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The major news coming out of last week is the announcement that the federal government will be extending the crucial CEWS and CERS subsidy programs until October 23, 2021. They will also be increasing the rate of support that employers can receive during the period of August 29-September 25, 2021.

A win for our hardest hit sector, this announcement is the direct result of months of sustained and aggressive lobbying on the part of Restaurants Canada through both our grassroots initiatives and influential Restaurant Revival Working Group, and represents an important first step towards securing a sustainable recovery for the foodservice industry.

Meanwhile, as the looming election cycle draws closer, all political parties are starting to test out their campaign messaging. While no date has yet been set, we are working hard to finalize our own election campaign narrative. We will also be preparing to launch our election microsite, encouraging members, suppliers, and anyone impacted by the restaurant industry to contact their local candidates to share their support and our key messages. As a non-partisan non-profit association, we will be sharing our electoral platform with all parties, driving home the reality that the economic and social impacts on our industry will be long-lasting.

Finally, with all jurisdictions nearly open across Canada, we continue to call on authorities to engage with us in developing innovative solutions to protect Canadians, and to ensure that health and safety decisions are made with economic impacts in mind. As provincial governments begin to shift their focus from survival to recovery, we are pushing hard to ensure our industry’s rising labour needs and concerns are met. We will ensure our pre-budget submission reflects the dangerous labour shortages threatening our industry across the country, as we continue to advocate for a national foodservice labour strategy.


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TORONTO, August 5, 2021 – After a season lost to the pandemic, fans are gearing up for the long-awaited return of Canadian football. 

With that comes a lot of preparation. Pulling jerseys out of the closet, getting the vocal cords ready for extensive cheering, stocking up on face paint and making preparations for gameday activities. 

When your favourite team hits the gridiron, enjoy these themed cocktails inspired by iconic brands from Corby Spirit and Wine along with the game: 

·         Calgary — It was in a Calgary hotel where the classic Canadian cocktail — the Caesar — was born. It just so happens the Caesar is red, the same colour as the city’s pro football team. For a uniquely Canadian twist, give the Polar Ice True North Caesar a shot on gameday. It’s similar to the classic (clamato and vodka seasoned with salt, pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce with a squeeze of lime), with some maple sugar added to the glass rimmer, and a piece of bacon added for garnish. 

·         Edmonton — The team has a new name and look this year. Celebrate this new identity with a drink that reflects the team’s green base colour. A Basil Twist Mojito showcases greenery inside the white rum drink. Add two teaspoons of sugar to a glass, squeeze in the juice of half a lime and stir. Add two sprigs of mint and five large basil leaves and muddle all of the ingredients together. Pour in an ounce of Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos, add two ice cubes and top with sparkling water. Add a sprig of mint for a garnish. 

·         Hamilton — Tigertown has been resurgent in recent seasons, with a gritty team reflective of the city it represents. The J.P. Wiser’s Whisky Smash has a name that perfectly illustrates what happens on the gridiron, with a distinctive golden hue that matches the jersey highlights of the Steel City. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of a rocks glass and add ice. In a cocktail shaker, mix two ounces of J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe, one ounce of lemon juice and half an ounce of simple syrup. Shake and strain into the rocks glass.

·         Montreal — The city’s signature cocktail, named after the French farmers who settled along the St. Lawrence River, is the Habitant. In a cocktail shaker, mix two ounces of Pike Creek Whisky, ¾ of an ounce each of fresh lemon juice and maple syrup, and two dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled glass.

·         Ottawa — A cocktail made with a Canadian whisky is befitting the team from the nation’s capital, with a garnish of red cherries to reflect the team that has adopted its colour scheme as a nickname. To make the Lot 40 Manhattan, combine two parts Lot 40 Canadian Whisky to one ounce sweet vermouth and three dashes Angostura or Abbott’s bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with whisky soaked cherries. 

·         Regina — Rider Nation is passionate, and some of the more rabid fans will be found wearing hollowed out watermelon rinds as hats — which makes a cocktail with new Absolut Watermelon a must. Absolut Watermelon and Lemon-Lime Soda is a refreshing drink on gameday, with some green garnish to reflect the home team’s primary colour. In a tall glass filled with ice, pour 1 ½ ounces of Absolut Watermelon to three ounces of lemon-lime soda, gently stir and garnish with a wedge of watermelon and a lime. 

·         Toronto — There is a lot of hope that this is the year the Double Blue return to a place of prominence in Canadian football. Cheer on the team with a cocktail named after the city itself. Made with the city’s original whisky, Gooderham & Worts, the Toronto is made by pouring two ounces of G&W with ¼ ounce Fernet Branca, ¼ ounce Demerara Syrup and two dashes of Angostura Bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir then strain into a chilled glass. Squeeze zest across drink, give it a twist and place in the drink. 

·         Winnipeg — The league’s defending champs have a lot to celebrate. Celebrate along with them with an aptly named Bomber — in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add an ounce of Havana Club white rum, an ounce of Chic Choc spiced rum and the juice from half a lime. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Tom Collins glass. Top with ginger beer, stir and serve. 

·         Vancouver — A year after British Columbia got its first professional sports team, a cocktail was created in Vancouver’s Sylvia Hotel and given the name of the city from which it hails. Celebrate six decades of pro football in Vancouver with the Vancouver Cocktail — fill a mixing glass with ice and add 1 ½ ounces Beefeater Gin, ¾ ounce of sweet vermouth, a “good splash” of Benedictine liqueur and two dashes of orange bitters. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

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As the professional basketball season comes to a close, basketball fans everywhere can continue their love of the game at home with the launch of the Crown Royal and Columbia Records gaming collaboration: The Crown Crossover – Music, Gaming and Culture Series. This six-episode series streams on the official Crown Royal Facebook page, featuring Columbia Records artists Quinn XCII, Joey Bada$$CHASE B and more, playing NBA 2K. This unique partnership sits at the intersections of gaming, music and basketball, with each artist connecting and competing with top gamers, including iPodKingCarter, Aerial Powers, Erin Ashley Simon and Mike LaBelle.

During the weekly livestream series, a Columbia Records artist, two NBA 2K League players from the Detroit Pistons GT or Hawks Talon Gaming, and gamer will be discussing their latest projects and basketball, engaging with 21+ fans, and enjoying a Crown Royal cocktail responsibly. The first two episodes featured Columbia artist Quinn XCII, and fans will be able to watch the final four episodes with Joey Bada$$ and Chase B every Wednesday this month.

In addition to the Columbia Records partnership, Crown Royal has inked team deals with two official NBA 2K League affiliates, the Hawks Talon Gaming and Detroit Pistons GT. As part of these deals, Crown Royal will be working with each team to engage with fans at this exciting connection of gaming and esports.

"Our partnership with Columbia Records, the Pistons GT and Hawks Talon for The Crown Crossover livestream is another way for us to take our passion and love for the game of basketball and bring it directly to our fans," said Nicky Heckles, Vice President of Crown Royal. "This weekly experience brings some of the league's brightest stars, professional gamers and musicians together in a way we can't help but be excited about."

Hosts include Jeff Eisenband and Phil VisuIn total, there will be six episodes through the end of August.

"Being able to bring together music and gaming culture into one program with our partners at Crown Royal is an authentic match," said Hannah Satzke, Brand Partnerships Columbia Records. "We are excited to launch this series with Crown Royal and our incredible group of talent."

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The province will implement new public health orders and guidance on Aug. 7, one month earlier than forecast, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

“Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Manitobans, we are now in a position to reopen more, sooner, as we have achieved our highest vaccination rates yet,” said Pallister. “This means Manitobans will enjoy the least restrictive public health orders since the start of the pandemic last year.”

The new public health orders follow the 4-3-2 One Great Summer Path to Reopen. Manitoba is expected to reach the third vaccination milestone ahead of schedule; as of today 80 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and over have received their first dose and 75 per cent are expected to receive their second dose over the next week.

With continued improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation, the premier noted the interim orders only restrict the most high-risk transmission environments. Public health recommendations and guidance, rather than restrictions, will play an increasingly significant role as the province prepares for a shift from pandemic to endemic COVID-19.

Specifically, the new public health orders will allow the following sectors to open without restrictions:

  • indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences;
  •  gyms and fitness centres;
  •  libraries;
  •  personal services such as hair and nail salons;
  •  day camps; and
  •  retail businesses, markets, garden centres and malls.

Other sectors will open with limited restrictions including:

  • expanded capacity limits will remain in place for weddings, funerals and other public gatherings both indoors and outdoors including larger capacity limits for worship and cultural events like pow wows;
  • restaurants and bars will no longer need to restrict the size or space between tables and dining will not be restricted to households or vaccinated individuals; however, patrons will still be expected to avoid congregating or socializing between tables;
  •  museums, galleries and movie theatres will remain limited to 50 per cent capacity but will no longer be restricted to vaccinated individuals;
  •  casinos and bingo halls, professional sporting events, horse and auto racing, and concert halls will continue to be limited to vaccinated individuals; however, all these facilities may now open to 100 per cent capacity;
  •  indoor and outdoor sports and recreation will fully reopen with limits only on spectator capacity;
  •  overnight camps will be permitted with limits on camper cohorts;
  • workplaces must continue to report cases to government for followup and public health-confirmed transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace may result in workplaces being ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days; and
  • remote working will no longer be required or recommended by public health and workplaces will be encouraged to transition from COVID-19 safety plans to a general communicable disease prevention plan that focuses on basic risk-reduction principles to reduce the risk of workplace transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in Manitoba and elsewhere, and the extra risk posed by the more contagious delta variant, provincial public health officials strongly recommend the following:

  •  wearing masks in indoor public spaces for everyone who is not fully immunized including children under 12; and
  •  maintaining physical distancing of two metres (six feet) in indoor settings.

“Unless you are fully immunized, you are still at risk for more severe effects of COVID-19, such as requiring hospital care or even death,” said Roussin. “We are slowly but surely approaching a post-pandemic Manitoba, but this does not mean COVID-19 will disappear. We need to remain cautious and vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus.”

The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7.

The orders will expire at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

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Charlottetown, PE – The Prince Edward Island Beer Festival, presented by Prince Edward Island Brewing Company and Whitecap Entertainment, will return on September 24th and 25th , 2021 at the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott in Charlottetown. The popular event is focused on educating visitors and Islanders alike on the art and craft of brewing and tasting beer. The festival will feature breweries from across the East Coast and beyond, samples of a variety of beer and ciders, live entertainment, local food pairings, a cask corner and more.   

The Festival kicks off with a tasting session on Friday from 6:30pm-9:30pm and will feature two tasting sessions on Saturday; the first from 2:00pm-4:30pm and then later from 6:30pm-9:30pm. VIP tickets will be available and include a take-home souvenir glass and early access to the festival.

Jeff Squires, President of the PEI Brewing Company, is thrilled that this festival is returning after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19. “We are very excited to safely bring back Beer Festival this year, an event that so many look forward to every year.” Added Squires, “With the growth in the craft beer industry across the country, there will be even more breweries to learn about and enjoy.”  

A Designated Driver ticket will once again be available; providing access into both the festival area and an inviting and relaxing designated area to hang out and enjoy non-alcoholic refreshments while spending time at the festival. 

Tickets are now on sale at  and start at $45 plus taxes and fees.


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