WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada welcomes new legislation introduced today that will allow Manitoba’s restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages through takeout and delivery service.

“This is something that restaurants and their customers have been wanting for years,” said James Rilett, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Central Canada. “We’ve been working with Manitoba’s government toward making this change for quite a while now. We commend Premier Pallister for upholding his commitment and making Manitoba an example for other jurisdictions to follow.”

This proposed reform to Manitoba’s liquor laws was a key ask in the latest Raise the Bar report that Restaurants Canada released in September. Produced every two years, the national association’s Raise the Bar report takes a look at liquor policies impacting foodservice and hospitality businesses from coast to coast and gives each province a grade, as well as recommendations for improvement.

The 2019 Raise the Bar report revealed a considerable thirst for selling alcohol through takeout or delivery: Seven out of 10 licensed foodservice businesses told Restaurants Canada that they would benefit from being able to sell alcohol to their patrons to enjoy off-site.

Restaurants Canada looks forward to continuing its work with Manitoba’s government to further improve policies impacting licensed foodservice businesses so that they can better serve their customers.


Vancouver, BC, November 29, 2019 - Ready, a financial technology company that offers seamless self-pay and food ordering solutions to hospitality venues across North America, has been named this year’s Vancouver User Experience Awards winner in the UX for Products category for its Ready Split Check feature. This award recognizes the company that best embodied the criteria of a BC-based digital product whose digital experiences enrich and engage across a broad spectrum of domains. 

Based in Vancouver, Ready’s mission is to improve the guest experience in restaurants and large format venues alike. Without the need for expensive hardware, Ready is a seamless and integrated solution for partners. For guests, Ready allows them to use their phone to split and pay their check whenever they’re ready, without any barriers or additional cost. Ready launched its Split Check feature in July 2019 across all partner venues. 

“We’re so thrilled to be recognized for our innovative payment experience. We know the importance of providing guests with a frictionless experience at every touchpoint and our team has been working tirelessly to ensure our product delivers that for all of our restaurant and stadium customers,” said Laurent May, Head of Ready. “We’ve also been honoured to be a part of the process. Coming together with other tech leaders in Vancouver who are collectively creating innovative digital products has been an incredible experience, and a testament to the talent we have in the technology space right here in BC.”

Ready works closely with its partners to integrate into their existing Point of Sale (POS) systems to ensure its end product is solving real problems that are best suited to each venue’s needs. Ready also looks for customer feedback to continually improve its product and meet the demands of its partners. 

Ready Split Check is now live in all venues using Ready. For more information, visit


VANCOUVER, Nov. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. (CSE: EASY) (Frankfurt: 39H) ("SpeakEasy" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received Health Canada's coveted licence for cultivation, processing and medical sales. The Company, situated on 290 acres of fertile land in the Okanagan's renowned Golden Mile, has demonstrated adherence to the industry's rigorous compliance standards, and can now grow and provide its high quality, small-batch cannabis to the burgeoning recreational and medical markets.

With the receipt of the licences, the Company has immediately begun cultivation of cannabis in its 10,000-square-foot, purpose-built, state of the art facility. The Company has aquired an extensive library of unique genetics that will be used as starting material for the cultivation of cannabis at the facility.

SpeakEasy's outdoor cultivation site has also been completed and stands ready to receive these genetics for the 2020 growing season. SpeakEasy plans to submit its evidence package for the outdoor field and amend its licence to allow outdoor cultivation on its 60 acre field. "Receiving our licence at long last, is a dream come true for all of us in the SpeakEasy family. The support we have received from shareholders, employees, family and friends has been overwhelming and I appreciate you all more than I can say," says Marc Geen, founder of SpeakEasy. "When it comes to producing phenomenal craft cannabis, farms will always be superior to factories and culture will always speak louder than corporations. Real people recognize authenticity and SpeakEasy intends to lead by example, sharing the story of our people through the excellence of our product." With the anticipation of receiving its outdoor licence, SpeakEasy is positioned to become one of the largest cannabis producers in Canada with extremely low cost per gram outdoor grown flower and extremely high quality small batch indoor flower.

SpeakEasy recently completed the transformation of a 60 acre orchard into a custom built outdoor cannabis cultivation environment. The fertile agricultural land is expected to enable the farm to produce up to approximately 70,000kg of cannabis flower and the Company plans to double the output to up to approximately 150,000kg, pending approval of its outdoor cultivation licence.

Construction commenced in the fall of 2017 on the 80,000-square-foot SpeakEasy campus in anticipation of demand for SpeakEasy's craft cannabis flower and value added products. Buildings two and three were completed to lock-up in the second quarter of 2019 and building four, another 26,600-square-foot facility commenced in the spring of 2019 and is also at the lock-up stage of its development. The anticipated use of building four is the processing of sun grown outdoor flower and biomass for extraction. SpeakEasy has accumulated an impressive library of unique genetics from sources outside existing licence holders, empowering the Company to develop new strains, unique to SpeakEasy, for both indoor and outdoor cultivation.

SpeakEasy founders and team members are long standing advocates for the value of community and harnessing the power of combined expertise through successful farming cooperatives. SpeakEasy now plans to apply the same values for cannabis farming. SpeakEasy's innovative business model is designed to support industry-leading talent through shared knowledge, resources and passion, with a commitment to maintaining exceptional quality standards and developing unique cannabis strains. The Company empowers experienced growers and geneticists to operate independently with the freedom to develop each cultivar to perfection. 


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