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UCP government sets up biased panel to attack minimum wage

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In past work-related reviews, the Alberta Federation of Labour was consulted, even under conservative governments

EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — It is clear that the UCP government’s minimum wage ‘expert’ panel announced yesterday is stacked against workers and includes mostly restaurant lobbyists, critics of the minimum wage increase and workers who are relatives of restaurant owners.

The Alberta Federation of Labour was consulted in the conservative government minimum wage reviews in 1998 and 2005 which included input from the Alberta Restaurant and Foodservices Association (now the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association) and the public. The results were the elimination of the youth minimum wage differential and increases in the minimum wage.

“We have little confidence that this panel will do anything but recommend lowering the minimum wage based on the restaurant lobby,” says AFL secretary treasurer Siobhan Vipond.

What is the point of a panel with a predetermined outcome? Especially since the UCP government already passed Bill 2, which lowered the minimum wage for youth workers without consultation. At the time Kenney was quoted as saying, “Look — 13 bucks an hour — that’s a heck of a lot more than zero bucks an hour.”

There have been studies showing no negative effects of increasing minimum wage on job numbers with some showing general positive impacts on the economy. A study last week reported New York’s $15 minimum wage has helped restaurants thrive. Alberta Labour Force Survey statistics indicate there is no evidence that minimum wage increases contribute to unemployment.

And a recent CCPA report shows even the current $15 minimum wage is much lower than needed to pay current rental costs.

“Minimum wage is about helping people afford basic needs based on cost of living and fairly compensating work. Not only are labour groups missing from this panel, but so are anti-poverty groups, women’s rights and student advocates,” says Vipond. “This government seems to be just interested in taking from the most vulnerable and giving to highly profitable corporations. A government should represent all Albertans.”

The Alberta Federation of Labour demands that it, anti-poverty and other groups that represent workers be included in this minimum wage panel.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ramona Franson
Director of Communications
rfranson@afl.org

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Constellation Software Announces Appointment of Susan Gayner and Dexter Salna to its Board of Directors

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TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The board of directors of Constellation Software Inc. (“Constellation”) (TSX: CSU) announced today the appointment of Susan Gayner and Dexter Salna to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Susan Gayner is President and CEO of ParkLand Ventures, Inc., an owner-operator of multifamily housing communities in the US.  She is a Chemical Engineer by training and prior to her tenure with ParkLand served in various capacities with both the DuPont Company and Hercules, Inc.  She currently serves on the board of directors of Synalloy Corporation, where she is chair of the Governance Committee.  She holds a BA (Chemistry) and an ME (Chemical Engineering), both from the University of Virginia.

Dexter Salna joined Constellation in 1995 and is currently the President of the Perseus operating group within Constellation.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Salna held various senior executive positions within the Volaris operating group of Constellation.

About Constellation Software Inc.
Constellation Software acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses

Contact:

Jamal Baksh
Chief Financial Officer
416-861-9677

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dynaCERT Provides Clarification-Retraction

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TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — dynaCERT Inc. (TSX VENTURE: DYA) (OTCQB: DYFSF) (FRA: DMJ) announces the following:

IIROC has requested disclosure from dynaCERT (and dynaCERT wishes to comply) that dynaCERT does not endorse the “BUY” recommendation nor the target price previously announced in a press release today regarding the independent research report produced by the Investment Research department of GBC AG.  Such research report was not paid for by dynaCERT and is considered independent of the Company.

About dynaCERT Inc.

dynaCERT Inc. manufactures and distributes Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. As part of the growing global hydrogen economy, our patented technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through a unique electrolysis system and supplies these gases through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. Our technology is designed for use with many types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, power generation, mining and forestry equipment, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. Website: www.dynaCERT.com

READER ADVISORY

Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to the potential expansion into new markets, industries and segments, such as diesel-powered use of any the dynaCERT products and sales. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. We cannot guarantee future results, performance of achievements. Consequently, there is no representation that the actual results achieved will be the same, in whole or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors that could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify and develop and achieve commercial success for new products and technologies; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain and improve the quality of products and services; changes in technology and changes in laws and regulations; the uncertainty of the emerging hydrogen economy; including the hydrogen economy moving at a pace not anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements; and the other risk factors disclosed under our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. We undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking information to conform such information to actual results or to changes in our expectations except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release.

On Behalf of the Board
Murray James Payne, CEO

For more information, please contact:

Jim Payne, CEO & President
dynaCERT Inc.
#101 – 501 Alliance Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6N 2J1
+1 (416) 766-9691 x 2
jpayne@dynaCERT.com

Investor Relations
dynaCERT Inc.
Nancy Massicotte
+1 (416) 766-9691 x 1
ir@dynaCERT.com

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ProntoForms Corporation Announces Option Grant

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OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ProntoForms® Corporation (TSXV:PFM) (“ProntoForms”) today announced, pursuant to the requirements of the TSX Venture Exchange, that it has granted options as part of the overall remuneration and incentive program for its employees, officers and directors, including options to purchase 2,080,000 common shares to officers and directors of the company. These stock options are exercisable at $0.60 per share, being the closing price of ProntoForms’ common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange on September 19, 2019, the trading day prior to the grant. Stock option grants are subject to necessary regulatory approvals.

About ProntoForms Corporation

ProntoForms is the global leader in field-focused low-code application platforms for enterprise. The Company’s solution is used to create apps and forms to collect and analyze field data with smartphones and tablets – either as a standalone solution or as a mobile front-end to enterprise systems of record.​

The Company’s 100,000+ subscribers harness the intuitive, secure, and scalable solution to increase productivity, improve quality of service, and mitigate risks. The Company is based in Ottawa, Canada, and trades on the TSXV under the symbol PFM. ProntoForms is the registered trademark of ProntoForms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ProntoForms Corporation.

Certain information in this press release may constitute forward-looking information. For example, statements about the Company’s future growth or value are forward-looking information. This information is based on current expectations that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested in any forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward looking-statements unless and until required by securities laws applicable to the Company.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For additional information, please contact:

Alvaro Pombo
Chief Executive Officer
ProntoForms Corporation
613.599.8288 ext. 1111
apombo@prontoforms.com
                                  Babak Pedram
Investor Relations
Virtus Advisory Group Inc.
416-644-5081
bpedram@virtusadvisory.com
     
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