from its members about government compensation. Restaurants have only 90 days to submit a claim and volumes of supporting documents.

CRFA will also be surveying Toronto restaurant operators to assess the damage caused by the G20 Summit. More than 8,000 restaurants operate in the City of Toronto, employing almost 85,000 people.