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TORONTO, June 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Instead of coming to work on Thursday June 6th, employees of Corby Spirit and Wine will be spending the day at 21 bars and restaurants across the country to prepare for a one-night, nation-wide sustainability pop-up taking place this evening. These events are part of the ninth annual Responsib'All Day, which sees Corby's employees act as frontline ambassadors for its Sustainability and Responsibility (S&R) commitments: nurturing terroir, valuing people, circular making, and responsible hosting.


The team at Corby is joined by the 18,500 global employees of its majority shareholder, Pernod Ricard, in the Group's international goal of spreading conviviality around the world. Under the company's S&R motto of "Good Times from a Good Place", employees in 80+ countries will collectively support this year's theme of circular transformation by initiating projects that tackle the issues of waste and diverting garbage from landfill.

Corby Spirit and Wine through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard is one of only 32 companies worldwide which have signed the universal Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.

"We live in a world where resources are limited and we need to minimize waste – and that includes waste created in the many bars and restaurants across Canada where our products are enjoyed," says Valerie Brive-Turtle, Corby's Director of Communications, Public Relations and S&R. "For Responsib'All Day (and beyond!) we are focusing on the important topic of food waste, and we're thrilled to join forces with some of our industry partners across the country to raise awareness and tackle this issue together."

Corby has partnered nationally with Trash Tiki to bring this experience to life – they're an anti-waste punk pop brainchild of bartender duo Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths. Their online recipe platform for bars and bartenders aims to change the way we think about bar waste. Designed as a source of inspiration for bars around the globe, is a free, open source of easy to execute recipes for bars that utilizes ingredients made from waste ingredients – for example syrup made from citrus peels and avocado pits.

'We are very excited to partner with Corby Spirit and Wine for this 2019 Responsib'All Day edition and to create the biggest pop-up event across the country yet. Our mission has always been to inject some fun, honestly and creativity into the dull notion of sustainability and we will be working all day long with bartenders and Corby employees to create some new cocktails and open each bar with a brand new sustainable menu for that evening' say Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths, co-founders, Trash Tiki.

In addition to the team at Corby's head office in Toronto, employees in 7 other cities across Canada will be organizing pop-up bar events in their own communities: Vancouver, BC; Calgary, AB; Saskatoon, SK; Guelph, ON; Montreal, PQ; Halifax, NS; and St. John's, NL. A total of 21 bars and restaurants (full list and details below) from coast to coast will be transformed into sustainability pop-up events where customers can enjoy cocktails made from Corby's own quality spirits mixed with ingredients diverted from waste channels and turned into delicious syrups, garnishes and infusions.

"From the grains grown by local farmers that make up our whiskies, to the grapes cultivated at our Niagara winery, to the wild botanicals we harvest in the Canadian arctic – our products take their character from the land where they were grown," says Patrick O'Driscoll, President and CEO of Corby. "This is why it is critical that companies like ours take action when it comes to important issues like sustainability and reducing the waste that ends up in landfill and harming our environment. We all have a responsibility to do our part in leaving this planet a better place for the generations to come."


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Effective January 1, 2021, the Government of Canada will remove legal tender status from some older bank notes that are no longer produced—the $1, $2, $25, $500 and $1,000 notes. Here’s what you need to know.
Legislative amendments have been made following an announcement on legal tender in the federal government’s 2018 budget. These changes allow the government to remove legal tender status from the $1, $2, $25, $500 and $1,000 bank notes. 

Essentially, this means Canadians will no longer be able to use them in cash transactions.

By removing these old notes from circulation, we can ensure that the bank notes used by Canadians stay current, in good condition, are easy to use and hard to counterfeit. For now, the government has indicated it has no plans to take any other bank notes out of circulation.  

These bank notes will not lose their face value, since the Bank of Canada will continue to honour them. People wishing to redeem their notes can do so at financial institutions or by sending them to the Bank of Canada. They can also decide to keep their bank notes.
For details on how to redeem bank notes at the Bank of Canada, please check our website

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CLERMONT, Ky.June 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Basil Hayden's® Bourbon, one of the fastest growing super-premium bourbons on the market, proudly announces the limited-time release of Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye™. Taking inspiration from the contrasting flavors of rye and rum, this blend of two Rye Whiskies finished with Black Strap Rum pushes category boundaries to offer whiskey fans an experience that is truly unique and perfect for warm, summer months.

Crafted as an approachable whiskey expression, Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye features a blend of 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and 4-year-old Canadian Rye Whisky, which brings layers of distinct spice, toasted oak and vanilla notes. The blend is then finished with the addition of Black Strap Rum which adds sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses to the final taste profile. The resulting balance of sweet and spice, offered at an approachable 80 proof, makes Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye the perfect sip to enjoy whether you're a tried and true fan or whiskey novice.

"With the release of Caribbean Reserve Rye, we wanted to give our fans a fun whiskey expression that you can bring out and share during warmer weather occasions, whether that's mixing it up at an outdoor barbeque or gifting it for a housewarming celebration," said Rob Mason, Vice President Marketing, Whiskey at Beam Suntory. "As a brand that has always broken traditional whiskey expectations, we're excited to help our fans discover new, interesting ways to enjoy the rye category, and Caribbean Reserve Rye does just that."

Best enjoyed sipped neat, on the rocks or in a modern, summer cocktail, Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye features the following characteristics:

  • Proof: 80
  • ColorGolden Honey
  • Aroma: Rich caramel and brown sugar complemented by back notes of soft rye and vanilla
  • Taste: A balanced blend of sumptuous rye and brown sweets with an ample woody accent
  • Finish: A pleasant, long lingering warmth

The launch of Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye builds on momentum set by two successful, previous limited-edition rye launches – Basil Hayden's® Rye Whiskey and Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye® Whiskey - as well as the introduction of the brand's permanent expression, Basil Hayden's® Dark Rye. Each expression has pushed the limits of category convention to bring something unexpected to whiskey fans.

Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye is now available nationwide for a limited time with a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle. Look for it packaged in a deep blue, hand-applied parchment bib and wrapped with the copper belt iconic to Basil Hayden's.

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OTTAWA, May 30, 2019 /CNW/ - Labatt Breweries of Canada has brought together MPs from across the country to put partisanship aside and represent their region in Election Brew – the first-ever all-party national brewing competition in support of Equal Voice.  


Honourary brewmaster, Nick Whalen, MP, St. John's East, Newfoundland and Labrador, took home the Election Brew title with his Wählen Whalen Weiss brew during a tasting reception in Ottawa on May 29th. As part of Labatt's commitment to Canada and ensuring a strong, healthy democratic system, Labatt pledged $25,000 to Equal Voice on behalf of the winning brew.

"It's wonderful to see candidates coming together for friendly competition outside of politics," said Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Equal Voice. "Election Brew is a great example of Equal Voice's commitment to multi-partisan events that shed light on the importance of equal representation of women at all levels of political office. We appreciate the support of Labatt and the candidates."

MPs from all political parties joined forces and worked with Labatt brewmasters to create a unique beer using local ingredients that highlight their respective regions. The competition featured six beers brewed at Labatt facilities across the country, which were tasted and critiqued by an esteemed panel of judges.

Candidate brewmasters included Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal, and Nathan Cullen, NDP, brewing out of Creston, B.C.; Shannon Stubbs, CPC, brewing out of Edmonton, Alta.; Peter Fragiskatos, Liberal, and Karen Vecchio, CPC, brewing out of London, Ont.; Marc Miller and David Lametti, Liberal, brewing out of Montreal, Que.; Nick Whalen, Liberal, brewing out of St. John's, Nfld.; and Andy Fillmore, Liberal, brewing out of Halifax, N.S.

"Beer has been bringing Canadians together for generations – it's part of the fabric of our country," said Charlie Angelakos, Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "With Election Brew, we're able to put politics aside and celebrate what's truly great about Canada – civil democracy and the values we all share as Canadians."

As Canada's leading brewer, Labatt's 3,500-plus employees play a role in brewing and distributing more than 60 brands – from craft beers to iconic Canadian favourites – from brewing facilities and brew pubs coast-to-coast.

"For more than 170 years, Labatt has been an active supporter of Canadian communities and a proponent of civil democracy," said Angelakos. "We're proud of that history and proud to be helping Equal Voice shine a spotlight on the importance of having more women in politics."


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