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Canada’s three most popular stories of the week

These were the three most popular stories on Yahoo Canada this week and one of them might surprise you!

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SHIBANI GOKHALE: These were the top three most popular stories on Yahoo Canada this week, and one of them might surprise you.

A Canadian woman is seeking answers after her husband was killed during their honeymoon at a Mexican resort. Jesse Ropos, a 36-year-old man from Winnipeg, died on January 13, just 12 hours before he was due to return home to Canada with his wife, Stacey. Stacey and Jesse were in the hotel bar the night before his death. He stayed back while she went to their room, only to be awoken by the staff a few hours later. Jesse allegedly died as a result of choking from strangulation after getting into a bar fight.

Two men identified as hotel staff members were arrested, but no formal charges have been filed. According to a hearing that took place in Mexico, Jesse had been removed from the bar because he was in a fight, but allowed back in after he calmed down. The fight allegedly restarted after he was back, and resulted in his death. Global Affairs Canada said that they are aware of the incident, but cannot provide any details.

Some Canadians are stealing high-priced food from grocery stores in response to soaring food prices and inflation. Dalhousie University professor Sylvain Charlebois, who also goes by @FoodProfessor on Twitter, wrote about the impact of grocery theft. He said that data reveals an average grocery store in Canada can have anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000 worth of groceries stolen per week. He talked about how grocers are now scared of wrongdoers, and how grocery theft affects us all.

The article went viral, and it did not sit well with many Canadians. They pointed to how food is being treated as a privilege, when it should be a right in Canada, and talked about the cost of blaming victims of food insecurity for theft instead of the government or big corporations. Many went so far as to admit that they themselves steal from grocery stores, and some others said that they would support those who steal.

The outrage over soaring grocery prices has been a hot topic recently as inflation continues to impact Canadians. According to a food report from December, food prices are set to increase by 7% and a family of four will spend $1,066 more on groceries this year, as compared to last year.

Former Miss Canada Siera Bearchell spoke up about the toll of pageants and body shaming. She took to Instagram this week to talk about the hate she received while she was in the spotlight. She posted pictures of her competing in Miss Universe alongside examples of comments she received about her body. However, the law graduate and model said that she doesn't let hate stop her from being an advocate for body positivity and self-love. She wants to influence Canadian women to believe in themselves, even when others may not.

What do you think of the top stories this week?