Manitoba will move ahead with the first milestone of its ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path one week early and open many businesses and facilities to 25 per cent capacity beginning on June 26th, Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin announced today.

This week, Manitobans achieved and surpassed the first key vaccination benchmarks set out under the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, with over 71 per cent of eligible Manitobans at least partially immunized and more than 27 per cent having received both doses. Together with declining COVID-19 cases, test positivity and hospitalization rates, Manitobans are now able to begin to enjoy more freedoms and fewer public health restrictions.

“Manitobans have earned an earlier reopening,” said Pallister. “Together, we have beat back the third wave and have booked first and second dose vaccinations in record numbers. After nearly a year and half fighting COVID-19, it is time for Manitobans to regain their freedoms and enjoy a summer we all want, and have rightfully earned.”

Manitobans who are fully immunized (two vaccine doses plus two weeks from the time of their second dose) will now benefit from the following exemptions:

  • visit loved ones in personal care homes or hospitals;
  • participate in social or communal activities, if you are a resident of a personal care home or congregate living facility;
  • travel domestically for essential and non-essential purposes outside of Manitoba without the requirement to self-isolate on their return; and,
  •  dine indoors at restaurants and bars with other fully immunized friends and family from outside your household.

Large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may also allow fully immunized Manitobans to attend, subject to approval by Manitoba Public Health. The province will work with sports and arts organization to implement proof of vaccination protocols for these events.

Additional benefits for fully immunized Manitobans will be announced in July, including increasing capacity for fully immunized people at weddings, funerals, faith-based and other gatherings, based on continued vaccination rate increases and improvements in the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

Under this first milestone of the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, Manitobans will also be able to gather in larger numbers, dine out in restaurants and on patios, attend faith-based services, and go to gyms, hair salons and retail stores in every region of the province, with some restrictions.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 26, all Manitobans will benefit from these changes, including:

  • outdoor gathering sizes on private property to double to 10 persons, and to allow outdoor visitors to briefly access homes for essential activities (e.g. to use a washroom);
  • public outdoor gathering sizes to increase to 25 persons;
  • retail businesses to open with increased capacity at 25 per cent to a limit of 250 persons, with no restrictions on the number of household members permitted to shop together;
  • personal service businesses (hair and nail salons, estheticians, barbers, etc.) to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, on an appointment basis only;
  • restaurants and bars to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for indoors and 50 per cent for outdoor dining. For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized. Patrons who are fully immunized and from different households may dine together. For outdoor dining, tables are limited to a maximum of 8 patrons and can be from different households regardless of immunization status;
  • indoor faith-based services and organized community gatherings (e.g. pow wows, sun dance ceremonies) to resume at 25 per cent capacity to a limit of 25 persons with masks worn at all times;
  • outdoor faith-based and organized community gatherings (e.g. pow wows, sun dance ceremonies) to resume for up to 50 persons, provided distance can be maintained between households. Drive-in services continue to be permitted;
  • outdoor weddings and funerals may take place with up to 25 participants, in addition to photographer and officiants. Indoor weddings and funerals remain limited to 10 persons;
  • indoor dance, music, theatre and other organized sports and recreation activities may reopen at 25 per cent capacity to a limit of five persons, with no tournaments allowed;
  • outdoor dance, music and theatre classes and other organized recreation activities may reopen for groups up to 25 people, with no tournaments allowed;
  • swimming and wading pools, both indoor and outdoor, may reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
  • gyms and fitness facilities may reopen for individual and group fitness classes at 25 per cent capacity with three metres distance maintained between patrons; and;
  • summer day camps may reopen to a maximum of 20 participants in groups.

Following the COVID-19 safety fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required.

The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, the next milestone in the 4-3-2 One Great Summer Reopening Path. However, reopening capacities may be increased earlier if vaccination rate goals are reached sooner and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation continues to improve.

Despite the progress made over the past two months against the COVID-19 third wave both the premier and Roussin reinforced that public health restrictions are required.

“While the case numbers and our health system are improving, the pandemic is not over and variants of concern, especially the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant, are still circulating. This is why Manitobans need to continue to practice the fundamentals – washing your hands, physical distancing, wearing a mask, and getting fully vaccinated,” said Roussin. “Today’s reopening fits with the public health advice on where we are in the fight against the pandemic and where we still have to go.”

The next provincial milestone is set for Terry Fox Day, Aug. 2. At that time, the province will reopen to 50 per cent capacity or greater if 75 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and above have received their first vaccination dose and 50 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and above have received their second dose, while taking ongoing account of COVID-19 transmission. An earlier reopening will be considered depending on progress toward these goals.


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Come join World Champion, Chef Bruno Marti AND his guest Mijune Pak as they cook a some dishes paired with amazing Mission Hill wines.

About this event
This once in a lifetime event will show you a side of Chef Bruno that very few are fortunate to see. Chef is joined by Resident Judge from Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada, Mijune Pak. Join us as they demonstrates some dishes including a tantalizing Gindara Sablefish dish. You never know, he might even introduce us to his pet Turkeys! This fundraising initiative will benefit Junior Culinary Team Canada and Culinary Team BC as they get set to compete at the Luxembourg 2022 and the Culinary Olympics in 2024. All funds raised will go directly to support all costs of these competitions.

Read more: Cooking With World Champions Cooking Series featuring Chef Bruno Marti with Special Guest Mijune...

TORONTO -- June 16, 2021 -- After over a year of COVID-19 hardships placed on the foodservice and hospitality sectors, the end is finally in sight. As the voice of the industry and host of Canada's largest foodservice and hospitality trade event, Restaurants Canada has officially announced RC Show 2022 will return with a dynamic, in-person and virtual broadcast, three-day event held at the Enercare Centre from February 27 - March 1. 

Restaurants Canada is preparing for a full in-person comeback to reignite the industry by combining an in-person trade show along with nationally broadcasted conference sessions that attendees can attend virtually. This will be paired with an enhanced buyers program linking buyers directly to the industry suppliers to conduct business even more efficiently. 

Attendees can expect to find the industry’s top brands and suppliers at the live show as well as programming from global thought leaders who will be assembled to discuss key industry issues to support the relaunch of the industry. 

"People are excited to get back to normal and attend in-person events. We firmly believe live shows are key for the hospitality industry. However, lessons from our successful 2021 virtual event will have us expanding our online content offering, allowing the industry to continue to learn, connect and grow from anywhere in the world," says Todd Barclay President & CEO, Restaurants Canada.

There is no denying that the foodservice industry was one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Navigating through uncharted territory and consistently adjusting to stay innovative through tight restrictions has placed anyone connected to the industry in some of the most challenging circumstances of their careers. RC Show 2022 will look to unlock the door to new opportunities and provide valuable tools to improve and strengthen business operations, all in support of next year's "REVIVE” theme.

"Industry interactions and invaluable content will now be available both during and after the RC Show to ensure consistent support for foodservice professionals. “Our Buyers Program and virtual conference platform proved to be extremely successful in 2021 and is now a must have tool for the industry. While we plan for a highly anticipated live trade show with competitions and events, we also want to ensure we can provide key content to help operators from coast to coast, for those that may not be in a position to travel," adds Barclay.

In addition to the ONLINE integrations mentioned above, here's a taste of what else you can expect at the LIVE RC Show 2022:

  • Category specific pavilions and curated feature areas displaying leading brands as well as top suppliers offering a variety of innovative products     
  • Solution-based content in the form of informative sessions across multiple stages, practical workshops, enlightening panel discussions and fireside chats with global industry leaders who will be exploring all categories and topics that matter most to operators--including new profit avenues, foodservice and cannabis, restaurant profitability, mental health, diversity, sustainability and safety
  • Moderated and engaging round table discussions with agendas geared to achieving solutions on pressing topics within the industry
  • Professionally designed, fully functional pop-up restaurant that will activate brands and showcase the most innovative equipment and PPE technology
  • Comprehensive and expanded qualifying rounds for competitions that will also include virtual submissions allowing for greater national participation
  • Signature events including the industry’s largest networking event, RC Show’s Opening Night Reception and Breakfast With Champions 
  • Expanded domestic and international Buyers Program providing the opportunity to source and build partnerships and long-term connections between buyers and sellers across the country and within all sectors of the hospitality industry
  • In conjunction with the continued use of a world-class broadcast technology platform, virtual guest speakers and content available on-demand for those who cannot attend in-person.

"RC Show is excited to bring the industry together. There is no better time to elevate and promote the health and wellbeing of our sector as a whole; therefore, we officially invite chefs, baristas, bartenders, sommeliers, foodservice operators, distributors, brokers, retailers and buyers to save the date February 27 to March 1 to start a new chapter of growth for our industry," adds Barclay.

With both live and virtual conference elements, RC Show 2022 aims to reignite and revive the Canadian foodservice and hospitality industry through its new and improved ONLINE content strategy, buyers program and face-to-face business connection opportunities.


TORONTO, Ontario – June 16, 2021 – Globally Local Technologies Inc. (TSXV: GBLY), founder of one of the world’s first vegan fast-food chains and first to go public, today announced it will rebrand as Odd Burger Corporation. It has applied for a ticker symbol change with the TSXV and expects to trade under “ODD” on approximately July 5, 2021. 

Along with the renaming of the parent company, its restaurant chain will receive a new name, image, website, and brand: Odd Burger. Currently operating locations will be rebranded as Odd Burger, and all locations opening this summer will carry the new name.  

The rebrand includes new design elements including emoji-inspired characters, anthropomorphic chickpeas – the base of the chain’s beloved burgers – and a contemporary black, white, and pink color scheme. Odd Burger’s “personality” will be incorporated into its food packaging, interior and exterior signage, interior design, social media content, staff apparel, and merchandise.  

The company worked with Concrete, an independent creative brand agency based in Toronto, to develop the new brand identity.  

“Our challenge was to marry the associations we have surrounding traditional fast food with the forward-looking sensibilities in our shifting culture,” said John Pylypczak, Concrete president. “We wanted to give Odd Burger a platform to increase awareness about important concepts like sustainability and animal protection. But at the same time, the brand conveys to the customer ‘we take these issues seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.’”  

“Our decision to rebrand is an essential part of our strategy to create a global fast-food chain that is able to connect with people everywhere,” said Globally Local CEO James McInnes. “Being on the verge of expansion into new communities meant thinking about how to express who we are and what we stand for in a more meaningful and powerful way. We are proud to be doing things differently and reclaiming the notion of ‘odd,’ because changing the norm is what’s needed to solve the sustainability challenges in our food system.”

Globally Local Technologies currently operates a manufacturing facility and two restaurants in Canada, with plans to open 20 additional locations across North America in the next 12 months.


Lagoon Seafood, a growing Canadian company and leader in the distribution, import, export, processing and curing of fresh and frozen fish and seafood, announces today the appointment of Sean Moore to the position of director of operations. In this newly created position, Mr. Moore will oversee the company’s two plants - Lachine and Granby, Que. – as Lagoon ramps up expansion initiatives both in operations and sales.

“Sean is a great addition to our team; he has a lot of experience in Federal certified plants and has a lot to offer to the team. We’re all very excited to work with him, as we continue to add experience to our team” says Michael Cheaib, business resource manager at Lagoon Seafood. “As we looked at our expansion plans, it became evident we needed someone who could lead operations and maximize outcomes in terms of production levels, efficiencies and staff development. Sean brings the right experience and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Before joining Lagoon Seafood, Moore gained deep and wide experience across a wide section of the food industry – including general manager at a custom meats facility, project manager, production plants and protein sourcing manager. At Lagoon, he will monitor and control plant operations to manage increased production as well as management of resources including an expanding work force.

“We’re positive that Sean will play an important role in our expansion,” says Cheaib. “We are committed to building a strong team and the addition of Sean to the team is an important part of this movement.”


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