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Canada 'Vodka for butter': The art of bartering for food in snow-covered St. John's

14:55  22 january  2020
14:55  22 january  2020 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Massoud Fouroozandeh et al. posing for a picture: Customers line up at a Sobeys grocery store in St. John’s on Tuesday as a state of emergency ordered by the city continues, leaving most businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press Customers line up at a Sobeys grocery store in St. John’s on Tuesday as a state of emergency ordered by the city continues, leaving most businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.

By Prajwala Dixit

Before grocery stores reopened in snow-covered St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, locals took to the age-old, yet ingenious way of surviving — bartering.

Faced with shuttered stores for four days and a state of emergency there was little else people could do.

When Andie Bulman, a chef and caterer with the Artist Cafe, wanted to make some blueberry crumble, she put a post on Facebook asking for butter and brown sugar, in exchange for top-quality tonic water. However, exchanging alcohol seemed to garner the most success.

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“I’ve been doing dry January, so I mostly used my booze as leverage,” Bulman said. “I traded vodka for butter, gin for butter, rum for butter.”

Bulman wasn’t alone. Many people in the provincial capital region of nearly 180,000 were caught off guard by the storm that virtually shut down the city. That’s why there were massive queues to get into stores when they finally reopened. Even with the city advising people to buy enough food for 48 hours – some were too daunted to wait in line and others, by the time they made it to the stores, found some shelves practically empty.

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Hence the bartering done in person and through social media may continue. Cigarettes, beer, and chips quickly became storm currency during the past few days.

Lea Mary Movelle posted to a Facebook group making an earnest request for toilet paper in exchange for alcohol.

“We’ve been lucky enough that it’s the only thing we’ve run low on, and the community quickly rallied to get us several rolls,” she said. “Most people didn’t even want our booze! The offer is still good though.”

With plenty of alcohol and weed exchanging hands, some expect there could be a mini baby boom in nine months time. However, contraceptives were also bartered for, so that may not come to pass.

A post by Kathryn Burke on Facebook about bartering led to a seemingly timely save. When she learned a wheelchair-bound woman living in a senior’s complex was running low on her diabetic pills, she set out to help. Several phone calls and social media messages later, a bag of chocolates, veggies and sausages were delivered to assist her out until she could get her pills.

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What many have realized is how precarious island living can be – especially if supplies aren’t available.

It didn’t take long for Steph Power who is part of the St. John’s food-sharing co-op Stone Soup to realize people in her neighbourhood were looking for goods. Baby formula, over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol and Advil, and menstrual supplies were all in demand. And, of course, so was food – namely milk and eggs.

a man that is standing in the snow:  A resident shovels snow in St. John’s on Jan. 19, 2020, following a major storm.© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press A resident shovels snow in St. John’s on Jan. 19, 2020, following a major storm.

Aware that not everyone was comfortable asking for help publicly, the ad-hoc group, which formed during the state of emergency, put a bin full of non-perishables such as pasta, canned food and cereal out on a snowbank on the corner of Barter’s Hill and Cabot Street downtown with a sign that said: ‘Take some or leave some.’ The contents were quickly snapped up.

“I think in a time of crisis it’s really important to make sure that everyone is taken care of, regardless of if you know them or not,” Power said.

More bins have since popped up across the city becoming tangible displays of communal support and reminders of the insecurity of living on an island.

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Meanwhile, about 450 troops continue to dig the city and region out.

Most businesses other than groceries stores in St. John’s were directed to remain closed on Tuesday, with exceptions for gas stations and some pharmacies. The city said it would allow the St. John’s International Airport to resume flights Wednesday at 5 a.m.

Some grocery stores will also open during the day again, enabling people to stock up on necessities and bartering goods until the state of emergency is lifted.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The City of St. John's has lifted a state of emergency that's been in place for more than a week. The provincial capital made the initial declaration last Friday, as a punishing blizzard left parts of eastern Newfoundland buried under more than 76 centimetres of snow. The provincial capital made the initial declaration last Friday, as a punishing blizzard left parts of eastern Newfoundland buried under more than 76 centimetres of snow.

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