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June 15, 2020

Phase 3

The government has announced a consultation on the next phase of reopening.  The proposal for Phase 3 includes an increase for restaurant capacity to 75%.  While this is an improvement on the current 50% restriction, it is still problematic for restaurants as it does not significantly add capacity as social distancing still has to be taken into account. Restaurant operators are encouraged to have their say and provide input about the Phase 3 plans. Feedback can be posted through the EngageMB website.

Rent

The Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program continues to underperform as landlords are resistant to participate and apply for the financial assistance. Restaurants Canada recently held a webinar on how to navigate the program and talk to your landlord.  Those who missed the webinar can watch it online: Navigating COVID-19: CECRA Program.There is also many other resources available on the Rapid Recovery webpage.

Wage Subsidy Program

There is some good news for those who are using or planning to apply for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program.Minister Morneau announced a new regulation that will extend the CEWS program under the exact same conditions as they are now until July 4.

Any changes to the program will impact the July 5 – August 1 period as well as the August 2 – August 29 period.

The minister insisted that any potential change would have the purpose to increase employment and put back more Canadians in the active workforce.

 
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Vancouver, B.C. (June 12, 2020)—Kuterra Salmon, a worldwide leader in land-based closed containment salmon farming, has joined the Ocean Wise Seafood program as a new partner.  Kuterra’s sustainably raised, great-tasting Atlantic salmon will now carry the Ocean Wise symbol, assuring consumers they’re buying ocean-friendly seafood. 

 “Whether you live on the coast or in a landlocked city, choosing sustainable seafood is vital to ensuring that our oceans, lakes and rivers remain healthy and resilient.” said Sophika Kostyniuk, Ocean Wise Seafood Program Manager. “Ocean Wise Seafood and its valuable partners continue to make it easy for seafood lovers everywhere to make that choice.” 

Kuterra, located on North Vancouver Island in British Columbia and operated by aquaculture leaders Emergent Holdings LLC, was the first land-based salmon farm in North America, and only the second in the world, to operate on a commercial scale, using a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) that is sustainable and minimizes environmental impact.

Kuterra’s focus is on respect for salmon, the environment and the ‘Namgis First Nation’s culture that has depended on salmon for more than 6000 years. Kuterra Land Raised™salmon is free of antibiotics and free of contact with the marine environment, producing stress-free, healthy salmon with firm flesh, healthy oils, essential nutrients and exceptional flavor.

"We are very excited about this partnership with Ocean Wise Seafood," said Jacob Bartlett, CEO of Emergent Holdings LLC. "Kuterra is a pioneer in land-based Atlantic salmon production being the first in North America to grow Atlantic salmon for consumers on land using RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) technology which makes Ocean Wise a perfect partner to continue our growth in this industry." 


“At Kuterra, we grow Atlantic Salmon that are raised in a manner that is safe for our fish and has no impact on the ocean or wild stocks,” said Cody Smith, Sales, Marketing, and Technology Manager for Kuterra Salmon Inc..“Our fish taste great and have been well received by both food service and retail customers. We're excited to grow our marketing presence and expand the regions where we distribute our fish and we think Ocean Wise Seafood will be a tremendous partner and asset for that.”

Ocean Wise recommended seafood is now available at the fresh counter and in the frozen section at select retailers across Canada. The Ocean Wise Seafood program partners with like-minded restaurants, retailers and suppliers from coast to coast to coast, with over 785 partners in more than 3,100 locations across the country.

 
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TORONTO, June 15, 2020 /CNW/ - Thousands of pounds of wings are expected to fly out of restaurants across the country in a show of support as Canadians order takeout or delivery on #Takeoutday: Wing Edition on Wednesday, June 17.

Wing fans can look forward to unique wing flavours and styles as diverse as the country itself. In Toronto, JoyBird Fried Chicken at stackt market will be offering the OG Taiwanese, Southern-style chicken wings with a gluten-free batter and secret Asian spice blend.

For Caribbean cravings, Krazy Jerk, a family-owned hot spot in Calgary is serving up their famous jerk and barbecue-fried wings. The Beer Hunter Bar & Grill in Spruce Grove has 20+ feature flavours. And for the vegan or vegetarian, Ivy Arms in Milton is offering Veggie Wings (battered cauliflower bites).

Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House in Vancouver has half-priced their smoked-then-fried wings. Over in Victoriaville, Cactus Resto-Bar is highlighting their addictive secret spice wings in "Illegal Sauce" — the hottest on their menu. And in Edmonton, the heat continues at 1st RND with over 36 flavours including their popular "Inferno Sauce."

"The re-opening of restaurants doesn't particularly signal the end of our woes. With the restrictions and limited dine-in capacity, we still need everyone's support to continue ordering takeout," says chef Trevor Lui, the owner of JoyBird Fried Chicken.

Throughout the current pandemic, #TakeoutDay has become a mainstream movement, with Canadians ordering takeout or delivery on Wednesdays to support local restaurants. This has made a powerful impact on keeping restaurants in business, and according to Restaurants Canada, 95 per cent of revenue from restaurants go directly back into the economy, which means that when you treat yourself to wings this Wednesday, you'll be treating the country too.

Canadians are encouraged to share this campaign with family and friends across social media with #TakeoutDay. Find out where to order, here.

For more information on how Canadians can support their local restaurants: www.CanadaTakeout.com

 
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June 11, 2020

SASKATOON – The health and welfare of broiler chickens may improve thanks to University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Andrew Olkowski and colleagues.

More chickens are raised worldwide than any other livestock animal, so improving their health outcomes would have a big impact.

The broiler chickens that are raised for meat were genetically selected to grow extremely fast, but they often suffer from heart diseases. Heart pump failure is a major health and welfare issue for the broiler chicken industry worldwide. Globally, economic losses associated with heart failure problems in broiler chickens amount to more than $1 billion annually. 

To understand why fast-growing broiler chickens suffer from heart problems, Olkowski and collaborators compared them with their slower-growing broiler counterparts, which have a much lower risk of heart failure, and with Leghorn chickens, which are resistant to heart failure.

“I couldn't see obvious changes that could explain heart pump failure under the microscope, so I thought, maybe it's some more subtle problem with the heart muscle proteins themselves that is not apparent on light microscopy. When we looked at that using infrared micro-spectroscopy, it was fairly immediately obvious,” says Olkowski.

Using the Mid-IR beamline at the Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan, it was possible to identify misfolded and damaged proteins building up in the heart.

“The synchrotron allows you to see the conformational changes in the proteins, and we hypothesized that the changes we observed must have a physiological impact on heart pump function,” says Olkowski.

Further analyses revealed that the chickens had a hard time disposing of these misfolded proteins aggregates, with knock-on health effects eventually leading to health failure.

The team’s results, which were published recently in Avian Pathology, suggest that heart issues in fast-growing broiler chickens might be linked to how their genes respond to epigenetic factors, like nutrition and their environment.

Olkowski will continue to study poultry health and primary causes for disease, which could improve the health of millions of chickens.

 
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TORONTO, June 10, 2020 /CNW/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) ("RBI") today announced the results of the vote on the election of directors at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on June 10, 2020.

The total number of eligible votes represented in person or by proxy at the meeting was 380,042,557 representing 81.6% of all eligible votes.

RBI's proxy circular provided for eleven nominees to the Board of Directors. The eleven individuals nominated by the Board of Directors for election as directors of RBI were elected, each to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their respective successors are elected or appointed. Each nominee other than Messrs. De Limburg Stirum and Prato was an incumbent director.

The votes cast with respect to each nominee were as follows:

Director Nominee Votes For % Votes Withheld %
Alexandre Behring 332,330,265 90.2% 36,041,328 9.8%
João M. Castro-Neves 364,907,668 99.1% 3,463,925 0.9%
Maximilien de Limburg Stirum 366,621,528 99.5% 1,750,065 0.5%
Paul J. Fribourg 350,801,125 95.2% 17,570,468 4.8%
Neil Golden 365,355,581 99.2% 3,016,012 0.8%
Ali Hedayat 353,476,753 96.0% 14,894,840 4.0%
Golnar Khosrowshahi 353,906,938 96.1% 14,464,655 3.9%
Giovanni (John) Prato 367,752,771 99.8% 618,822 0.2%
Daniel S. Schwartz 365,282,602 99.2% 3,088,991 0.8%
Carlos Alberto Sicupira 354,404,627 96.2% 13,966,966 3.8%
Roberto Moses Thompson Motta 366,165,213 99.4% 2,206,380 0.6%

Final voting results on all matters

Final voting results on all matters at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators.

Shareholders will be filed with Canadia

 

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