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GLI®Joins the Canadian Gaming Association

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is proud to have joined the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Gaming Laboratories International to the Canadian Gaming Association,” said Paul Burns, President and CEO, CGA. “GLI joins a growing list of members who represent an inclusive and diverse list of operators, manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry associations who are committed to advocating for the benefits associated with the Canadian gaming industry. They will bring great value to our association, thanks to GLI’s deep history in Canada and its world-class services.”

“We are honored to become an associate member of the Canadian Gaming Association,” said Salim L. Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services. “This marks another important milestone in our continuing commitment to the growing Canadian gaming landscape. We’ve been working closely with our Canadian colleagues for many years and we look forward to further enriching our successful relationships with Canadian gaming, lottery, and First Nations regulators, operators, and suppliers through our membership in the CGA.”

The CGA is the primary source of information on gaming in Canada and co-owns the Canadian Gaming Summit, which GLI is sponsoring and speaking at again this year, and Canadian Gaming Business magazine. CGA members enjoy a variety of exclusive benefits, including leveraging the organization’s established relationships with key lottery and gaming senior management, regulators, and government officials; advocacy on key issues and legislation affecting the Canadian gaming and lottery industries; and access to proprietary research on a variety of topics, including public attitudes and opinions, responsible gambling, and economic development.

After 30 years in business, GLI has never lost sight of why we opened our doors in the first place, both in Canada and around the globe: To be the trusted, proven advisor, offering an unparalleled range of services designed to enrich the Canadian gaming environment. Now, GLI’s membership in the CGA further underscores the lab’s strong support for Canada’s growing gaming and lottery industries. For over two decades, GLI has operated a full-service test lab in Burnaby, British Columbia that has provided testing for the land-based, online, charitable, pari-mutuel, and lottery gaming sectors across the country and its global lottery group is based in Moncton, New Brunswick. Additionally, GLI’s cybersecurity and professional services arm: Bulletproof Solutions, Inc. – A GLI Company, is headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And in 2016, GLI became the first independent test lab to join the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada (GSPC) association.

Salim L. Adatia to Moderate Technology Panel at the Canadian Gaming Summit, June 20, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Salim L. Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming & Canadian Services, will moderate a panel on the topic: “Exploring Emerging Technologies” during the upcoming 23rd Annual Canadian Gaming Summit taking place at the Edmonton Convention Centre, June 18 – 20, 2019. Adatia will be joined by Stasi Baran, Ph.D., COO of nQube. They will discuss how such emerging technologies as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and cryptocurrencies will impact Canada’s gaming industry; examining the pros, cons, and risks that will have to be managed to adopt them.

 

About Gaming Laboratories International:

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTQB certification.

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Employers sabotage worker access to EI benefits, Great Canadian Casino workers speak out

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Unifor calls on all employers to adhere to Service Canada’s demand that COVID-19 related work shortages be coded appropriately, instead of blocking workers’ access to EI.

“Some employers are sabotaging workers’ access to EI benefits and it has to stop,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Workers from across Canada are being delayed access to EI benefits because employers are miscoding Records of Employment.”

Unifor has received dozens of complaints from workers, notably those recently laid off from Great Canadian Casinos, that ROE forms are being miscoded. Service Canada has stated clearly that all ROEs must be coded as “shortage of work.” Employers who improperly code forms are causing excessive delays for workers trying to access EI.

“Workers are suffering as this crisis evolves and this error is only hurting workers and their families, and employers need to fall in line, and stop listening to a handful of law firms giving bad advice” said Dias.

The advice on Service Canada’s website to employers is very clear that workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic must be coded “shortage of work.”

Unifor recently urged all Members of Parliament to act quickly to address issues facing workers; including radical EI reform and emergency measures to ensure that wage loss is minimized.

“Emergency measures are needed immediately. Workers cannot wait another day while the EI system continues to fail those who need it,” continued Dias.

Unifor launched a comprehensive hub for information about the pandemic at unifor.org/COVID19 and encourages all members to visit the site regularly for updates.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

 

Source: Unifor

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A Message From Peter Meredith, Chairman of the Board of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

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A Message From Peter Meredith, Chairman of the Board of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
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Great Canadian Gaming Corporation today issued the following statement from Peter Meredith, Chairman of the Board of the Company.   

“Given the rapidly escalating COVID-19 pandemic and the significant global uncertainty that has ensued, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Company, we extend our heartfelt thoughts to our shareholders and stakeholders, as well as their families and friends during this unprecedented period.  The effects of this emergency may be felt for some time, and thus, good corporate governance is crucial in these extraordinary circumstances.  You can trust that our Board is dedicated to timely yet prudent decisions, transparent communication and resilient measures to ensure the long-term stability of the Company.

Under the strong leadership of Rod Baker, the Company’s CEO, our caring, diligent and experienced management team is working with our Board to actively monitor the implications that COVID-19 has had- and may have- on the future of our business.  We would also like to acknowledge the incredible efforts that have been undertaken, and continue, across the Company by our operating teams who have been working tirelessly throughout this period to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests.

This unprecedented situation has no playbook, but our team is well prepared and well-equipped, and making thoughtful decisions on a day-by-day or even hour-by-hour basis.  We are making vital strategic and operating decisions to ensure that the Company is in the best possible position to withstand the ongoing volatility.

In our effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health of our team members and guests, we worked closely with the respective lottery corporations to suspend operations at the Company’s 25 facilities across Canada.  Unfortunately, these closures have impacted a significant number of our team members in OntarioBritish ColumbiaNew Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  We are hopeful that the suspension of our operations is for a short duration and we look forward to welcoming back our valued team members and guests with the reopening of our facilities.

Recognizing the collective efforts being adopted nationally to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Company will be holding its annual general meeting (“AGM”) entirely virtually at the advice of our Board of Directors and guidance from the Canadian Securities Administrators. The Company remains committed to providing a safe environment for all its constituents and is thankful for the opportunity to utilize modern technology that will allow our shareholders to be safe while having the opportunity to participate and engage in our upcoming AGM.  Full details regarding the AGM, voting and attendance on a virtual basis will be available in the Company’s information circular and proxy materials to be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) in the coming week.

More than ever, we are grateful for the continued support of our dedicated shareholders.  As we are sure all investors can appreciate, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will endeavour to continue to keep you informed of material developments as they occur.”

 

ABOUT GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION

Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is an Ontario based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in OntarioBritish ColumbiaNew Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Fundamental to the Company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the Company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually supports over 1,400 charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

 

SOURCE: Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

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Loto-Québec Donates $1,000,000 to Québec’s Moisson Centres

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Loto-Québec has donated $1,000,000 to Québec’s Moisson centres to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They also delivered foodstuffs to food banks and supplies to the healthcare network.

Loto-Québec is also donating to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) a number of supplies including more than 30,000 N95 masks as well as disinfectant products including a large quantity of antiseptic gel, wipes and pump cartridges.

Loto-Québec continues to monitor the situation relative to the COVID-19 virus, is applying the Québec Government’s recommendations and invites the public to do the same.

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